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Weather Underground midday recap for Wednesday, July 23, 2014
A cold front extended from the southern Plains to the Northeast on Wednesday, while a separate cold front moved over the West Coast.
A cold front stretched across the southern Plains, the middle Mississippi Valley, the Ohio Valley and the Northeast on Wednesday. As this system collided with a warm, humid air mass from the Gulf of Mexico, strong to severe thunderstorms developed across the nations midsection and the Northeast. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in eastern Oklahoma, northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. Dexter, Mo., reported trees and power lines down, while Cape Girardeau, Mo., recorded wind speeds of 53 mph. Heavy rain also accompanied these thunderstorms, as flash flood warnings were issued in northern Alabama. Severe thunderstorms also impacted the Ohio Valley and the Northeast, as severe thunderstorm watches were issued in northeast Pennsylvania, eastern New York, Connecticut, western Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Mount Washington, N.H., recorded wind speeds of 55 mph, while Massena, N.Y., reported a midday total of 1.38 inches of rain.
Out west, a cold front moved over the northwestern corner of the country. This system ushered moderate to heavy rain over western Washington and northwest Oregon. Tillamook, Ore., reported a midday total of 0.74 inches of rain. Newport Airport, Ore., reported a midday total of 0.54 inches of rain. The remainder of the West Coast stayed clear of precipitation due to high pressure over the eastern Pacific. Very warm, dry conditions affected the Desert Southwest, as Phoenix, Ariz., recorded a midday high of 108 degrees on Wednesday.