Weather Underground midday recap for Saturday, May 11, 2013.
A cold front brought showers and thunderstorms to the East Coast through the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, while another cold front followed closely behind, bringing showers and kicked up showers across the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest. The system in the East has a history of producing strong winds and large hail, but severe weather has not yet developed with this system by mid-day on Saturday. However, periods of heavy rainfall accompanied this system, especially in the South due to abundant available moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. Rainfall totals across Louisiana and eastern Texas ranged from 1 to 2 inches, with the heaviest rainfall reported at Beaumont, Texas with a mid-day total of 3.02 inches. The northern side of this front also created heavy rainfall for parts of the Northeast from eastern Pennsylvania through New York and New Jersey. Flood advisories have been issued in these areas, while flash flood watches were issued for the coastal areas of Louisiana.
In the North, the second cold front allowed for scattered showers to develop over Michigan, with a few light sprinkles lingering over Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Out West, a few scattered showers popped up across Colorado and New Mexico, but heavy rain and strong storms were not expected. Further west, a low pressure system in the Gulf of Alaska pushed a cold front toward the Pacific Northwest, bringing rain to far northwestern Washington.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Saturday have ranged from a morning low of 21 degrees at Beach, N.D. to a midday high of 99 degrees at Thermal, Calif.