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Weather Underground midday recap for Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Severe thunderstorms impacted the Northeast on Tuesday, while a warming trend persisted across the Southwest.
A cold frontal boundary extended from New England to the middle Mississippi Valley. This frontal boundary initiated several clusters of strong to severe thunderstorms over New England and the northern Mid-Atlantic. Tornado warnings were issued across central and eastern Massachusetts on Tuesday. Severe thunderstorm warnings were also issued across much of New England. Valatie, Mass., reported 2.00 inch sized hail. Providence, R.I., reported a midday total of 1.08 inches of rain. Isolated thunderstorms also developed over the Midwest and the interior Mid-Atlantic. Temperatures dropped 5 to 10 degrees over the upper Midwest as a cool air mass trailed the frontal boundary. Hibbing, Minn., recorded a morning low of 42 degrees.
Meanwhile, an area of low pressure developed over the southern Mid-Atlantic. This system produced showers and thunderstorms across the eastern Gulf Coast, the Southeast and the southern Mid-Atlantic. Georgetown, S.C., reported a midday total of 5.04 inches of rain.
Several lines of strong to severe thunderstorms broke out across the central Plains on Tuesday, as severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in southwest Nebraska and northwest Kansas. Columbus, Neb., reported a midday total of 1.14 inches of rain. Lincoln, Neb., recorded 1.00 inch sized hail.
A ridge of high pressure kept conditions warm and dry across the Southwest. Excessive heat warnings were issued in southeast California and southwest Arizona. Palm Springs, Calif., recorded a midday high of 104 degrees.