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May 16, 2012

Big Story Weather – May 16, 2012

RedOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from May 15, 2012: The majority of the severe weather was found along the Carolina coast yesterday, with one isolated tornado report in North Carolina. There was also large hail in the region. In Southwest Texas there were a few reports of hail and wind damage. The chilly weather continues for the North as portions of Northern Minnesota were under frost and freeze watches last night and will be again tonight.

Big Story Weather Outlook for May 16: Low pressure continues to move through the Northeast with showers and thunderstorms for Maine and Vermont today extending down into Boston. Partly to mostly cloudy skies will be found down the remainder of the East Coast extending back into the Ohio River valley. The Gulf Coast will be mostly cloudy today with afternoon thunderstorms moving in with a tropical wave that is located to the southwest of Florida. High pressure will be in control of the weather from Colorado down into the southwest portion of the US with warm and dry conditions. A weak low pressure system will move through the Northern Rockies bringing an increase of clouds to the Dakota´s and Montana.

Big Story Weather Outlook International:
Low pressure is moving away from Japan bringing partly to mostly cloudy skies to the region. High pressure continues to influence the weather over Western Europe bringing partly cloudy skies and cool conditions. High pressure continues to influence the weather throughout Australia bringing partly cloudy skies to the region. A strong low pressure system is moving just to the south of South America bringing with it strong winds and precipitation to the area.

Big Story Weather Tropics:
Tropical Storm Aletta continues to track through the Eastern Pacific away from land and should not be a threat outside of marine interests. Estimated winds are around 35kts with an estimated pressure of 1004mb. Another area that I have highlighted in yellow is a spot that really needs to be watched over the next 4 days for the potential development of our first Atlantic system. Right now it is still early, however tendencies are starting to favor this area for possible development.  Today in the Gulf of Mexico we have an easterly wave moving through which is going to bring an increase in showers and thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast region. Elsewhere the tropics are quiet today.