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Thunderstorm Across Plains; Low Temps Around Great Lakes

May 28, 1985

Undated (AP) _ Severe thunderstorms accompanied by a threat of tornadoes rumbled across the Plains today after a rash of tornadoes skipped through Colorado and the Midwest.

A stationary front across eastern Colorado and central Wyoming triggered severe thunderstorms across the central High Plains, prompting a severe thunderstorm watch early today in east central Colorado, northwest and west central Kansas.

A tornado touched down early today in Kansas between Winona and Rusell Springs, the National Weather Service said.

Elsewhere, showers and thunderstorms were scattered across New England, parts of the mid-Atlantic states, the lower Great Lakes, the Ohio and Tennessee valleys, parts of the Plains and northern Rockies. Rain was scattered across the central Pacific Coast.

Akron, Ohio, got 1.39 inches of rain in the 6-hour period up to 8 a.m. EDT today, and 1.35 inches fell at Russell, Kan.

A high pressure system over south central Ontario brought clear skies, light winds and lower temperatures to the upper Great Lakes, where early- morning temperatures dipped as low as the 30s in some sections and Upper Michigan had scattered frost.

Fair skies were common across the Southwest early today.

The National Weather Service reported tornadoes in Nebraska and Colorado overnight and said gusty thunderstorm winds damaged four farms, knocked down a barn and damaged grain bins near Potter, Neb. Hail also damaged wheat crops along a five-mile wide strip and high winds downed power lines, the weather service said.

The National Weather Service office at Scottsbluff, Neb., said it received about a dozen confirmed tornado sightings late Monday afternoon in Banner and Cheyenne counties. No injuries were reported.

Fifteen miles of electrical lines were downed in Banner County, said Jerry Demel, manager of communications for Tri-State G & T Association Inc.

Baseball-sized hail damaged roofs and broke windows near Peetz, Colo., and golfball-sized hail was widespread, the weather service said.

Large hail also was reported in northwest Oklahoma and western and central Texas.

Lightning set fire to three tanks used to collect oil from drilling sites near Pawhuska, Okla., but no injuries were reported.

Thunderstorms developed along a cold front which curved across the Ohio Valley Monday.

A tornado injured two people, blew out windows and damaged a roof at a shopping plaza in Lawrence, Ind., the weather service said.

A tornado touched down at Leesville Lake in Carroll County, Ohio, hurling a pontoon boat into 10 others, the sheriff’s department said, adding that all 11 boats were damaged.

Today’s forecast called for showers and thunderstorms scattered from the southern Plains across the lower Mississippi Valley, the Tennessee and Ohio valleys, from North Carolina to southern New England, and across southern Florida.

Scattered showers and a few thundershowers were predicted to reach from the northern intermountain region to the northern Plains. Scattered showers were predicted for the upper Mississippi Valley and along the northern portion of the West Coast.

Highs were expected to be in the 60s from North Dakota across the Great Lakes, from the upper Ohio Valley to New England and across western sections of the Great Basin to most of the Pacific Coast; in the 80s from interior sections of southern California across the southern Rockies, the southern half of the Plains and from the lower Mississippi Valley across Tennessee to the central Atlantic Coast; in the 90s from the desert Southwest across much of Texas; and near 100 in sections of west Texas and southwest Arizona.

Temperatures around the nation at 1 a.m. EDT ranged from 33 degrees at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., to 81 at El Paso and Del Rio, Texas, and Phoenix, Ariz.

Other reports:

-East: Atlanta 70 fair; Boston 65 foggy; Buffalo 58 foggy; Charleston, S.C., 67 fair; Cincinnati 67 foggy; Cleveland 60 rain; Detroit 50 cloudy; Miami 74 fair; New York 68 foggy; Philadelphia 67 cloudy; Pittsburgh 61 drizzle; Portland 57 foggy; Washington 74 cloudy.

-Central: Bismarck 53 rain; Chicago 51 fair; Dallas-Fort Worth 75 cloudy; Denver 58 fair; Des Moines 58 foggy; Indianapolis 61 foggy; Kansas City 61 partly cloudy; Minneapolis-St. Paul 57 partly cloudy; Nashville 65 showery; New Orleans 65 hazy; St. Louis 63 foggy.

-West: Albuquerque 60 fair; Anchorage 54 windy; Las Vegas 76 partly cloudy; Los Angeles 58 fair; Phoenix 81 fair; Salt Lake City 74 windy; San Diego 64 fair; San Francisco 54 cloudy; Seattle 52 cloudy.

-Canada: Montreal 50 foggy; Toronto 54 partly cloudy.

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