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Weather across the nation: 8/2/12

4:26 PM, Aug 2, 2012   |    comments
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Active weather continued across most of the nation on Thursday. Hot conditions persisted for the Central and Southern U.S. as a ridge of high pressure dominated from the Southern Plains through the Lower Mississippi River Valley.

This created another sunny day which kept high temperatures from 100 to 110 degrees, with heat index values up to 120 degrees. In the West, monsoonal moisture maintained showers and thunderstorms across the Desert Southwest and parts of the Four Corners. Heavy rainfall and strong thunderstorms have not been reported. In the North, rain and thunderstorms developed in the Northern High Plains.

A low pressure system in Alberta Canada slid southeastward and created a trough of low pressure over the Northern High Plains. Just to the east, a frontal disturbance with low pressure dropped across the Upper Midwest and Central Plains with a few showers and thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, in the Southeast, a stationary front stalled from the Lower Mississippi River Valley through the Carolinas, producing moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms. Some of these storms turned severe with strong winds and large hail.

 Quarter to half dollar size hail was reported in Pinebluff, N.C., while golf ball size hail was reported in Kenly, N.C. Reports of strong and damaging winds have been reported from the Florida Panhandle through South Carolina.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES: HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................109 Chandler, Okla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................117 Okmulgee, Okla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................32 Truckee, Calif.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................29 Barrow, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................55 Concordia, Kan.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.11 Holdrege, Neb.

ON THIS DATE....... Weak hurricane Erin first came ashore near Vero Beach, Fla., on this date in 1995. The hurricane weakened over land to a tropical storm before moving over warm Gulf of Mexico water and re-generating into a hurricane. When moving back ashore near Pensacola Fla., the hurricane had sustained winds of 94 mph.

The Associated Press

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