Big Story Weather – May 9, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Big Story Weather from May 8: The severe weather season got started across the Southern Plains and the Eastern Rockies yesterday. There were a total of 5 tornadoes found in Idaho, Kansas, Colorado and Texas. Hail was reported in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Wind damage was reported across Oklahoma and Kansas. Flooding rains continued across the Mid-Atlantic and into the Northeast. The heat was felt out West with many places well above normal.
Big Story Weather Discussion for May 9: Low pressure moving into the Northeast will bring another round of showers from Boston to New York City and into Baltimore. Some places could see heavy rains. The storm system over the Southern Plains will be kicking again today. As the afternoon goes on severe weather will fire up again over this region. Some severe weather will remain in place this morning as well. High pressure will keep most of the West dry and warm again today with increased fire hazards in the region.
Severe Weather: Today´s severe weather threat lies from Northeast Texas into Eastern Oklahoma and across parts of Arkansas and Missouri.
Tropical Weather: No tropical weather forecasted for the United States over the next 24 hours.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Baltimore MD: Mostly cloudy with showers and a high near 68F. Overnight lows will fall to around 62F. Total rainfall today will be around 0.75 inches.
Gulfport MS: Sunny skies with a high near 81F. Overnight lows will be around 70F.
Fargo ND: Partly cloudy with a high near 62F. Overnight lows will be around 44F.
Denver CO: Mostly cloudy skies with periods of rain possible over the region. High temps will be around 54F and overnight lows will fall to near 50F. Total rainfall amounts today will be around 0.50 inches.
Seattle WA: Partly cloudy with a high near 70F. Overnight lows will fall to around 64F.
May 9, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving across Eastern Europe will bring showers to the region. A second area of low pressure moving towards England will bring showers to the area and this will move into Spain as well. Another area of low pressure pushing away from Iceland will bring snow showers to the region. A fourth area of low pressure moving up the East Coast will bring showers to the region. Another feature is taking shape over the Atlantic just to the southeast of Florida. It will have to be watched for further development and movement. Low pressure moving through the Southern Plains will bring showers and severe weather to the region today.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving out of the Gulf of Alaska will start to bring showers to the western coast of Canada today.
Western Pacific: A strong area of low pressure is now moving away from Japan and towards the open Pacific. Another low pressure area is moving through Eastern China and into the Koreas. This region will see plenty of rainfall today.
Indian Ocean: Low pressure to the southeast of India will bring showers to parts of Sri Lanka. Tropical Cyclone 24 developed just to the east of Diego Garcia last night. Winds are around 40kts with a pressure of 993mb. The forecast is for the storm to move south and also intensify over the next 24 hours.
Southern Hemisphere: A busy body of water with many low pressures moving through. The first one is currently impacting the tip of South America with showers for Argentina. The second one is well south of Madagascar, however the frontal boundary will bring showers to the region. The third one is moving south of Australia today, but the cold front extending back over Perth is creating a line of showers and thunderstorms for the region.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for May 9-13:
Baltimore MD: The region will see slight impacts today from rain shower. On May 11 another round of showers will bring a slight impact to the region.
Gulfport MS: There will be moderate impacts on both May 10-11 as thunderstorms move through the region associated with a frontal boundary. The remainder of the week will be impact free.
Fargo ND: The next five days the region will be impact free.
Denver CO: A few showers today will bring a slight impact to the area. The remainder of the period will be impact free.
Seattle WA: The region will start out impact free. By the end of the period a slight impact will be felt as showers move into the region.
Climate Watch for May 4-8:
Baltimore MD: The region has seen temps around 1-9 degrees below normal over the entire period.
Gulfport MS: The past five days temps have been around 1-14 degrees below normal.
Fargo ND: The period started with temps around 3-15 degrees below normal but finished the period with temps around 11-13 degrees above normal.
Denver CO: The period started with temps around 2-7 degrees below normal and then a short warm up with temps around 2 degrees above and finished the period with temps about 7 degrees below.
Seattle WA: The past five days have been warm with temps around 4-24 degrees above normal for the region.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for May 9, 2013:
Day 1-3: Low pressure moving up the Eastern United States will make for another wet day in the region from Boston to Baltimore and into New York. More flooding could be expected in this region today. The storm system moving into the Southern Plains will be the focus of today´s severe weather with the chance of seeing heavy rains, damaging winds, and large hail. Also a few tornadoes can´t be ruled out. The Northern Plains and the West will both enjoy a dry day today along with the Gulf Coast and Southeast. By day two the storm system will move into the Mid-Tennessee River Valley and become attached to the Northeast Low. This will bring plenty of rain from the Northeast to the Gulf Coast. Severe weather will be possible from Tennessee to the Gulf Coast as well as heavy rainfall. A clipper system will move through the Northern Plains bringing some light rain to the region. High pressure will be over the Northern Rockies again. The period will finish with the low pressure moving into Southeast Canada and the associated frontal boundary along the East Coast and a stationary boundary along the Gulf Coast. This entire region will be prone to moderate to heavy rainfall along with thunderstorms. High pressure will build in over the Plains and another storm system will approach the Pacific Northwest.
Day 4-7: The period will start with a relatively dry pattern along the East Coast finally. This will be associated with a high pressure center over the Great Lakes. A frontal boundary will be moving through the Northwest and Rockies during this time bringing a few showers to the area. By day five high pressure will be in control from the Northeast to the Gulf Coast, while the storm system moves across the Northern Rockies and into the Northern Plains. This will bring showers and some thunderstorms to the region. The period will finish with a potent low pressure area over the Northern Plains and the cold front extending into the Southern Plains. This will be the focus for some strong to severe thunderstorms.
Day 8-12: The period will start with the low pressure moving into the Great Lakes and the frontal boundary extending to the Gulf Coast. Look for a few showers and thunderstorms along this line. On day nine the storm system will move into the Northeast bringing a chance for showers and thunderstorms to the region. By day ten another strong storm system will move into the Northern Plains. Look for showers and some severe weather along this front. By day eleven the storm system will be into the Great Lakes with a frontal boundary over the Ohio River Valley. There will be showers and thunderstorms along the boundary and some severe weather may be possible. The period will end with the storms system moving into the Northeast.
Long Range Outlook: The long range will start with the storm system in the Northeast and also a new storm system moving into the Rockies. By the middle of the period we will have a storm system over the Northeast bringing showers to the region. Another potent low pressure will be moving into the Northern Plains which will bring severe weather and thunderstorms to the region. A very strong gradient wind will setup over the West and will lead to elevated fire dangers. The period will end with another powerful storm system moving into the Northern Plains with more severe weather possible.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Omaha NE:
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a chance for thunderstorms. High temps will be around 70F and overnight lows will fall to near 50F. Winds will be from the northwest 10-15mph and total precipitation will be around 0.08 inches.
Friday: Partly cloudy and cooler with a high near 60F. Winds will be from the northwest 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 49F.
Saturday: Partly cloudy and cooler with a high near 60F. Winds will be from the northeast 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 40F.
Sunday: Partly cloudy and warmer with a high near 64F. Winds will be from the southwest 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 44F.
Monday: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 72F. Winds from the southwest 9-14mph as overnight lows fall to around 57F.
Ask The Weatherman for May 9, 2013:
Question: What is an Easterly Wave?
Answer: As we get closer to the tropical season for the Atlantic Ocean we start to familiarize ourselves with features in the ocean. Today´s feature is the Easterly Wave which is when an area of convection begins to push off the coast of Africa and move towards the west. It then becomes identified as an easterly wave in the beginning transition of its life.
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Green Energy Weather Report for May 9, 2013:
Wave Energy: The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic will have a super day for wave energy as the low pressure continues to move up the coast providing plenty of wave action. There will be lower amounts of energy along the Southeast Coast. The Northern Gulf of Mexico will be low along with the Southwest. The Northwest will see an increase in energy today as a frontal boundary is moving towards the area.
Solar Energy: The best places for solar energy today will be the Southeast down into Florida and then westward over the Gulf Coast region. A second area of good solar energy will be from the Dakotas eastward into the Western Lakes. A final good source of solar energy today will be most of the West Coast.
Wind Energy: The best place for wind energy will be pushing up into the Northeast behind the low pressure area and another spot back over the Southwest behind the second low pressure area.
Hydro-Energy: The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic will be high in hydro power today with another round of heavy rain forecasted for the region. There will also be some good hydro power across the Southern Plains and the Mid-Mississippi River Valley ahead of the front.
May 9 Weather and Your Wallet (Austin TX):
A squall line associated with a cold front will move through the region. Expect to see a few showers and thunderstorms.
Dining: This afternoon there will be some issues with the thunderstorms that are going to move through the area.
Transportation: Look for a few areas to pond up this afternoon as the heavier rain bands move through.
Shopping: This morning and afternoon may be a little rainy, so best to hold off for the outside sales until tomorrow.
Electricity: There will be a demand for cooling this afternoon as high temps head towards 75F. Overnight lows will be around 69F. This will give the region a 7CDD for the day.
Yard Work: A nice day for the garden and flowers as there will be plenty of rain and warmth with the GDD´s forecasted around 22.
Construction: Things will move slower for the outdoor construction projects this afternoon as the rain moves through the region.
Outdoor Venues: This evening there may be a small window to get out and enjoy walking the dog in the park as the storms should move through by 8PM.