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Weather across the nation: 9/26/12

3:48 PM, Sep 26, 2012   |    comments
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Areas of unsettled weather continued in the West on Wednesday as a cold front dropped across the Central Rockies and waves of low pressure lingered across the Intermountain West.

Energy and sufficient moisture over this region kicked up isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms across the Central Great Basin, Northern Intermountain West, and Central Rockies through the afternoon and evening hours.

Meanwhile, in the East, a cold front became nearly stationary as it extended across the Lower Great Lakes and Ohio Valley and reached into the Central Plains this afternoon.

Moisture ahead of this boundary aided in producing showers, areas of locally heavy rain, and thunderstorms as the boundary dropped slowly southward toward the Tennessee Valley and Mid-Atlantic states throughout the day.

Behind this cold front, high pressure began to build over the Upper Midwest with cooler air from the north. This transition allowed much of the region to experience highs in the 60s and lower 70s, while south of the front remained warm and humid with highs in the 80s and 90s.

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................96 College Station, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................104 Marathon, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................23 Grand Forks AFB, N.D.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................15 Noatak, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................62 St. George, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.94 Fairfield, Ill.

ON THIS DATE....... The afternoon high for Death Valley, Calif., was 104 degrees on this date in 1979, marking the second time in three days that the recorded temperature rose to this value. The real news was that these two days were the coolest afternoons for the entire month.

The Associated Press

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