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Weather across the nation: 4/17/13

5:38 PM, Apr 17, 2013   |    comments
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A dangerous day was set up for the middle portion of the country Wednesday as a powerful storm brought a variety of significant weather events to the region.

The most dangerous of this weather was the threat of severe weather from northern Texas through Missouri and Illinois due to a strong cold front moving through that area.

While no tornadoes had yet formed by the early afternoon, the Storm Predictions Center had issued a moderate risk of severe weather for the area due to the possibility of severe thunderstorms, strong winds, large hail, and tornadoes into the evening. Residents are asked to watch local weather conditions into the evening and be prepared to protect life and property.

Even without a tornado during the first part of the day, the associated cold front produced heavy rain for Iowa and Illinois. Some areas in Iowa had reported up to 3 inches of rain by the early afternoon, prompting flooding concerns due to surging rivers and streams.

The second effect of the storm was the winter conditions it provided from the Northern Rockies through the Northern Plains. While significant snow was expected to continue to produce significant snow into the evening and Thursday, several inches of snow had already fallen from eastern Colorado through South Dakota.

Meanwhile, an area of showers and thunderstorms developed over the Appalachians. The rest of the eastern third of the country remained dry.

The Southeast rose into the 70s and 80s, while the Northeast saw temperatures in the 50s and 60s. The Northern Plains rose into the 30s and 40s, while the Northwest saw temperatures in the 40s and 50s.

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................95 Dryden, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................103 McAllen, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-2 Yellowstone, Wyo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-36 Kuparuk, Alaska

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

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.19 Iowa City, Iowa

ON THIS DATE....... The stretch the Mississippi River near Minneapolis crested at a new record on this date in 1965, topping the previous record by four feet. As the flood moved downstream, high river levels were recorded southward to Hannibal, Mo. Even though the events along the river caused $100 million damage, early warnings saved the lives of countless people as only 12 fatalities were reported.

The Associated Press

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