Weather across the nation on October 6, 2016

Hurricane Matthew was upgraded to a category 4 hurricane Thursday morning, with maximum wind speeds at 140 mph.

This powerful hurricane approached the southeast coast of Florida. Hurricane warnings were issued from the east coast of Florida to the southern coast of South Carolina. St. Augustine, Florida, reported a midday total of 1.12 inches of rain. Cocoa Beach, Florida, recorded wind gusts of 41 mph.

The remnants of a frontal boundary kept showers and thunderstorms in the picture for parts of the southern Mid-Atlantic. High pressure influenced dry weather across the majority of the northern Mid-Atlantic and New England.

Meanwhile, a cold frontal boundary stretched southwestward from the western Great Lakes to the central Rockies. A wave of low pressure formed along the tail end of this frontal boundary, which generated rain and strong thunderstorms across the northern Plains, the central Plains and the western edge of the Midwest.

Tornado warnings and flash flood warnings were issued in southeast Kansas. Bartlett, Kansas, reported a tornado on the ground. Parsons, Kansas, reported a midday total of 5.07 inches of rain.

A mixture of rain and snow also affected the central Rockies and the central High Plains. Brookvale, Colorado, reported a midday total of 5.0 inches of snow. Nederland, Colorado, reported a midday total of 2.0 inches of snow.

Farther to the west, a Pacific system ushered moderate rain over the western edge of Washington and northwest Oregon. High pressure brought dry conditions to the Southwest on Thursday.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................97 McAllen, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................104 Corpus Christi, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................17 MCMWTC BRIDGEPORT, CA, Calif.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................3 Monarch Pass, Colo.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................54 Monarch Pass, Colo.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................5.07 Parsons, Kan.
 

© 2017 Associated Press


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