Extreme heat expected for the west

4:35 PM, Jun 28, 2013   |    comments
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Active weather continued across the Eastern states on Friday, while hot temperatures spread across the West.

A broad low pressure system moved over the Northeast and created showers and thunderstorms from the Northeast through the Gulf of Mexico. Some of these storms turned severe with strong winds and large hail.

Quarter size hail was reported near Forrest City, Ark., while strong winds with gusts up to 70 mph were reported from Pennsylvania through Missouri and Alabama. Most places saw scattered showers with periods of heavy rainfall. Heaviest rainfall was reported in Homestead, Fla., with a total of 2.52 inches of rain by midday on Friday.

In the West, hot temperatures started to spread across the Desert Southwest and northward across the Western states as a strong ridge of high pressure continued building over the region. This created warm, dry, and sunny conditions for most of the West.

Excessive heat advisories have been issued for many areas as record breaking high temperatures are anticipated for the desert locations of the Desert Southwest. Midday high temperatures reached up to 108 degrees at Palm Springs, Calif., while Yuma, Ariz., reached up to 106 degrees. These temperatures continued to climb throughout the afternoon.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................108 Palm Springs, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................116 Ellington Field, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................36 Stanley, Idaho

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................26 Point Hope, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................77 Blytheville Muni Airport, Ark.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.52 Homestead AFB, Fla.

ON THIS DATE....... A couple of interesting heat-related facts have occurred on this date in history. First, The Battle of Monmouth was fought in 1778 in staggering heat. With a temperature of 96 degrees in the shade, it was reported that there were more casualities from the heat than from the actual battle. Also, in 1994, Laughlin, Nev., recorded the state's hottest temperature ever at 124 degrees.

The Associated Press

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