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Weather across the nation: 11/13/12

5:26 PM, Nov 13, 2012   |    comments
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The main weather producer for Tuesday was the cold front that moved off the East Coast and dumped widespread showers and scattered thunderstorms from New England southwestward through the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast coast.

Apart from the precipitation, much colder temperatures prevailed in the East after the cold front pushed through. In addition, some lake-effect snow occurred Tuesday morning over the Great Lakes, with the heaviest over the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The last 24-hour snowfall total reached near 6 inches.

Moving to the west, coastal rain and showers continued over the Pacific Northwest and portions of the northwestern California Tuesday. Some high-elevation snow also fell over the northern Intermountain West. Otherwise, high pressure brought mostly sunny skies throughout the Southwest.

Elsewhere, some upper-level energy combined with moist onshore flow from the Gulf of Mexico aided in producing scattered showers in southern Texas.

TUESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................82 Punta Gorda, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................86 Tampa Macdill AFB, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................3 Cando, N.D.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-41 Eagle, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................84 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.47 Coatesville, Pa.

ON THIS DATE:

The great Dust Bowl era was kicked off on this date in 1933 as a dust storm spread from Montana to Maine on the 12th and 13th. Black rain was observed in New York and brown snow was reported in Vermont. Because of the dust, zero visibility was observed in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.

The Associated Press

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