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Weather Underground midday recap for Tuesday, July 07, 2015
A cold front stretched from the Great Lakes to the southern Plains on Tuesday, while a ridge of high pressure settled in over the northern Plains.
A cold frontal boundary extended southwestward over the central Great Lakes, the upper Midwest, the middle Mississippi Valley and the southern Plains. This frontal boundary interacted with warm, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico, which generated heavy rain and strong thunderstorms from the Great Lakes to central Texas. Flash flood warnings were issued in several states, including Texas, Oklahoma, northwest Arkansas, southern Missouri and central Indiana. Abilene, Texas, reported a midday total of 7.18 inches of rain. Indianapolis, Ind., reported a midday total of 3.14 inches of rain. Sea breeze induced thunderstorms also fired up over Florida on Tuesday. High pressure settled in over over the northern Plains and the upper Midwest, which brought below normal temperatures to the region. International Falls, Minn., recorded a morning low of 37 degrees, while Hazen, Idaho, recorded a morning low of 39 degrees.
Out west, monsoonal moisture aided in the development of showers and thunderstorms from the Rockies to the Sierra Nevada. Flash flood warnings were issued over the northern Sierra Nevada. In addition, flash flood watches were issued across eastern California, southern Nevada, northwest Arizona and Wyoming. Temperatures climbed into the 80s and 90s across the Pacific Northwest, while temperatures spiked into the triple digits over the Desert Southwest. Blythe, Calif., recorded a midday high of 102 degrees on Tuesday.