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Weather Underground midday recap for Sunday, May 24, 2015
Active weather impacted the central third of the country on Sunday, while high pressure settled in over the East Coast.
An area of low pressure lifted north northeastward over the central Plains. Warm, muggy air streamed northward from the Gulf of Mexico, which fueled strong to severe thunderstorms over the central and southern Plains, as well as the middle and lower Mississippi Valley. Tornado warnings were issued across eastern Colorado. Just to the east, flash flood warnings were issued in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas. Tornado watches were also issued from northern Missouri to southern Louisiana. McAlester, Okla., reported a midday total of 5.79 inches of rain. Dallas, Texas, reported a midday total of 3.43 inches of rain. Just to the north, moderate rain developed from the northern Plains to the upper Midwest. In addition, a mixture of rain and high elevation snow showers affected the central and northern Rockies. Clinton, Mont., reported a midday total of 1.61 inches of rain.
Meanwhile, a stationary front lingered over central Florida. Isolated thunderstorms popped up over the southern half of the state. A ridge of high pressure kept the remainder of the East Coast clear of precipitation. Fort Myers, Fla., recorded a midday high of 91 degrees. Sumter, S.C., recorded a midday high of 89 degrees.
Out west, scattered showers lingered over the Great Basin. High pressure over the eastern Pacific brought a dry weather pattern to the West Coast. .