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Showers and thunderstorms impacted the northern Plains earlier today as a result of a low pressure system, which brought about gusty winds, hail, and even some flash floods. 

Parts of the Southwest and Great Basin continued to experience thunderstorms today as a result of monsoonal moisture. The Northeast also felt the effects of a low pressure system, bringing about slightly cooler temperatures and some wet weather.

Areas in eastern Montana experienced intense weather conditions earlier today as a result of a slow moving, low pressure system. Several counties reported flooding along rivers and streams, while many road closures occurred due to localized flooding. Two inch diameter hail was reported in parts of Montana, as well as wind gusts exceeding 70 mph. Thunderstorms also affected parts of North and South Dakota, as flash flood watches were reported in both states.


Parts of the southern Great Basin and the Southwest felt another surge of monsoonal moisture earlier today. Flash flood warnings were put into effect throughout the region, especially along mountain slopes. Southwest California, including areas below recent burn areas, experienced excessive runoff due to a strong set of slow-moving thunderstorms.

The Northeast, including a large portion of New York and parts of New England, experienced showers and thunderstorms as a result of yesterday's cold front passage. Temperatures were recorded at 5 to 10 degrees below normal for this time of year, while the Southeast continued to experience warm, dry weather.

SATURDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................102 Hill City, Kan.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................105 Stillwater, Okla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................30 Stanley, Idaho

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................22 Deadhorse, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................52 Portage Glacier, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.68 Homestead AFB, Fla.

ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 1970, a lightning bolt killed 2 football players and injured another 22 at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg Fla. All 38 players and 4 coaches on the field were knocked off their feet.

The Associated Press

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