Weather Underground midday recap for Tuesday, April 29, 2014
A cold frontal boundary stretched from the western Gulf Coast to the upper Midwest on Tuesday, while an area of high pressure lingered over the eastern Pacific.
An active weather system continued to impact the central and eastern thirds of the country on Tuesday as a strong low pressure system inched across the country. A tornado warning was issued in eastern North Carolina for Beaufort, Craven and Pitt counties. Tornado watches were also issued across eastern Louisiana, Mississippi and southwest Alabama. Meanwhile, flood watches were issued in a handful of states across the Gulf Coast, the Southeast, the Mid-Atlantic and New England as heavy rain continued to batter down on the region. Biloxi, Miss., reported a midday total of 4.12 inches of rain, while Mobile, Ala., reported a midday total of 4.11 inches of rain. Meanwhile, a swath of rain and snow extended across the Northeast, the Great Lakes, the upper Midwest and the Plains, while heavy snow showers developed over the Rockies. Temperatures ranged 10 to 15 degrees below normal over the Intermountain West and the Plains as winter storm warnings were issued in northern Wyoming. Pennington, S.D., reported a midday total of 5.0 inches of snow. High wind warnings were also issued across the central and southern Plains, the central Rockies and the eastern tier of the Four Corners. Thermopolis, Wyo., recorded wind speeds of 72 mph, while Akron, Colo., also recorded wind speeds of 72 mph.
High pressure kept conditions mostly calm across the western third of the country on Tuesday. Temperatures ranged between the 80s and 90s in southern California. North Island, Calif., recorded a midday high of 93 degrees, while Santa Ana, Calif., recorded a midday high of 89 degrees.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Tuesday have ranged from a morning low of 6 degrees at Wolf Creek Pass, Colo. to a midday high of 98 degrees at Corpus Christi, Texas