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A cold frontal boundary extended from the northern tip of Texas to Michigan on Saturday, while a ridge of high pressure continued to build along the coast of California.

The Pacific Northwest experienced cool, dry conditions on Saturday due to a high pressure system along the northern coast of Washington. Midday temperatures ranged between the 40s and 50s throughout the region.

The Southwest also experienced sunny weather, as midday temperatures ranged between the 70s and 80s inland. The Southern California and Arizona deserts reported temperatures in the upper 80s and lowers 90s as Palm Springs, Calif., recorded a midday high of 88 degrees.

A stationary front inched across the Intermountain West and parts of the northern Plains earlier Saturday, although little to no precipitation accompanied the front. Cool conditions swept across the region Saturday morning, as West Yellowstone, Mont., recorded a morning low of 15 degrees.

A much more extensive frontal boundary stretched from the southern Plains to the Great Lakes on Saturday, which kept temperatures in the 30s and 40s in the upper Midwest, and brought wet weather to a number of states.

Showers and thunderstorms moved across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri, while showers and snow showers impacted Michigan, New York and parts of New England. Clarksville, Texas, recorded a midday total of 0.72 inches of rain. Warm, muggy conditions persisted in the Southeast on Saturday as Hollywood, Fla., reported a midday high of 98 degrees.

SATURDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................98 Hollywood, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................99 Hollywood, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................10 Mt. Washington, N.H.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-18 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................68 Dutch Harbor, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.05 Dutch Harbor, Alaska


ON THIS DATE....... Hurricane Mitch continued to roar through the Atlantic basin on this date in 1998 with a center pressure of 905 mb. This measurement tied Hurricane Camille (1969) as the fourth strongest Atlantic hurricane on record at the time. Mitch would stay a Category 5 hurricane for another 33 hours before weakening.

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