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Showers and thunderstorms rock the country

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Showers and thunderstorms moved up the Ohio River Valley and into the Northeast on Thursday, while scattered showers and thunderstorms also popped up across the Central Plains.

A low pressure system moved over the Midwest and into the Northeast. This system created a warm front that moved from the Upper Ohio River Valley into the Northeast, which kicked up scattered showers and thunderstorms with periods of heavy rainfall.

At the same time a cold front stretched southward from this system, which brought showers and thunderstorms to the Appalachians. These storms moved eastward throughout the day toward the East Coast.

There was a slight chance of severe thunderstorm development with this system with chances of large hail and strong winds. Meanwhile, in the Plains, another low pressure system moved across the Central Plains.

Flow around this system created a warm front that brought showers and thunderstorm to Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri. Warm and humid air from the Gulf of Mexico fed energy into this system, which allowed for showers and thunderstorms to develop in these areas.

Some storms turned severe with strong winds and large hail. There was a moderate chance of more severe storms developing with damaging winds, large hail, and possibly a tornado or two. Winds up to 75 mph and 2 inch in diameter hail were reported in While Cloud, Kansas.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................105 Needles, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................118 Poteau, Okla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................37 West Yellowstone, Mont.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................27 Tin City, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................54 Lee, Mo.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.26 Fort Bragg, N.C.

ON THIS DATE....... Nearly everyone has heard tales of frogs or fish falling from the sky. Well, on this date in 1901, it is said that catfish, perch, and trout rained down on Tiller's Ferry, S.C. Heavy rains later allowed fish to swim between cotton rows.

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6/27/2013 4:21:14 PM (GMT -4:00)

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