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Weather across the nation: 4/26/13

5:20 PM, Apr 26, 2013   |    comments
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Severe showers and thunderstorms developed across the South on Friday.

A trough of low pressure moved off the Southern Rockies and into the Southern Plains, which pulled moisture in from the Gulf of Mexico. This system allowed for showers and thunderstorms to develop from Texas through Oklahoma that advanced eastward across the Mid-Mississippi River Valley and into the Tennessee Valley throughout the day.

There was a chance that some of these storms would turn severe across northeastern Texas and southeastern Oklahoma. The main threats of severe thunderstorm development was strong winds and large hail, but severe storms have not yet developed in these areas. Rainfall totals in these areas ranged around an inch by midday on Friday. Some areas saw periods of heavy rainfall and gusty winds.

To the north, a few widespread showers persisted across the Great Lakes as a system slowly exited the region. Elsewhere, high pressure over the East Coast maintained dry and pleasant conditions.

The Northeast saw highs in the mid-60s, while the Southeast approached the 80s. High pressure also dominated the West Coast and created a mostly sunny and dry day. The Pacific Northwest saw a sunny day with highs in the 70s, while the Southwest reached into the lower 80s.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................88 Brooksville, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................92 Harlingen, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................19 Leadville, Colo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-10 Kuparuk, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................55 Palmer, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.07 Petersburg, Alaska

ON THIS DATE....... The first April thunderstorm on record for Fairbanks, Alaska, occurred on this date in 1978. The thunderstorm formed from an occluded front that swept across the Gulf of Alaska and produced small hail in Fairbanks.

The Associated Press

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