Thursday, July 30, 2009

7/30 - 4pm - Heat Easing in the Northwest

The Northwest has been hammered by extreme heat over the past week or so. The Portland and Seattle areas have seen all-time record high temperatures in the 100's this week. The National Weather Service offices in those areas have certainly had their hands full trying to keep up with all the records broken, along with issuing Excessive Heat Warnings. Luckily, the forecasts for both Seattle and Portland seem to have temperatures easing into the 90's today and 80's tomorrow. Click here to see a record temperature report from the Portland National Weather Service office.

Take a look at yesterday's storm reports from the SPC:

Notice all the tornado reports in Eastern Colorado, an area that was hit pretty hard earlier this season. Seven confirmed tornadoes touched down in this area yesterday, causing minor damage. [NWS, CBS4 Denver]

Tornadoes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania caused quite a bit of damage yesterday. The confirmed EF2 tornado in Sussex County, New Jersey damaged farm buildings, but luckily caused no injuries. The tornado in Stroudsburg, PA was also an EF2, but caused two injuries and damaged homes along with farm buildings.

Looks like it could be a bit wet for retiring WAVE TV meteorologist Tom Wills' Louisville Bats baseball game this evening. Scattered storms are forming along the Ohio River now and more rain is coming up from the south. Looks like the game may start out dry, but rain could set in later in the evening.

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