Big Story Weather – August 8, 2012
redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Big Story Weather from August 7, 2012: The shoreline of Maryland was given a special surprise yesterday with a waterspout East-Northeast of Benedict. A small pocket of wind damage reports came from Southeast Georgia, while the majority of hail and strong winds were reported in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas extending northward into Nebraska and parts of South Dakota. Nebraska had the largest hail reports with golf ball size hail reported covering the ground. A wind gust near 62mph occurred near Stephenville Texas. The heat also continued in this region of the Southern Plains as temps again soared into the upper 90´s, however with the passage of the stationary front a small bit of relief may set up for these regions today. Also, in Southern Mexico, Hurricane Ernesto has made landfall and will continue to track back towards the Southwest Gulf before making a second landfall in Mexico during the weekend.
Big Story Weather for August 8, 2012: The Northeast will be in transition from high pressure to the approaching low pressure from the west. Expect to see partly cloudy skies throughout the region with temps in the Mid 80´s for places like Buffalo NY. The Southeast will be dealing with a frontal boundary stalled out through the region bringing partly to mostly cloudy skies and temps near 90 for Atlanta. The Gulf Coast and Northern Florida will see thunderstorms setup this afternoon along the stationary boundary. A frontal boundary extending from Iowa southward into the Northern part of Texas will bring thunderstorms to Sioux Falls southward into Dallas. Temps in Sioux Falls will only make it to the upper 70´s while temps in Dallas will hit the lower 90´s. Places like Houston will be southward of the front and seeing partly to mostly cloudy skies with high temps in the lower 90´s. High pressure again will be in place over the Rockies making for a warm day for places like Boise ID where high temps will hit the lower to mid 90´s. The remainder of the West Coast will be dry and warm.
Big Story Weather International Outlook: Low pressure moving through North Korea with the extended front southward into Korea and parts of Japan will influence the weather with cloudy skies and scattered showers. The monsoonal trough will again be in place over Southeast Asia bringing with it heavy rain to places like India and Pakistan and also eastward into Thailand. Dry weather will prevail from the Middle East all the way back northwest into Europe and even into England where it will just be mostly cloudy. Hurricane Ernesto is going to continue impacting the Yucatan region of Mexico with heavy rains and damaging winds. An area of low pressure will be moving through the southern portion of South America were low temps will be near 30-34F. South Africa will again see a cool night as temps approach the freezing mark a day after they had a rare snowfall event in the region. Low pressure will also be moving through Southern Australia bringing with it a very cold rain to some places like Perth and Sydney as temps in this region drop into the 36-40F range.
Big Story Weather Oceans for August 8, 2012: A look into the tropics shows us another very active day from West to East across the entire Northern Hemisphere, which is very typical for the month of August.
In the Atlantic Basin, Ernesto has become a tropical storm this morning as it continues to push across the Yucatan with very strong winds, heavy rain and large storm surge. Estimated winds for Ernesto are around 70kts with a pressure of 983mb. The remains of Florence continue to track across the Atlantic having no impact. 92L which is near the Cape Verde islands continues to track across the Atlantic. This region will need to be watched for potential development over the next few days as estimated winds are around 25kts with pressure near 1009mb. Another very strong wave is moving across Africa. This one really needs to be watched closely as it enters into the Atlantic as this one has the potential to rapidly develop into a strong storm.
In the Eastern Pacific Basin. Tropical Storm Gilma has formed over the past 24hrs and will continue to track towards the West away from land. Estimated winds are near 60kts with a pressure of 990mb. Another wave has pushed off of the Central America region and currently has winds near 25kts along with a pressure of 1008mb estimated.
In the Western Pacific Basin, Tropical Storm Haikui continues to batter Eastern China today with very strong winds and heavy rain along with coastal flooding in the region. Winds are estimated around 60kts with a pressure of 978mb. Tropical Storm Kirogi is also in the Western Pacific moving northward towards the Northern part of Japan. Currently it is well east of Tokyo Japan with an estimated pressure of 993mb and winds estimated to be near 40kts.
Climate Watch for the period of August 3-7:
The heat has been in place for many of the locations listed above over the past five days.
Buffalo NY: Started the period at 15 degrees above normal and then dropped by the 5th to 4 degrees above normal, followed by one below normal day and then rapidly back up to 5 degrees above normal.
Atlanta GA: Fairly cool overall with the 3rd being the warmest with 5 degrees above normal with multiple days 3-5 degrees below normal.
Houston TX: The past week the area has been slightly above normal by 1-2 degrees for the majority of the period.
Sioux Falls SD: Temps have been well above normal on the 3rd temps were 12 degrees above normal followed by a brief below normal period of 1-2 degrees and then the heat returned as by the 6th temps were again 10-15 degrees above normal.
Boise ID: Started the period with temps of 4-5 degrees below normal, followed by a warm period were temps have ranged from 2-14 degrees above normal.