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Cool and rain weather continues for southern Plains

4:26 PM, Jul 15, 2013   |    comments
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Cool and rainy weather continued for the Southern Plains on Monday as an upper low trekked across the region.

This system, combined with moist, favorable environmental conditions, kicked up moderate to heavy rainfall and slow moving thunderstorms, especially in parts of north-central and central Texas.

Excessive rainfall in already well saturated areas of north-central Texas led to another 1 to 3 inches of additional rain through the afternoon with isolated locally higher amounts of up to 5 inches. A Flash Flood Watch was issued for the region in anticipation of Monday's precipitation.

Meanwhile, to the north, showers and thunderstorms remained focused along a nearly stationary frontal boundary that extended across Nebraska, the Northern Plains and parts of Minnesota.

In the East, deep moisture and waves of energy over the Southeast supported scattered showers and chances of thunderstorms through the day. Limited shower activity continued to the north, while hot and humid conditions persist-especially along the southern New England coast. Various heat advisories and excessive heat warnings were issued for areas from southeastern New Hampshire through northern Delaware.

Finally, out West, monsoonal moisture streaming across the Four Corners triggered areas of showers and thunderstorms. Flash Flood Watches were issued for the region in anticipation of today's precipitation.


MONDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................108 Needles, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................115 Lakehurst NAS, N.J.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................35 Stanley, Idaho

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................32 Deadhorse, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................56 Guadalupe Pass, Texas

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................5.00 Burnet, Texas

ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 1995, a large family of thunderstorms known as a Mesoscale Convective System moved through much of eastern New York state and the Adirondack Mountains. The system produced a series of very strong downbursts, known as a derecho, along a path of 280 miles. The thunderstorms within the system rose to 70,000 feet and caused 3,000 lightning strikes per hour.

The Associated Press

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