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Wednesday's Weather Outlook
3 PM EDT, September 30, 2014
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill
October will get underway with fresh downpours and thunderstorms careening across the Rockies, Plains and Upper Midwest. More showers will soak waterlogged Florida while parched New England gets help from Mother Nature.
Low pressure will send a cold front through the Upper Midwest and Plains Tuesday. Showers and a few potent thunderstorms across the eastern Plains early will move into the Midwest as the day unfolds. Residents in Des Moines, Iowa, Kansas City, Mo., and Minneapolis will need umbrellas.
By the afternoon, new storms will develop in Nebraska and Kansas before sliding into Iowa and Missouri by nightfall. These storms will contain destructive winds, hail and a few tornadoes.
In the front`s wake, chilly showers will briefly interrupt outdoor plans in the Rockies on Wednesday with highs only in the 40s to lower 50s.
The flip of the calendar to October won`t yield a drier pattern for the Deep South either. Following September rain surpluses of more than 3 inches in places like Orlando and Tampa, Fla., the first day of October will bring fresh afternoon downpours.
On the other hand, southern New England could use the rain. Following a dry September, residents in Hartford, Conn., Boston and Providence, R.I., will start the new month with a smattering of rain. Fortunately, the showers will be light in nature, so flooding won`t be a concern Tuesday.
The West, Southwest, southern Plains, Tennessee and Ohio valleys, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic will see dry weather to kick off the new month.
Highs will push into the 90s across the Southwest and southern Plains with 80s on tap for the Southeast. The temperature will climb into the 70s and 80s in California with 70s widespread from the central Plains to the East Coast. Meanwhile, the Northwest will stay in the 60s.
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