Weather Underground midday recap for Sunday, June 08, 2014
Active weather continued to develop across the Plains and the lower Mississippi Valley on Sunday, while the West Coast experienced warm, dry conditions.
A cold frontal boundary extended from the lower Intermountain West to the Mid-Atlantic on Sunday. A warm, humid air mass from the Gulf of Mexico collided with this frontal boundary, which initiated widespread rain and thunderstorms across the Plains and the Mississippi Valley. Tornado warnings were issued in eastern Colorado, while flash flood watches were issued in Nebraska, northwest Kansas, southwest Kansas, northern Texas, Oklahoma, southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. Mena, Ark., reported a midday total of 3.55 inches of rain, while Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., reported a midday total of 3.11 inches of rain.
Meanwhile, an area of low pressure ushered rain and thunderstorms across the Ohio Valley, the eastern Great Lakes, the Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast. Severe thunderstorm watches were issued in central Mississippi and central Alabama on Sunday as warm, muggy air from the Gulf of Mexico fueled this system. Akron, Ohio, reported a midday total of 1.22 inches of rain. The Northeast stayed clear of wet weather due to high pressure over the region.
Out west, a ridge of high pressure brought warm, dry conditions to the West Coast. Excessive heat warnings were issued in southeast California, southern Nevada and northeast Arizona. China Lake, Calif., recorded a midday high of 100 degrees, while Bullhead City, Ariz., recorded a midday high of 98 degrees.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Sunday have ranged from a morning low of 30 degrees at Stanley, Idaho to a midday high of 100 degrees at China Lake, Calif.