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Weather across the nation: 10/23/12

4:27 PM, Oct 23, 2012   |    comments
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Several areas of inclement weather struck the nation on Tuesday as heavy rain fell across the East and the West saw blizzard conditions in the mountains.

Precipitation in the East was driven by a stationary front that set up from around Milwaukee, Wisconsin through the East Coast near Boston. Along the front, light to moderate rain was widespread, while a few areas of heavy rain fell throughout southern New York and in Michigan.

North and south of the frontal region, skies were generally clear, with temperatures to the south in the 70s and 80s while to the north, highs remained below 60 for the most part.

Rain also spread west into the northern Plains, where a storm pushing across southern Canada dropped some rain into the northern tier states. Cloud cover from this storm spread across much of the northern U.S. and also helped trigger rain and snow showers in the northern Rockies.

In the West, rain and snow fell across the coastal states as a strong area of low pressure just to the west of Vancouver sat nearly stationary.

Heavy rain bands moved ashore in the Northwest, and some heavy rain pushed as far south as central California in the early morning. The Sierra Nevada mountains also saw some heavy precipitation, with some locations seeing up to 27 inches of snow.

TUESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................92 Houston / Southwest Airport, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................95 Harlingen, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................10 Stanley, Idaho

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-29 Arctic Village, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................76 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.96 Sedalia, Mo.

ON THIS DATE: Talk about a fishy beginning to the day. Between 7 and 8 a.m. on this date in 1947, thousands of freshwater fish fell on Marksville, Lousiana. This is even more amazing due to the fact that the weather was foggy with light winds at the time, with no thunderstorms or any severe weather present.

The Associated Press

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