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Weather Underground midday recap for Saturday, August 30, 2014

A tropical disturbance lingered over the northwestern corner of the Gulf of Mexico, while a cold front extended from the central Plains to the upper Midwest.

An area of low pressure over the northwestern corner of the Gulf of Mexico ushered thunderstorms over the western and central Gulf Coast, as well as the lower Mississippi Valley and the Tennessee Valley. Flash flood warnings were issued in southern Louisiana due to heavy rain over the state. Lake Charles Regional, La., reported a midday total of 7.60 inches of rain. Paducah, Ky., reported a midday total of 4.47 inches of rain. Scattered showers and thunderstorms popped up across the Southeast, while high pressure kept the Eastern Seaboard mostly clear of wet weather.

Meanwhile, a cold front extended across the central Plains, the middle Mississippi Valley, the upper Midwest and the western Great Lakes. As this cold front interacted with a warm, muggy air mass, isolated thunderstorms developed across the upper Midwest. Stevens Point, Wis., reported a midday total of 1.69 inches of rain.

To the west, a low pressure system moved over the upper Intermountain West and the northern high Plains. Showers and thunderstorms accompanied this system and pushed across the Great Basin, the central and northern Rockies and the northern Plains. Flood warnings were issued in northeast Montana on Saturday.

A cold front skimmed across the Pacific Northwest, as showers moved onshore over Washington and Oregon. The remainder of the West Coast stayed warm and dry due to high pressure over the eastern Pacific. Temperatures exceeded 100 degrees across the Desert Southwest, as Palm Springs, Calif., recorded a midday high of 107 degrees.

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