It was a cool and rainy day across the Southeast yesterday as low
pressure tracked across the region. The heaviest rain fell from the
Florida Panhandle to the coast of South Carolina with Ozark, Ala.,
receiving over 5 inches of rain. With more than 3 inches of rain
falling in Pensacola, Fla., the city has had more rain this week than
what they typically get in the entire month of April. A few gusty
thunderstorms also rumbled across central Florida during the
afternoon with a possible tornado in the town of Archer. Drier
weather was the story across the rest of the East with temperatures
below normal east of the Appalachian Mountains.
Warm and dry weather was the story across much of the Plains with the
exception of a few thunderstorms in North Dakota and eastern Montana,
producing winds up to 60 mph. Warm and dry weather was also seen over
the Southwest with drier weather making a return to the Pacific
April Heat Wave Grips New England
The temperature reached 98 degrees in Providence, R.I., in 1976;
second day of early season heat wave. And a new April record; the old
record for April was 93 degrees set on the 17th. The Boston Marathon
was run in 90-degree heat. The record of 98 degrees also exceeds the
current May record high by 3 degrees.
Flooding Reports from Earlier Friday:
--Flood waters flooded and forced officials to close Aplin Road near
--Sherwood Road off Highway 331 south was closed at the bridge due to
flooding near Eucheeanna, Fla.
--Officials were forced to close Little Creek Trail near Fox Hill,
Fla., at a low spot due to flooding.
--Officials in Dale County, Ala., reported that water was over the
road at Alabama 27 and County Road 34 near Ozark, Ala.
--Officials in Coffee County reported that water was over the roadway
near the intersection of County Road 655 and County Road 663 near
Marvin Chapel, Ala.
Thunderstorm winds gusted to 45 mph at Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.,
early Friday afternoon.
24-Hour Rainfall Totals (inches), Ending at 9 p.m. Friday:
Milton, FL 5.25
Florala, AL 5.17
Ozark, AL 5.15
Fort Rucker, AL 4.74
Destin, FL 4.33
Hanchey, AL 4.26
Crestview, FL 4.02
Valparaiso, FL 3.96
Pensacola, FL 3.93
Dothan, AL 3.89
Eufaula, AL 3.68
Tyndall, FL 3.53
Fort Benning, GA 3.29
Brunswick, GA 3.10
Beaufort, SC 3.03
Mary Esther, FL 3.00
Panama City, FL 2.90
Tallahassee, FL 2.83
Andalusia, AL 2.72
Bonifay, FL 2.63
Valdosta, GA 2.56
Columbus, GA 2.55
Auburn, AL 2.46
Perry, FL 2.38
National High Yesterday 97 at Death Valley, Calif.
National Low Yesterday 7 at Crane Lake, Minn.
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