-The main weather stories on Thursday were in the Southeast and
Northwest parts of the nation. A major storm system brought rain,
thunderstorms, ice and snow from Mississippi to the Carolinas and
south to Florida. An intense squall line moved across much of South
Florida in the late morning and early afternoon hours. Intense wind
gusts, hail and blinding rain accompanied most of the storms as they
pushed from Tampa Bay and Sarasota eastward into the Keys, Fort
Lauderdale and Miami. There were also a few isolated tornadoes that
touched down. One was near Indian Shores near Tampa Bay that was
associated with a waterspout that moved onshore, and another near
Palm Beach that brought down power lines. Farther north, heavy rain
turned to an icy, snowy mess in the mountains of North Carolina and
across the northern parts of the state. By the late evening hours,
snow and ice was even falling in south-central and southwestern
-In the Pacific Northwest, a storm system brought rain and mountain
snow from the Sierra into the Cascades on westward to the coast. The
heaviest rain was mostly in the morning and concentrated across
northwestern Oregon and western Washington. Very warm weather was
found from interior Southern California into Arizona, where
temperatures crept into the 70s and 80s.
Early March Blizzard Across the Northeast
-On this date in 2001, a long-duration, powerful winter storm came to
an end across the Northeast. Wind gusts exceeded 60 mph in many
places from New Jersey to Maine. In parts of New England, snowfall
totals were greater than 2 feet. Burlington, Vt., received 22.9
inches of snow, which broke the record for the date of 7 inches from
1917. In Nottingham, N.H., an incredible 40 inches of snow buried the
Record Highs from Thursday:
-Hilo, Hawaii, tied the record of 87 degrees, originally set in 1978.
-Santa Barbara, Calif., set a record of 83 degrees, breaking the
record of 80 degrees set in 1993.
Record High Minimums from Thursday:
-Palm Springs, Calif., tied the record of 61 degrees, originally set
-San Diego, Calif., tied the record of 60 degrees, originally set in
-Newport Beach, Calif., set a record of 58 degrees, breaking the
record of 57 degrees set in 1979.
-Oceanside Harbor, Calif., set a record of 57 degrees, breaking the
record of 56 degrees set in 1968.
-Escondido, Calif., tied the record of 55 degrees, originally set in
Record Lows from Thursday:
-Massena, N.Y., set a record of 23 degrees below zero, smashing the
record of 14 degrees below zero set in 2003.
-Montpelier, Vt., set a record of 14 degrees below zero, breaking the
record of 13 degrees below zero set in 1969.
-Rochester, N.Y., set a record of 9 degrees below zero, smashing the
record of 3 degrees below zero set in 1948. This also set the
all-time March record, breaking the record of 7 degrees below zero
set on March 5 way back in 1872.
24-Hour Rainfall Totals as of 1 A.M. EST Friday:
Shelton, WA 1.61"
Bremerton, WA 1.53"
Tallhassee, FL 1.51"
Destin, FL 1.43"
Clearwater, FL 1.36"
Panama City, FL 1.35"
Wilmington, NC 1.32"
Orangeburg, SC 1.30"
Columbia, SC 1.29"
Conway, SC 1.25"
North Myrtle Beach, SC 1.24"
Quillayute, WA 1.24"
Port Angeles, WA 1.20"
Tampa, FL 1.18"
Elizabethtown, NC 1.13"
Greenwood, SC 1.11"
Quincy, FL 1.08"
Florence, SC 1.08"
Pensacola, FL 1.06"
Sarasota, FL 1.02"
Kelso, WA 1.01"
Jacksonville, FL 0.99"
Clinton, NC 0.95"
Zephyrhills, FL 0.94"
National High Yesterday 90 at Thermal, California
National Low Yesterday -28 at Saranac Lake, New York
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