Weather across the nation: 11/29/12

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Wet weather continued in the West on Thursday as a broad low pressure system off the West Coast pushed another cold front onshore.

This system produced more heavy rain, strong winds, and flooding for the Pacific Northwest. Flow around this low pressure system continued to push abundant moisture onshore, producing heavy rain for northern California as well as Oregon and Washington. Warm temperatures associated with this system allowed for snow levels to remain above 7,000 feet for the Cascades.

Rainfall totals ranged from 1.5 to 2 inches in many areas, with higher totals expected at higher elevations. Heaviest rainfall has been reported in Crescent City, Calif., with a midday total of 2.11 inches. As the region was already pretty wet from the front that passed through on Wednesday, flooding has become a great concern for the region.

Flood advisories have been issued for parts of the north coast of California and across western Oregon and Washington. Strong winds also developed along this frontal boundary with gusts over 60 mph in many areas, with higher gusts at higher elevations.

Ahead of this system, the cold front that brought rain to the West on Wednesday has made its way eastward into the Northern Rockies where it produced scattered rain and snow showers across Montana and parts of Idaho and Wyoming.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................82 Punta Gorda, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................82 Punta Gorda, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................3 Alamosa, Colo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-52 Gulkana, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................79 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.11 Crescent City, Calif.

ON THIS DATE....... What a confusing day for the residents of Rochester, Minn. The previous record high for the city for today was 53 degrees. Yet on this date in 1998, the low temperature was 54 degrees, which by itself would have broken the old high record. The temperature would climb to 62 degrees that day, setting the current record.

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11/29/2012 4:27:55 PM (GMT -5:00)

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