The nation's weather

For The Associated PressJuly 13, 2014 

Weather Underground midday recap for Monday, July 14, 2014

A cold front extended from the upper Intermountain West to the Northeast on Monday, while monsoonal thunderstorms made a return to the Southwest.

A cold front stretched across the upper Intermountain West, the central Plains, the upper Midwest and the Great Lakes on Monday. As warm, muggy air collided with this frontal boundary, numerous clusters of thunderstorms developed across the country. Strong to severe thunderstorms popped up over the central Plains, as severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in southeast Colorado and western Kansas. A funnel cloud was reported 5 miles northeast of Lamar, Colo., while 1.25 inch sized hail was reported in Lamar. Severe thunderstorms also impacted the nationÂ's midsection, as severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. Lawrenceville, Ill., reported a midday total of 2.07 inches of rain, while Champaign, Ill., recorded wind speeds of 58 mph. Meanwhile, severe thunderstorm watches were issued along the eastern end of the frontal boundary over the northern Mid-Atlantic and southern New England. Mt. Washington, N.H., recorded wind speeds of 69 mph, while Johnstown, Pa., reported a midday total of 1.05 inches of rain.

Scattered thunderstorms made a return to the Desert Southwest on Monday due to a surge of monsoonal moisture over the region. High pressure over the eastern Pacific kept conditions clear across the Pacific Northwest.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Monday have ranged from a morning low of 41 degrees at Walden-Jackson Cnty AP, Wa, Colo. to a midday high of 102 degrees at Redding, Calif.

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