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Posted on July 8, 2014 at 4:32 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 8 at 4:05 PM

Weather Underground midday recap for Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Monsoonal thunderstorms continued to develop across the Southwest on Tuesday, while a cold front extended from the southern Plains to the central Great Lakes.

A cold front extended across the southern Plains, the middle Mississippi Valley, the Ohio Valley and the central Great Lakes. As warm, humid air collided with this cold front, strong to severe thunderstorms developed over the Tennessee Valley, the Ohio Valley and the Northeast. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in Tennessee, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York, while tornado warnings were issued in northwest Pennsylvania. A tornado reportedly touched down five miles east northeast of Brunswick, Ohio, while Mt. Washington, N.H., recorded wind speeds of 56 mph. In addition, heavy rain accompanied these thunderstorms, as Mt. Clemens, Mich., reported a midday total of 1.72 inches of rain. An onshore flow from the Gulf of Mexico also initiated disorganized thunderstorms across the Gulf Coast, while sea-breeze induced thunderstorms affected parts of Florida.

Meanwhile, monsoonal moisture continued to bring scattered showers and thunderstorms to the Four Corners, the Great Basin, the Desert Southwest and parts of northern California on Tuesday. Burlington, Colo., reported a midday total of 1.20 inches of rain. Temperatures ranged between the 90s and 100s across the Southwest, as Needles, Calif., recorded a midday high of 102 degrees. Conditions remained warm and dry over the Pacific Northwest due to high pressure over the upper Intermountain West. .

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Tuesday have ranged from a morning low of 37 degrees at W. Yellowstone, Mont. to a midday high of 102 degrees at Needles, Calif.

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