Big Story Weather – April 30, 2012
RedOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Big Story Weather from April 27-29, 2012: Thunderstorms moved through the Plains this weekend. Expect that to continue through the next couple of days. Over the weekend strong storms hit the St. Louis area, causing one death and numerous injuries when strong winds took down a party tent full of Cardinals fans. There were also several reports of tree damage, power lines down, and reports of hail in the region as big as tennis balls.
Big Story Weather Outlook for April 30: High pressure off the East coast will provide for a mild day from Florida northward into the Northeast. Also along the Gulf Coast expect to see a mild day after all the morning fog burns off. Into the middle section of the US is where we find our next round of thunderstorms for today. Along with that expect to see an increase in the potential of severe weather. Out west another area of low pressure is off the coast, but the associated showers have already entered the Seattle and Portland Metro areas for today.
Big Story Weather Outlook International: An area of low pressure is expected to develop off the southeast coast of Japan over the next 24 hours. This will bring showers to the Tokyo area. High pressure over the Middle East will lead the way to warm and dry conditions in the region. Another area of low pressure is moving into the Spain and France region bringing with it showers to the local area. Australia has high pressure over the east coast and a frontal boundary extending through the south central part of the country which will bring scattered showers to the region, and then along the west coast the next area of high pressure is beginning to move into the area.
Big Story Weather Tropics: In the Tropics 97W continues its westward movement, but is not very well organized at this time. However, there are thunderstorms that will impact the Southern Philippians over the next day or so. Winds are currently estimated to be around 20kts and a sea level pressure around 1007mb. Elsewhere in the tropics things are quiet from the Atlantic to the Eastern Pacific and also the Southern Pacific around Australia.