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Weather across the nation: 10/24/12

4:38 PM, Oct 24, 2012   |    comments
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Relatively benign weather greeted much of the country Wednesday. Perhaps the strongest storm in the country was a Pacific storm that slammed into the West Coast and renewed rain and high elevation snow from Washington through Central California.

This precipitation was on top of rain and snow from earlier in the week, causing travel problems and even spawning some tornadoes.

Farther to the east, a front moved through the Plains and Upper Midwest, but it was lacking in significant moisture that other storms in the region have had in the past. Instead a mix of rain and snow fell from the higher elevation of the Rockies through Minnesota.

Elsewhere, a high pressure system along the eastern seaboard continued to provide dry conditions from Florida through Maine.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Sandy strengthened into a hurricane as it slammed into Jamaica. She was expected to move over eastern Cuba before moving into the Bahamas. The reason to mention Sandy is because she may become a problem for the Northeast early next week as she could curve back toward land.

The Northeast rose into the 60s and 70s, while the Southeast saw temperatures in the 80s and 90s. The Southern Plains rose into the 80s and some 90s, while the Northwest saw temperatures in the 40s and 50s.

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................93 Fort Stockton, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................94 Marathon, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................1 Stanley, Idaho

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-25 Fairbanks Eiels, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................68 Monarch Pass, Colo.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.09 Shreveport, La.

ON THIS DATE....... Mitch officially became a hurricane on this date in 1998 south of Jamaica in the Caribbean Sea. A rapid intensification period followed where the storm's central pressure dropped 52 mb to 924 mb.

The Associated Press

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