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Hurricane Arthur continued to strengthen on Thursday as it pushed northward over the southern Mid-Atlantic. Arthur brought heavy rain and thunderstorms to eastern South Carolina and southeast North Carolina, as hurricane warnings were issued across much of the East Coast.

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, reported a midday total of 1.89 inches of rain, while Wilmington, North Carolina, reported a midday total of 0.72 inches. Gusty winds also reached inland, as Goldsboro, North Carolina, recorded wind speeds of 40 mph.

Meanwhile, a cold front stretched across the southern Plains, the Gulf Coast, the Southeast, the Appalachians and the eastern Great Lakes on Thursday. As this frontal boundary moved eastward over warm, humid air, strong to severe thunderstorms developed over Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in northern Virginia, central Pennsylvania and southern New York, while severe thunderstorm watches were draped across New England. Clary, Virginia, reported 1.75 inch sized hail, while Himrod, New York, reported 1.00 inches sized hail. High pressure kept conditions clear across the upper Midwest, as temperatures dropped below normal across the region. Tomahawk, Wisconsin, recorded a morning low of 37 degrees.

In the West, monsoonal moisture brought scattered showers and thunderstorms to the Four Corners and the Intermountain West. A ridge of high pressure kept the West Coast clear of wet weather on Thursday.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................104 Las Vegas, Nev.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................112 Valdosta, Ga.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................37 Walden, Colo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................29 Barrow, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................46 Millville, N.J.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.89 North Myrtle Beach, S.C. O

ON THIS DATE....... The "Dog Days of Summer" officially begin on this date and end Aug. 11. This period got its name from the Egyptian belief that the Dog Star, Sirius, added heat to the Earth as it rose and fell with the sun during this time period. On this date in 1966, the "Dog Days" were in full force as New York City set a record high temperature of 107 degrees.

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