Weather across the nation: 8/20/12

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The most active weather in the country occurred along a front that stretched from the Gulf Coast through North Carolina.

This front allowed moisture to stream along it, producing areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms through the panhandle of Florida. This represented the only significant rain in the country with several inches falling.

Some rain did fall along the eastern seaboard from North Carolina through Delaware, but this precipitation was not widespread in nature. Additional scattered showers and thunderstorms did develop in New England in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, monsoon moisture streamed into the Southwest and produced a few thunderstorms in the Four Corners region. More thunderstorms were expected into the afternoon, as is typical this time of year.

Coastal clouds along the West Coast kept the immediate coast cool, while inland areas of the Southwest again warmed up to the 90s and some 100s. Cooler weather is on the way as a low pressure system from the Gulf of Alaska approaches the West.

The Northeast rose into the 70s, while the Southeast saw temperatures in the 70s and 80s for the most part. The Southern Plains rose into the 80s and 90s, while the Northwest saw temperatures in the 60s, 70s, and some 80s with the coolest temperatures at the coast.

MONDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................104 Needles, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................111 El Centro, Calif.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................30 Fernandina Beach, Fla.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................27 Tin City, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................39 Boulder City, Nev.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.59 Perry, Fla.

ON THIS DATE....... Have you ever heard of a town in Texas called Indianola? This was an actual town until this date in 1886. No, the residents of the town were not abducted by aliens. Indianola was completely destroyed by a hurricane and never rebuilt.

The Associated Press

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