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A cold frontal boundary stretched from southern Texas to the western Great Lakes on Tuesday. A very warm, muggy air mass continued to stream northward ahead of this frontal boundary, which initiated showers and thunderstorms over the southern Plains, the western Gulf Coast, the Mississippi Valley, the Ohio Valley and the upper Midwest.

Flood warnings and flood watches were issued across Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan. Brenham, Texas, reported a midday total of 5.03 inches of rain, while Cleveland, Texas, reported a midday total of 3.33 inches of rain. Scattered showers also moved across portions of the Northeast, while the Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast stayed clear of wet weather. Temperatures ranged between the 80s and 90s across the Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast, as Williamsburg, Va., recorded a midday high of 95 degrees.

Scattered showers and snow showers lingered over the central and southern Rockies on Tuesday, while the majority of the Intermountain West experienced below normal temperatures. Freeze warnings and freeze watches were issued across New Mexico, Colorado, western Kansas and northwest Texas, as Wolf Creek Pass, Colo., recorded a morning low of 10 degrees. High pressure continued to build over the Great Basin, which brought very warm, dry conditions to the West Coast. Temperatures ranged between the 80s and 90s across much of California, as Santa Maria, Calif., recorded a midday high of 95 degrees..

TUESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................96 FENTRESS NALF, Va.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................101 Williamsburg, Va.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................10 Laramie, Wyo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-11 Wolf Creek Pass, Colo.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................60 McGregor Range Base Camp,, N.M.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................5.03 Brenham, Texas ON THIS DATE....... A couple incredible hail facts occurred on this date. First, in 1975, hail the size of tennis balls amassed to a depth of 10 inches in Wernersville, PA. Also, in 1930, a farmer was killed in a hailstorm near Lubbock, TX accounting for the only official United States death due to hail.

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