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Posted on June 20, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 20 at 5:05 PM

Weather Underground midday recap for Friday, June 20, 2014

A cold front stretched across the central Plains and the upper Midwest on Friday, while a ridge of high pressure lingered over the eastern Pacific.

Active weather pushed across the central and eastern thirds of the country on Friday. As warm, muggy air collided with a cold front that extended over the central Plains and the upper Midwest, a cluster of heavy rain and thunderstorms developed across the upper Midwest and the Ohio Valley. Flood warnings were issued across the upper Mississippi Valley and parts of the Ohio Valley due to heavy rain over the region. Madison, Wis., reported a midday total of 1.35 inches of rain, while Valparaiso, Ind., reported a midday total of 1.14 inches of rain. In addition, strong to severe thunderstorms pushed across the Southeast, the Mid-Atlantic and the Tennessee Valley. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in parts of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, Pope Field Airport, N.C., recorded wind speeds of 40 mph, while Fort Lauderdale., Fla., reported a midday total of 1.65 inches of rain. The Northeast stayed clear of wet weather on Friday.

Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms brought heavy rain to southwest Texas and southern New Mexico. Flood warnings were issued along the Mexico Texas border, as Del Rio, Texas, reported a midday total of 4.61 inches of rain. The western third of the country experienced warm, dry conditions as a large ridge of high pressure parked itself over the eastern Pacific. Thermal, Calif., recorded a midday high of 102 degrees.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Friday have ranged from a morning low of 30 degrees at Yellowstone, Wyo. to a midday high of 102 degrees at Thermal, Calif.

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