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Weather across the nation: 12/6/12

5:01 PM, Dec 6, 2012   |    comments
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The Upper Midwest saw rain and freezing rain showers, while more rain moved into the Pacific Northwest.

A trough of low pressure moved eastward from the Northern Plains, through the Upper Midwest, and into the Great Lakes. This system continued to push a cold front eastward, which allowed for rain and freezing rain showers to develop along and ahead of the frontal boundary. Rainfall totals remained less than a half of an inch along this frontal boundary.

Some areas of snow showers developed in downwind shores of the Great Lakes, with snowfall totals from 1 to 2 inches. To the west, the front extended southwestward over the Northern and Central Plains and into the Central Rockies. This brought rain showers to the Plains, with snow showers at higher elevations of Colorado and Utah, as well as parts of Wyoming and Montana.

Snowfall accumulations in these areas ranged from 2 to 4 inches, with more snowfall at highest mountain peaks. Farther west, another trough of low pressure moved onshore from the Pacific Ocean, and brought more rains to western Oregon and Washington. Heaviest rainfall was reported in Quillayute, Wash., with a midday total of 0.50 inches of rain.

Meanwhile in the Southeast, the tail end of a front lingered over the Southeast, which kicked up more showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. These storms have not turned severe and rainfall totals remained less than a half of an inch.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................83 Tampa Macdill, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................84 Tampa Macdill, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................1 Mt. Washington, N.H.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-48 Gulkana, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................81 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................0.50 Quillayute, Wash.

ON THIS DATE....... It was a good thing President Richard Nixon was not standing near the National Christmas Tree at the White House on this date in 1970. On that day, high winds hit the Washington, D.C., area hard and toppled the Christmas Tree on the Ellipse near the White House.

The Associated Press

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