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July 25, 2012

Big Story Weather – July 25, 2012

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from July 24: The heat continued for another day throughout the Midwest and also extending back into the Plains were temps hit the upper 90´s with heat index values well over 100. The southeast is also getting its share of the heat now with temps soaring into the 90´s and heat index values well over 100 for many places. Damaging wind reports were found in the Western Dakota´s. Also, a larger, more evolved storm system developed in Indiana and moved through the Mid-Atlantic region bringing with it multiple wind reports and damaging hail. A third area was found in the Northeast from Boston into Maine.

Big Story Weather Outlook for July 25: High pressure in the Mid-Atlantic will influence the weather with partly cloudy skies from the Northeast all the way into the Virginia area. Look for partly cloudy skies and high temps in the upper 70´s for places like Buffalo NY. The Southeast will see the afternoon thunderstorms again today for places like Atlanta along with a warm day as high temps will hit the upper 90´s and heat index values should be between 100-110. A frontal boundary moving through the Northern Plains will bring scattered thunderstorms to the region, while it will bring partly cloudy skies to places like Dallas along with high temps in the mid 90´s. Quiet weather will be found through the majority of the Western US to include places like Rapid City SD where partly cloudy skies will give way to temps in the lower 80´s, which will be great help for the fire fighters in Western South Dakota. A slight warm up is forecasted for the West Coast to include places like Portland where the high temps will reach the upper 80´s to lower 90´s.

Big Story Weather International Outlook: Low pressure moving through the Korea´s will bring cloudy skies and a few passing showers to the region, while cloudy skies will extend eastward into Japan. The monsoonal trough will be kicking strong over Southern Asia including places like Pakistan and India where heavy rain is forecasted today. High pressure moving through Germany will bring partly cloudy skies to Eastern Europe along with the Middle East where another day of warm temps will be found. High pressure will also be found over France and Spain bringing partly cloudy skies to Western Europe to include London.  A strong low pressure area will be influencing the Southeast tip of South America today with strong winds and showers. Peru will enjoy partly cloudy skies with an area of high pressure to the south influencing the weather.  High pressure will impact Northern and Western Australia with partly cloudy skies, while an area of low pressure moves through the southern portion of Australia bringing with it increasing winds and showers.

Big Story Weather Oceans: An area of disturbed weather has formed in the Northern Atlantic and is currently being watched for development. 98L currently has winds near 35kts and a pressure of 1007mb. The potential of development into a tropical storm is currently medium. The Eastern Pacific continues to watch 90E as estimated winds are currently around 25kts with a pressure near 1009mb. The Western Pacific just got rid of Typhoon Vicente and now has two new places that are being watched for development including 93W which is just to the east of the Philippines with an estimated pressure of 1010mb and winds around 15kts. The second location is off the east coast of Taiwan where the estimated winds are around 15kts and pressure of 1010mb. Currently both areas have a chance to further develop as the water and atmosphere are favorable for both areas.

(The following map is courtesy of F-5 data).

Tropics Watch: Looking at temps throughout the Western Pacific this morning we see that 90% of the region is encompassed with temps of 28 or warmer, which is favorable for tropical development of our two systems that are currently spinning off the Philippine coast and also east of Taiwan.

Climate Watch for July 25, 2012

A look at the past five days and how each location compared to their normal conditions.

Buffalo NY: Started the 20th out 6 below normal but quickly warmed up for the remainder of the period with averages of 4-7 degrees above normal.

Atlanta GA: The 20th marked a day below normal of about 5 degrees, while the remainder of the period provided warming as the temps have now been averaging between 6-8 degrees above normal.

Dallas TX: Started the period out hot with temps being about 9-12 degrees above normal, however there has been a slow cooling process going on as temps are now about 1-3 degrees above normal.

Rapid City SD: Has been dealing with large wild fires and also temps that have ranged from 8-13 degrees above normal for the past 5 days.

Portland OR: Cool is the keyword here as the past five days have been anywhere form 2-10 degrees below normal for this time of year.