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Weather across the nation: 3/24/13

5:38 PM, Mar 24, 2013   |    comments
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Wet and active weather spread into the East on Sunday as energy from the West formed a strong low pressure system over the Central Gulf Coast.

This system lifted northward toward the Ohio Valley through the day, while another area of low pressure developed near the Southeast Coast. Together, this early spring storm pulled plenty of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean back into the East through the day and set the stage for wet and stormy weather across portions of the Southeast northward into the Ohio Valley and the Mid-Atlantic.

Cooler temperatures to the north of the primary low maintained bands of heavy snow shower development from Missouri and Iowa through Ohio and into the higher elevations of the Central Appalachians. Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings continued for this region in anticipation of snow accumulations of up to 4 to 10 inches, with locally higher amounts nearing a foot.

Meanwhile, the warmer side of this storm created light to moderate rain showers and periods of heavy rain with thunderstorms across portions of the Lower Ohio Valley into the Gulf Coast States and across the Mid-Atlantic.

A small slice of central Florida remained at slight risk of severe thunderstorm development through the early evening with possible strong wind gusts and hail events. As of Sunday afternoon, there have been numerous quarter to golf ball sized hail events (1.00 to 1.75 inches in diameter) and high wind events reported from central and northern Florida into Georgia, as well as several hail reports from Kentucky.

SUNDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................91 Pompano Beach, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................95 Ft Lauderdale, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-15 Yellowstone, Wyo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-52 Deadhorse, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................70 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................3.00 Charleston, S.C.

ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 1990, a storm dumped heavy snow across parts of the East Coast and Ohio Valley. Record snowfall of 2.2 and 2.4 inches fell in Philadelphia Pa., and Atlantic City N.J., respectively. Parts of Ohio received half a foot of snow. After blossoming in spring-like weather the prior week, cherry trees throughout the Atlantic Coast were covered in snow.

The Associated Press

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