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May 22, 2012

Big Story Weather – May 22, 2012

RedOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from May 21, 2012: Storm reports for yesterday range from a tornado report in the Texas panhandle to large hail across Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Hail was also reported in South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas. The majority of the reports were estimated in the 1.00-1.75in size. The tropics continue to be active this morning. Alberto has been downgraded to a Tropical Depression and should continue heading out to sea away from land. Tropical Storm Bud has formed and is tracking northward towards Mexico. In the Western Pacific we also have Tropical Storm Sanvu which formed overnight.

Big Story Weather Outlook for May 22: Low pressure moving into the Mid-Atlantic this morning will bring scattered showers and thunderstorms into the region. Look for showers to spread northward into the Northeast associated with a warm front. Thunderstorms will also extend from the Mid-Atlantic down through the Southeast and back to the Gulf Coast along the cold front and stationary boundary. High pressure and very dry conditions will continue through the Southwest leading to high fire danger. A frontal boundary will be moving though the Northern Plains. However, it will lack moisture and only provide an increase in cloud cover for the day.  The Seattle Metro area will be dealing with showers again today.

Big Story Weather Outlook International: Tropical Storm Sanvu in the Western Pacific will influence the weather on the island of Guam with increased showers and thunderstorms. A very strong low pressure system will continue to move along the East coast of Japan bringing strong winds and heavy rainfall. A weak area of high pressure will be influencing the Korean peninsula today with partly cloudy skies. Low pressure moving into England today will bring showers to the region. Showers will also expand over into parts of France. A strong pressure gradient will be impacting the tip of South America with strong winds and high seas along the coast. High pressure to the southwest of Australia will continue to bring dry conditions to the region.

Big Story Weather Tropics: This morning we have Tropical Depression Alberto still churning in the Atlantic but it is rapidly weakening and moving away from the US. Estimated winds are 30kts and pressure near 1007mb. Tropical Storm Bud continues to move northward with estimated winds around 35kts and pressure around 1004mb. In the Western Pacific Tropical Storm Sanvu intensified overnight and currently has an estimated pressure around 993mb with winds around 40kts. This storm has just passed west of the island of Guam and will continue to track northward towards the Japan island of Iwo-Jima. Elsewhere the tropics are quiet.