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Weather across the nation: 1/8/13

5:25 PM, Jan 8, 2013   |    comments
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Wet and unsettled weather spread into the central U.S. today.

In the Southwest, an upper low in northwestern Mexico traveled to northeastern Mexico this afternoon and became more organized through the day. As the system progressed, an associated warm front extended into the western Gulf of Mexico and lifted towards the western Gulf Coast with immense gulf moisture.

Showers along the western Gulf Coast became more robust through the day with heavier rain and strong to possibly severe thunderstorms spreading across southern and eastern Texas. The main threats from severe storms in the region were isolated tornadoes and damaging winds, while heavy rains raised flood concerns in eastern Texas. This activity spread further eastward along the Central Gulf Coast through the afternoon.

To the Northwest, a storm from the Pacific Northwest pushed eastward toward the Upper Midwest, spreading light snow showers across the Northern Plains and into areas of the Upper Mississippi Valley and Upper Great Lakes by tonight. In addition to snow, strong westerly winds were possible across the Northern Plains with sustained winds to 40 mph and gusts to 60 mph.

As this system pushed to the Upper Midwest, another Pacific storm reached the Pacific Northwest with coastal rain and high elevation snow. Wintry precipitation spread across the Northern Intermountain West and to the Northern Rockies through the day.

TUESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................84 Fort Myers Airport, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................87 Hollywood, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-20 Alamosa, Colo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-44 Point Lay, Alaska.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................91 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................0.74 Houston, Texas.

ON THIS DATE:

-Three years ago today, Rapid City, S.D. reported a record afternoon high of 76 degrees. What is even more interesting is that Miami, Fla., reported an afternoon high of only 61 degrees for the same day. Talk about an upside down weather day.

The Associated Press

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