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A cold frontal boundary extended from the eastern Gulf Coast to the eastern Great Lakes today, interacting with a warm, muggy air mass over the Eastern Seaboard to cause widespread rain and thunderstorms.

Strong to severe thunderstorms moved across parts of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, as a tornado warning was issued in eastern Florida. Severe thunderstorm watches were also issued in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.

A tornado was reported in Virginia Gardens, Florida, while St. Augustine, Florida, recorded wind gusts of 41 mph. Heavy rain also impacted much of the eastern third of the country, as Cross City, Flordia, reported a midday total of 4.42 inches of rain, while Augusta Bush, Georgia, reported a midday total of 2.84 inches.

Just to the west, scattered showers pushed across parts of the southern Plains, the Mississippi Valley and the upper Midwest.

A cold frontal boundary began to dip southward over the upper Intermountain West, and this ushered in scattered showers over parts of Montana. A large ridge of high pressure dominated the remainder of the western third of the country.

Heat advisories were issued in southern California as offshore winds brought warm, dry conditions to the Southwest. Fullerton, California, recorded a midday high of 100 degrees, while Camp Pendleton, California, also recorded a midday total of 100 degrees.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

-HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................104 Santa Maria, California

-HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................96 Tampa Macdill AFB, Florida

-LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................19 Hazen, North Dakota

-LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................4 Monarch Pass, Colorado

-HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................53 Cape Lisburne, Alaska

-HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................4.42 Cross City, Florida

ON THIS DATE:

-When you think of tornadoes, Alaska usually does not pop into mind. The only recorded Alaskan tornado to touch down occurred on this date in 1968 near Anchorage. Meanwhile, in the lower 48 states, another tornado at Jonesboro, Arkansas, killed 34 people.

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