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National: More heavy rains for the Southeast

3:37 PM, Aug 23, 2013   |    comments
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Showers and thunderstorms developed over the Southeast, scattered storms moved into the Mid-Atlantic states and monsoonal thunderstorms persisted over the Rockies.

A low pressure system spinning over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico created organized showers and thunderstorms that moved into the panhandle of Florida. The region has seen rainfall for the past few days now, thus, flood advisories remained in effect for the region.

The low pressure system slowly moved northeastward and farther into the Southeast, but remained at a low, 20% chance of tropical cyclone development. Heaviest rainfall from this system was reported at Naples, Fla., with a midday total of 1.33 inches.

To the north, a cold front moved from the Midwest and Ohio Valley, into the Mid-Atlantic states and Southeast. This kicked up scattered showers and thunderstorms from the Tennessee Valley through southern Pennsylvania and Maryland. Heaviest precipitation was reported at Lancaster, Ohio, with a midday total of 1.60 inches. Strong winds blew down a couple of trees at Red Lane, Va.

In the West, moisture over the western states maintained shower and thunderstorm activity on Friday. Monsoonal moisture, in combination with moisture streaming northward from Tropical Storm Ivo off the coast of Baja Calif., allowed for areas of storms to develop from the desert Southwest through the Northern Rockies. Fire danger remained high for these areas due to increased lightning activity.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................104 Mesa, Ariz.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................114 Shawnee, Okla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................33 Truckee-Tahoe, Calif.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................20 Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................61 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.60 Lancaster, Ohio

ON THIS DATE....... Hurricane Andrew began to eye Florida on this date in 1992. On the morning of the 23rd, Andrew had winds of 120 mph (category 3) but by 3:30 P.M., the storm's winds had increased to 150 mph (category 4). Current Island in the Bahamas recorded a 23 foot storm surge.

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