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Sunday afternoon, March 9, 2014



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A cold front stretched from northern California to northeastern Washington on Sunday, as flood warnings and flood watches were issued across the Pacific Northwest. Moderate rain pushed across northern California and southern Oregon, while a mixture of rain and snow moved across parts of eastern Washington, Idaho and northern Nevada. Brookings, Ore., reported a midday total of 1.92 inches of rain, while Arcata, Calif., reported a midday total of 0.99 inches of rain. High wind warnings were issued across Montana and Wyoming, as Browning, Mont., reported wind speeds of 70 mph. High pressure along the coast of Southern California kept conditions warm and dry across the Southwest, as Point Mugu, Calif., recorded a midday high of 84 degrees.

The majority of the central U.S. stayed clear of precipitation on Sunday, although a swath of snow showers pushed across parts of the upper Midwest and Great Lakes. Spotty showers and thunderstorms also popped up along the western Gulf Coast as an area of low pressure developed over the Gulf of Mexico. Alice, Texas, reported a midday total of 1.19 inches of rain. The Eastern Seaboard also experienced relatively calm conditions on Sunday.

SUNDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................84 North Island, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).......................... ,

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-11 Pellston, Mich.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-61 Deadhorse, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................70 Browning, Mont.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.92 Brookings, Ore.

ON THIS DATE....... A destructive cold wave gripped Alabama and Georgia on this date in 1996. Temperatures as low as single digits wiped out fruit crops that had already bloomed. As the temperature drops to 20 degrees, some developing fruit can have a 50% loss rate.

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