Weather Underground midday recap for Saturday, June 01, 2013.
Severe thunderstorm activity continued for the center of the nation on Saturday, as a cold front moved from the Plains and over the Mississippi River Valley. The low pressure system that created this strong cold front slowly moved from the Upper Midwest and into the Great Lakes, also kicking up scattered showers and thunderstorms. However, heaviest rainfall with strongest storms were anticipated along the cold front as it stretched from central Texas into the Great Lakes. Flood warnings have been issued from Illinois and Indiana through Missouri, western Tennessee, and Arkansas as this slow moving system has created heavy rainfall for the Mid-Mississippi River. The heaviest rainfall was reported at Paducah, Kentucky with a mid-day total of 5.57 inches of rain. Rainfall totals well over 3 inches have also been reported in parts of Arkansas as well as Missouri and Illinois. A slight risk of severe thunderstorm development remained in effect along this frontal boundary from central Texas northeastward through New York state. Severe thunderstorms with strong winds, large hail, and heavy rainfall were expected through Saturday afternoon and evening. A few tornadoes remained possible in these areas later in the day, but have not yet developed. Violent tornadoes were not anticipated with this system. Strong damaging winds have been reported from Missouri through Illinois with gusts over 60 mph.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Saturday have ranged from a morning low of 23 degrees at West Yellowstone, Mont. to a midday high of 100 degrees at Phoenix, Ariz.