The Nation's Weather For Thursday


Friday, September 14th 2007, 6:19 am
By: News On 6


WEATHER EXTREMES FOR THURSDAY:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)...........111 Needles, CA

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)............111 Needles, CA

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............26 Stanley, ID

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)..............26 Stanley, ID

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH)....................85 High Island, TX

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)...........3.31 Alexandria, LA

NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:

In the East, showers and thunderstorms moved over the Deep South, Southeast, and Carolinas. Heavy rainfall occurred over the Lower Mississippi Valley as Humberto moved through the region. Over 3 inches of rain fell in Louisiana, and gusty winds were reported. Heavy rainfall was also reported in the Southeast, and urban flooding occurred in Savannah, Georgia.

City, State Rainfall Totals For Today (Inches)

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Alexandria, LA 3.31

Fort Polk, LA 3.14

Orlando, FL 2.85

Lafayette, LA 2.48

Charleston, SC 2.15

Alabaster, AL 1.95

To the north, skies were generally fair and dry over the Northeast, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Across the central and western regions, a frontal boundary sparked showers and thunderstorms over the western Great Lakes and Upper Midwest. Hail fell in the northern Mississippi Valley. Skies were partly cloudy and dry over the central and northern Plains, though a few thunderstorms developed in Nebraska and Kansas during the afternoon and evening hours. Texas experienced generally fair skies, with the exception of a few showers in eastern areas of the state. West of the Rockies, skies were generally sunny with dry conditions as high pressure dominated the area. A few thunderstorms developed over Oregon and the Desert Southwest during the afternoon.

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:

In 1937, Seattle, Washington recorded a record high temperature of 92 degrees.

In 1944, a strong hurricane hit Cape Hatteras, North Carolina with wind gusts in excess of 150 miles-per-hour. The storm then continued to the north, taking aim on New England. In all, 400 people died, most at sea.

In 1984, 26 people were injured and 4 were hospitalized as lightning struck a soccer field in Chester County, Pennsylvania. One of the injured later died.

FRONTS ACROSS THE NATION

A stationary front sits over South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and far-eastern Texas.

A cold front extends over Minnesota, far-northwestern Iowa, Nebraska, northwestern Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and Idaho.

A stationary front sits over western Idaho, northeastern Oregon, and southern Washington.

A warm front is located over the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST

Today in the East, moderate to heavy rain will occur across the Tennessee Valley and Southeast in association with Humberto's remnants and a cold front. Flash flooding will be a concern, especially in Alabama and eastern Mississippi, where an additional one to three inches will be possible. Also, isolated tornadoes are possible across Alabama and Mississippi from Humberto's remnants. Elsewhere, a cold front will trigger scattered showers and thunderstorms over portions of the Great Lakes Region, Appalachians, and Ohio Valley. Isolated severe storms, with hail up to 0-point-75 inches in diameter and wind gusts up to 65 miles-per-hour, will be possible across western New York, western Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Highs will generally be in the 70's and 80's throughout the East. However, some areas in western Michigan and northern Indiana will experience highs in the 60's.

In the Central United States, a few showers are possible over Arkansas and Louisiana today as the remnants of Humberto move eastward out of the area. Meanwhile, isolated showers and thunderstorms will be possible in the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles late in the afternoon along the trailing edge of a cold front. Elsewhere, isolated showers will be possible over the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as an upper-level low moves through. The remainder of the Upper Midwest, as well as most of the Plains, will experience fair weather conditions under a ridge of high pressure. Highs will be mainly in the 50's and 60's over the Northern Plains, Central Plains, and Upper Midwest, while 60's and 70's can be expected across the Middle Mississippi Valley. In the Southern Plains, highs will generally be in the 80's and 90's.

In the West today, isolated showers and thunderstorms will occur across the Rockies and parts of the Pacific Northwest due to an upper-level low. Onshore flow will lead to areas of fog along much of the West Coast during the morning hours. Dry weather will prevail across interior California and the Desert Southwest. Highs will be mainly in the 70's and 80's across the Rockies, Intermountain West, and Pacific Northwest, although a few locations will experience highs in the 60's. Coastal California can expect highs in the 60's and 70's, while northern and central interior California will experience highs in the 70's and 80's. Southern interior California and the Desert Southwest can expect highs in the 90's and hundreds.

Prepared by WeatherBank, Inc.