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Relatively calm weather greeted much of the country Wednesday as no major storm system was noted.

In the tropics, a tropical disturbance moved through the eastern Caribbean Sea and dumped heavy rain on Puerto Rico. This disturbance has a moderate chance of developing at some point in the next 2 days, and could become a probably to the country later this weekend. This system will be monitored over the next few days.

Meanwhile, only a few areas of rain were noted in the country. Scattered showers and thunderstorms did develop in the Southwest, but were not widespread in nature.

A high pressure system produced mostly dry conditions through the Midwest and Southeast. The warmest temperatures were noted in the Southern Plains, where afternoon temperatures were in the 90s and 100s. Similar temperatures were noted in the Southwest, while the Northwest experienced temperatures in the 70s and 80s.

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................108 Phoenix, Ariz.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................109 Tampa Macdill AFB, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................39 Klamath Falls, Ore.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................21 Point Lay, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................68 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.11 Seward, Alaska

ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 1970, Arizona suffered its greatest natural disaster as the central portion of the state received unprecedented rainfall. Twenty-three people died due to flooding and cars were swept as much as 40 miles downstream. Some creeks received over 11 inches of rain within a 24-hour period.

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