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3:57 PM, Aug 30, 2013   |    comments
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Strong thunderstorms developed across the Great Lakes on Friday as a low pressure system moved from west to east over the Great Lakes.

This system created a warm front that moved over the Midwest and up the Ohio River Valley, while a cold front trailed the system to the west, and brought a few scattered showers to the central Plains. Heaviest precipitation developed to the north, with a midday total of 1.40 inches reported in Newberry, Mich.

Hot conditions persisted in between these fronts as warm air continued to pour in from the South. High heat advisories remained in effect as high temperatures remained in the 90s from Iowa through Illinois. These temperatures range about 10 to 15 degrees above normal. Due to high humidity across the region, high heat index values persisted, with Taylorville, Iowa, reporting a heat index of 112 degrees.

Ahead of this system in the East, scattered showers and thunderstorms persisted across the Southeast due to warm and humid conditions lingering over the region. Sarasota, Fla., reported a midday total of 1.36 inches of rain.

In the West, moisture over the desert Southwest maintained shower and thunderstorm activity from Southern California through the Great Basin and into the Northern and Central Rockies. Flood advisories remained in effect for these areas as periods of heavy rainfall were likely across the dry desert locations.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................102 McGregor, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................112 Taylorville, Iowa

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................23 Tillamook, Ore.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................20 Tillamook, Ore.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................41 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.40 Newberry, Mich.

ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 1996, a terrible wildfire season in the western United States peaked with 52 major fires burning. The fires were helped by hot weather and drought throughout parts of the west. To this date in that year, more than 5.7 million acres had already burned.

The Associated Press

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