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Weather across the nation: 4/25/13

5:20 PM, Apr 25, 2013   |    comments
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Multiple weather features brought active weather to the nation on Thursday.

In the east, a strong cold front finally pushed offshore and into the Atlantic Ocean, which allowed for showers and thunderstorms to wind down early on Thursday. However, the tail end of this system lingered over Florida and the Gulf of Mexico and kicked up more shower and thunderstorm activity from eastern Texas through northern Florida. There was a slight chance that these storms would turn severe, but severe thunderstorm development has not yet been reported.

In the North, a trough of low pressure moved through the Great Lakes and brought a few light showers to the region. Cooler air filtered into the Northern states as these two systems continued to pull cold air in from Canada. High temperatures in the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains ranged in the upper 40s, while most of the Northeast remained in the 50s to lower 60s.

In the West, a trough of low pressure moved over the Southern Rockies and pulled some Pacific moisture into the region. This allowed for a few widespread rain and early morning snow showers to develop across New Mexico on Thursday. While there was little moisture associated with this system, strong and gusty winds in combination with low relative humidity allowed for fire danger to increase across Arizona and New Mexico. Red flag warnings have been issued for eastern Arizona through central New Mexico due to possible wind gusts up to 45 mph with relative humidity below 15 percent.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................87 Fort Myers, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................89 Tampa Macdill AFB, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................8 Langdon, N.D.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-21 Kuparuk, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................77 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................0.88 Sitka, Alaska

ON THIS DATE....... A violent tornado swept through several counties in Kansas on this date in 1896. The cyclone killed at least nine people in Clay County and completely destroyed 27 farms. One newspaper reported that "everything was leveled as if a roller had passed over it."

The Associated Press

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