The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Thursday, September 05, 2013. Tropical Depression Seven formed in the eastern Caribbean Sea Wednesday afternoon and is expected to reach tropical storm status Thursday morning just south of Puerto Rico. The official forecast takes the storm between Puerto Rico and Hispaniola Thursday afternoon before tracking east of the Bahamas Friday and Saturday. On its current forecast track, the storm is not a threat to any major landmass. For more information, please see http://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/.

Meanwhile, a low pressure system off the Pacific Northwest coast will move slowly toward the coast Thursday, ushering moisture into Washington and Oregon. This moisture will translate to rain throughout these states, accompanied by breezy weather, especially over higher elevations.

Tropical moisture in the western Gulf of Mexico will stream toward the Gulf Coast and instigate rain and thunderstorms along the Texas and Louisiana coasts mainly in the afternoon and evening.

A low pressure trough will just pass through the Northeast, but only scattered areas of showers will be possible from New York through Maine. This trough will also bring cooler air into the region.

Elsewhere, scattered showers will be possible in the Northern Plains and Northern Rockies, but will not be widespread in nature.

The Northeast will rise into the 70s, while the Southeast will see temperatures in the 80s and 90s. The Plains will rise into the 90s and 100s, while the Southwest will see similar temperatures. The Northwest will rise into the 70s and 80s.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Wednesday have ranged from a morning low of 39 degrees at Klamath Falls, Ore. to a high of 108 degrees at Phoenix, Ariz.

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