Weather Underground midday recap for Thursday, September 05, 2013.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms developed over the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies on Thursday, while areas of showers persisted for the Southeast. A low pressure system moved over the Pacific Northwest and pulled abundant moisture in from the Pacific Ocean. This created a warm front that triggered scattered showers and thunderstorms across Oregon and Washington, which moved eastward over Idaho and into western Montana. There was a slight chance that these storms would turn severe with strong winds and hail, but severe storms have not yet developed. Heaviest rainfall for the region was reported at Spokane, Washington with a midday total of 0.83 inches of rain. This system brought increased flooding risks to the region. Fire risk also increased for the region due to increased lightning associated with thunderstorm activity.
To the east, a trough of low pressure moved over the Central Plains and towards the Midwest. This system allowed for a few scattered showers and thunderstorms to develop across South Dakota, Nebraska, and into Iowa. Severe storms were not likely with this system. Meanwhile in the South, a stationary front lingered over the Southeast and kicked up more showers and thunderstorms from the Carolinas through eastern and southern Texas. Heavy rainfall and strong storms did not develop across these areas.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday have ranged from a morning low of 30 degrees at Mt. Washington, N.H. to a midday high of 106 degrees at Phoenix, Ariz.
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