Weather Underground midday recap for Monday, April 21, 2014
A cold frontal boundary extended from the southern Plains to the upper Midwest on Monday, while a separate cold front approached the West Coast.
A cold front stretched from northern Texas to northeast Minnesota on Monday. As this system collided with a warm, muggy air from the Gulf of Mexico, scattered showers and thunderstorms developed across the southern Plains, the Mississippi Valley, the upper Midwest and the Great Lakes. Duncan, Okla., reported a midday total of 2.52 inches of rain, while Fort Sill, Okla., reported a midday total of 1.68 inches of rain. High pressure kept the Gulf Coast, the Southeast and the East Coast clear of precipitation. Temperatures ranged between the 70s and 80s from Texas to Florida, as San Angelo, Texas, recorded a midday high of 87 degrees.
Conditions remained relatively calm across the Great Basin, the Intermountain West and the Desert Southwest on Monday due to a ridge of high pressure across the region. Warm, dry conditions persisted across the southern California and Arizona deserts as temperatures ranged between the 80s and 90s. Needles, Calif., recorded a midday high of 90 degrees, while Thermal, Calif., also recorded a midday high of 90 degrees.
Meanwhile, a cold front approached the West Coast, which brought rainy weather to parts of Washington, Oregon and northern California. Quillayute, Wash., reported a midday total of 0.64 inches of rain.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Monday have ranged from a morning low of 19 degrees at Yellowstone, Wyo. to a midday high of 90 degrees at Needles, Calif.