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A pair of cold fronts caused severe weather to occur over parts of the central and northern Plains on Thursday, while the majority of the Eastern Seaboard experienced mild, clear conditions.

Strong to severe thunderstorms emerged over the upper Midwest on Thursday, bringing heavy rain, strong winds, and dangerous hail to the region. Parts of Minnesota experienced hail more than 2 inches in diameter, while wind speeds were reported between 60 and 80 mph in southeast Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Severe thunderstorms were also reported in northern Kansas, southern Nebraska, and southwest Iowa. Southern Texas experienced strong thunderstorms as a result of a moist, warm air mass being pushed in from the south.

The majority of the East Coast felt the effects of a high pressure system on Thursday that was stationed over the Mid-Atlantic coast. This high pressure drew warmer air from the south, causing temperatures to rise and clear conditions to persist. Southern Florida, as well as parts of the Gulf Coast, experienced spotty thunderstorms earlier today.

High pressure also brought warm, clear conditions to the Great Basin on Thursday, giving a bit more relief to the central and northern Rockies. Along the Pacific Northwest, gusty winds began to emerge along the coast as a cold front approached the area. Rainfall did not affect the region on Thursday, although clouds began to emerge with the approaching cold front. The Southwest continued to experience warm, dry conditions, as temperatures in the California and Arizona deserts rose above 100 degrees.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................97 Palm Springs, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................105 Bay City, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................21 Stanley, Idaho

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................10 Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................58 Granite Falls, Minn.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................3.62 Ketchikan, Alaska

ON THIS DATE....... Another busy hurricane season for the Eastern Seaboard was 1955. The third hurricane in 5 weeks hit North Carolina on this date. Marysville received 16.63 inches of rain and 40 blocks of New Bern were underwater due to the storm.

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