Weather Underground midday recap for Sunday, July 12, 2015

A stationary front extended from the northern Plains to the Midwest on Sunday, while a warm front moved over the Tennessee Valley.

A stationary front extended southeastward over the northern Plains, the upper Mississippi Valley and the western Ohio Valley. This frontal boundary was the focal point for numerous areas of rain and thunderstorms. A cluster of thunderstorms developed over the northern high Plains of Montana, while strong to severe thunderstorms fired up over eastern North Dakota, northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin. Hinckley, Minn., recorded 1.50 inch sized hail on Sunday, while Aitkin, Minn., reported a midday total of 2.13 inches of rain. Just to the south, above normal temperatures affected the Plains and the Deep South. Excessive heat warnings were issued in eastern Kansas and western Missouri. Heat advisories were issued across a handful of states stretching from South Dakota to the Florida Panhandle. Hill City, Kan., recorded a midday high of 100 degrees.

Meanwhile, a warm front extended across the Tennessee Valley and the Ohio Valley. This frontal boundary initiated heavy rain and thunderstorms over the Midwest and the eastern Tennessee Valley. Indianapolis, Ind., reported a midday total of 1.50 inches of rain. In addition, the tail end of a cold front brought severe thunderstorms to central and northern Florida.

Out west, scattered monsoonal thunderstorms developed over the Four Corners and the Intermountain West. An area of low pressure approached the Pacific Northwest. This system ushered light to moderate showers over coast of Washington on Sunday.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Sunday have ranged from a morning low of 35 degrees at Truckee-Tahoe, Calif. to a midday high of 102 degrees at Goodyear, Ariz.