National: Mixed bag of weather across the U.S.

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A mixed bag of weather greeted the country on Wednesday due to a pair of moderately strong storms.

The strongest of these storms moved toward the Mississippi Valley and into the Southeast. This storm pulled a considerable amount of moisture northward from the Gulf of Mexico, producing scattered showers and thunderstorms through the Southeast and as far north as Virginia.

Elsewhere, a long cold front stretched through the Upper Midwest and Plains, but was mostly void of moisture. Only a few scattered showers had formed from the Dakotas through Minnesota and Wisconsin by the afternoon. Severe Thunderstorm Watches were posted from northeastern New Mexico through western Kansas in anticipation of the possibility of severe thunderstorms developing into the late afternoon.

Monsoon moisture once again instigated scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms through the Southwest.

The Northeast rose into the 60s and 70s, while the Southeast saw temperatures in the 70s and 80s. The Southern Plains rose into the 90s and 100s, while the Southwest saw similar temperatures.

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................107 Needles, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................108 Hugo, Okla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................32 West Yellowstone, Mont.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................28 Barrow, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................81 Chamberlain, S.D.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.90 Anniston, Ala.

ON THIS DATE....... Stationary thunderstorms over Colorado's Big Thompson Canyon dumped up to 14 inches of rain into the canyon's drainage system on this date in 1976. A popular recreation destination, the canyon was crowded with thousands of people that day and at least 139 people were killed as a 20 foot wall of water rushed through the canyon's drainage system.

The Associated Press

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