NATIONAL SUMMARY Showers and thunderstorms will extend from the Northeast to the mid-Mississippi Valley and central Plains tomorrow. Some of these storms could produce locally heavy rainfall and lead to flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas. This rain, however, will bring an end to the intense heat across much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation as temperatures return to more normal values. Across the South, spotty thunderstorms will clip portions of the lower Mississippi Valley. These storms are not expected to bring widespread flooding issues. Across the West, the peak of summertime heat will envelop much of the West Coast. Sea breezes will keep areas within 30 to 50 miles of the coast much cooler and more comfortable. Some record highs could be broken across California's Central Valley. SPECIAL WEATHER WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS Record Highs from Wednesday: -Needles, CA tied the record of 119 degrees, originally set way back in 1889. -Lancaster, CA tied the record of 107 degrees, originally set in 1980. -Kanab, UT set a record of 104 degrees, breaking the record of 102 degrees originally set in 1943 and tied in 1946. -Escalante, UT set a record of 102 degrees, breaking the record of 101 degrees set in 1995. -Cedar City, UT set a record of 101 degrees, breaking the record of 99 degrees set in 1980. -Zanesville, OH tied the record of 95 degrees, originally set in 1999. -New Philadelphia, OH set a record of 95 degrees, breaking the record of 93 degrees set in 1993. Rainfall Records from Wednesday: -Austin (Bergstrom Airport), TX has 4.18 inches, breaking the record of 3.11 inches set in 1979. This also made it the wettest July day on record, breaking the record of 3.96 inches on July 9, 1961. -Springfield, MO had 1.74 inches, breaking the record of 1.42 inches set in 1979. Some Severe Weather Reports from Wednesday: -A tornado destroyed a shed, downed trees, and blew off part of a roof in Barron County, WI. -A brief tornado touched down in Weld County, CO. -A tornado touched down in Winnebago County, IA. -A tornado briefly touched down in Humboldt County, IA. -Wind-driven golf ball-sized hail caused significant damage to homes and businesses and Pine Bluffs, WY. 24-Hour Rainfall Totals, as of 2 A.M. EDT Thursday: Austin, TX 4.18" Madisonville, KY 2.54" Nogales, AZ 1.95" Greenville, MS 1.91" Springfield, MO 1.74" Rush City, MN 1.64" Beaumont, TX 1.54" Murray, KY 1.53" Denton, TX 1.52" Rice Lake, WI 1.46" Poplar Bluff, MO 1.45" Siren, WI 1.34" Lafayette, LA 1.33" Osceola, WI 1.31" Stuttgart, AR 1.27" DAILY EXTREMES National High Yesterday 126 at Death Valley, California National Low Yesterday 31 at Wisdom, Montana COPYRIGHT 2016 ACCUWEATHER, INC
Copyright AccuWeather, Inc. 2016 All Rights Reserved JULY 28 PLACE YEAR EVENT ___________________________________________________________________________ New England 1949 Heat wave in New England; the hight temperature in Greenville, R.I., reached 102 degrees. Atlantic 1990 Hurricane Bertha formed 450 miles east of Jacksonville, Fla. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 75 mph with gusts to 90 mph.