-Moisture from Odile tracked across northwestern Mexico and into the
Southwest on Wednesday, spreading heavy rainfall across southern
portions of Arizona, New Mexico and far western Texas. Flash flooding
was observed as rainfall added to an already saturated ground. This
region saw heavy rainfall last week from Norbert. Several inches of
rainfall fell on Wednesday with the heaviest concentrated along the
Arizona and Mexico border. Upwards of 3-4 inches soaked some of the
higher elevations. Flood waters forced road closures, including
US-95, across Mohave County, Arizona. Rainfall totals near Safford,
Arizona, showed 2.6 inches of rain in 6 hours. During the night, a
heavy band thunderstorms brought I-10 in El Paso, Texas, to a
standstill. Activity across the rest of the United States was limited
with much of the country under the influence of high pressure. A
batch of thunderstorms did pass through southwestern Missouri into
northwestern Arkansas during the day. Hail and gusty winds were
observed across this region with some trees reported down.
Slow-moving thunderstorms ignited along the Gulf Coast again and
brought a period of torrential rainfall, although these storms
remained below severe criteria. Across much of the northern half of
the country, high pressure suppressed precipitation and clouds.
Pleasantly cool air was featured again across the Great Lakes,
mid-Atlantic, and Northeast as high temperatures climbed into the 60s
and 70s for most. Despite all day sunshine in New York City, high
temperatures remained below normal for the fifth day in a row. In the
West, showers dampened the Oregon and Washington coast, while inland
locations remained dry.
Lightning Strike Breaks Water Line
-On this date in 1995, lightning struck a large oak tree in Theodore,
Alabama, and the electrical current ran into the root system that
surrounded a water main. The water main broke, and water blazed 60
feet into the air, damaging a nearby home.
Record Highs from Wednesday:
-Pocatello, Idaho, set a record of 94 degrees, breaking the record of
91 degrees originally set in 1981 and tied in 1998.
-Chula Vista, California, tied the record of 93 degrees, originally
set in 1929.
-Sandberg, California, tied the record of 93 degrees, originally set
-Eureka, Nevada, set a record of 91 degrees, smashing the record of
86 degrees set in 2010.
-Idaho Falls, Idaho, set a record of 90 degrees, breaking the record
of 88 degrees set in 1981.
-Tonopah, Nevada, tied the record of 89 degrees, originally set in
1983 and first tied in 2000.
-Hilo, Hawaii, tied the record of 89 degrees, originally set in 1995.
-Santa Barbara, California, tied the record of 88 degrees, originally
set in 1979.
-Lander, Wyoming, tied the record of 87 degrees, originally set in
Some Record High Minimums from Wednesday:
-Indio, California, set a record of 83 degrees, breaking the record
of 82 degrees set in 2010.
-Riverside, California, set a record of 81 degrees, smashing the
record of 72 degrees set in 1984.
-Escondido, California, set a record of 80 degrees, shattering the
record of 70 degrees set in 1997.
-El Cajon, California, set a record of 77 degrees, smashing the
record of 71 degrees set in 1984.
-Santa Ana, California, set a record of 77 degrees, breaking the
record of 74 degrees set in 1984.
24-Hour Rainfall Totals, as of 2 A.M. EDT Thursday:
(*denotes daily rainfall record)
Springfield, MO 3.23"*
Clearwater, FL 2.59"
La Grange, TX 2.57"
Nogales, AZ 2.39"
Georgetown, TX 2.34"
El Paso, TX 1.86"*
Tampa, FL 1.86"
Sierra Vista, AZ 1.79"
Harrison, AR 1.72"
Fort Smith, AR 1.70"
Temple, TX 1.45"
Crewe, VA 1.30"
Lordsburg, NM 1.20"
Olathe, KS 1.19"
Douglas, AZ 1.15"
Tahlequah, OK 1.07"
Cross City, FL 1.06"
Safford, AZ 1.03"
Monett, MO 0.97"
Naples, FL 0.94"
Las Cruces, NM 0.92"
Silver City, NM 0.92"
Fayetteville, AR 0.87"
West Plains, MO 0.84"
National High Yesterday 113 at Death Valley, California
National Low Yesterday 30 at West Yellowstone, Montana
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