Weather Underground midday recap for Friday, August 30, 2013.
Strong thunderstorms developed across the Great Lakes on Friday as a low pressure system moved from west to east over the Great Lakes. This system created a warm front that moved over the Midwest and up the Ohio River Valley, while a cold front trailed the system to the west, and brought a few scattered showers to the central Plains. Heaviest precipitation developed to the north, with a midday total of 1.40 inches reported in Newberry, Michigan. Hot conditions persisted in between these fronts as warm air continued to pour in from the South. High heat advisories remained in effect as high temperatures remained in the 90s from Iowa through Illinois. These temperatures range about 10 to 15 degrees above normal. Due to high humidity across the region, high heat index values persisted, with Taylorville, Iowa reporting a heat index of 112 degrees.
Ahead of this system in the East, scattered showers and thunderstorms persisted across the Southeast due to warm and humid conditions lingering over the region. Sarasota, Florida reported a midday total of 1.36 inches of rain.
Out West, moisture over the desert Southwest maintained shower and thunderstorm activity from southern California, through the Great Basin, and into the Northern and Central Rockies. Flood advisories remained in effect for these areas as periods of heavy rainfall were likely across the dry desert locations.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Friday have ranged from a morning low of 23 degrees at Tillamook, Ore. to a midday high of 104 degrees at Hugo, Okla.
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