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A low pressure system inching across the southern Mid-Atlantic today spawned showers and thunderstorms along the eastern Gulf Coast, the Southeast and the southern Mid-Atlantic.

Fort Myers, Florida reported a midday total of 0.36 inches of rain. High pressure kept conditions clear across the northern Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast.

Meanwhile, a cold front extended across the central Plains and the upper Midwest. Low pressure along the northeastern side of the frontal boundary pushed rain and thunderstorms across the Great Lakes and Michigan.

To the south of the cold front, warm, humid conditions affected the southern and central Plains, as well as the lower and middle Mississippi Valley. Heat advisories were issued in northeast Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, southeast Nebraska, Northwest Missouri, Iowa, western Illinois and southwest Wisconsin.

Beloit, Kansas recorded a midday high of 103 degrees, while Amsterdam, Missouri also recorded a midday high of 103. Just to the west, monsoonal moisture surged across the southern Rockies. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developed over parts of New Mexico and Arizona.

Along the West Coast, a low pressure system moved across the Pacific Northwest. Rain and thunderstorms accompanied this system and drifted across parts of northern California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. High pressure over the eastern Pacific kept conditions mostly clear across the Southwest.

TUESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

-HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................109 Gila Bend AF Aux AP, Gila, Arizona

-HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................114 Cushing, Oklahoma

-LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................37 Craig, Colorado

-LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................22 Barrow, Alaska

-HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................58 Sterling Muni, Sterling, C, Colorado

-HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.59 Marco Island Airport, Florida

ON THIS DATE:

-The state of Alaska usually conjures up images of pristine snow-covered mountains and intense storms. In fact Barrow, Arkansas, located on the northern tip of the state, has an average annual precipitation rate of 4.75 inches. On this date in 1987, an all-time 24-hour precipitation record of 1.38 inches of rain was set by the city.

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