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HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)............108 Gila Bend, AZ

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............27 Yellowstone, WY

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)..............24 Big Piney, WY

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH)....................63 Clovis, NM



In the east, scattered showers and thunderstorms developed along a stationary boundary draped along the Gulf of Mexico coastline. This activity mainly affected Florida, where thunderstorms dropped between 1 and 2 inches of rain in some localized areas. Small hail and gusty winds also accompanied these thunderstorms. Hollywood, Florida picked up 1-point-95 inches of rain, while Miami, Florida received 1-point-73 inches. The only other area of inclement weather in the East was across Northern New England, where an upper level disturbance continued to spark isolated showers and thunderstorms. The heaviest of the rainfall fell during the afternoon hours in Maine, where between a half an inch of rain and 1 inch fell. Augusta, Maine picked up 0-point-85 inches of rain. The Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Western Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, and the Tennessee Valley all experienced a tranquil day with mostly to partly sunny skies. High temperatures across these regions climbed into the 70's, while cloud cover kept temperatures in the 50's and 60's across New England. Highs along the Gulf Coast southward into Florida made it into the 80's and low 90's.

In the center of the Nation, a potent upper level disturbance brought isolated strong-to-severe thunderstorms to the Dakotas yesterday afternoon. A tornado ripped through south-central North Dakota in Emmons County, while a thunderstorm produced quarter-size hail that covered the ground near Dallas, South Dakota. Sixty mile-per-hour winds preceded a thunderstorm that ended up dropping golfball size hail on Wagner, South Dakota. Less intense thunderstorms were seen in Nebraska and western Iowa, where rainfall amounts ranged from 0-point-10 inches to 0-point-30 inches. Other than a few afternoon rain showers that dotted the landscape across the Western Great Lakes and Upper Midwest, dry conditions and a partly-to-mostly cloudy sky dominated the entire Mississippi River Valley. It was a different story across Kansas, western Missouri, Oklahoma, western Arkansas, and Texas where a disorganized area of low pressure brought complexes of showers and thunderstorms to the region. The first complex moved through Texas and southern Oklahoma during the morning hours. Flash flooding was seen throughout this area, as rainfall amounts exceeded 5 inches in a few isolated areas. Ardmore, Oklahoma received 5-point-58 inches of rain, while Dallas, Texas picked up 3-point-04 inches. Some thunderstorms in western Texas produced penny-to-golf ball size hail, with winds gusting up to 60 mile-per-hour. Another complex of thunderstorms developed across Kansas during the afternoon hours and moved into Oklahoma and northern Texas by the evening. Some thunderstorms were once again severe and produced strong wind gusts, large hail, and heavy rain. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma experienced 60 mile-per-hour winds and received 1-point-08 inches of rain in just 1 hour. Below normal high temperatures were seen throughout the Plains, with highs reaching the 60's and 70's. The only exception was across southern Texas, where highs climbed into the 80's and 90's.

Across the west, other than a few isolated showers and thunderstorms that plagued the High Plains and Eastern Rockies, high pressure dominated. Hot and dry conditions were seen across California, the Desert Southwest, the Great Basin, the Western Rockies, and the Pacific Northwest. The only exception to the hot weather was along the California coast, where low clouds and fog only allowed temperatures to top out in the 60's. The opposite can be said for the Desert Southwest, where highs once again soared mid 100's. Highs in the 80's and 90's were common from the Great Basin northward to the Pacific Northwest, while the 60's and 70's were experienced in the High Plains and Eastern Rockies. High temperatures in eastern Colorado were 20 to 30 degrees below normal. Several record high temperatures were reported throughout Washington and Oregon. The table below lists these records, which were 15 to 25 degrees above normal for the California coast.

City State Temperature Old Record (Year)

---- ----- ----------- -----------------

Portland OR 96 92 (1958)

Salem OR 96 95 (1978)

Forks WA 92 89 (1989)

Quillayute WA 91 84 (1977)

Astoria OR 90 87 (1958)

Blaine WA 84 83 (1958)


In 1916, a tornado ripped through Warren, Arkansas and tragically killed 83 people.

In 1937, 32 inches of snow buried Dome Lake in Montana.

In 1992, Hurricane Alma made landfall over the eastern Florida Panhandle becoming the earliest hurricane to make landfall on the US Mainland.


A stationary front extends from southeast South Carolina, through central Georgia, southern Alabama, southern Mississippi, northern Louisiana, into northeast Texas.

A cold front lies from west to east across west-central Texas.


The area of low pressure over New England which caused all of the inclement weather will gradually pull out to sea. High pressure over the Appalachians will move northeastward into the Northeast, bringing uneventful weather conditions for much of the day. However, a lingering frontal boundary over the Southeast will be responsible for scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms. Most of the precipitation will be concentrated over Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. Some of the thunderstorms may become quite strong, especially during the late afternoon and early evening hours. Heavy to torrential downpours, frequent lightning strikes, and gusty winds to around 50 miles-per-hour will be possible with the most intense storms. Hail up to dime size will also be possible with the strongest storms as well. Some of the heavier downpours over Florida will result in some localized flooding, especially over the southern sections of the state. Afternoon temperatures will peak out in the upper 60's and 70's throughout most of the Northeast, as well as the eastern Great Lakes. Readings in the 80's will be found over much of the remainder of the region, including the Middle Atlantic, Southeast, as well as the Appalachians. A few temperatures approaching 90 degrees are expected over southern portions of Florida as well.

Most of the nation's middle section will once again be dominated by several troughs of low pressure. One trough will be positioned over the Upper Midwest, with another trough found over the Lower Mississippi Valley. The troughs will bring scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms to much of the region. The most intense storms are expected to develop over the central and southern portions of Texas, eastern Oklahoma, and western Arkansas. Large hail up to golfball size, wind gusts to 75 miles-per-hour, frequent lightning strikes, and heavy to torrential downpours will occur with the strongest thunderstorms. Other less intense thunderstorms will be found farther north over Missouri, western sections of Illinois, and southeastern sections of Iowa. Heavy to torrential downpours and occasional lightning will be the primary threats with these thunderstorms. Sections of the Dakotas, eastern Montana, Minnesota, western and central Wisconsin, and perhaps northern sections of Nebraska will see a scattering of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms may become strong during the afternoon hours tomorrow. Small hail, brief gusty winds to 40 miles-per-hour, and heavy downpours of rain are possible with the most intense storms. Highs this afternoon will top out in the 60's and 70's throughout much of the Upper Midwest, and the northern two-thirds of the Plains. The southern one-third of the region will see high temperatures topping out in the 80's, with 90's found over far southern portions of Texas.

A large portion of the West will experience mainly dry conditions for much of tonight, thanks to a large ridge of high pressure. The high will be anchored over the northern sections of California. Very warm to hot conditions will also be found in association with the high pressure area as well. Areas of locally dense fog and low clouds will permeate the coastal sections of California, as well as southwestern parts of Oregon. Some local visibilities under one-quarter of a mile are expected. High temperatures this afternoon will top out in the 50's and 60's over the California and southwestern Oregon coasts, as well as over the higher elevations in the Rocky Mountains. Readings in the 70's and 80's will be common over sections of the Interior West, as well as over the higher elevations in the Desert Southwest. The lower elevations in the Desert Southwest, as well as over the Interior Valleys in California, will experience afternoon readings in the 90's and 100's.

Prepared by WeatherBank, Inc.

Copyright 2002 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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