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Weather Underground midday recap for Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tropical Storm Odile approached the Southwest on Tuesday, while a cold front extended from the southern Plains to the Mid-Atlantic.

Tropical Storm Odile continued to move northward over the Gulf of California on Tuesday. This system ushered an abundance of moisture across the Southwest, the southern Great Basin, the southern Rockies and the southern Plains. Flash flood watches were issued across southeast California, southern Nevada, Arizona, southwest New Mexico and western Texas. McGregor Range Base Camp, N.M., reported a midday total of 1.35 inches of rain. Socorro, N.M., reported a midday total of 0.61 inches of rain. Meanwhile, excessive heat warnings and heat advisories were issued across southwest California as warm, dry conditions affected the area. Murrieta, Calif., recorded a midday high of 102 degrees. Burbank, Calif., recorded a midday high of 100 degrees. Scattered showers and thunderstorms popped up over parts of the upper Intermountain West, while high pressure kept conditions clear across the Pacific Northwest.

Meanwhile, a cold front stretched across the southern Plains, the Deep South, the Southeast and the Mid-Atlantic. As warm, muggy air moved northward from the Gulf of Mexico, widespread thunderstorms developed across the Gulf Coast, the Southeast and the southern Mid-Atlantic. Flash flood watches were issued over the southern tip of Texas and southeast Georgia. Perry, Fla., reported a midday total of 2.98 inches of rain. High pressure kept conditions clear across the upper Midwest and the Great Lakes, while scattered showers lingered over parts of northern New England on Tuesday.

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