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Weather across the nation: 11/3/12

6:13 PM, Nov 3, 2012   |    comments
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A combination of rain and snow showers persisted in the North, while scattered showers and thunderstorms developed in the South on Saturday.

A trough of low pressure that extended from the Northern Plains through the Southern Plains created a frontal boundary that extended eastward throughout the day. This front developed over the Southern Plains and pulled some moisture in from the Gulf of Mexico, which triggered scattered showers and thunderstorms across eastern Texas and into the Eastern Valleys.

Severe storms have not developed and midday rainfall totals have remained less than an inch. Strong winds accompanied this front with gusts from 30 to 40 mph reported across parts of eastern Texas. Houston reported 36 mph wind gusts. At the same time, cool air continued to pour into the Northern Plains from Canada.

A cold front moved through the region and into the Upper Midwest and triggered overnight and early morning snow showers that turned to rain showers during the day. Cooperstown, N.D., saw a midday total of 1.55 inches of precipitation. This sloppy combination of snow, freezing rain, and rain created dangerous road and travel conditions from North Dakota through central Wisconsin.

In the West, a trough of low pressure moved over the Pacific Northwest and pulled more moisture in from the Pacific Ocean. Temperatures remained above freezing even at high elevations, thus, mainly rain showers fell across western Oregon and Washington.

SATURDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................91 Edinburg, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................91 Kingsville NAS, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................12 Gunnison, Colo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-26 Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................54 Cape Romanzoff, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.55 Cooperstown, N.D.

ON THIS DATE....... Devastating floods occurred on this date in 1927 in New England. Nearly 15 inches of rain fell over parts of western New England while 8.77 inches of rain fell at Somerset, Vt., marking a 24-hour record for the state. The flooding, dubbed "The Great Vermont Flood" claimed 200 lives.

The Associated Press

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