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Weather across the nation: 11/11/12

5:30 PM, Nov 11, 2012   |    comments
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Wet weather spread across the Plains and Mid-West on Sunday as a cold front pushed through the region.

The front was part of the winter storm which brought record snowfall accumulations to portions of the northern Rockies and western High Plains earlier this week. Some strong thunderstorms developed ahead of the southern portion of the front from eastern Texas north to the southeastern corner of Arkansas.

Farther north, more widespread heavy rain fell throughout Missouri. Heavy rain was also reported north through the Great Lakes region.

West of the front and rain, bitterly cold temperatures set in as an Arctic air mass settled into place over the region. Throughout the Dakotas and Montana, high temperatures were generally in the single digits or teens.

Ahead of the front, southerly winds drew warm air out of the Gulf of Mexico and kept daytime temperatures pleasantly warm. The Northeast saw temperatures ride into the 60s in many locations and some 70s were even reported. In areas affected by Sandy's destruction, warm weather would have been a welcome relief to many who still remain without heat or power.

In the West, temperatures remained cool, but mostly sunny skies spread throughout California and the Southwest while cloud cover pushed into the Northwest ahead of an approaching storm.

SUNDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

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

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................91 Kingsville NAS, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-16 Cut Bank, Mont.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-31 Cut Bank, Mont.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................66 Chanute, Kan.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.60 Mena, Ark.

ON THIS DATE....... Very dramatic temperature swings were observed on this date in 1911. For example, Kansas City, Mo., recorded a morning low of 68 degrees. After warming to 76 degrees, the temperature plummeted so far that it was cold enough to snow by early afternoon. By midnight, the temperature reached a record low of 11 degrees. 

The Associated Press

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