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National: Nice conditions along the Eastern Seaboard

4:55 PM, Oct 2, 2013   |    comments
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Showers and thunderstorms continued to move through parts of the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday, and a ridge of high pressure provided cool, dry conditions along the Eastern Seaboard.

A moist, onshore flow triggered showers and thunderstorms along the Washington and Oregon coasts earlier today, while eastern Washington and Oregon avoided wet weather. Quillayute, Wash., reported a midday total of 0.46 inches of rain, while Hoquiam, Wash., reported a midday total of 0.45 inches of rain. The Southwest continued to experience warm, dry conditions earlier today.

A low pressure system moved over the Great Basin this morning and brought light rain and snow showers to the Rockies. Cold air associated with the stationary front allowed for light snow accumulations to occur at higher elevations.

Just to the east, a cold front boundary pushed wet weather through parts of the northern Plains and upper Midwest as the Dakotas and Minnesota experienced showers and thunderstorms. Morris, Minn., reported a midday total of 0.44 inches of rain.

The southern Plains and Gulf Coast also experienced spotty showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday, while some of the thunderstorms produced torrential rainfall. Houston, Texas, reported a midday total of 1.30 inches of rain, which fell in a matter of two hours. Parts of Florida also experienced heavy rainfall as Hollywood, Fla., reported a midday total of 2.66 inches of rain. A ridge of high pressure over the Mid-Atlantic States kept temperatures relatively cool and conditions dry for the majority of the Eastern Seaboard on Wednesday.

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................93 Weslaco, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................100 Brownsville, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................21 Baker, Ore.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-3 Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................70 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.66 Hollywood, Fla.

ON THIS DATE....... Intense rain on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 of 1989 caused rivers in Georgia to rise several feet above their respective flood stages on Oct. 2 Six inches of rain was reported at Athens, Ga., and one man was killed when he was sucked through drainage lines.

The Associated Press

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