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Heavy rainfall and areas of flooding continued across the Southeast on Saturday.

A stationary front sat over the region and allowed for ample Gulf moisture to continue pouring northward, bringing heavy rain to the northern Gulf Coast and northward into the Carolinas and Virginias. Flood advisories remained in effect from the panhandle of Florida through South Carolina.

Heaviest rainfall was reported in Destin, Fla., with a midday total of 3.38 inches of rain. At the same time, an area of low pressure over the central Gulf of Mexico remained at a medium, 30% chance of tropical cyclone development. This system produced disorganized showers and thunderstorms and pushed even more moisture northward into the Southeast.

Elsewhere, more showers and thunderstorms developed over the desert Southwest due to monsoonal moisture in combination with warm afternoon temperatures. These scattered storms were not expected to turn severe, but lightning associated with these storms increased fire danger across the region.

In the North, a weak system moved through central Canada and created a cold front that stretched into the Northern Rockies. As this front slid eastward into the northern High Plains, it produced a few widespread rain showers. In the Northeast, high pressure remained the dominant weather feature and created another dry and pleasant day.


SATURDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................108 Needles, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................111 Tampa Macdill AFB, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................35 West Yellowstone, Mont.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................28 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................46 False Pass, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................3.38 Destin, Fla.


ON THIS DATE....... Hurricane Camille collided with the Mississippi coast on this date in 1969, becoming the second most destructive hurricane in U.S. history. The storm packed winds up to 190 mph near Bay Saint Louis, Miss., while claiming 256 lives. Some ships were even carried 7 miles inland by the hurricane.

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