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NATIONAL SUMMARY Moisture from former Tropical Storm Erika continued to move onshore in Florida and the Southeast throughout the day yesterday. More than 4 inches of rain fell in 12 hours just outside St. Augustine, while widespread flooding caused road closures across the entire state. Heavy rain fell across the Northwest yesterday as well, as a storm system progressed onshore bringing a little over 2 inches of rainfall across Washington and Montana. A couple of those showers had embedded thunderstorms in them that caused a metal grain building to be blown down in Montana, scattering the grain across the prairie due to windows being broken. High pressure across the center of the country allowed for dry conditions to prevail from the Plains into most of the Midwest. Temperatures warmed into the middle 80s in the Northeast during the afternoon hours, while the upper 80s and lower 90s were more widespread across the Southeast. Daytime highs soared towards the triple digits in the northern Plains, placing highs 15-20 degrees above normal, and the warmth spread westward into the northern Rockies as well where temperatures were 5-10 degrees above normal. SPECIAL WEATHER Hurricane Carol Thrashes New England This day in weather history marked the start of a very active hurricane season in New England in 1954. Hurricane Carol, was the first of three hurricanes to affect the region during this year. Carol caused between $450-460 million in damages, as it came onshore at Westhampton, Long Island, New York and was responsible for 60 people losing their lives. WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS -Localized torrential rain sparked flash flooding in southern Missouri early on Sunday. In Taney County, a farmer reported the loss of 20 cows and two large tractors to flood waters of Brushy Creek. Flash flooding also washed out parts of Highway 125, including a bridge over Beaver Creek. --At Dalhart, Texas, the record low for Aug. 30 was tied early on Sunday. The low was 52 F, matching the old record from 1967. --A recording station in Power, Montana, recorded non-thunderstorm winds sustained at 50 mph with gusts to 67 mph for nearly five minutes. --A 21-inch diameter tree was uprooted during a thunderstorm near Ahwatukee, Arizona. --5 to 6 power lines were blown down near Mesa, Arizona, during a thunderstorm. 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 1 A.M. EDT (inches): Tamiami, FL 3.49 Opa Locka, FL 3.07 Miami, FL 2.76 Vero Beach, FL 2.66 Augusta, GA 2.63 Farmington, MO 2.52 Homestead, FL 2.34 Columbia, SC 2.22 Savannah, GA 2.18 St. Petersburg, FL 2.06 Hollywood, FL 2.05 St. Simons Island, GA 2.02 St. Augustine, FL 1.84 Gainesville, FL 1.81 Mount Pleasant, SC 1.75 Palatka, FL 1.64 Charleston, SC 1.60 Okeechobee, FL 1.51 Wooster, OH 1.51 Cocoa, FL 1.50 Grand Canyon, AZ 1.49 DAILY EXTREMES National High Yesterday 115 at Death Valley, California National Low Yesterday 31 at Bodie State Park, California COPYRIGHT 2015 ACCUWEATHER, INC
Copyright AccuWeather, Inc. 2015 All Rights Reserved AUGUST 31 PLACE YEAR EVENT _______________________________________________________________________ The East 1966 This day was the "official" end of the worst drought in the East. Some places had a four-year deficit of nearly 4 feet. Houston, Texas 1990 A total of 0.31 of an inch of rain fell. This was the first measurable rain in Houston since July 30, bringing 0.16 of an inch. This was the longest dry spell ever in Houston in August.