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A cold front approached the northwestern corner of the country on Thursday. This system pushed rainy weather across Washington, Oregon, Idaho and parts of northern California, while a mixture of rain and snow developed along the Cascades and the northern Rockies. Quillayute, Wash., reported a midday total of 0.70 inches of rain, while Astoria, Ore., reported a midday total of 0.54 inches of rain. High pressure kept the Southwest and the Great Basin warm and dry, as temperatures ranged between the 70s and 80s across the southern California and Arizona deserts. Chandler, Ariz., recorded a midday high of 84 degrees.

A separate cold front extended from the southern Plains to the upper Midwest. Low pressure along the northern end of the frontal boundary ushered snow showers across northeastern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and northern Michigan. Scattered rain and snow also moved across parts of the northern Plains, while a line of showers inched across the southern Plains.

Meanwhile, a low pressure system began to develop along the western Gulf Coast. This system brought moderate rain and thunderstorms to southern Louisiana, while scattered showers popped up along the coast of Texas. Just to the east, heavy rain and thunderstorms formed along the southern tip of Florida, as Ft. Lauderdale reported a midday total of 0.96 inches of rain. The majority of the East Coast avoided precipitation on Thursday.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................88 Naples, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................96 Naples, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................7 Clayton Lake, Maine

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-8 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................41 Carlsbad, N.M.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................0.96 Ft Lauderdale, Fla.

ON THIS DATE....... The stretch the Mississippi River near Minneapolis crested at a new record on this date in 1965, topping the previous record by four feet. As the flood moved downstream, high river levels were recorded southward to Hannibal, Mo. Even though the events along the river caused $100 million damage, early warnings saved the lives of countless people as only 12 fatalities were reported.

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