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Hurricane Arthur moved north northeastward over the northern Mid-Atlantic on Friday. Hurricane warnings and tropical storm warnings were issued from the coast of Virginia to the coast of Maine as this system brought very gusty winds, heavy rain and high surf to the region.

West Point, Virginia, reported a midday total of 2.67 inches of rain, while Hatteras, North Carolina, recorded wind speeds of 72 mph. Hurricane Arthur also interacted with a cold frontal boundary draped across the East Coast, which initiated strong to severe thunderstorms over eastern New England. Flash flood watches were issued over southeast Maine, southeast Vermont, Massachusetts and eastern Connecticut. New Bedford, Massachusetts, reported a midday total of 1.91 inches of rain.

Meanwhile, a cold front extended from southeast Oregon to eastern Montana on Friday. Warm, muggy air interacted with this frontal boundary, which triggered strong thunderstorms across the northern Plains. These thunderstorms focused over north central South Dakota, North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. Crystal, North Dakota, reported 1.75 inch sized hail, while Walhalla, North Dakota, reported 1.25 inch sized hail.

Monsoonal moisture triggered thunderstorm activity across the Four Corners and the Southwest, while the West Coast stayed clear of precipitation on Friday.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................100 Daggett-Barstow, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................106 Tampa Macdill AFB, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................34 Tomahawk, Wis.

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

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................72 Hatteras, N.C.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.98 New Bedford, Mass.

ON THIS DATE....... On the first Independence Day (July 4, 1776), Thomas Jefferson bought his very first thermometer before signing the Declaration of Independence. Apparently, it was 76 degrees and cloudy. Also, on this date in 1956, a world record was set when Unionville, Maryland, received 1.23 inches of rain...in one minute.

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