Foggy and Wet in East, Hot and Dry in West
Undated (AP) _ Fog and clouds covered most of the East and South today as humidity remained high but temperatures inched lower.
Scattered showers were expected across much of the Northeast, with heavy rainfall east of the Appalachians. On Thursday night, thunderstorms drenched southeastern Pennsylvania, shutting down Philadelphia International Airport for two hours and leaving up to 73,000 homes in darkness. No injuries were reported.
The Southeast also was expected to remain warm and humid today, with temperatures in the 90s and scattered afternoon thunderstorms across the lower Tennessee Valley and central Gulf Coast. In flooded areas of southwestern Georgia, there was a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms this afternoon.
Considerable sunshine was likely across the west Great Lakes region, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s.
Scattered thunderstorms were forecast for the Plains, with temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Thunderstorms with winds over 80 mph on Thursday knocked out power to thousands in Oklahoma and flooded streets. No one was hurt.
The West was expected to be mostly sunny and hot today, with temperatures from the 90s as far north as the Columbia River Valley to more than 110 in the Southwest deserts. Thunderstorms were likely in the northern Rockies.
The highest temperature in the country Thursday was 121 degrees at Death Valley, Calif.
Other reports at 5 a.m. EDT (atmospheric conditions not available for many cities):
-East: Albany, N.Y., 69 rain; Atlanta 72 partly cloudy; Boston 66 cloudy; Buffalo 65 partly cloudy; Charleston, S.C., 79; Chattanooga 73 fair; Cincinnati 71 foggy; Cleveland 71 foggy; Detroit 69 foggy; Hatteras 78; Jacksonville 76; Key West 83 fair; Knoxville 75 cloudy; Macon 74 cloudy; Miami 83 fair; New York 71 foggy; Philadelphia 75 foggy; Pittsburgh 71 foggy; Portland, Maine, 62 cloudy; Richmond 79 fair; Tampa 75 fair; Washington, D.C., 75 foggy.
-Central: Birmingham 71 foggy; Bismarck 54; Chicago 69 hazy; Denver 67; Des Moines 62; Fort Worth 73 fair; Indianapolis 72 partly cloudy; Kansas City 66 fair; Little Rock 74 cloudy; Louisville 76 partly cloudy; Memphis 75 cloudy; Nashville 74 cloudy; New Orleans 78 cloudy; North Platte 65 cloudy; Oklahoma City 66 fair; Omaha 61; Rapid City 58 fair; St. Louis 74 cloudy; Minneapolis- St. Paul 61; Sault Ste. Marie 58 rain; San Antonio 81 partly cloudy.
-West: Albuquerque 75 fair; Anchorage 58 cloudy; Boise 66; Casper 52 fair; Fairbanks 68 fair; Great Falls 57 fair; Honolulu 79 fair; Las Vegas 89; Los Angeles 64 cloudy; Medford 66; Pendleton 71; Phoenix 89; Portland, Ore., 60 cloudy; Reno 74 fair; Salt Lake City 67; San Diego 65 cloudy; San Francisco 54; Seattle 57 fair; Spokane 64.
-International: Calgary 48; Montreal 61 partly cloudy; Ottawa 59 partly cloudy; Regina 55 fair; Toronto 64 cloudy; Winnipeg 55 fair; San Juan 78 fair.