Weather Underground midday recap for Friday, July 04, 2014
Hurricane Arthur continued to impact the Eastern Seaboard on Friday, while a cold front extended across the Pacific Northwest and the Intermountain West.
Hurricane Arthur moved north northeastward over the northern Mid-Atlantic on Friday. Hurricane warnings and tropical storm warnings were issued from the coast of Virginia to the coast of Maine as this system brought very gusty winds, heavy rain and high surf to the region. West Point, Va., reported a midday total of 2.67 inches of rain, while Hatteras, N.C., recorded wind speeds of 72 mph. Hurricane Arthur also interacted with a cold frontal boundary draped across the East Coast, which initiated strong to severe thunderstorms over eastern New England. Flash flood watches were issued over southeast Maine, southeast Vermont, Massachusetts and eastern Connecticut. New Bedford, Mass., reported a midday total of 1.91 inches of rain.
Meanwhile, a cold front extended from southeast Oregon to eastern Montana on Friday. Warm, muggy air interacted with this frontal boundary, which triggered strong thunderstorms across the northern Plains. These thunderstorms focused over north central South Dakota, North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. Crystal, N.D., reported 1.75 inch sized hail, while Walhalla, N.D., reported 1.25 inch sized hail.
Monsoonal moisture triggered thunderstorm activity across the Four Corners and the Southwest, while the West Coast stayed clear of precipitation on Friday.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Friday have ranged from a morning low of 34 degrees at Tomahawk, Wis. to a midday high of 100 degrees at Daggett-Barstow, Calif.