Today's Weather Extremes

WEATHER EXTREMES SO FAR TODAY:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)............86 Laredo, TX
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).............93 Houston, TX
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............14 Alamosa, CO
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)..............10 Mullan Pass, ID
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH)....................79 Monarch Pass, CO
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)...........1.21 Henderson, KY

NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:

Across the East, the rain showers that impacted parts of New
England and the Northeast have moved offshore this afternoon, and
skies have started to clear across the region. Farther south, a
frontal boundary draped from the Mid-Atlantic back into the
southern Ohio and Tennessee Valley sparked scattered showers and
thunderstorms. The heavier activity was located in parts of
Kentucky and western Tennessee. Bowling Green, Kentucky reported a heavy thunderstorm that dropped nearly a third of an inch of rain.
The rain continued in Henderson, Kentucky during the late morning
and midday hours, dumping over an inch of rain in the process. In
Tennessee, a thunderstorm moved into the Memphis area around
midday, accompanied by scattered lightning strikes and moderate
rainfall. Other widely scattered rain showers have impacted areas
from the nation's capital back into Virginia, West Virginia and
western North Carolina. Otherwise, the reminder of the East
featured partly cloudy skies and dry conditions this afternoon.
Across the western half of the country, a cold front continued
to push through the northern Rockies and into the northern Plains.
Scattered rain and snow showers impacted Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
and North Dakota near the front. The bigger weather story has been
the blustery winds throughout the region. Sustained winds have been
generally from 25 to 35 miles-per-hour, with gusts over 60
miles-per-hour at times. Last hour, Buffalo, North Dakota reported
sustained winds at 45 miles-per-hour, with gusts to 61
miles-per-hour. Rapid City, South Dakota measured a wind gust to 55
miles-per-hour. Otherwise, generally fair and dry weather prevailed
in the Pacific Northwest, as well as in southern California, the
Desert Southwest, the southern Rockies, as well as the central and
southern Plains.
In the nation's midsection, scattered showers and thunderstorms
developed in the lower Mississippi Valley along the trailing end of
the cold front in the East. Last hour, the heavier activity was
found in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. A thunderstorm
was reported near Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, last hour. Meanwhile,
much of the remainder of the Plains featured partly cloudy skies
and dry conditions this morning. Blustery conditions were seen,
however, throughout parts of the northern Plains. Wind gusts over
45 miles-per-hour were reported in some areas. Last hour, a wind
gust to 47 miles-per-hour was measured in Garrison, North Dakota.
Otherwise, fog has reduced visibilities to under a quarter mile in
parts of coastal Texas and southern Louisiana this morning.
In the western states, a cold front in the northern Rockies
sparked scattered rain and higher-terrain snow showers. Snowfall
accumulation of one to three inches has been reported in the higher
elevations of Idaho and Montana. Other lingering light rain and
snow showers have impacted the Northwest and the Cascades. Winds have also been blustery throughout the northern Rockies this
morning, where gusts over 50 miles-per-hour have been measured.
Otherwise, much of the remainder of the West featured partly cloudy
skies and dry conditions. Patchy dense fog formed along the coast
of California, however.


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