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A low pressure system shifted east northeastward over the central Plains on Thursday. This system interacted with warm, muggy air from the Gulf of Mexico to trigger thunderstorms over the nation's midsection. Numerous areas of thunderstorms developed over the central Rockies, the central high Plains, the northern Plains and the upper Mississippi Valley.

Flood warnings were issued in northwest Missouri, southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa due to heavy rain over the region. Lincoln, Nebraska, reported a midday total of 2.66 inches of rain. Fremont, Nebraska, reported a midday total of 2.60 inches of rain. Just to the south, beach hazard statements were issued along the southern coast of Texas due to a tropical disturbance over the northwestern corner of the Gulf of Mexico.

This system ushered rain and thunderstorms over southeast Texas and southern Louisiana. De Quincy Industrial Air Park, Louisiana, reported a midday total of 1.22 inches of rain. Galveston, Texas, reported a midday total of 0.99 inches of rain.

An area of low pressure over southeast Canada continued to push showers across northern New England. The remainder of the Eastern Seaboard stayed mostly clear of precipitation. Meanwhile, a ridge of high pressure over the eastern Pacific also kept conditions clear across the West Coast on Thursday.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................108 Thermal, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................105 Naples, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................32 West Yellowstone, Mont.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................20 Monarch Pass, Colo.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................66 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.66 Lincoln, Neb.

N THIS DATE....... On this date in 1959, Lieutenant Colonel William Rankin was forced to bail out of his plane at an incredible altitude of 46,000 feet due to turbulence from a violent thunderstorm. His journey back to the surface, which normally would take 13 minutes, took 45 minutes.

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