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May 23, 2012

Big Story Weather – May 23, 2012

RedOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from May 22, 2012: Severe weather was confined to the Northern Plains and also along the Carolina´s through Georgia and parts of Florida. The biggest impacts were large hail and heavy rainfall along with strong wind gusts. Funnel clouds were also spotted in North Dakota. The tropical storm off the East coast has dissipated and also another new area south of Cuba has developed overnight and needs to be watched as it may have impacts on the United States over time.

Big Story Weather Outlook for May 23: Showers will be found in the Northeast today. Along with that look for thunderstorms to spread from the Mid-Atlantic down towards the Southeast. Along the Gulf Coast look for isolated thunderstorms today. A new frontal boundary located over the Texas panhandle will produce afternoon thunderstorms in the area by afternoon. The Northern plains will have thunderstorms throughout the day.  Also look for an area of snowfall to develop in the Northwestern portion of Wyoming today. Amounts should remain below 4 inches. Seattle will be looking at showers again today throughout the region.

Big Story Weather Outlook International: Low pressure off the east coast of Japan will bring scattered showers to northern cities like Sapporo. High pressure will bring warm and dry conditions to the Middle East for today. A weak area of low pressure will be moving towards England bringing with it isolated showers. Low pressure moving southward off the tip of South America will bring coastal rains to the area and also elevated areas will see some light snowfall. High pressure will control the weather for the majority of Australia again today.

Big Story Weather Tropics: Today we have Tropical Storm Bud in the Eastern Pacific still moving slowly towards the north. Estimated winds are around 35kts and pressure near 1004mb. Tropical Storm Sanvu is gaining strength in the Western Pacific and will probably become a Typhoon within the next 24-36 hours. Estimated winds are currently around 55kts with pressure down around 982mb. The area that we had highlighted in yellow the past few days has finally been put under investigation for potential development. 94L is located in the Southwest of Cuba. Estimated pressure this morning is around 1009mb and winds are estimated around 25kts. This area needs to be watched carefully over the next few days for further development.