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A cold front moved across the central third of the country on Thursday, as an active weather system affected several regions. A cluster of strong to severe thunderstorms developed over the southern Plains and the Mississippi Valley as this frontal boundary interacted with a warm, muggy air mass from the Gulf of Mexico.

Heavy rain and hail impacted several states as thunderstorms drove across the region. Johnson, Kan., reported a midday total of 1.00 inches of hail, while Olathe New Century, Kan., reported a midday total of 1.88 inches of rain. Strong winds also accompanied these storms, as Linn, Kan., recorded wind speeds of 60 mph. Just to the north, this system ushered a mixture of rain and snow across the upper Midwest, as Carlton, Minn., reported a midday total of 1.1 inches of snow.

A low pressure system along the coast of New England pushed a mixture of rain and snow across Maine on Thursday. Easton reported a midday total of 3.5 inches of snow. The remainder of the Eastern Seaboard stayed clear of precipitation due to high pressure over the Mid-Atlantic.

In the West, a cold front began to inch across the West Coast. This system brought scattered showers to western Washington, western Oregon and northern California. Low pressure along the northern tier of the front ushered mixed precipitation across the upper Intermountain West, as Silver Bow, Mont., reported a midday total of 4.5 inches of snow. High pressure kept the Southwest clear of wet weather on Thursday.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................90 Dryden, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................91 Weslaco, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................12 Mt. Washington, N.H.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-17 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................85 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.88 Olathe New Century, Kan.

ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 1899, two women and a young boy were picked up by a tornado, carried a quarter mile, and then were set down gently back on the ground. They reported flying far above church steeples and even flying alongside a horse. Reportedly, the horse "kicked and struggled" before it was also set down unharmed.

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