Weather across the nation: 5/8/13

5:25 PM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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A pair of storm systems affected the country on Wednesday, bringing active weather to some areas.

The first storm moved northward through the Southeast and Appalachian Mountains , bringing areas of light to moderate rain from North Carolina through New England. Upwards of 3 inches of rain fell on parts of the Northeast, with over 3 inches in New York City's Central Park by midafternoon. This storm will continue to weaken throughout the rest of the day and into Thursday, allowing precipitation to diminish.

The second storm moved through the Rockies and into the western Plains. This storm was not as strong as the previous storm that brought several inches of snow to the Plains and Upper Midwest, but scattered rain and even some thunderstorms were noted from eastern Colorado through Minnesota.

Some of these thunderstorms could turn severe in the afternoon in Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma, so residents should monitor the progress of these thunderstorms and be prepared to protect life and property.

A few showers continued in the West, but the region remained mostly dry as a high pressure system began to build once a low pressure system moved out of the area. This high pressure system will provide a warming trend that will last into the weekend, with temperatures pushing into the 90s and some 100s for the Southwest.

The Northeast rose into the 60s and 70s, while the Southeast saw temperatures in the 70s and 80s. The Southwest rose into the 70s and 80s, while the Northwest saw temperatures in the 60s and 70s.

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................88 Alice, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................89 Alice, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................19 Wolf Creek Pass, Colo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................3 Deadhorse, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................51 Limon, Colo.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................3.02 Central Park, N.Y.C.

ON THIS DATE....... The "Mother's Day" tornado outbreak on this date in 1988 included 57 tornadoes (24 in Wisconsin and 22 in Iowa) spawned by thunderstorms in the Mississippi Valley. Although nobody was killed in this outbreak, a person in Rockford, Ill., was inside a portable toilet when it was blown over by 80 mph winds.

The Associated Press

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