Heavy Rain, Widespread Unseasonable Cold
The Associated Press
Sep. 14, 1993
Undated (AP) _ Thunderstorms caused flooding Tuesday in the south-central part of the nation, with one death blamed on rushing water, and temperatures fell to unseasonable record lows as far south as Texas.
At midday, showers and thunderstorms extended over parts of the central and southern Plains, the Mississippi Valley, the western half of the Great Lakes, and the southern Atlantic Coast states.
In northern Texas, pummeled by tornadoes on Monday, renewed thunderstorms brought heavy rain Tuesday. A 13-month-old girl died after she was swept from her mother's arms when their car stalled on a flooded road. The child's parents were hospitalized.
Up to 4 inches of rain in southwestern and central Missouri caused flash flooding Tuesday morning. Up to a foot of water was reported over some roads and highways.
Most areas of central Oklahoma got 1 to 2 inches of rain during the night, but the Ada area got as much as 8 inches. ''I didn't think it was going to stop,'' said Tony Anderson, a 911 operator in Ada.
Some southern Oklahoma creeks were swollen but only low-lying farm land was threatened.
Heavier rainfall during the six hours up to 2 p.m. EDT included 2.46 inches at Harrison, Ark.; 1.87 inches at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; 1.51 inches at Vichy, Mo.; 1.23 inches at Shreveport, La.; 1.17 inches at St. Louis, Mo.; 1.09 inches at Marquette, Mich.; and 1.03 inches at Fayetteville, Ark.
Elsewhere, showers were scattered over the Pacific Northwest.
Temperatures dropped to lows more typical of late autumn in parts of the West.
Tuesday morning's low for the lower 48 states was 9 at Pinedale, Wyo., not a record. The coldest spot in Utah was Randolph, at 14, also not a record.
Pueblo, Colo., had its earliest freeze on record at 31.
Other record lows were 27 at Cedar City, Utah;; 28 at Colorado Springs, Colo.; 30 at Delta, Utah; 38 at Dodge City, Kan.; 28 at Dugway, Utah; 31 at Goodland, Kan.; 20 at Laramie, Wyo.; 29 at Logan, Utah; 26 at Richfield, Utah; 24 at Sheridan, Wyo.; 27 at Vernal, Utah; 22 at Williston, N.D.; and 26 at Worland, Wyo.
Advisories for freezing temperatures during the night into Wednesday were posted over Colorado's San Luis Valley, central and eastern Nebraska, and the eastern third of North Dakota. In Minnesota, local advisories were posted for the first widespread frost of the season.
Not everyone had a cold morning.
Portland, Maine, and Mansfield, Ohio, both warmed to record highs of 86.
Temperatures around the 48 states at 3 p.m. EDT ranged from 43 at Ely and International Falls, Minn., and Ironwood and Marquette, Mich., to 99 at McAllen, Texas.