The Nations Weather


Monday, November 17th 2008, 5:51 am
By: News On 6


NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:

Across the Eastern half of the country, a strong cold front pushed through New England. Light and moderate intensity rain showers were found along and ahead of the front as it pushed through the region. Most areas received one to two-tenths of an inch. Locations along the Cape and Islands of Massachusetts, as well as coastal Maine, received a touch more, generally one half to one inch of rainfall. Behind the front, wind of 30-40 miles-per-hour have been noted from New England into the Appalachians. Further to the west, with the strong westerly flow riding over the relatively warmer waters of the Great Lakes, lake effect rain and snow showers were common yesterday, most notably downwind of Lakes Michigan, Erie, and Ontario. Localized snow accumulations in excess of 9 inches occurred in Erie County in Pennsylvania, and in Chautauqua County in New York. Two to six inches of snow fell in Geauga, Lake, and Ashtabula Counties in Ohio. Lighter snow showers also developed yesterday across southwestern Pennsylvania, western Maryland, and northern West Virginia, mainly across the higher terrain. Otherwise, skies were mainly clear across the southeast.

In the western two-thirds of the United States, high pressure continued to dominate the pattern, resulting in mild and dry conditions in most locations. The Santa Ana winds that have devastated portions of Southern California with wildfires were still strong yesterday morning with gusts of 40-50 miles-per-hour in spots. The winds weakened during the remainder of the day. In the Pacific Northwest, low-level moisture trapped underneath the building ridge of high pressure resulted in dense fog across the valley areas of Oregon and Washington, reducing visibilities as low as one quarter mile in spots. Otherwise, there were mainly sunny skies across the Great Basin and Four Corners in addition to most of California.

WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............96 Coronado, CA

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..............96 Marathon, FL

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............10 Kremmling, CO

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............10 Kremmling, CO

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................58 Wiley Ridge, CA

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............1.19 Bar Harbor, ME

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:

In 1927, a tornado struck Alexandria, Va. and Washington, D.C. which injured 31 people.

In 1987, a blizzard occurred in the Rockies; 21 inches of snow fell at Monarch Ski Resort in Colorado.

DTN-Meteorlogix/G LOULIS

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