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May 24, 2012

Big Story Weather – May 24, 2012

RedOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from May 23, 2012: One isolated tornado was reported yesterday which was just to the southeast of New Orleans. Eastern North Carolina was hit hard yesterday with damaging winds and large hail. Also a swath of hail and wind damage occurred from Western Nebraska northward through Southeast South Dakota and into Minnesota and Iowa. Yesterday we also saw Typhoon Sanvu intensify in the Western Pacific. In the Eastern Pacific Bud became a CAT 1 Hurricane.

Tropical Update as of 03:00pm CDT: Hurricane Bud hit CAT 2 this afternoon. As it continues turning over the Eastern Pacific, the storm should slowly begin to weaken as it heads towards shallower waters along the Mexican Coast. The area near Florida continues to show potential over the next 24hrs. It will be limited in development due to strong upper level winds. Over the weekend this area could very well become our second storm of the Atlantic Season. Another area needs to be watched later next week for potential development in the Southwest Carribiean. Typhoon Sanvu continues heading towards the small Japanese Island of Iwo To, it is also expected to start to weaken over the next couple of days.

Big Story Weather Outlook for May 24: Today we will see an isolated area of thunderstorms in the Mid-Atlantic region along with a broad area of convection beginning to move into Southern Florida associated with our tropical low that is near Cuba this morning. Showers and thunderstorms will be found in the Northern Plains around an area of low pressure that is moving through today. Out west there is some snow that will be falling from Montana southward into Wyoming. Showers will again dampen the Pacific Northwest from Seattle to Portland. Look for warm conditions in the Southwest and in the Gulf Coast region.

Big Story Weather Outlook International: A weak area of high pressure will influence the weather over Japan and the Korea´s with partly cloudy skies. High pressure will influence the weather from England all the way into Spain and France southward into Italy, bringing partly cloudy skies to the region. High pressure will be in control of the weather for Western Australia bringing partly cloudy skies, while a developing low pressure will bring mostly cloudy skies and areas of showers to Eastern Australia.  A strong low pressure system will also influence the McMurdo Ice Station today bringing with it strong winds and rain and snow to the area.

Big Story Weather Tropics: In the Western Pacific we now have Typhoon Sanvu with an estimated pressure of 974mb and winds near 65kts. In the Eastern Pacific we now have Hurricane Bud which is at CAT 1 status with estimated winds of 75kts and pressure near 980mb. Along with those two spots we are also watching an area near Cuba for potential development over the next few days. Currently estimated winds are around 25kts and a pressure estimated to be around 1009mb. Elsewhere the tropics are quiet today.