Weather across the nation: 10/26/12

5:54 PM, Oct 26, 2012   |    comments
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Hurricane Sandy was at currently at Category 1 Hurricane strength with maximum winds up to 75 mph on Friday, and moved northward from the northern most islands of the Bahamas.

The system produced heavy rains with strong winds and dangerous surf just off the coast of eastern Florida and the Carolinas. Flow around this system pushed some heavy rains into eastern Florida and the eastern most regions of the Carolinas. Rainfall totals ranged from 1 to 3 inches in these areas on Friday.

Strong winds have been reported from 45 to 55 mph across eastern Florida. To the north, a low pressure system in Canada continued to push a cold front eastward through the Great Lakes and stretched down the Ohio River Valley and into the Lower Mississippi River Valley and eastern Texas.

Showers and thunderstorms developed along and ahead of this front, with heaviest rainfall reported up to 1.92 inches in Shreveport, Louisiana. Cool air poured in behind this system with highs ranging in the 40s as far south as Oklahoma and the Mid-Mississippi River Valley.

Meanwhile in the West, a low pressure system pushed another cold front onshore, producing rain and mountain snow showers for the Pacific Northwest, Intermountain West, and Northern Rockies. Hot and dry conditions over the Southwest increased fire danger across southern California and into Arizona.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................89 Weslaco, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................94 Port Isabel, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................1 West Yellowstone, Mont.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-19 Gulkana, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................55 Melbourne, Fla.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.92 Shreveport, La.

ON THIS DATE....... Hurricane Mitch continued to roar through the Atlantic basin on this date in 1998 with a center pressure of 905 mb. This measurement tied Hurricane Camille (1969) as the fourth strongest Atlantic hurricane on record at the time. Mitch would stay a Category 5 hurricane for another 33 hours before weakening.

The Associated Press

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