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Weather Underground midday recap for Tuesday, September 02, 2014
A cold front extended from the southern Plains to eastern Great Lakes on Tuesday, while a separate cold front approached the Northwest.
A cold front stretched across the southern Plains, the middle Mississippi Valley, the upper Midwest and the Great Lakes on Tuesday. This frontal boundary collided with a warm, muggy air mass, which initiated thunderstorms across the central and eastern thirds of the country. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued over parts of the Mid-Atlantic and New England. Pelham, Mass., reported 1.00 inch sized hail, while Keene, N.H., reported numerous trees and wires down. An onshore flow from the Gulf of Mexico also fueled thunderstorms over the Deep South and the Southeast. Fayetteville, Ark., reported a midday total of 1.98 inches of rain. Bentonville, Ark., reported a midday total of 1.63 inches of rain. Additionally, Tropical Storm Dolly brought thunderstorms to the southern tip of Texas. High pressure kept conditions mostly clear across the central and northern Plains on Tuesday.
A separate cold front approached the Pacific Northwest. This system pushed showers across western Oregon. Meanwhile, winter weather advisories and high wind warnings were issued in northwest Montana as the aforementioned cold front approached the region. Livingston, Mont., recorded wind speeds of 34 mph. A ridge of high pressure over the eastern Pacific kept conditions warm and dry across the Southwest. Temperatures ranged between the 90s and 100s across the region. Death Valley, Calif., recorded a midday high of 110 degrees. Gila Bend, Ariz., recorded a midday high of 104 degrees.