Showers and thunderstorms will encompass the Central states tonight
with downpours streaming into Louisiana and strong thunderstorms
rattling Wisconsin early. The Northeast and Southwest will stay dry.
Meanwhile on Saturday, warmer and more humid air will pump into the
mid-Atlantic and most of the Northeast with an area of high pressure
located offshore. The warming will occur ahead of a storm system
causing showers and thunderstorms to stretch from the Gulf Coast to
the Great Lakes. Some of the thunderstorms will drop torrential
downpours across the lower Mississippi Valley. There is also concern
for the thunderstorms in the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan to
trigger flash flooding. Meanwhile, the weekend will start on a dry
note across most of the Plains as the High Plains heat up.
Another storm system will trigger showers and thunderstorms across
the northern Rockies with strong thunderstorms rattling western South
Dakota late. A shower or two will dampen the Pacific Northwest as the
Southwest remains dry.
Remembering Hurricane Katrina Making Landfall
During the busiest hurricane season of the satellite era, Hurricane
Katrina made landfall on this date in 2005. The storm was the
costliest and one of the deadliest hurricanes to ever hit the United
States. The day before, the storm had reached Category 5 intensity
with winds of over 175 mph. Katrina made landfall as a Category 3
storm during the early morning hours near the Louisiana/Mississippi
border. Storm surge was as much as 27 feet and reached inland as far
as 6 miles, which strained the levee system in New Orleans,
ultimately flooding 80 percent of the city with water up to 20 feet
deep. More than 1,836 people were killed from the storm, and damage
was estimated at $81.2 billion.
WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS BY ACCU WEATHER
--Wheeling, Ohio, set a new record low Friday morning when
temperatures dropped to 50 F. The previous record was 56 F from 2012.
Adverse Weather Reports from Earlier Friday:
--As thunderstorms came onshore, a wind gust of 45 mph was measured
at Freshwater Canal Locks in Freshwater City, Louisiana.
--A downpour, which dropped visibility to less than a half-mile, led
to minor street flooding on Wisconsin Highway 35 near Webster,
--Flood waters covered a highway near Osceola, Nebraska.
Cool Friday Morning (Actual Low/Normal Low):
--Elmira, N.Y.: 43/54
--Williamsport, Pa.: 50/59
--Scranton, Pa.: 50/58
--Altoona, Pa.: 48/57
24-Hour Rainfall Totals, Ending at 8 p.m. EDT Friday:
Paynesville, Minn. 3.78"
Springfield, Ill. 2.50"
Willmar, Minn. 1.72"
Ames, Iowa 1.57"
St. Cloud, Minn. 2.03"
Fort Worth, Texas 1.33"
Washington, N.C. 14.27"
Mexia, Texas 1.49"
Lincoln, Ill. 3.05"
Mineral Wells, Texas 1.92"
Waseca, Minn. 1.19"
Siren, Wisc. 1.67"
Sugarland, Texas 2.97"
Lancaster, Texas 2.00"
York, Neb. 1.26"
Ketchikan, Alaska 1.86"
Des Moines, Iowa 2.60"
McAllen, Texas 1.53"
Corsicana, Texas 1.74"
Antigo, Wisc. 1.48"
Big Spring, Texas 1.45"
Biloxi, Miss. 1.41"
Vero Beach, Fla. 1.23"
Weslaco, Texas 1.32"
National High Today (through 9 p.m.) 114 at Thermal, California
National Low Today (through 9 p.m.) 32 at Angel Fire, New Mexico
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