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Weather across the nation: 10/13/12

5:42 PM, Oct 13, 2012   |    comments
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The main weather feature in the country was a storm that moved out of the Rockies and into the Plains.

This storm gathered moisture as it moved eastward, providing heavy rain along with strong thunderstorms from Oklahoma through the Great Lakes region.

Some of these thunderstorms were strong enough to instigate Tornado Warnings. More warnings were possible into the late afternoon and evening in the Plains due to the intensity of these thunderstorms. 

Residents in the region should monitor the progress of any nearby thunderstorms and be prepared to take precaution to protect life and property should a thunderstorm become severe.


Meanwhile, a high pressure ridge along the West Coast continued to provide a warming trend after the previous week of cool and wet weather. This warming trend was expected to continue for the next several days with temperatures above normal by midweek.


The Northeast rose into the 40s and 50s, while the Southeast saw temperatures in the 70s and 80s. The Southern Plains rose into the 80s and 90s, while the Northern Plains saw temperatures in the 60s and 70s. The Northwest rose into the 60s and 70s.


SATURDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................98 Zapata, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................102 Alice, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................8 Mt. Washington, N.H.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-20 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................64 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.73 Oshkosh, Wis.


ON THIS DATE....... A 1981 low pressure system brought high winds to the West Coast on this date. The central pressure of the low was measured at 956 millibars (mb) and winds gusted to 97 mph in parts of Oregon and Washington. The winds were so strong that 12 deaths were attributed to them.

The Associated Press

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