More Thunderstorms In Central U.S., Chilly In Northeast
Undated (AP) _ More rain fell across parts of the Plains on Wednesday and welcome heavy rain fell on parched northern California. Temperatures dipped to unseasonable lows from the Great Lakes to New England.
Showers and thunderstorms developing ahead of a warm front extended from Arkansas to Nebraska during the afternoon.
During the six hours up to 2 p.m. EDT, 1.01 inches of rain fell at Harrison, Ark.
A powerful storm over the Pacific Ocean spread showers into Oregon and California, and a snow advisory was issued for higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada range of California, north of Yosemite National Park.
Up to 10 inches of snow was possible at the highest elevations.
The rain has delayed the start of fire season in northern California, but offered little help with the state’s four-year drought.
″Obviously, we are pleased to have this rain, but it won’t make any difference in terms of ending the drought,″ said Don Paff, operations chief of the Central Valley Project, the federal water system operated by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
However, thanks to the rain, the state’s biggest water users - the Central Valley irrigation districts - won’t have to draw water from foothill and mountain reservoirs for up to two weeks, officials said.
Showers and thunderstorms also spread over southern Florida, and Key West got 3.50 inches of rain in the six hours up to 2 p.m. EDT.
Elsewhere, showers continued in much of New England.
On Tuesday, thunderstorms produced severe weather in Oklahoma, eastern New Mexico and the northern half of Texas, spawning several tornadoes and large hail. Heavy rain included 1.83 inches of San Angelo, Texas; 1.72 at Kingsville, Texas; 2.73 inches at Garden City, Kan.; 1.65 inches at Dodge City, Kan.; and 2.80 inches at Pueblo, Colo.
Parts of Pennsylvania got record rainfall Tuesday, including 4.5 inches in Montgomery County; 2.45 inches at Harrisburg, 2.25 inches at Philadelphia, 1.62 inches at Scranton, and 1.35 at Williamsport.
One death was reported Tuesday in Pennsylvania as a 6-year-old boy was washed down Wissahicken Creek. In addition, two teen-age girls were apparently washed away during flooding in southern Ohio.
Temperatures dipped into the 30s and 40s early Wednesday from the upper Mississippi Valley through the Great Lakes region and the upper Ohio Valley to northern New England as strong northwesterly wind ushered in cool air.
Duluth, Minn., posted a record low of 29 degrees and Toledo, Ohio, had a record low of 35. Duluth’s low also was the coldest reading on record there for so late in the season.
Frost and freeze warnings were posted into Thursday morning for the higher mountains of central Pennsylvania and for the northern mountains and upper Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia.
Elsewhere, temperatures also dipped into the 30s and 40s in the Rocky Mountains.
By contrast, the low of 81 at Brownsville, Texas, tied a 110-year-old record for the date.
Wednesday’s low for the Lower 48 was 28 at Alamosa, Colo.