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Weather across the nation: 12/5/12

7:57 PM, Dec 4, 2012   |    comments
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Two large-scale areas of storms dominated the nation's weather picture today - one along the West Coast and another that moved out of the Midwest and into the Appalachians.

The Appalachian rainfall was the result of low pressure in Canada that dropped a cold front into the lower 48. The front extended from the central Great Lakes through central Texas and dropped light to moderate rainfall along its length.

Temperatures along the front were quite warm, keeping all precipitation as rain. The Mid-Atlantic region as well as the northeastern interior saw temperatures rise well above normal with temperatures in the 60s reported as far as northern New York.

Along the coast, there was a sharp temperature contrast as highs only rose into the 30s and 40s. The Southeast also saw warm weather as most of the region experienced highs in the 70s.

Behind the cold front, temperatures cooled slightly, into the 50s, but a second front further west really cooled things down, as temperatures in the Northern Plains fell into the 20s and teens.

The West Coast also saw precipitation today as a Pacific storm pushed ashore. Rain and high elevation snow were reported throughout the region from Washington to Northern California. Precipitation also made its way over the Cascades into the Northwestern Interior, where snow fell over Idaho.

TUESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................87 Harlingen, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................88 Port Isabel, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................1 Rolla, N.D.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-61 Big Delta, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................68 Newport Airport, Ore

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.81 Rogers, Ark

ON THIS DATE:

This time of year would be a bad time to be without electricity in the Northeast. Yet, on this date in 1964, a big ice storm hit New England, leaving some places with ice one and a half inches thick. This caused 80,000 homes to be without power for many days.

The Associated Press

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