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National: Cold front slices eastward

4:10 PM, Sep 21, 2013   |    comments
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A cold front that extended from Texas to New York brought plenty of rain to the East Coast on Saturday, while most of the central U.S. stayed dry.

Wet weather and gusty winds accompanied the extensive cold front on Saturday, bringing heavy rain to a number of states along the East Coast. Flood warnings were issued in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and West Virginia as the cold front moved slowly eastward. Remnants of Tropical Cyclone Manuel interacted with a couple of embedded low pressure systems to bring more wet weather to Texas. Flood watches were also issued in parts of Texas as showers and thunderstorms continued to linger in the state.

High pressure over the four corners states brought more relief to flood zones in the Central Rockies on Saturday as the majority of the Great Basin stayed dry.

Meanwhile in the West, a cold front continued to trek through parts of the Pacific Northwest and California. This cold front brought wet weather to Washington, Oregon, and even as far south as central California as cooler conditions followed the front. Snow showers also fell at high elevations in the northern Cascades as a result of this recent cold front passage. The Southwest dodged wet weather on Saturday as the cold front stayed farther north, although temperatures dropped below 100 degrees in the Southern California and Arizona deserts. Phoenix reported a midday high temperature of 93 degrees, which at the time was the warmest spot in the nation.


SATURDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................97 Needles, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................97 Tampa Macdill AFB, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................26 West Yellowstone, Mont.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................4 Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................55 False Pass, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................3.82 Baton Rouge, La.


ON THIS DATE....... Never doubt the courage and resolve of chickens. A tornado on this date in 1894 picked up a large chicken house and wedged it between two trees. The next day, the hens were found sitting on their eggs as if nothing had happened.

The Associated Press

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