Weather Underground midday recap for Saturday, July 26, 2014
A cold front extended from the central Plains to the western Great Lakes on Saturday, while monsoonal thunderstorms developed over the Four Corners.
A cold front stretched across the central Plains, the middle Mississippi Valley and the western Great Lakes on Saturday. As this system interacted with a warm, muggy air mass from the Gulf of Mexico, numerous clusters of thunderstorms developed over the central and eastern thirds of the country. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in western Ohio and northeast Indiana, while severe thunderstorm watches were issued in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. Douglas, S.D., reported 2.75 inch sized hail, while Crofton, Neb., reported 1.50 inch sized hail. In addition, heavy rain accompanied a cluster of thunderstorms over the Ohio Valley, as flash flood watches were issued in southeast Ohio, West Virginia and western Virginia. Warsaw, Ind., reported a midday total of 0.31 inches of rain, while Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., reported a midday total of 0.65 inches of rain. Thunderstorms also moved over the Mid-Atlantic, while sea breeze induced thunderstorms popped up over Florida.
Conditions remained warm and muggy over the southern Plains on Saturday, as heat advisories were issued across several states. Peyton, Texas, recorded a midday high of 104 degrees. Just to the west, monsoonal thunderstorms developed across the Four Corners, as flash flood watches were issued in southeast Colorado. The West Coast stayed mostly clear of precipitation due to a ridge of high pressure over the eastern Pacific.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Saturday have ranged from a morning low of 28 degrees at Stanley, Idaho to a midday high of 105 degrees at Thermal, Calif.