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Weather across the nation: 3/31/13

5:08 PM, Mar 31, 2013   |    comments
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Active weather moved into the East this Easter Sunday, while showery weather developed in the West.

In the East, an upper trough of low pressure dug into the Eastern U.S. on Sunday and reinforced an unseasonably cold airmass already in place over much of the central and eastern U.S. Cold daytime highs near the freezing mark allowed for areas of rain and snow showers to develop ahead of a cold front that pushed eastward through the Upper Great Lakes this afternoon.

A few areas of snow showers continued behind the passing cold front in parts of northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Meanwhile, to the south of this activity, ample moisture from the Gulf of Mexico fed into a second, more energetic cold front that reached from the Lower Ohio River Valley and through the Southern Plains this afternoon.

Areas of widely scattered to widespread rain showers, periods of heavy rain, and thunderstorms developed ahead of the cold front across the Gulf Coast States and Tennessee Valley. Areas from southern and eastern Texas through southern Mississippi were at slight risk of severe thunderstorm development through this evening.

While the main concerns with severe weather in these areas were large hail and damaging wind gusts, tornadoes were not ruled out. As of this afternoon, numerous quarter to half dollar sized hail events (1.00 to 1.25 inches in diameter) and high wind events were reported from counties in eastern Texas, southeastern Oklahoma, southern Arkansas, and northern Louisiana with downed trees and power lines and property damage.

Outside of this area, an associated warm front and low pressure kicked scattered rain showers in the Mid-Atlantic, Lower Great Lakes, and Lower Northeast.

In the West, an offshore Pacific low pressure system advanced inland on Sunday and brought scattered showers and snow to the higher mountain peaks of California. A few thunderstorms became embedded in this activity as the system reached Nevada. Central California saw a slight risk of severe thunderstorm development with possible hail and tornadoes.

SUNDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................93 Falfurrias, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................90 Port Isabel, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................12 Yellowstone, Wyo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-32 Barter Island, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................66 Longview, Texas

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.27 Marshall, Texas

ON THIS DATE....... An incredible 107 inches of rain fell during the month of March in 1942 at Puu Kukui Maui, Hawaii. This amount set a United States record for rainfall in one month. The same place set the annual rainfall record in 1950 when it received 578 inches of rain.

The Associated Press

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