Weather across the nation: 11/8/12

5:24 PM, Nov 8, 2012   |    comments
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After a record breaking early snow event for the Eastern U.S., a nor'easter has continued trekking northward and up the East Coast.

The system has brought more snow and rain to areas from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, through Maine. Strong winds, cold temperatures, and heavy snowfall persisted in some areas. Snowfall totals from Wednesday evening through mid-day Thursday reached over 4 inches in many areas, with up to 10 and 12 inches in some locations.

Strong winds accompanied this system with gusts from 50 to 60 mph. Additionally, storm surge of 1 to 3 feet from this storm has created more coastal flooding from New Jersey through Massachusetts, which has hampered some of the reconstruction work since Hurricane Sandy.

Meanwhile out West, a strong low pressure system has moved into the Northwest from the Gulf of Alaska and has brought cool and wet conditions to the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, and the Northern Rockies.

The system continued to strengthen but already hsa produced rain with heavy snow in the mountains. Parts of Montana have seen 3 to 5 inches, with up to a foot at the highest elevations. Strong winds with gusts from 30 to 40 mph developed across the region as well.

The Cascades and Northern Sierra Nevadas saw 1 to 3 inches of snow. Rainfall totas remained less than an inch across most of the Pacific Northwest and Northern California through mid-day Thursday.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................90 Laredo, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................90 Laredo, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................10 Alamosa, Colo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-40 Gulkana, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................68 Nantucket, Mass.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.02 Chester, Conn.

ON THIS DATE....... Talk about a welcome sight! It rained on this date in 1914 in Bagdad, California, breaking the United States record for longest rainless streak at 767 days. Also on this date, the U.S. Signal Corps Weather Service issued its very first storm warning in 1870.

The Associated Press

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