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Tropical Storm Arthur brought gusty winds and stormy weather to the east coast of Florida today.

Tropical storm warnings were issued there and over the southern Mid-Atlantic as this system began to inch northward over the western Atlantic. Marathon, Florida, reported a midday total of 0.76 inches of rain. The remainder of the Eastern Seaboard stayed warm and dry.

Meanwhile, a cold front extended across the southern Plains, the middle Mississippi Valley, the Ohio Valley and the eastern Great Lakes. Strong thunderstorms developed over the middle Mississippi Valley, while scattered showers and thunderstorms popped up across the Four Corners.

McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, reported a midday total of 2.74 inches of rain, while Clinton, Missouri, reported a midday total of 1.05 inches. A separate cold front stretched from southeast North Dakota to northeast Minnesota. Isolated thunderstorms developed across the upper Mississippi Valley and the eastern Great Lakes, as Clinton, Iowa, reported a midday total of 1.33 inches of rain.

Out west, high pressure kept conditions warm and clear across the West Coast. Temperatures ranged between the 70s and 80s over the Pacific Northwest, while they ranged between the 90s and 100s across the Southwest. Needles, Califorinia, recorded a midday high of 106 degrees.

TUESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

-HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................106 Needles, California

-HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................109 Bainbridge, Georgia

-LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................28 Yellowstone, Wyoming

-LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................26 Dubois Muni, Dubois, WY, Wyoming

-HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................74 Marshall, Michigan

-HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.74 McConnell AFB, Kansas

ON THIS DATE:

-Due to friction with the surface, wind is actually slower the closer it is to the ground. As a testimony to this, on this date in 1997, measurements were taken at various heights at a Moorehead, Minnesota, tower. The wind speeds were 77, 81, and 138 mph at 33, 98, and 138 feet, respectively.

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