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Severe thunderstorms developed across several states in the nation's midsection today, as a cold front pushed across the central Plains and interacted with warm, muggy air from the Gulf of Mexico.

This blend triggered strong to severe thunderstorms over the Dakotas, northeast Nebraska, northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota. Tornado watches were issued in central and eastern Nebraska, as well as western Iowa, while severe thunderstorm watches were issued in northwest Nebraska and central South Dakota.

Brunswick, Nebraska, reported 1.75 inch sized hail and 70 mph wind gusts. Meanwhile, flash flood watches were issued in southeast South Dakota, Iowa, northern Missouri and western Illinois. Metropolis, Illinois, reported a midday total of 0.85 inches of rain.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms also developed ahead of a cold front across the Ohio Valley, the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in northwest Pennsylvania, while flash flood warnings were issued in eastern New York. Buffalo, New York, reported a midday total of 1.09 inches of rain.

High pressure began to settle in over the Southeast, although scattered showers and thunderstorms continued to develop over the Gulf Coast. Marathon, Florida, reported a midday total of 0.69 inches of rain.

Conditions remained clear across the West Coast due to a ridge of high pressure over the eastern Pacific. Temperatures ranged between the 90s and 100s across the Desert Southwest.

TUESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

-HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................102 El Paso, Texas

-HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................102 Ellington Field, Texas

-LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................28 Truckee-Tahoe, California

-LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................14 Barter Island, Alaska

-HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................55 Evanston, Wyoming

-HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.09 Buffalo, New York

ON THIS DATE:

-In 1980, an F3 tornado picked up a 2-year-old Kingwood, West Virginia, girl and carried her to a pasture nearly a mile away. The girl suffered head injuries and broken legs, but survived.

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