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A strong low pressure system moved northeastward over the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday. This system drove active weather across the eastern Gulf Coast and the Southeast, as tornado warnings and tornado watches were issued in Florida.

Collier, Fla., reported wind gusts of 58 mph, while Pinellas, Fla., reported a tornado around midday. Rain and thunderstorms moved across a handful of states, as Panama City, Fla., reported a midday total of 2.39 inches of rain, while Tallahassee, Fla., reported a midday total of 1.49 inches of rain.

High pressure kept the northern Plains, the upper Midwest and the Northeast clear of precipitation, although very cold arctic air lingered across the region. Saranac Lake, N.Y., recorded a morning low of -26 degrees, while Presque Isle, Maine, recorded a morning low of -23 degrees.

Meanwhile, a pair of cold frontal boundaries moved across the western third of the country. The first cold front extended from Southern California to Montana, as scattered showers pushed across the upper Intermountain West. The second cold front inched over the Pacific Northwest, as moderate to heavy rain stretched from western Washington to northern California. Shelton, Wash., reported a midday total of 1.24 inches of rain.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................88 Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................91 Homestead AFB, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-26 Saranac Lake, N.Y.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-60 Nuiqsut, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................59 Tillamook, Ore.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.34 Panama City, Fla.

ON THIS DATE....... A few record high temperatures were reported on this date in history. First in 1987, Saint Cloud, Minn., recorded a high temperature of 71 degrees, exceeding the previous record high by 21 degrees. Also, in 1991, Corpus Cristi and San Antonio, Texas, reported record high temperatures of 99 and 100 degrees, respectively.

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