The nation's weather

AP News
Posted: Jun 15, 2012 4:40 AM
The nation's weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Friday, June 15, 2012.

A trough of low pressure continues bringing active weather to the Central US on Friday. This system will pull a cold front through the Midwest and Mid-Mississippi Valley River, and extend through the Central Plains. This system is expected to produce scattered showers and thunderstorms, some of which may turn severe with damaging winds, large hail, and possibly a few tornadoes. Rainfall totals will range between 1 to 2 inches, with over 2 inches likely in areas of severe weather development. The tail end of this system over the Central Central Plains is expected to produce stronger storms as it pulls moisture and energy in from the Gulf of Mexico. There is a slight chance of severe weather development in the Central High Plains.

In the Southeast, scattered storms will continue diminishing over the Gulf coast as a frontal boundary slowly weakens and moves south of the region. However, areas of showers may persist from Florida through eastern Texas.

Out West, a ridge of high pressure building over the Southwest will keep the region hot and dry. A warming trend is anticipated for most of California as this ridge of high pressure creates offshore flow and brings in warmer air from the Great Basin and Southwest. Thus, fire danger will remain high for the Southwest, Great Basin, Central Rockies, and southern California. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday have ranged from a morning low of 27 degrees at Stanley, Idaho to a high of 102 degrees at Gila Bend, Ariz.