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An area of low pressure moved east southeastward over the middle Mississippi Valley on Friday. As this system collided with warm, muggy air from the Gulf of Mexico, strong to severe thunderstorms developed across the Mississippi Valley, the Ohio Valley, the Tennessee Valley and the Southeast.

Severe thunderstorms warnings were issued in northern Georgia, as Postell reported multiple trees down. Heavy rain also accompanied these thunderstorms, as flash flood warnings were issued in western Tennessee. Jackson reported a midday total of 0.96 inches of rain, while Louisville, Kentucky., reported a midday total of 2.07 inches of rain. Strong thunderstorms also moved across the Northeast as a low pressure system drifted over the coast of New England.

A separate low pressure system inched eastward across the northern Plains. This system ushered a cluster of thunderstorms across South Dakota and northwest Nebraska. High pressure kept conditions mostly clear across the southern Plains, as temperatures ranged between the 90s and 100s across Texas and Oklahoma. Fort Worth, Texas, recorded a midday high of 104 degrees.

Just to the west, monsoonal thunderstorms lingered over the northern Rockies. These thunderstorms brought heavy rain to parts of eastern Idaho and southwest Montana. Scattered showers also moved across the Great Basin. The West Coast stayed warm and dry on Friday, as Death Valley, California, recorded a midday high of 110 degrees.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................110 Death Valley, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................110 Marshall, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................35 Walden-Jackson Cnty AP, Wa, Colo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................20 Barrow, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................62 Lanai City, Hawaii

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.07 Louisville, Ky.

ON THIS DATE....... Over eighty aircraft were destroyed by wind gusting to 116 mph on this date in 1989 at Henderson Sky Harbor Airport and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Total damage was estimated at $14 million.

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