National: Clear on West Coast; Showers in Southern Plains

5:24 PM, Oct 15, 2013   |    comments
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A cold frontal boundary stretched from the southern Plains to the upper Midwest today, while a ridge of high pressure brought clear conditions to most of the West Coast.

Cloudy conditions lingered in parts of Washington state as very light showers fell along the coast. Oregon, California, Nevada, and Arizona experienced clear, dry conditions as high pressure continued to build over California.

Temperatures were in the 60s and 70s along the coast, while the inland deserts and valleys experienced temperatures in the 80s. To the east, cold, windy conditions lingered in the Intermountain West, the northern Plains, and the central plains as freeze warnings were issued in several states.

Light snow showers also fell in the central Rockies during the early morning. West Yellowstone, Mont., reported a morning low of 12 degrees, while Stanley, Idaho reported a morning low of 15 degrees. Thermopolis, Wyo. recorded wind speeds of 41 mph this morning.

Meanwhile, an extensive cold front pushed showers and thunderstorms into the southern Plains, the Mississippi Valley, the Ohio Valley, and into the upper Midwest. The heaviest rain fell in Arkansas and Texas, as flood warnings were issued throughout the two states.

Mena, Ark. reported a midday total of 3.76 inches of rain, while Sonora, Texas reported a midday total of 1.82 inches of rain. The eastern third of the country avoided precipitation, and there were spotty showers in southern Florida.

TUESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

-HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................92 Brownsville, Texas

-HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................95 Kingsville NAS, Texas

-LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................12 West Yellowstone, Mont.

-LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................1 Monarch Pass, Colo.

-HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................55 Chignik, Alaska

-HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................3.76 Mena, Ark.

ON THIS DATE:

-Hurricane Hazel made landfall on this date in 1954 over the Carolina coastline. An incredible storm surge was enhanced by the highest lunar tide of the year. The storm took out every pier from Myrtle Beach, S.C. to Cedar Island, N.C. In the end, 98 people died due to the hurricane and damages topped $250 million.

The Associated Press

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