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Weather Extremes

Tue., June 17, 2008

The week of June 8-14, there were 321 weather records broken or tied, as observed at airports and National Weather Service automated stations.

Most of the 120 high temperature extremes were reported in the eastern and southeastern U.S. On June 8, Greenville, S.C., reported 100 degrees. Other stations that hit the century mark June 8 included Athens, Ga., with 101 degrees, and Richmond, Va., and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., with 100 degrees. The northeastern U.S. saw readings in the mid-to-upper 90s.

Athens, Ga., topped the century mark again June 9 with 102 degrees. Erie, Pa., hit a record 93 degrees. Wilmington, N.C., hit 101 degrees on the 9th as well. On June 10, Bridgeport, Conn., observed 96 degrees. At New York’s La Guardia Airport the mercury topped out at 100 degrees on the 10th. Record high temperatures were observed in south Texas on the 13th, with 110 degrees at Wink.

There was record cold in the West. On June 9, Seattle dropped to a 45 degrees. On June 10, Spokane reported 36 and Challis, Idaho, hit 32. On June 11, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., dipped to 27 degrees. Great Falls, Mont., reported 32 degrees. There were several low-maximum records broken last week in Coeur d’Alene as highs only topped the upper 40s to the mid-50s.

As record cold clashed with the record warmth, heavy precipitation fell across the central U.S. On June 8, Madison, Wis., observed 4.11 inches of rain. Dubuque, Iowa, received over 2 inches. On the 11th, Lincoln, Neb., had 3.03 inches of moisture. On June 12, Moline, Ill., received 3.28 inches and Springfield, Mo., measured 3.88 inches of rain on the 13th.

In Great Falls, 6.8 inches of snow was measured on the 11th. Traces of snow were seen in the Inland Northwest last week as well.


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