Saturday felt nothing like the start of the Memorial Day weekend
across the Northeast due to rain, high-elevation snow and brisk
winds. The wet and chilly weather will gradually diminish from south
to north through Sunday, leading to a nice Memorial Day. Meanwhile,
the main weather news on Saturday was a cluster of drenching
thunderstorms that continued to stream across San Antonio, leading to
severe flooding. A flash flood emergency was declared as runoff from
the rain inundated and forced officials to close roads, while some
residents were forced from their homes. KSAT-TV from San Antonio
reported that the flooding has claimed at least one life. The
heaviest rain has departed San Antonio as the flooding downpour
danger shifts northeastward toward the Arklatex through tonight.
Severe thunderstorms will also continue to erupt through the evening
hours across the High Plains with another round of violent
thunderstorms to plague this region on Sunday. Showers were also
pushing into western Washington Saturday afternoon. Rain will expand
across more of the Northwest through Sunday.
Second All-Time Wettest Day for San Antonio
This Memorial Day weekend started with severe flooding in San
Antonio after drenching thunderstorms unleashed nearly 10 inches of
rain, as of 1 p.m. CDT. May 25 is now the city's second wettest day
of all-time since records began in 1886. July 1, 2002, originally
held that distinction with 9.52 inches, while October 17, 1998, and
its 11.26 inches remains at the top of the list. The torrential rain
caused the level of the San Antonio River at Loop 410 to surge from
4.54 feet to a record 34.21 feet in less than four hours.
WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS BY ACCU WEATHER
Record Lows Set Saturday Morning (Old Record):
Wheeling, W. Va.: 31 degrees (41 degrees from 1949)
New Philadelphia, Ohio: 32 degrees (33 degrees from 1992)
Morgantown, W. Va.: 32 degrees (37 degrees from 1956)
Zanesville, Ohio: 31 degrees (37 degrees from 1956)
Huntington, W. Va.: 39 degrees tied the record from 1941.
Parkersburg, W. Va.: 33 degrees (37 degrees from 1925)
Beckley, W. Va.: 36 degrees (40 degrees from 1983)
Bristol, Tenn.: 40 degrees (42 degrees from 1942)
Elizabeth City, N.C.: 43 degrees (47 degrees from 1976)
Pittsburgh, Pa.: 33 degrees tied the record from 1925.
Piedmont Triad International Airport, N.C.: 43 degrees tied the
record from 1956.
Raleigh, N.C.: 41 degrees (43 degrees from 1967)
Lynchburg, Va.: 36 degrees (37 degrees from 1967)
Danville, Va.: 40 degrees (41 degrees from 1956)
Cleveland, Ohio: 33 degrees (35 degrees from 1956)
Youngstown, Ohio: 30 degrees tied the record from 1956.
24-Hour Rainfall Totals, Ending at 2 p.m. EDT Saturday:
National High Today (through 3 p.m.) 94 at Lamar, Colorado
National Low Today (through 3 p.m.) 15 at Bodie State Park, California
International High (last 24 hours) 119 at Dongola, Sudan
International Low (last 24 hours) -9 at Summit Station, Greenland