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May 15, 2012

Big Story Weather – May 15, 2012

RedOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from May 14, 2012: The first tropical system of the Eastern Pacific formed yesterday and should continue a westward track away from land. Yesterday two tornadoes were reported. The first one was in Eastern Alabama in a fairly rural area only causing damage to a few trees. The second one was a rare tornado as it struck in Eastern New Mexico in a region that usually does not see many tornadoes. Strong winds were reported in the Florida panhandle along with Western Texas and Eastern New Mexico.

Big Story Weather Outlook for May 15: Low pressure moving into the Northeast with its associated cold front will impact the entire East Coast today with showers and thunderstorms. The Gulf Coast may also see very isolated sea breeze thunderstorms this afternoon. High pressure will be in control over Western Texas. Another area of high pressure will begin to move into the Northern Plains. This will provide partly to mostly cloudy skies from Texas northward into the Dakota´s.  Out west the weather remains warm and dry again today. Temps will be into the upper 80´s to lower 90´ for many places.

Big Story Weather Outlook International: A frontal boundary extends over Japan bringing with it showers and isolated thunderstorms to the region.  High pressure is in control over the Middle East leading to another warm and dry day.  High pressure also beginning to build in over Western Europe will bring partly cloudy skies to places like London and areas in Spain. A strong low pressure system moving along the southern coast of South America will bring showers to the region.  A very strong area of high pressure is in control over Australia bringing partly cloudy skies and warm temps.

Big Story Weather Tropics: The first tropical system of the Eastern Pacific season has formed. TS Aletta is located well off the coast and should be no impact to land, although it will create rough seas for mariners in the area. Estimated winds are 35kts along with an estimated pressure of 1004mb. In the Western Pacific there is an area of concern in Southeast Asia, currently estimated winds are around 15kts with a estimated pressure of 1010mb this system is near the coast of Vietnam and will bring heavy rain to the region.