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Weather across the nation: 2/5/13

5:33 PM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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Cold weather continued from the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest through the Northeast and into the Mid-Atlantic on Monday as an upper trough of low pressure remains the dominant weather feature of the East.

The system maintained a cold northwesterly flow across the region and kept daytime highs about 5 to 15 degrees below average. Meanwhile, a clipper on the back of this trough moved through the Ohio Valley with limited moisture, kicking up generally light, scattered snow showers through the afternoon.

More moderate snowfall developed in areas downwind of the Great Lakes. Behind this system, a second disturbance moved into the Northern Plains with snow showers

In the South, a weak wave of energy from the Southern Rockies will kicked up scattered rain showers across the Southern Plains and the Lower Mississippi Valley into the Lower Ohio Valley. A few lightning strikes were possible in showers along the Texas and Louisiana coasts as moist flow from the Gulf increased instability.

Elsewhere, outside of a few light showers and high elevations snow possible in the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies due to an advancing cold front, high pressure provided generally dry and calm conditions across the rest of the West.

MONDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................85 Weslaco, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................85 Edinburg, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-34 Ely, Minn.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-49 Mt. Washington, N.H.

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

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................0.31 Harrison, Ark.

ON THIS DATE....... Barrow, AK is located at the most northern point of Alaska. Knowing this, it would be easy to assume that the town experiences very intense winters. Yet, on this date in 1982, the town registered a record high for the month of 36 degrees. This is the only February day the temperature rose above freezing.

The Associated Press

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