Weather across the nation: 2/13/13

5:32 PM, Feb 13, 2013   |    comments
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The southeastern portion of the country remained quite active Wednesday as a storm moved through the region.

The exiting storm brought moderate to occasionally heavy morning rain to the coast, while scattered showers fell through much of the rest of the Southeast. As the storm moved northeastward along the eastern seaboard, its associated cold front draped itself over northern Florida and allowed for areas of moderate to heavy rain along with some thunderstorms mostly north of Tampa Bay.

This front was expected to drift southward down into Florida over the next few days, bringing potentially sustained rainfall to the southern half of the state. This may be the first significant rainfall for the state in several weeks.

Meanwhile, another storm moved out of central Canada and into the Northern Plains. This storm brought cold air along with it, instigating areas of snow in the Dakotas and western Minnesota. Also, scattered rain and snow showers fell in Idaho and Montana.

The rest of the country remains mostly dry under a high pressure system.

The Northeast rose into the 30s and 40s, while the Southeast saw a range of temperatures from the 40s through the 80s from Tennessee through Florida. The Rockies rose into the 20s and 30s, while the Northwest saw temperatures in the 40s and 50s.

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................88 Orlando, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................90 West Palm Beach, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-11 Gunnison, Colo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-49 Point Lay, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................70 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.29 Savannah Hunter, Ga.

ON THIS DATE....... What came to be known as the "Friday the 13th" avalanche killed 16 people on this date in 1899 in Alva, Utah. The avalanche also trapped 13 people for 12 hours before being rescued. Meanwhile, that day was also the coldest morning on record for the Gulf Coast. Tallahassee recorded -2 degrees to set a record low for the state of Florida.

The Associated Press

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