-A cold front sliding southward along the Appalachian Mountains was
the driving force behind showers and thunderstorms from the Delmarva
Peninsula to Louisiana yesterday. Some storms around Virginia and
North Carolina became severe with damaging winds and blinding
downpours, but one storm managed to spin up an EF-1 tornado yesterday
morning over Cheriton, Virginia. The tornado was responsible for 36
injuries and two fatalities as it blew over trees and overturned
trailers at the Cherrystone Campground around 8:25 a.m. EDT. Other
storms in the area produced hail as large as golf balls and caused
some flash flooding with 2.45 inches of rain falling in just 22
minutes near Wakefield, Virginia.
-A dome of high pressure brought low humidity and below-normal
temperatures to much of the Northeast and Midwest with temperatures
in Chicago and Detroit resembling those of September rather than
July. More July-like conditions were experienced across the Plains as
temperatures soared past the 100-degree mark as far north as Montana.
Some severe thunderstorms erupted from South Dakota to Montana and
into the Canadian Prairies with winds gusting as high as 80 mph. Some
showers and non-severe thunderstorms trailed back from this area,
across the central Rockies and over the Four Corners. Showers also
shifted over the Pacific Northwest with dry conditions across the
rest of the West.
Scorching Heat Persists Over Plains
-Record-setting heat continued across the Plains on this date in 1936
with widespread temperatures above 110 F. This included Omaha,
Nebraska, reaching 114 F and Lincoln, Nebraska, topping out at 115 F
with both cities setting new all-time record highs. Some records set
across the central Plains on this date of that year still stand today.
Record Highs from Thursday:
-Yuma, AZ, tied the record of 117 degrees, set in 1943.
-Phoenix, AZ, set a record of 116 degrees, breaking the record of 114
degrees set in 1931.
-Elsinore, CA, set a record of 112 degrees, breaking the record of
109 degrees set in 1943.
-Campo, CA, set a record of 105 degrees, breaking the record of 102
degrees set in 1959.
-Greybull, WY, set a record of 105 degrees, breaking the record of
104 degrees set in 2007.
-Idyllwild, CA, set a record of 96 degrees, breaking the record of 94
degrees set in 2006.
-Camarillo, CA, set a record of 87 degrees, breaking the record of 86
degrees set in 1974.
Record High Minimums from Thursday:
-Indio, CA, set a record of 92 degrees, breaking the record of 91
degrees set in 1906.
-Key West, FL, set a record of 85 degrees, breaking the record of 84
degrees set in 1993.
Record Low from Thursday:
-Klamath Falls, OR, set a record of 35 degrees, breaking the record
of 38 degrees set in 1993.
24-Hour Rainfall Totals, as of 8 A.M. EDT Friday:
Beaufort, NC 4.28"
Stumpy Point, NC 4.02"
Fentress, VA 3.66"
Lynchburg, VA 3.57"
Hampton Roads, VA 3.38"
Wakefield, VA 3.26"
Suffolk, VA 2.91"
Bogue Field, NC 2.69"
New Bern, NC 2.56"
Rock Hill, SC 2.39"
Jacksonville, NC 2.13"
Atlanta, GA 2.10"
Norfolk, VA 1.95"
Newport News, VA 1.92"
Richmond, VA 1.85"
Cherry Point, NC 1.84"
Goldsboro, NC 1.82"
St. Petersburg, FL 1.79"
Edenton, NC 1.72"
Clarion, IA 1.68"
Barton, FL 1.46"
Raleigh, NC 1.45"
National High Yesterday 123 at Death Valley, California
National Low Yesterday 30 at Lakeview, Oregon
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