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Nat'l Weather October 6 (650pm)


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More rain, more storms for the Southern Plains

6:50 P.M. ET 10/6/2004


Anthony Diaz, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel




Heavy rain and storms will continue Thursday across coastal Texas and Louisiana. Flood watches have been posted in the area making an obvious statement that these storms, though scattered, will be capable of heavy downpours. Isolated areas could see two to three inches of rain from these storms. The threat of rain will move east toward the Mississippi River as the day progresses. The rest of the Deep South remains high and dry with temperatures on par for early October.



Return flow around the big east high will reach as far north as the western Great Lakes. Showers and storms will become more of a nuisance north of Interstate 70, however the potential for a heavy downpour remains. The secondary story in the region remains the abnormally warm temperatures across the High Plains. Afternoon temperatures will peak, yet again, in the 70s, which for most locations marks a 10 to 15 degree departure from average.



All is quiet, save a western front. Showers and storms which threatened the central and southern Rockies on Wednesday will push east, leaving behind a quieter Thursday. Temperatures will register slightly above average for the majority of the Great Basin. The one feature of note will be a weak cold front moving across the Northern Rockies. Expect increased cloud cover, but nothing much else in the way of precipitation or temperature changes. Those interested in volcanology will be glad to hear that viewing conditions at Mt. St. Helens will become favorable as the cloud cover thins on Thursday.



High pressure is in control across the Northeast. As a weak ridge slides over the region, expect afternoon temperatures to climb above seasonable average from the Ohio Valley into New England. The interior sections of the region could see departures of up to 10 degrees. Temperatures will top out in the 70s south of the New York State Thruway. Areas north will see highs in the 50s and 60s.

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