Weather across the nation: 1/24/13

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Active weather spread across the West on Thursday, while the Northern Tier states saw another bitterly cold day.

A low pressure system moved over the Rocky Mountains and pulled a strong cold front eastward with it. Flow from the west pulled moisture in from the Pacific Ocean and produced scattered showers from central California through the Great Basin and Desert Southwest, which reached into the Southern Rockies by the afternoon.

Rainfall totals across most of California remained less than an inch, but heaviest rainfall was reported at Santa Barbara with a midday total of 1.36 inches. Once this front reached higher elevations of the Sierra Nevadas, the Monitor Range, and the Wasatch Mountains it created scattered snow showers. Snowfall totals ranged from 3 to 5 inches above 8,000 feet for these areas.

Meanwhile in the North, very cold temperatures persisted for the Northern Plains, the Upper Midwest, the Great Lakes and the Northeast. Daytime high temperatures ranged around zero across North Dakota and northern Minnesota, while temperatures remained in the single digits from northern New York state through Maine.

To the South, a cold front moved into the Southeast and brought chilly temperatures with scattered rain showers to the region. Temperatures in the 30s across the Mid-Mississippi River Valley and Tennessee Valley created the chance of freezing rain and sleet.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................84 Corpus Christi, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................84 Kingsville NAS, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-36 Cook, Minn.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-75 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................104 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.99 Golovin, Alaska

ON THIS DATE....... The residents of Browning, Mont., experienced something quite remarkable on this date in 1916. The low temperature that day was -56 degrees. While this may be astonishing by itself, the fact that it was 44 degrees the day before actually set a record for the largest 24-hour temperature change in the U.S.

The Associated Press

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