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May 17, 2012

Big Story Weather – May 17, 2012

RedOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from May 16, 2012: No tornados yesterday across the country. However, there were plenty of damaging wind reports. New York and the Carolinas had the majority of the reports, along with other isolated wind damage reports throughout the US.  Large hail the size of 1.5 inches was found in New York State. Other than that, the rest of the hail reports were smaller.

Big Story Weather Outlook for May 17: High pressure is in control from the Northeast all the way into the Gulf Coast. Expect to see partly to mostly cloudy skies throughout the entire region. A low pressure system is moving through the Northern Plains. Expect to see some showers and isolated t-storms move through the Dakota´s over the next 24hrs. High pressure is also in control out west which will lead to partly cloudy skies and warm conditions from the Northwest all the way into the Southwest.

Big Story Weather Outlook International: Low pressure to the southeast of Japan will continue to bring showers to a vast area of the coast from Osaka to Tokyo and northward into Hokkaido. A stationary boundary will extend southwestward through Okinawa and back into the Hong Kong region bringing showers to the region.  Low pressure moving onshore from France and Spain will bring an increase chance of showers to the region. A weak frontal boundary moving through Central Australia will bring showers to the region. High pressure is moving in over Western Australia and will bring clearing skies to the western coast. A strong low pressure system is still moving in near the southern tip of South America which will bring strong winds and rough seas along with showers.

Big Story Weather Tropics:
Tropical Storm Aletta continues to track westward across the Eastern Pacific but it anticipated to dissipate within the next 24hrs as it enters a stronger shear environment. Currently estimated winds are around 30kts with an estimated pressure of 1005mb. To the east of that we have another area beginning to develop just off the coast of Central America. Currently this area has estimated winds of 25kts and pressure estimated to be around 1009mb. We are still watching a spot in the southwest Caribbean for potential development over the next few days. Elsewhere the tropics are quiet this morning.