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Kevin Roth, Lead Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
Aug .8, 2012 5:09 am ET
- A significant cold front pushes through the region today and Thursday sparking scattered thunderstorms.
- Severe thunderstorms producing damaging wind gusts and hail are possible in Iowa and northern Missouri today.
- Thursday's severe thunderstorm threat area extends from eastern Missouri to Ohio and northern Kentucky.
- Damaging wind gusts and hail are the main severe threats Thursday, but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
- Stray thunderstorms are possible in the Ohio Valley today before tomorrow's severe threat.
- Temperatures continue to run 5 to 15 degrees above average ahead of the cold front from the Ohio Valley to the central Plains today.
- Cooler temperatures running up to 10 degrees below average are forecast behind the front in the Upper Midwest and northern Great Lakes today.
- High temperatures should be in a 95 to 103 degree range from the Ohio Valley to the central Plains with the hottest temperatures in southern Kansas today.
- Highs of 80 to 90 degrees are forecast in North Dakota and the lower Great Lakes today.
- Cooler highs in the 70s occur from Minnesota to central Michigan.
- A warm and increasingly humid air mass encompasses the region today.
- Thunderstorms could pop-up anywhere in the region due to the warmth and humidity, but they are most likely in southeast Virginia, northern New York and northern New England.
- Some thunderstorms from western Pennsylvania to northern Maine could produce strong winds and small hail.
- Locally heavy downpours and spotty flooding are possible in southeast Virginia.
- Temperatures should be 5 to 10 degrees above average from western Pennsylvania to Maine.
- High temperatures will be mainly in the 80s with a few lower 90s from southeast Pennsylvania to northern Virginia.
- Scattered thunderstorms occur across the Southeast, Florida and eastern Gulf Coast.
- Torrential downpours and flooding are possible with some storms from the coastal Carolinas to southern Georgia and northern Florida.
- A few isolated thunderstorms may pop-up in the afternoon heat in northwest Arkansas, Oklahoma and northeast Texas.
- Thunderstorms in northwest Texas diminish later this morning, but could redevelop in southwest Texas this afternoon.
- It remains hot from the Mississippi Valley to Oklahoma and Texas with highs of 95 to 105 degrees this afternoon.
- High temperatures east of the Mississippi River should be in an 83 to 95 degree range with the hottest readings closer to the Mississippi River.
- Another dry and hot day for most of the region as a large ridge of high pressure maintains control.
- Scattered thunderstorms develop in New Mexico, eastern and northern Arizona, southern Utah, southern Colorado and eastern Nevada today.
- An upper level disturbance triggers scattered heavy thunderstorms in eastern Idaho and western Montana.
- Stronger storms may produce gusty winds and some small hail.
- A few stray thunderstorms are possible near the mountains in southern and eastern California.
- High temperatures hold in the 60s and 70s along the coast and in western Washington.
- Inland high temperatures should reach the 90s to near 105 with the deserts sweltering under 100 to 120 degree readings.
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