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Weather across the nation: 5/16/13

5:18 PM, May 16, 2013   |    comments
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Three weather systems brought active weather to the nation on Thursday.

An area of low pressure over the Southern Plains slowly moved eastward over the Lower Mississippi River Valley. This system pulled moisture and energy in from the Gulf of Mexico, which allowed for heavy rainfall and strong thunderstorms to develop over the region. This system has a history of producing severe thunderstorms with large hail, damaging winds, and even a few tornadoes.

Thus, chances of severe thunderstorms persisted for far eastern Texas, northern Louisiana, and southern Arkansas. Strong winds with gusts up to 54 mph were reported at Waco, Texas, while Paris, Texas reported 3.12 inches of rain by mid-day on Thursday. To the north of this system, a frontal boundary lingered over the Ohio River Valley and triggered a few scattered showers and thunderstorms. Severe storms were not anticipated in these areas.

Further north, a stronger low pressure system advanced off the Northern Rockies and moved into the Northern Plains. This created heavy rainfall with strong thunderstorms from Nebraska through North Dakota. Dime to quarter size hail was reported in multiple locations across far northeastern Colorado.

Behind this low pressure system a cold front swept through the Pacific Northwest and northern California. Rainfall totals remained light, but some areas saw some strong and gusty winds along this front as it moved across the Great Basin..

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................104 Dryden, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................104 Laredo, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................26 Crane Lake, Minn.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-12 Tin City, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................85 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................3.12 Paris, Texas

ON THIS DATE....... Talk about a wild day. On this date in 1997, Sioux City, IA recorded a record low morning temperature of 33 degrees before the temperature soared to a record-tying high of 91 degrees in the afternoon. More record high temperatures were set on that day including in San Francisco, CA (94 degrees); Phoenix, AZ (106 degrees); and Hastings, NE (91 degrees).

The Associated Press

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