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The Great Basin and parts of the western Plains experienced showers and thunderstorms today, while severe thunderstorm watches were issued in the Northeast. Parts of the West Coast felt slightly cooler temperatures, while the majority of the Southeast remained warm and clear.

A low pressure system continued to develop along the U.S. and Canadian border this morning, triggering wet weather and strong winds. Severe thunderstorms began to develop along parts of the Northeast this afternoon, creating hazardous conditions in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and parts of New England. Hail, strong rain and winds picked up throughout the region during the late morning and early afternoon. The central Midwest also experienced scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Flood warnings were issued throughout the Great Basin as showers and thunderstorms continued to dampen the region. Mountains and adjacent canyons were the most susceptible to flooding. Temperatures continued to stay well above 90 degrees for the majority of the Great Basin and Southwest, while a low pressure system brought slightly cooler temperatures to the northern California and southern Oregon coast. Temperatures ranged from the high 60s to the low 70s up the coast and into the Pacific Northwest.

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................100 Hugo, Okla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................105 Reading, Pa.

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

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................23 Savoonga, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................70 Jackson, Miss.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.36 Saint Simons Island, Ga.

ON THIS DATE:

On this date in 1992, Hurricane Iniki came ashore on the Hawaiian island of Kauai with wind gusts to 160 mph. The strong gusts delayed the filming of Jurassic Park and Steven Spielberg and crew were stranded on the island.

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