The nation's weather

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Posted: Jul 06, 2011 4:38 AM
The nation's weather

The nation's weather will remain relatively calm Wednesday as the summertime storm track sits well to the north of the United States.

Some wet weather is anticipated in the interior Northeast where a weak trough will bring steady rain to Upstate New York, and the northern portions of Vermont and New Hampshire. Precipitation will be heaviest in the White Mountains, where some local flooding is possible.

The Southeast will continue to see afternoon thunderstorms pop up as humid air from the Gulf of Mexico streams ashore. The strong summer sun will heat the land causing these storms to develop and some will last into the evening and overnight hours.

In the Southwest, more monsoon thunderstorms are expected, with heavy downpours expected to accompany some of them. Desert thunderstorms can be dangerous as flash flooding is always a concern. These thunderstorms tend to stay nearly stationary and deposit a lot of rain over a small area. The runoff from the storms can travel many miles and flash flooding is possible even when the storms are far away.

The West coast will remain warmer than normal as high pressure builds in the region. Temperatures along the coast will be especially pleasant and inland highs will be quite warm.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Tuesday ranged from a morning low of 33 degrees at Angel Fire, N.M., to a high of 105 degrees at Duncan, Okla.