Weather across the nation: 4/24/13

5:27 PM, Apr 24, 2013   |    comments
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A strong cold front brought showers and thunderstorms to the Eastern Valleys on Wednesday, while scattered snow showers moved across the Northern Plains.

A low pressure system that brought a strong winter storm to the Upper Midwest early this week has moved eastward over the Great Lakes. The back side of the system continued pushing a cold front eastward, kicking up showers and thunderstorms from the Great Lakes through the Gulf coast.

Some of these storms have turned severe with heavy rainfall and strong winds. A threat for large hail and tornadoes persisted for the Lower Mississippi River Valley as the system pulled moisture and energy in from the Gulf of Mexico.

There have been multiple reports of trees and power lines blown down across Louisiana and Tennessee. Rainfall totals reached over an inch in these areas which allowed for flooding to remain a concern for the Ohio River Valley and Mississippi River Valley. Record level flooding was reported at Peoria, Ill., where the Illinois River was up to 29.35 feet on Wednesday morning. Since the rain last week, at least 20 locations in the Midwest have reached record flood levels.

Behind this system in the North, a trough of low pressure dipped into the Northern Plains from central Canada. This system brought cool air into the region in addition to some moisture and allowed for widespread scattered snow showers to develop from eastern Montana through North and South Dakota, and into Minnesota.

Snowfall totals remained light with 1 to 2 inches reported in most areas, while record low temperatures were observed. Bismarck, N.D., dropped to 12 degrees early Wednesday morning. The previous record was 16 degrees set in 1988.

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................87 Marathon, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................88 Key West NAF, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................1 Leadville, Colo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-9 Barrow, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................59 New Orleans, La.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.00 New Orleans Lakefront, La.

ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 1899, two women and a young boy were picked up by a tornado, carried a quarter mile, and then were set down gently back on the ground. They reported flying far above church steeples and even flying alongside a horse. Reportedly, the horse "kicked and struggled" before it was also set down unharmed.

The Associated Press

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