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Weather across the nation: 9/28/12

4:13 PM, Sep 28, 2012   |    comments
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Heavy rain and flash flooding spread across Texas on Friday, while showers and thunderstorms persisted in the East.

Tropical moisture advanced into the region from the eastern Pacific Ocean. This moisture combined with a wave of low pressure, and allowed for heavy rains to move into Texas from northern Mexico. Some areas saw flash flooding as rainfall totals surpassed 3 inches. Heaviest rainfall was reported in Midland, Texas, with a midday total of 3.25 inches of rain.

Flash flood warnings were issued across most of western and central Texas. East of this activity, a cold front continued to drop southward from the Ohio River Valley and the Northeast. This system pulled moisture in from the Gulf of Mexico, which supported showers and thunderstorms across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic states, and into the Tennessee Valley and Lower Mississippi River Valley.

Some of these storms have turned severe with strong winds and hail. In Eatons Neck, N.Y., strong winds blew down multiple trees and power lines. South of this front, warm and moist air from the Gulf of Mexico maintained humid conditions across the Southeast with highs in the 80s and 90s. North of this front, the Great Lakes and Midwest remained cool with highs in the 60s and 70s.

In the West, a cold front approached the Pacific Northwest and brought cooler air to the region. Elsewhere, high pressure dominates the rest of the Western states, maintained warm and dry conditions.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................102 Williams Gateway Airport, Ariz.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................112 New Orleans NAS, La.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................26 Volk, Wis.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................10 Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................115 Springfield, Colo.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................3.25 Midland, Texas

ON THIS DATE....... The H.M.S. Racer came across a hurricane in the Caribbean Sea on this date in 1837. The Racer ran with the storm for four days as it approached the Yucatan Peninsula. The "Racer's Hurricane of 1837" then crossed the Yucatan Peninsula and stalled off the Mexican coast before gradually curving along the entire Gulf Coast.

The Associated Press

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