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Weather across the nation: 12/31/12

7:54 PM, Dec 31, 2012   |    comments
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The most active weather in the country Monday was due to a developing storm that moved through the Southwest toward the Rockies.

Ample moisture was pulled northward, bringing moderate to occasionally heavy rain to Texas and Oklahoma. In addition, heavy snow fell through the Southern Rockies, allowing higher elevations of the Southwest to end the year with a fresh blanket of snow.

The Northeast remained mostly dry, aside from some lake effect snow noted in northern New York. A high pressure system over the eastern third of the country allowed dry conditions to continue through the Southeast.

These dry conditions were expected to end to begin the New Year as the aforementioned storm moved eastward. Wet conditions will be widespread in the Southeast.

In addition, dry conditions were noted along the West Coast. Clear skies and dry conditions allowed for a cold morning for inland areas of California, where temperatures dipped into the 20s.

This was potentially problematic for agricultural areas currently growing sensitive crops. Especially troubling is a second night of temperatures below freezing moving into the New Year.

A cool day occurred for many areas Monday. The Northeast rose into the 20s and 30s, while the Southeast saw temperatures in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. The Northern Plains rose into the 10s, 20s, and 30s, while the Northwest saw temperatures in the 20s and 30s.5/815/8kari.

MONDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................81 Falfurrias, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................84 Molokai, Hawaii

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-20 Pinedale, Wyo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-53 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................110 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.00 Alva, Okla.

ON THIS DATE....... Some interesting precipitation records have been set on this date in history. In 1929, Greenland Ranch in Death Valley, CA went the entire year without any measurable precipitation. In 1996, a Pacific storm swept through California to boost Eureka, CA to its wettest December on record with 21.26 inches of rain.

The Associated Press

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