Weather across the nation: 9/25/12

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Strong thunderstorms developed throughout the Appalachians on Tuesday.

These storms brought strong winds lightning and heavy rainfall to portions of Kentucky and Ohio in the morning and early afternoon hours. Precipitation had tapered off west of the mountains for the most part though some showers persisted in Ohio and a small cluster of thunderstorms pushed eastward throughout Illinois into Indiana.

In the Northern Plains and Mid-West, generally clear skies were reported, with seasonable conditions north of a cold from that dropped out of Canada. South and west of the front, cloud cover was present throughout much of the day, and showers and thunderstorms kicked up. Most of these storms were small and relatively short lived. Heavy rainfall wasn't a concern except for some of the storm in the Rockies where terrain effects helped keep storms in place and allowed for some heavier downpours.

The South saw clear skies on Tuesday with cloud free skies spanning from Texas to the Southeast coast. Temperatures in the region ranged from hot and humid in the south to pleasant in the Southeast. Florida didn't see clear skies like the rest of the south as showers, thunderstorms and cloud cover moved over the state.

In the West, cloud free skies stretched from Southern California through Oregon with pleasantly warm temperatures. Further north some clouds moved over Washington and kept temperatures cool.

TUESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................98 Thermal, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................98 Shawnee, Okla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................23 Langdon, N.D.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................9 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................53 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.52 Fort Knox, Ky.

ON THIS DATE....... Ninety percent of Bermuda's trees were destroyed on this date in 1987 as Hurricane Emily battered the Atlantic island. The hurricane actually only sustained hurricane force winds for a few 10-minute periods, but nonetheless caused $35 million damage.

The Associated Press

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