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Weather across the nation: 11/15/12

5:01 PM, Nov 15, 2012   |    comments
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High pressure to prevailed across much of the East on Thursday with generally dry and calm conditions.

Another area of high pressure slid southeastward from central Canada into the Midwest throughout the day, strengthening high pressure already in place across the region. Cooler air accompanied this system as it pushed a dry cold front through the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. Daytime highs in these areas ranged in the 30s to mid-40s.

To the south, a trough of low pressure over the Southeast continued to push moisture onshore from the Gulf of Mexico. This kicked up light to moderate scattered showers and thunderstorms from Georgia and parts of northern Florida through the Carolinas.

Heaviest rainfall associated with this system was reported in Camden, S.C. with a midday total of 2.05 inches of rain. Strong winds were reported in the region as well, with gusts from 30 to 40 mph.

Meanwhile, in the West, a Pacific storm system located west of the California coast progressed toward the Golden State on Thursday. Counter clockwise flow around this system pushed moisture onshore, which kicked up scattered rain showers in the south.

Rain showers started in northern Baja California early in the day and moved northward into Southern California by the early afternoon. Snowfall has not yet developed in the Sierras as moisture from this system has not yet reached inland.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................82 Miami, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................82 Miami, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................1 Alamosa, Colo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-41 Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................131 Norwood, Mass.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.05 Camden, S.C.

ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 1988, two F2 tornadoes ripped through central Arkansas, knocking out power to many people. One of the tornadoes hit a high school gym in Van Buren County. Fortunately, the gym was deserted because the basketball team was at an away game.

The Associated Press

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