Big Story Weather – May 18, 2012
RedOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Big Story Weather from May 17, 2012: The summer heat arrived along the Gulf Coast as temps soared to near 90 in many places for the first time this year. Yesterday provided a fairly tranquil day as there were no reported tornadoes. The Eastern Shores of Florida had the largest hail yesterday around 1.75 inches in size. Damaging winds were reported in Utah and also over in the Carolinas and the Northeast portion of Florida. Georgia also had several reports of hail
Big Story Weather Outlook for May 18: High pressure is in control of the weather over the Eastern 2/3 of the United States bringing partly to mostly cloudy skies from the Gulf Coast all the way up to Maine. Low pressure in the Northern plains will bring a few passing showers to the Western lakes and also back towards Wyoming and Montana. The West coast will have a pretty tranquil day with partly to mostly cloudy skies throughout the region.
Big Story Weather Outlook International: High pressure will be in control of the weather over the Korea’s and Japan bringing partly to mostly cloudy skies to the region. Low pressure developing near Hong Kong will bring showers to the region. A warm and dry day in the Middle East. Low pressure continues to move over Western Europe bringing showers to Britain and France. High pressure over Central Australia will influence the entire region with partly cloudy skies from the Western Shores all the way over to the Eastern Shores of Australia.
Big Story Weather Tropics: The first are to watch is Tropical Storm Aletta, which continues to weaken and should dissipate over the weekend. Currently estimated winds are 30kts and pressure around 1005mb. Also in the Eastern Pacific we have 92E which is an area of Low pressure continuing to move westward with estimated winds around 25kts and pressure around 1008mb. In the Southern Pacific there is a new Low pressure area that has formed in the last 24hrs with an estimated pressure of 1010mb and winds around 15kts. Lastly in the Southwest Caribbean we need to keep an eye on an area of disturbed weather that has the potential to develop early next week, currently it is just a large area of convection, but it is slowly becoming better organized.