Weather Data For Monday


Tuesday, October 2nd 2007, 7:36 am
By: News On 6


WEATHER EXTREMES FOR MONDAY:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............95 Wichita Falls, TX

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)............107 Houston, TX

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............19 Gunnison, CO

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)..............17 Big Piney, WY

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH)....................74 Lander, WY

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)...........2.83 Homestead, FL

NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:

Yesterday in the East, an upper-level low produced showers and isolated thunderstorms over the Great Lakes Region and parts of the Ohio Valley and northern Appalachians. Rainfall totals were generally three quarters of an inch or less. Meanwhile, a tropical disturbance generated rain and breezy conditions across the Florida Peninsula. Locally heavy rain fell, especially in southern Florida; Miami, Florida and Homestead, Florida received over 2-point-5 inches of rain yesterday. Winds gusted as high as 40 miles-per-hour. A ridge of high pressure resulted in fair weather over most of the Northeast, as well as the Mid-Atlantic and Tennessee Valley.

In the Central United States, scattered showers and areas of fog affected the Upper Midwest yesterday as an upper-level low moved through the area. Elsewhere, widely scattered showers and thunderstorms developed across western, central, and southern Texas in association with a stationary front. Clear to partly cloudy skies and dry, breezy conditions prevailed across the Northern and Central Plains for much of the day, although a few showers and thunderstorms moved into southwestern Kansas and the Oklahoma Panhandle after sunset.

In the West yesterday, a low pressure system produced rain and mountain snow showers across the northern Rockies. Snow accumulations across the higher elevations of western Montana and Idaho generally ranged between two and five inches. The system also generated gusty winds across western Wyoming, western Montana, and Idaho; wind gusts generally ranged between 40 and 60 miles-per-hour, but Lander, Wyoming experienced a wind gust of 74 miles-per-hour yesterday afternoon. Meanwhile, moisture streaming northeastward from the eastern Pacific generated scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Utah, western Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. Variably cloudy skies occurred along the West Coast; a few light showers developed early yesterday over central California.

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:

In 1882, a major hurricane struck Louisiana. The hurricane generated winds of 100 miles-per-hour and a storm surge twelve feet high; 1500 people were killed.

In 1981, a lightning bolt struck a city street in Prospect, Connecticut, causing a crater to form in the street.

In 1989, ten inches of rain fell in northeastern Georgia during a 24-hour period. One person was killed when floodwater sucked him into a storm drain.

FRONTS ACROSS THE NATION

A cold front extends from western North Dakota down into western South Dakota, eastern Wyoming, northwestern Colorado, and into southern Utah.

A stationary front is positioned across far southern Florida.

NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST

In the East, expect mostly cloudy skies with a chance for light rain showers across the Great Lakes region as a weak disturbance moves in. Elsewhere, an upper-level low will bring showers and thunderstorms to much of Florida and the coast of the Carolinas. A few strong to severe storms will be capable of producing frequent lightning, gusty winds, small hail, and heavy downpours. Rainfall amounts of up to a half of an inch will be possible. Otherwise, fair skies and dry conditions will prevail throughout the Northeast, much of the Mid-Atlantic region, the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, and the Southeast. High temperatures will reach into the 60s and 70s across the Northeast and the Great Lakes region; and into the 80s to near 90 through the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, the Mid-Atlantic region, the Southeast, and Florida.

Across the central part of the country, a low pressure system will bring scattered showers and thunderstorms to much of the central and southern Plains, and the Upper and Middle Mississippi Valley. There will be a chance for strong to severe thunderstorms, capable of producing frequent lightning, strong winds, large hail, isolated tornadoes, and heavy downpours. Rainfall amounts of one to two inches will be possible with the strongest storms. Otherwise, partly cloudy skies and dry conditions can be expected across the northern Plains, the southern and eastern portions of Texas, and the Lower Mississippi Valley. High temperatures will reach into the 60s and 70s through the northern and central Plains, and the Upper Mississippi Valley; and into the 80s and 90s across the southern Plains, and the Middle and Lower Mississippi Valley.

In the West, the chance for showers and thunderstorms will continue for parts of the Desert Southwest, the southern Rocky Mountains, and the southern high Plains as a cold front pushes through. No severe weather is expected, and rainfall amounts will remain light. Further north, a trough of low pressure will produce rain showers, isolated thunderstorms, and high elevation snows across the Pacific Northwest and parts of the northern Rocky Mountains. Snowfall accumulations of two to four inches, and rainfall amounts of close to an inch will be possible. Otherwise, high pressure will allow for fair skies and dry conditions throughout the northern and central high Plains, the central Rocky Mountains, the Great Basin, and California. High temperatures will reach into the upper 50s to the 70s across the Pacific Northwest, the coastal locations of California, the Great Basin, the Rocky Mountains, and the northern and central high Plains; and into the 80s and 90s through the southern high Plains, the southern Rocky Mountains, the Desert Southwest, and interior California.

Prepared by WeatherBank, Inc.