Weather Underground midday recap for Thursday, July 28, 2016
A wave of low pressure transitioned across the eastern half of the country on Thursday, while high pressure lingered over the Southwest.
A low pressure area shifted eastward across the Midwest. This system interacted with a plume of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, which lead to widespread rain and thunderstorms across the Midwest, the Tennessee Valley, the Appalachians and the Mid-Atlantic. Severe thunderstorm watches were issued from western Virginia to New Jersey. Flash flood watches and flood warnings were scattered from western Tennessee to southern Massachusetts. Cincinnati, Ohio, reported a midday total of 3.48 inches of rain. Clarksville, Tenn., reported a midday total of 2.48 inches of rain. The same plume of moisture kept rain and thunderstorms in the picture for the western Gulf Coast and the lower Mississippi Valley. Flash flood warnings were issued in northern Louisiana. Monroe, La., reported a midday total of 2.82 inches of rain. Vicksburg, Miss., reported a midday total of 1.45 inches of rain.
Strong thunderstorms also broke out across the central and northern Plains. McGrew, Neb., reported 1.50 inch sized hail. Imperial, Neb., reported a midday total of 1.06 inches of rain.
Meanwhile, isolated monsoonal thunderstorms popped up across the Four Corners and the Desert Southwest. High pressure kept hot weather in place over many states west of the Plains. Excessive heat warnings and heat advisories were issued in southern California, Arizona, southwest Utah and Nevada. Needles, Calif., recorded a midday high of 111 degrees. Las Vegas, Nev., recorded a midday high of 106 degrees. .
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday have ranged from a morning low of 35 degrees at Walden-Jackson Cnty AP, Wa, Colo. to a midday high of 111 degrees at Needles, Calif.