National: Stormy midwest, rest of nation quiet

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A strong cold front boundary moved through the Great Basin and northern Plains on Thursday, while the majority of the East Coast avoided precipitation.

The Pacific Northwest got a break from rainy weather on Thursday as a surge of dry air moved through the region. The Southwest experienced similar conditions as a ridge of high pressure provided warm, clear weather to the area. The Great Basin and northern Plains experienced much different conditions as a low pressure system ignited wet weather. The northern Rockies received heavy snow showers, as cold air allowed for accumulations to occur. Moderate to heavy rain also fell at lower elevations, as Cody, Wyo., reported a midday total of 1.79 inches of rain.

A separate low pressure system ignited strong thunderstorms over the central and upper Midwest on Thursday, as plenty of rain fell in the upper Mississippi Valley. Hebron, Neb., reported a midday total of 2.63 inches of rain. Just to the west, spotty showers and thunderstorms impacted the Ohio Valley and parts of the Mid-Atlantic states.

A surge of tropical moisture began to inch into the Gulf Coast on Thursday, providing showers and thunderstorms to southern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and parts of the Florida panhandle. This surge of moisture was the result of a Tropical Storm Karen, which continued to gain strength in the Gulf of Mexico. The remainder of the East Coast stayed dry on Thursday as a result of a ridge of high pressure.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................93 Midland Airpark, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................102 Kingsville NAS, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................21 Truckee-Tahoe, Calif.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................1 Nuiqsut, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................68 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.63 Hebron, Neb.

ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 2000, a non-tropical system developed over South Florida and dumped 15 inches of rain over a 33-hour period. Thousands of houses received flood damage and lost power. The system eventually moved away from Florida and then became Tropical Storm Leslie on the 4th.

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10/3/2013 4:21:49 PM (GMT -4:00)

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