While rain grazes the Northeast coast tonight, showers and
thunderstorms from New Mexico and Colorado will spread onto the High
Plains. Showers will dot parts of California. Meanwhile on Friday,
spotty showers will dot the Northeast as a cold front swings through,
ushering in fresh cool air. Brief warming will occur ahead of the
front along the Interstate 95 corridor. Meanwhile, high pressure will
keep the rest of the eastern third of the nation dry. An afternoon
thunderstorm or two will make the southern Florida Peninsula the
exception. Humidity will remain low across the South, while the air
will feel April-like across the Great Lakes. A large storm system
will be responsible for delivering showers and thunderstorms to the
central and southern Plains and most of the West. The thunderstorms
threaten to turn severe and cause flooding across the southern High
Plains in the afternoon. A gusty wind will whip the Desert Southwest.
Remembering a Freak Lightning Strike
--Today marks the anniversary of a freak lightning strike involving
three men standing under a tree on a golf course in Memphis,
Tennessee, in 1983. The unusual incident began when lightning struck
one of the men. The bolt of lightning passed through his neck and
down his spine, then exited out a pocket that contained his keys. The
bolt then struck the two nearby men before hitting a tree.
Remarkably, all three men survived.
WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS BY ACCU WEATHER
Record Low Set Thursday Morning:
--Russell, Kansas: 37 degrees tied the record from 1968.
Severe Weather Reports from Earlier Thursday:
--Strong thunderstorm winds blew a trampoline on top of power lines
in Zapata, Texas. Quarter-sized hail also fell.
--A funnel cloud was sighted five miles southwest of Fannin, Texas.
--A family on the north side of Zapata, Texas, had to be evacuated
due to flood waters entering their home.
--Roughly 1.5 inches of rain fell in a short amount of time in
Laredo, Texas, causing several low-water crossings to become
flooding. Officials had to perform a few swift-water rescues.
--Flood waters inundated Highway 69 south of Lufkin, Texas.
24-Hour Rainfall Totals, Ending at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday:
Nacogdoches, Texas 3.16"
Rockwall, Texas 2.08"
Marshall, Texas 1.78"
Monroe, La. 1.53"
Conroe, Texas 1.29"
Texarkana, Ark. 1.19"
St. Augustine, Fla. 1.17"
Shreveport, La. 1.08"
Zapata, Texas 2.32"
Terrell, Texas 1.97"
Athens, Texas 1.66"
Carrizo Springs, Texas 1.42"
Georgetown, Texas 1.28"
Arlington, Texas 1.18"
Lago Vista, Texas 1.14"
Mount Pleasant, Texas 1.08"
Houston, Texas 2.20"
Fort Worth, Texas 1.89"
Gilmer, Texas 1.62"
Alexandria, La. 1.30"
Lufkin, Texas 1.21"
Stafford, Va. 1.18"
Muscle Shoals, Ala. 1.08"
Hattiesburg, Miss. 1.03"
National High Today (through 9 pm) 97 at Fernandina Beach, FL
National Low Today (through 9 pm) 24 at Custer, SD
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