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Weather Underground midday recap for Tuesday, July 29, 2014
An area of low pressure inched over the central Plains on Tuesday, while monsoonal moisture surged across the western half of the country.
An area of low pressure deepened over the central Rockies and the central Plains on Tuesday. As this system interacted with warm, muggy air from the Gulf of Mexico, strong thunderstorms developed over the nations midsection. Heavy rain associated with these thunderstorms affected parts of Wyoming and Colorado, as flash flood warnings were issued in both states. Grand Junction, Colo., reported a midday total of 0.76 inches of rain, while Laramie, Wyo., reported a midday total of 0.52 inches of rain. Flash flood watches were also issued in eastern New Mexico, northern Texas, western Oklahoma and southwest Kansas. Floyd, N.M., reported a midday total of 1.98 inches of rain, while Roswell, N.M., reported a midday total of 1.94 inches of rain. Just to the west, monsoonal moisture surged across the Great Basin. This moisture aided in the development of thunderstorms across the region, as flash flood watches were issued in parts of Utah, Nevada and Idaho. High pressure over the eastern Pacific kept conditions mostly clear across the West Coast on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, a cold front extended across the Gulf Coast and the Eastern Seaboard. Isolated thunderstorms developed over the western and eastern sides of the Gulf Coast. Brooksville, Fla., reported a midday total of 1.14 inches of rain. A separate cold front began to dip southward over the Great Lakes, which brought scattered showers and thunderstorms to the upper Midwest. The East Coast stayed mostly clear of wet weather.