Weather Underground midday recap for Friday, August 23, 2013.
Showers and thunderstorms developed over the Southeast, scattered storms moved into the Mid-Atlantic states and monsoonal thunderstorms persisted over the Rockies. A low pressure system spinning over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico created organized showers and thunderstorms that moved into the panhandle of Florida. The region has seen rainfall for the past few days now, thus, flood advisories remained in effect for the region. The low pressure system slowly moved northeastward and further into the Southeast, but remained at a low, 20% chance of tropical cyclone development. Heaviest rainfall from this system was reported at Naples, Florida with a midday total of 1.33 inches.
To the north, a cold front moved from the Midwest and Ohio valley, into the Mid-Atlantic states and Southeast. This kicked up scattered showers and thunderstorms from the Tennessee valley through southern Pennsylvania and Maryland. Heaviest precipitation was reported at Lancaster, Ohio with a midday total of 1.60 inches. Strong winds blew down a couple of trees at Red Lane, Virginia.
Out West, moisture over the western states maintained shower and thunderstorm activity on Friday. Monsoonal moisture, in combination with moisture streaming northward from Tropical Storm Ivo off the coast of Baja California, allowed for areas of storms to develop from the desert Southwest through the Northern Rockies. Fire danger remained high for these areas due to increased lightning activity.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Friday have ranged from a morning low of 33 degrees at Truckee-Tahoe, Calif. to a midday high of 104 degrees at Mesa, Ariz.
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