Weather Underground midday recap for Friday, September 20, 2013.
A cold front extended from southwest Texas to the northern Plains on Friday, bringing widespread thunderstorms to Texas and parts of the central Plains.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms associated with a pair of low pressure systems brought plenty of precipitation and some flooding to Texas on Friday. This cold front moved very slowly through the state, which caused flooding along parts of the southeast portion of the state. Remnants of Tropical Cyclone Manuel also moved northeast over Mexico earlier today, which helped feed energy to the system sitting over Texas. Although the state was prone to flooding on Friday, drought-stricken areas felt plenty of relief as this system trekked over the state. Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Illinois also experienced wet weather as a result of this slow-moving frontal boundary
Strong thunderstorms from the same cold front moved through the Ohio Valley, as flood warnings were issued in parts of Ohio and West Virginia.
A set of high pressure systems set up over the Great Basin on Friday, bringing much warmer, drier conditions to flood zones in the Rockies. This system also influenced warm, dry conditions to persist throughout much of the Southwest.
Meanwhile on the West Coast, rain began to impact to the Pacific Northwest, including the coasts of northern California, Oregon, and Washington, as a relatively strong cold front approached the region. Cooler weather was also associated with this system as coastal cities experienced a 5 to 10 degree drop in temperatures earlier today.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Friday have ranged from a morning low of 21 degrees at Stanley, Idaho to a midday high of 98 degrees at Goodyear, Ariz.
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