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Weather Outlook for Thursday

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:24:00 EDT
A stormy weather pattern will remain in place across the U.S. with three significant storm systems to impact the lower 48. One of these systems is ongoing near New England this morning in the form of a slow moving low pressure center. While the storm's effects are mostly offshore at this point, Maine will continue to feel the effects today with breezy winds along with rain and possibly snow showers mixing in near higher elevations. A threat for severe weather will set up across the Lower and Middle Mississippi Valley today, and rain and mountain snow will be commonplace out West through the end of the week. Latest local weather forecasts, warnings, watches, and advisories...

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Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:31:30 EDT
There are critical fire weather areas for New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, southern New York, and western Connecticut today. Elsewhere, there are other critical and elevated fire weather areas from southwest South Dakota down to Nebraska. Details...

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Storms Ease Western Drought But Much More Precipitation Needed

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:18:20 EDT
Drought eased in some areas but encroached into others in the four weeks ending March 4, resulting in a slight overall reduction, to 35.85 percent of the 48 contiguous states, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Storms in late February and early March rolled the portion of California in extreme to exceptional drought (D3-D4) back to 65.89 percent of the state by March 4, from 73.83 percent a week earlier. A blockbuster storm struck California as the calendar turned from February to March, averting a record-breaking season for dryness. The potent storm and a weaker, initial system accounted for more than 75 percent of the season-to-date precipitation in California locations such as Burbank (4.78 of 5.28 inches), downtown Los Angeles (4.52 of 5.72 inches), Camarillo (3.66 of 4.85 inches), and Sandberg (3.04 of 3.93 inches). Details...

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