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Weather Underground midday recap for Friday, August 29, 2014

An area of low pressure moved across the northern Plains on Friday, while a tropical disturbance lingered over the Gulf of Mexico.

A low pressure system drifted northeastward over the north central portion of the country on Friday. This system ushered heavy rain and thunderstorms over the central Plains, the middle Mississippi Valley, the upper Mississippi Valley and the upper Midwest. Flood advisories were issued in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin due to heavy rain over the two states. Paynesville, Minn., reported a midday total of 3.69 inches of rain. St. Cloud, Minn., reported a midday total of 2.02 inches of rain. Flood warnings were also issued in northwest Missouri, southwest Iowa and southeast Nebraska. Des Moines, Iowa, reported a midday total of 1.29 inches of rain. To the south, a tropical disturbance over the western Gulf of Mexico pushed rain and thunderstorms across southeast Texas, southern Louisiana and southern Mississippi. Houston, Texas, reported a midday total of 2.56 inches of rain. Isolated thunderstorms developed over Florida, while the remainder of the Eastern Seaboard stayed clear of precipitation.

The western half of the country experienced relatively calm weather conditions on Friday. An onshore flow from the Pacific brought scattered showers to western Washington and northwest Oregon. High pressure over the eastern Pacific kept conditions warm and dry over the Southwest. Palm Springs, Calif., recorded a midday high of 108 degrees.

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