Very warm, muggy air returned to the Eastern Seaboard in earnest on
Sunday, lifting temperatures into the 80s with some 90s into the
mid-Atlantic. The southwesterly flow of tropical air was also
triggering showers and thunderstorms with localized flooding rain
from the Ohio Valley and eastern Great Lakes to the mid-Atlantic and
Northeast. Farther south, steamy heat covered the Gulf and
south-Atlantic states, fostering widely separated thunderstorms amid
readings in the lower and middle 90s. Farther wet, a cold front cut
southeastward over the northern half of the Plains, triggering a few
thunderstorms, locally strong and gusty. Elsewhere, dry, hot weather
spread beneath sunny skies from the Desert Southwest to the southern
Plains. Pacific high pressure brought mainly dry weather to the
Northwest, keeping temperature moderate.
The Charleston Earthquake of 1886.
While the Eastern Seaboard tends to be seismically quiet, it has seen
rare devastating earthquakes. One of the greatest historical quakes
ever to hit the region struck Charleston, South Carolina, on Sept. 1,
1886. The quake killed 60 people, damaging or wrecking many buildings
in the old city. The temblor is thought to have had a magnitude of
WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS BY ACCU WEATHER
Severe Weather Reports Sunday
--Kyle, South Dakota had a wind gust to 64 mph.
--Tennis Ball sized hail fell four miles west of Beloit, Kansas
--60 mph wind gust in Moville, Iowa.
--62 mph wind gust in Sarasota, Florida.
--Steamy air spreading from the Ohio Valley to the Great Lakes spread
a swath of heavy rain over western and central Ohio on Sunday. Most
of the excessive rainfall stretched from north of Cincinnati to
Columbus. In hard-hit Greene County, rainfall of 5.2" was measured at
Shawnee Lake near Jamestown. Rainfall of 5 inches was also measured a
little east of Xenia. A number of roads in the area were under water.
South of Dayton, rainfall was 3.47 inches outside of Springboro with
flooding also reported in the area. Top rainfall reached at least 3.3
inches in the city of Hamilton. Greater Columbus was not spared,
rainfall reaching to at least 2.79 inches at Dublin.
--In Illinois, flooding rainfall of 3.4 inches was observed early
Sunday east of Carlock, McLean CountIn Iroquois County, rainfall of
3.9 inches was measure outside of Milford. Flooding was reported on
some roads here.
--An early morning cloudburst dumped 3.93 inches of rain on the west
side of Valdosta, Georgia. At the Valdosta airport, rainfall was 3.3
--A sharp rise in humidity made for a warm, sticky Saturday night.
Lows as of Sunday were commonly 10-15 F higher than those of early
Saturday. In parts of New Jersey, the difference was 20 F.
24 Hour Rainfall Ending 8 p.m. EDT Sunday
Valdosta, Ga. 3.31"
Camden, S.C. 3.31"
London, Ky. 2.54"
Wilmington, Ohio 2.41"
Columbus, Ohio 2.39"
Angleton, Texas 2.17"
Jackson, Ky. 2.15"
Jamestown, N.Y. 2.11"
Barnwell, S.C. 2.02"
Bowling Green, Ky. 2.00"
Bay City, Texas 1.88"
Farmington, Mo. 1.85"
Clearfield, Pa. 1.74"
Glasgow, Ky. 1.70"
Washington, Pa. 1.61"
Houston (Clover Aprt.), Texas 1.53"
Houston (Hobby Aprt.), Texas 1.50"
Somerset, Ky. 1.48"
Massena, N.Y. 1.42"
Oak Ridge, Tenn. 1.35"
Norfolk, Neb. 1.34"
Dayton, Ohio 1.34"
Springfield, Ohio 1.34"
Monticello, Ky. 1.24"
National High Today (through 9 pm) 115 at Death Valley, California
National Low Today (through 9 pm) 34 at Truckee, California
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