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Posted Jan 14 2009 7:39pm

Here's the latest update on the flooding in the south and midwest parts of the States as well as the unusually dry conditions of the West. The devastating fires that overtook south Lake Tahoe in California is nearly 90% contained finally. About 200 homes were damaged or destroyed as a result of what started as an accidental fire. A big relief for firefighters coming into fire season which also means stricter water preservation measures for folks in California.


Midwest

Flooding rains will linger Sunday from southeastern Kansas and southwestern Missouri into northeastern Oklahoma even as the upper-level low and stalled front begin to slowly slink southward.

Widespread flooding will remain a very serious problem across southeast Kansas as additional heavy rain falls on the saturated ground. Another 5 inches to locally 10 inches is forecast in the next 24-36 hours over this region.

Historic flooding will remain the main story across Kansas until a Canadian high-pressure system builds into the region Monday and Tuesday turning off the deluge.

The Canadian high-pressure system will build down from the Great Lakes into the Ohio River Valley on Sunday.

Under mostly sunny skies, afternoon highs will warm into the low 70s across Upper Michigan to the mid 80s from the Dakotas, to Missouri, to southern Ohio.

The hot pocket in the central third of the nation is forecast to be in western South Dakota to western Nebraska where afternoon highs will top out in the mid to upper 90s on Sunday.

Scattered thunderstorms are in Sunday's forecast from North Dakota to northern Minnesota. By Monday the thunderstorms dip southward to include parts of South Dakota and Wisconsin.


South

Across the South, scattered thunderstorms are again in the forecast from the Carolinas to east Texas, along a dissipating frontal boundary. Scattered thunderstorms are also in Sunday's forecast across Florida due to an upper-level storm system that continues to meander between the Bahamas and Florida.

Sunday's weather across waterlogged Oklahoma will turn increasingly active as widespread thunderstorms and potentially flooding rain return to the central and eastern parts of the state. The upper-level disturbance that has doused southeast Kansas will be inching southward.

Sunday night and Monday, the upper-level storm system will drift southward out of Kansas, across Oklahoma and into Texas bringing another chance of locally heavy rain and flooding back to parts of the Lone Star State. There is a dim light at the end of this rainy tunnel with hints that the weather pattern may start to change by the end of the week.

Afternoon highs on Sunday are forecast to reach into the mid to upper 80s from Virginia to Oklahoma, expect under the heaviest rain where highs will top out in the 70s. The sticky 90s are in the forecast from eastern Georgia to Louisiana and along the Rio Grande on Sunday.


West

The major story for the Western half of the nation is the building heat and very dry conditions.

On Sunday only isolated afternoon thunderstorms are in the forecast along the spine of the Rocky Mountains from Colorado to New Mexico and parts of Wyoming and Montana.

Los Angeles, California had its driest water year on record between July 2006 and June 2007 with only 3.21" of rain reported at LAX airport, which is a deficit of nearly 12 inches.

The remainder of the weekend will not see any rain across Southern California. Red flag warnings continue across the Ventura and Los Angeles County Mountains due to the very dry air plus gusty winds that are forecast to develop again during the afternoon Sunday.

On Sunday afternoon high temperatures are forecast to remain very hot as the 90s spread north across the Great Basin into New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming. Pockets of triple digits will also start to dot the West outside of the Desert Southwest.

By the middle of the week the 90s will reach across the Cascades into western sections of Oregon and expand northward across central and eastern Washington. A building ridge of high pressure will keep the West hot and very dry through the end of the week.



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