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5:54 PM, Sep 13, 2013   |    comments
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Heavy rain and flooding spread across the West on Friday as a low pressure system moved eastward into the High Plains. 

This system allowed for monsoonal moisture to spread from New Mexico across Colorado, which allowed for strong thunderstorms with heavy rainfall, strong winds and areas of flooding. Flood advisories have been issued for the region as flash flooding was likely with heavy rainfall over the dry desert surface. Heaviest rainfall was reported in Truth Or Consequences, N.M., with a midday total of 2.95 inches.

Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with this system moved into Nebraska and Kansas in the afternoon hours. Ahead of this system in the East, a cold front draped over the Southeast and extended into the Southern Plains. Showers and thunderstorms developed along this front, but severe storms have not developed.

The northern side of this front moved off the East Coast, but the low pressure system that created the system lingered over the far Northeast. Flow around the system pulled more moisture in from the Atlantic Ocean and allowed for scattered showers to persist from Pennsylvania and New York through Maine and Nova Scotia.


Behind the cold front, a ridge of high pressure built over the Great Lakes and ushered cooler moisture into the East from Canada. High temperatures ranged from 10 to 15 degrees below average for parts of the Great Lakes and Ohio River valley.



FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................102 Yuma, Ariz.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................105 Tampa Macdill AFB, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................30 Tomahawk, Wis.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................24 Deadhorse, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................45 Dutch Harbor, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.95 Truth Or Consequences, N.M.


ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 1922, El Azizia, Libya, recorded a scorching 136 degrees to establish the world record. Possibly contributing to this temperature was the fact that there was a severe dust storm in progress over the area.

The Associated Press

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