Weather Underground midday recap for Thursday, May 01, 2014
A cold frontal boundary extended from the eastern Gulf Coast to the eastern Great Lakes on Thursday, while a ridge of high pressure remained in place over the West Coast.
A cold front stretched from Florida to Upstate New York on Thursday, as the eastern third of the country continued to experience wet weather. Showers and thunderstorms developed across the Gulf Coast and the Southeast as a warm, muggy air mass interacted with this frontal boundary. Flood warnings were issued in parts of Florida, Alabama and Mississippi, as Panama City, Fla., reported a midday total of 0.86 inches of rain. A swath of rain and thunderstorms also swept across the upper Midwest, the Great Lakes and the Northeast as flood warnings were scattered across the region. Bridgeport, Conn., reported a midday total of 1.91 inches of rain, while New Bedford, Mass., reported a midday total of 1.40 inches of rain.
Meanwhile, frosh advisories and freeze watches were issued over the southern Rockies and the southern Plains on Thursday as temperatures ranged 10 to 20 degrees below normal. Scattered showers also lingered across the area.
A ridge of high pressure kept conditions warm and dry along the West Coast, as temperatures ranged between the 80s and 90s across the Southwest. North Island, Calif., recorded a midday high of 91 degrees, while Santa Ana, Calif., recorded a midday high of 90 degrees on Thursday.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday have ranged from a morning low of 10 degrees at Leadville, Colo. to a midday high of 91 degrees at North Island, Calif.