Weather across the nation: 9/17/12

5:30 PM, Sep 17, 2012   |    comments
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The most active weather in the country Monday was along the Gulf Coast and adjacent areas of the Southeast as a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico streamed tropical moisture into the area.

This moisture and rain will only be a prelude to the tremendous amount of moisture that will engulf much of the eastern third of the country Tuesday. Some of the thunderstorms that developed in the Southeast Monday sparked Tornado Warnings in the Tennessee Valley. More warnings were possible in the afternoon and evening.

In advance of the active Tuesday, a high pressure system in the Northeast remained just long enough to provide dry conditions for the region.

Meanwhile, a cold front stretched through the Plains and into the Upper Midwest. This front did not carry much moisture Monday, but some rain was noted from Kansas through Wisconsin.

Dry conditions continued for the West as a high pressure system continued to be anchored over the West Coast and Great Basin.

The Northeast will rise into the 70s, while the Southeast saw temperatures in the 70s and 80s. The Northern Plains rose into the 50s and 60s, while the Southwest saw temperatures in the 90s with some 100s possible later in the afternoon.

MONDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................98 Imperial, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................104 Tampa Macdill AFB, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................24 Stanley, Idaho

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

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................66 Big Delta, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.93 Milton, Fla.

ON THIS DATE....... The Hurricane Bowl was supposed to have happened on this date in 1988. Instead, University of Alabama football coach Bill Curry opted not to fly his team to Texas for the game versus Texas A&M due to Hurricane Gilbert moving across the Gulf of Mexico. At the scheduled game time, the stadium was basking in blue skies and warm temperatures, but no one was there.

THe Associated Press

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