-A chilly and windy Wednesday prevailed across a large part of the
Northeast as low pressure spun just off the coast of New England. A
thunderstorm that moved across far eastern Massachusetts dropped
pea-sized hail over Hyannis and parts of the cape. Plenty of clouds
and showers around held temperatures down into the 30s, 40s and 50s
from Maine to Maryland. Early in the day, there was even a little
snow in the mountains of northwestern Pennsylvania. Farther south, it
was a very pleasant day across much of the Carolinas, Georgia and
Florida as temperatures warmed into he 70s and 80s under a bright
sunny sky. The day began sunny over much of the Plains but by the
afternoon, billowing clouds built into powerful thunderstorms.
Scattered hail and high winds were reported from the Red River of
Texas and Oklahoma northward to western Kansas and Oklahoma. Rain
fell across much of the northern Plains, while the Southwest was
warm, dry and windy.
Deadly Oklahoma Tornado in 1993
-On this date in 1993, a large tornado slammed into a section of
Interstate 44 east of Tulsa during the early evening hours. Ten
people were killed when their cars were blown off of the highway.
The severe thunderstorm cell that caused the twister explosively
developed over the city without warning. A similar tornado struck
just west of Oklahoma City in May of 2013.
Snowfall Record from Wednesday:
-Big Sky, Mont., had 6.5 inches, smashing the record of 2.0 inches
set in 1985.
Rainfall Records from Wednesday:
-Astoria, Ore., had 2.08 inches (through 11 P.M. PDT), breaking the
record of 1.79 inches set in 1996.
-Hoquiam, Wash., had 1.48 inches (through 11 P.M. PDT), breaking the
record of 1.36 inches set in 1997.
-Grand Forks, N.D., had 0.68 of an inch, breaking the record of 0.47
of an inch set in 1979.
Some Severe Weather Reports from Wednesday:
-Quarter- to half dollar-sized hail fell in Franklin County, Neb.
-Hail accumulated 3 inches deep in Collingsworth County, Texas.
-A storm chaser reported quarter-sized hail in Hamilton County, Neb.
-Quarter-sized hail covered the ground in Foard County, Texas.
-Half dollar- to hen egg-sized hail fell in Adams County, Neb.
-Nickel- to quarter-sized hail fell in Hill City, Kan.
-Golf ball-sized hail fell in Young County, Texas.
-Winds estimated at 70 mph downed tree limbs in Haskell County, Texas.
-Winds estimated at 80 mph caused some minor property damage in
Washita County, Okla.
24-Hour Rainfall Totals, as of 7 A.M. EDT Thursday:
Aurora, NE 2.93"
Astoria, OR 2.35"
Hastings, NE 2.15"
Hoquiam, WA 1.78"
Grand Is, NE 1.67"
Shelton, WA 1.67"
York, NE 1.54"
Columbus, NE 1.41"
Hill City, KS 1.29"
Fort Riley, KS 1.21"
Tillamook, OR 1.21"
Brookings, OR 1.19"
Bremerton, WA 1.18"
Norfolk, NE 1.07"
Quillayute, WA 0.96:
Plymouth, MA 0.94"
Albion, NE 0.94"
Kelso, WA 0.94"
Mt Washington, NH 0.92"
Taunton, MA 0.88"
Olympia, WA 0.87"
Bellingham, WA 0.86"
McMinnville, OR 0.83"
Corvallis, OR 0.82"
National High Yesterday 99 at Dryden, Texas
National Low Yesterday 14 at Stanley, Idaho
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