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Weather across the nation: 9/6/12

5:17 PM, Sep 6, 2012   |    comments
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Wet weather developed across the East Coast as well as parts of the Mississippi River Valley on Thursday.

A low pressure system over southeastern Canada created a cold front that extended southward through the Eastern U.S. Moisture from the Atlantic Ocean fed energy into this system, which allowed for showers and thunderstorms to develop along and ahead of this front from the Northeast through the Mid-Atlantic states.

There have been multiple reports of strong winds across eastern Virginia, while quarter size hail was reported in Verdiersville, Virginia. Just to the west, a stationary front kicked up moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms from Oklahoma and Kansas through the Mid-Mississippi River Valley.

Some of these storms have turned severe with strong and damaging winds reported across central Missouri. Just south of this system, hot and humid conditions prevailed for the Lower Mississippi Valley with highs reported in the lower 100s.

High heat advisories remained in effect for these areas. Farther south, an area of low pressure over the northern Gulf of Mexico increased to a medium chance of tropical cyclone development. Out West, moisture over the Great Basin kicked up a few thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.

Ahead of this system, hot and dry weather maintained dangerous fire conditions across the Northern and Central Rockies.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................105 Poteau, Okla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................119 Galliano, La.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................26 West Yellowstone, Mont.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................23 Barrow, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................47 Chanute, Kan.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.38 Wallops Island, Va.

ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 1981, moisture from Tropical Depression Norman made its way into California, destroying 95 percent of the year's raisin crop.

The Associated Press

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