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Weather Underground midday recap for Saturday, August 01, 2015

A trough of low pressure moved across the Northeast on Saturday, while a stationary front stretched over the Southeast.

A trough of low pressure shifted eastward over the eastern Great Lakes and the Northeast. This system brought strong to severe thunderstorms to New England on Saturday. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued across Maine. Presque Isle, Maine, reported trees down due to powerful straight line winds. Greenville, Maine, recorded 1.00 inch sized hail. High pressure kept conditions relatively clear across the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic.

Meanwhile, a stationary front extended from the southern Mid-Atlantic to the Gulf Coast. Heavy rain and thunderstorms continued to impact Florida, while isolated thunderstorms fired up across Georgia and southern South Carolina. Flood warnings were issued in west central Florida. Flash flood watches were also issued in northwest Florida and southern Georgia. Cross City, Fla., reported a midday total of 5.11 inches of rain. Tampa, Fla., reported a midday total of 2.45 inches of rain.

A warm front initiated a cluster of strong to severe thunderstorms over the central Plains. Ainsworth, Neb., reported a midday total of 1.27 inches of rain. Just to the south, high pressure ushered monsoonal moisture across the southern Plains and the Southwest. This moisture interacted with daytime heating, which initiated showers and thunderstorms from the southern high Plains to the Sierra Nevada. A flash flood warnings was issued in southern Nevada on Saturday, while a severe thunderstorm warning was issued in central Arizona. A ridge of high pressure brought warm, dry conditions to the Northwest. Boise, Idaho, recorded a midday high of 97 degrees.

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