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Showers and thunderstorms returned to the Plains on Friday as a low pressure system moved eastward off the Rockies.

This system pulled warm and moist air northward from the Gulf of Mexico, and created a warm front that extended over the Central Plains and moved into the Mid-Mississippi River Valley. These storms had a slight chance of severe weather development from northern Kansas, through western South Dakota and eastward into Iowa and northern Missouri.

However, severe storms have not yet developed in these areas. At the same time a cold front developed along the back side of this system and stretched across the Rockies. This front allowed for a few scattered thunderstorms to develop, while also creating windy conditions. Thus, fire danger remained high for Colorado and the Four Corners as strong winds and dry lightning is dangerous for controlling and mitigating fire spread.

In the South, a cold front moved farther southeastward and brought a few scattered showers to Florida and the northern Gulf Coast. Behind this system, onshore flow from the Gulf of Mexico maintained warm and humid conditions across Texas, allowing for periods of heavy rainfall and strong thunderstorms to develop from south-central Texas into New Mexico.

In the Northeast, a weak cold front associated with a slow moving low pressure system kicked up a few lingering showers over the Northeast from Pennsylvania through Maine. Heavy rainfall and strong storms were not anticipated in these areas.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................100 Hays, Kan.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................126 Hurlburt Field, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................28 Burns, Ore.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................21 Burns, Ore.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................75 Russell, Kan.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................3.65 Chester, Conn.

ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 1989, severe thunderstorm wind gusts to 85 mph hit Montgomery County, Md., for a total of 8 minutes. Several hundred trees were blown over in one city block alone, while 170,000 customers went without power for nearly a week.

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