Weather across the nation: 12/24/12

5:37 PM, Dec 24, 2012   |    comments
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The storm system that pounded the West Coast on Sunday continued to move eastward and brought significant snowfall to portions of the Intermountain West Monday.

Some areas saw up to a foot of snow. The southern end of the system's cold front supported rain showers over Southern California.

Moving to the East, a low pressure system brought widespread showers and thunderstorms from the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley southwestward across the Tennessee Valley and portions of the Southeast.

Elsewhere, scattered snow showers continued over the Great Lakes region.

Temperature wise, the coldest region was over the Northern Plains, where highs were only in the teens and single digits. These readings were 25 to 35 degrees below normals. On the other hand, the warmest regions were in southern Texas and southern Florida, where afternoon temperatures rose into the upper 70s and 80s.

MONDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................84 Corpus Christi, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................84 Corpus Christi, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-18 Hazen, N.D.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-54 Gulkana, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................84 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.42 Los Angeles, Calif.

ON THIS DATE....... The coldest Christmas Eve on record occurred in 1983. On that day, over 125 cities reported record lows for the date. A reading of -25 degrees in Chicago, Ill., was the coldest reading ever for the city. Meanwhile, Miles City, Mont., reported the all-time U.S. record high barometric pressure reading when the mercury rose to 31.42 inches.

The Associated Press

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