Big Story Weather – August 1, 2012
redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Big Story Weather from July 31: The heat was in place from Oklahoma southeastward into Mississippi and parts of Alabama as the temps soared into the upper 90´s and lower 100´s with heat index values around the 105-110 range. Yesterday we did have some storms that fired along the frontal boundary in the Midwest and Great Lakes bringing with it an isolated tornado report to Illinois. There were multiple hail reports in this region also and wind damage reports were found from Lake Erie southward into Tennessee and Kentucky along with reports into Alabama. The Southwest along with the monsoonal rains did get some wind damage reports as well.
Big Story Weather for August 1: A frontal boundary moving through the Northeast today will bring scattered showers and thunderstorms to the larger metro cities such as Baltimore were the high temps will be in the lower 80´s with afternoon thunderstorms. The heat will be on again today in the Southern Plains and Southeast as temps soar into the 90´s for Memphis and Atlanta, while the temps hit the triple digits in the Southern Plains. Many places are under heat advisories and excessive heat watches due to heat index values that will be around the 107-112 range. High pressure shifting in over the Midwest will bring partly cloudy skies to the region along with the Northern Plains where places like the Twin Cities will see high temps in the upper 80´s to lower 90´s. The west will remain dry again today and cool as places like Portland Oregon will be in the upper 70´s to lower 80´s. Look for a few shows in Arizona and New Mexico associated with the monsoonal season.
Big Story Weather International Outlook: Tropical Storm Damrey continues to move towards Southern Japan this morning, while Typhoon Saola continues to pound Taiwan and Eastern China with strong winds and heavy rains. The monsoonal rains will again kick up over the India and Pakistan area along with Thailand and parts of Vietnam. High pressure will be in control over Eastern Europe bringing partly cloudy skies and cooler conditions to the regions of Italy and westward back into Spain. A strong low pressure system is moving in over England; expect to see another rainy day for the Olympics. The majority of Australia will enjoy partly cloudy skies as the area is in between a high to the west and a low over the Southeastern portion of the country.
Big Story Weather Oceans for August 1, 2012: Tropics: Another busy morning in the tropics, starting with the Typhoons in the Western Pacific. Damrey was upgraded to a Typhoon overnight and is on a crash course with Kyushu Japan. Expect to see very strong winds and heavy rain for many places including these cities of Nagasaki, Kummamota, Sasebo, Fukuoka and the entire island chains just south of Kyushu. Estimated winds are around 65kts with higher gusts and the pressure is around 974mb.
The second is Typhoon Saola which continues to wreak havoc in Taiwan with very strong winds for places like Taipei. It will be slowly moving towards Eastern China. Winds are estimated around 90kts with higher gusts and the pressure is around 956mb.
There is another area of Low pressure that has formed just to the Southeast of Guam. As of this morning, this area has winds estimated around 15kts and a pressure of 1010mb. This area is forecast to intensify into the next potential tropical system of the season.
The Atlantic is active again this morning with the tropical wave moving over Puerto Rico. It is slowly falling apart, however, it is creating very heavy rain in the region along with gale force winds.
The second area of importance in the Atlantic is located in the South Central part of the Atlantic. Winds are estimated around 25kts with a pressure of 1009mb. This area as of this morning has a 50% chance of development per the National Hurricane Center. The forecast is for this to intensify into our next Atlantic Storm over the next 24-36 hours. People in the Gulf really need to be on watch for this system as the Bermuda high will push this system toward Puerto Rico by late this weekend, and then the storm will either go straight west into Mexico or do the famous re-curve track putting it into the Southeast Gulf.
Climate Watch for the period of July 27-31: Taking a look at the past five days and how each location compared to their normal conditions.
The past five days have been showing a warming trend towards the Southern part of the United States, while it still remains below average out in the West.
Baltimore MD: The 27th and 28th the region was 4 degrees above normal, followed by a cool down to near average with 1-2 degrees above or below for the remainder of the period.
Memphis TN: Started out 3 degrees below normal, followed by a warming trend with temps running about 2-9 degrees above average.
Dallas TX: Above normal for the entire period ranging from 1-9 degrees above normal.
Twin Cities MN: Started the period out below normal about 3 degrees followed by above normal towards the end of the period ranging from 5-6 degrees above.
Portland OR: Below normal for the entire period ranging from 4-10 degrees below normal for the period.