Big Story Weather – July 11, 2012
redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Big Story Weather from July 10: The Southeast was the targeted area yesterday for severe weather including one tornado near the North Carolina shoreline. The majority of the reports were strong wind gusts like the one in Tuscaloosa, AL which was reported at 65mph leading to damage. Hail around the size of 1.75in was also reported in Florida.
Big Story Weather Outlook: Low pressure moving off the coast near Virginia will bring thunderstorms from Virginia southwestward along the frontal boundary back into Georgia and Louisiana and parts of Texas. Baltimore should remain north of the precipitation today leading the way to a high in the Mid 80´s, while Miami and New Orleans will see thunderstorms and high temps in the mid to upper 80´s. High pressure over the Great Lakes will make for a very nice day from Michigan westward back into the plains to include Sioux City where high temps will be near 80. An area of monsoonal moisture will be found over the southwest bringing a chance for thunderstorms to places like Arizona and New Mexico, while Los Angeles will be dry and warm with a high near 90.
Big Story Weather International Outlook: A frontal boundary extending from Japan westward back into Eastern China will be responsible for bringing showers to places like Tokyo and Shanghai also extending into the Korea´s. The monsoonal trough will be in full effect over India and the southeast portions of Asia again today. A weak low pressure system moving through the Arabian Peninsula will bring a few clouds to the region; however the heat will still be in place. Low pressure over Norway and the associated frontal boundary will bring showers to the majority of Western Europe today to include places like Spain and England. Strong area of high pressure will be moving towards the West Coast of South America bringing partly cloudy skies to Chile. High pressure will bring partly cloudy skies to Western Australia a weak frontal boundary will extend over southeast Australia bringing a few showers to the region.
Big Story Weather Oceans: This morning the tropics remain active in the Eastern Pacific as Daniel should become a tropical depression later today as it continues to track southward of Hawaii with estimated winds near 35kts and pressure of 1005mb. Hurricane Emilia has also been weakening with estimated winds near 90kts and pressure around 970mb. 98E may become the next tropical storm or depression later today as it continues to strengthen and spin off the coast of Central America with estimated winds around 25kts and pressure near 1006mb. Elsewhere this morning the tropics are quiet.
(The following map is courtesy of F-5 data).
Tropics Watch: 98E will develop later today near the Central America coastline and then begin to move slowly Northwestward unlike the other two storms. However, by taking this track it will quickly run into colder sea surface temps and not be able to get as strong and will also not have much of a life cycle by rapidly hitting the California current which is moving along the West Coast of the United States near the Baja.