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Weather across the nation: 8/10/12

4:17 PM, Aug 10, 2012   |    comments
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Showers and thunderstorms developed across the eastern U.S. as a low pressure system lingered over the Great Lakes.

This system created a warm front that extended northeastward into Maine, while a cold front stretched south of this system and moved through the Eastern Valleys.

These systems pulled abundant moisture in from the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, which allowed for showers and thunderstorms to develop over most of the eastern U.S. Heavy rains developed in the North, from Michigan to Maine with heaviest rainfall reported in Belmar-Farmingdale, N.J. Some of these storms turned severe with strong winds and hail. Multiple trees and power lines were blown down from New York through Massachusetts.

To the south, warm and humid conditions ahead of the cold front produced severe thunderstorms across the Gulf states and Tennessee Valley. Rainfall totals ranged around an inch with strong and damaging winds. Behind this system, cooler conditions persisted across the Upper Midwest as flow from the north continued.

Highs ranged in the 70s with overnight lows in the 50s. Meanwhile in the West, a dominant ridge of high pressure maintained hot conditions for the Southwest. This allowed for offshore flow to continue and kept the region hot and sunny.

Excessive heat warnings remained in effect as highs surpassed 110 degrees again across the deserts of California, Arizona, and Nevada. Just to the east, a weak trough of low pressure covered the Great Basin, Intermountain West, as well as the Northern and Central Rockies. This kicked up widespread scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the day.

Due to prevailing dry conditions, this increased fire danger for most of the Western U.S.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................107 Daggett-Barstow, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................111 Thermal, Calif.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................37 International Falls, Minn.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................23 Barrow, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................56 Lamoni, Iowa

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.42 Belmar-Farmingdale, N.J.

ON THIS DATE....... Bluefied, W.Va., celebrated its record reading of 90 degrees on this date in 1988. The celebration was extra special because the town's Chamber of Commerce provides free lemonade on days when temperatures readings reach 90 degrees.

The Associated Press

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