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Weather Underground midday recap for Friday, May 29, 2015
Active weather impacted the central third of the country on Friday, while a warming trend continued over the Southwest.
A cluster of heavy rain and thunderstorms brought major impacts to the southern Plains and the middle Mississippi Valley. Heavy rain lead to widespread flooding from Texas to Missouri. Flood warnings were issued across portions of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri on Friday. Dallas, Texas, reported a midday total of 3.40 inches of rain. McKinney, Texas, reported a midday total of 2.73 inches of rain. Just to the north, a cold frontal boundary extended across the northern Plains and the upper Midwest. A cold air mass to the north of the frontal boundary collided with warm, muggy air to the south. This interaction resulted in showers and thunderstorms across the region. Pierre, S.D., reported a midday total of 2.05 inches of rain. Spearfish, S.D., reported a midday total of 1.73 inches of rain.
To the east, a stationary front extended eastward from the Ohio Valley to the northern Mid-Atlantic. Scattered showers and thunderstorms popped up across the Tennessee Valley, the Ohio Valley and the interior Mid-Atlantic.
A ridge of high pressure kept conditions calm to the west of the Continental Divide. Temperatures approached the triple digits across the Desert Southwest on Friday. Needles, Calif., recorded a midday high of 97 degrees, while Bullhead City, Ariz., recorded a midday high of 95 degrees.