A low pressure system snaking from the Gulf Coast to the mid-Atlantic coast brought rain to the Southeast on Monday morning, while showers drenched the Plains and the Southwest baked.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms were expected across Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia, the mid-Atlantic region, and north into New England.
Isolated afternoon showers and thundershowers were forecast along the Gulf Coast states. High pressure over the Great Lakes was expected to bring pleasant and dry weather to much of the Ohio Valley and Northeast.
A cold front pushing out of the Rockies into the northern and central Plains was predicted to trigger strong to severe thunderstorms across the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and northwest Missouri.
Isolated showers and thunderstorms also were expected across southern and eastern Texas, and into coastal Louisiana. Otherwise, the southern Plains, Mississippi Valley, and Great Lakes were predicted to stay dry.
Thunderstorms swept through central and southeast Texas over the weekend, toppling trees and power lines, interrupting electrical power to thousands and triggering lightning strikes in which one man was injured and a petroleum terminal was set ablaze.
In the West, late showers and thunderstorms were forecast across New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, southern Nevada, and Arizona. High pressure was building over western Montana and Idaho.
Highs on Monday were forecast in the 70s and 80s across the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Plains, Mississippi Valley, Pacific Northwest, Appalachians, Rockies, and Four Corners; in the 90s along the South, Florida, and the Gulf Coast; and the 100s in portions of Texas, Utah, Nevada, interior California, Arizona, and southern New Mexico.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states on Sunday ranged from a high of 122 degrees in Death Valley, Calif., to a low of 36 degrees in Truckee, Calif.
On the Net:
National Weather Service: http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/graphicsversion/bigmain.html
Weather Channel: http://www.weather.com
UM Weather (University of Michigan): http://cirrus.sprl.umich.edu/wxnet
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