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National: Active weather pattern continues

5:34 PM, Sep 15, 2013   |    comments
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Hurricane Ingrid continued to provide thunderstorms for southern Texas as it moved closer to the east coast of Mexico. 

Southern Florida also experienced intense thunderstorms on Sunday, but these thunderstorms were not associated with Hurricane Ingrid. The northeast Plains and parts of the Rockies felt the effects of a frontal boundary that extended from the Great Lakes to Colorado, while the Pacific Northwest experienced showers along the coast.

Flash flooding continued to threaten communities in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and parts of Wyoming as spotty thunderstorms developed in the region. Although the thunderstorms were not severe, saturated grounds made the area much more vulnerable to flooding. Meanwhile, thunderstorms associated with the same frontal boundary impacted the northern Plains on Sunday as a cold front trekked southeastward.

Strong thunderstorms developed over southern Florida earlier today, bringing intense winds and heavy rain to the region. Wind speeds were reported between 50 and 60 mph as these thunderstorms moved through the state.

Across the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Ingrid inched closer to eastern Mexico. Although the storm was located several hundred miles south of the Texas border, strong thunderstorms associated with Ingrid's outer rain bands impacted the southern tip of Texas.

A weak cold front made its way through the Pacific Northwest earlier today, bringing showers to western Washington, as well as parts of northwest Oregon. The remainder of the West Coast experienced dry conditions, while temperatures stayed very warm in the Southwest.


SUNDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................105 El Centro, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................106 Tampa Macdill AFB, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................30 Mt. Washington, N.H.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................16 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................50 Naples, Fla.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.82 North Platte, Neb.

ON THIS DATE....... The non-tornadic wind speed record for North Dakota was set on this date in 1997. A weather station at the Sand Creek Wildlife Refuge near Amidon recorded a wind gust of 135 mph during a downburst from a severe thunderstorm.

The Associated Press

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