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Big Story Weather – May 14, 2013

May 14, 2013

Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from May 13: The first big story from yesterday was the heat wave in the West. Many places from Idaho to South Dakota soared into the upper 80´s and 90´s, which for this time of year is about 20 degrees above normal. The second story was the cold air over the East Coast as places were setting records this morning for cold air with temps around 10-20 degrees below normal.

Big Story Weather Discussion for May 14: High pressure over Florida will bring cool air to the East Coast for one more day along with partly cloudy skies. The partly cloudy skies will be over the Gulf Coast and also into the Southern Plains. A cold front moving through the Northern Plains will bring a few thunderstorms to North Dakota and Northern Minnesota. Partly cloudy skies will dominate the weather from the Rockies to the West Coast.

Severe Weather:
There is a slight chance of severe weather from North Dakota and Northern Minnesota.

Here is the weather for a few select cities:

Boston MA: Partly cloudy with high temps near 57F. Overnight lows will fall to around 49F.

Orlando FL: Partly cloudy with a high near 75F. Overnight lows will fall to around 68F.

Kansas City MO: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 80F. Overnight lows will be around 68F.

Salt Lake City UT: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 79F. Overnight lows will be around 70F.

San Diego CA: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 79F. Overnight lows will be around 62F.

May 14, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Europe will bring showers to Spain and France. This will also create cloudy skies over England. Low pressure moving along the East Coast of the United States will bring showers to Eastern Canada.

Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving through Central Canada will bring thunderstorms along the cold front to North Dakota and Northern Minnesota. Another area of low pressure approaching the West Coast of Canada will bring showers to the region. A third area of low pressure moving towards the Gulf of Alaska will bring showers and snow showers to the region. A newly developed area off the coast of Mexico is being watched for possible tropical development. Winds are around 25kts with a pressure of 1007mb. The forecast for the next 24 hours is for slow development.

Western Pacific: Low pressure moving through Central China will bring showers to the region. Low pressure moving across the Koreas will bring showers to the region and also into Japan. Low pressure near Iwo To will bring showers to the region. A tropical wave south of Guam is also being watched for possible tropical development.

Indian Ocean: Low pressure along the monsoonal trough is slowly drifting westward towards the East Coast of Africa. Tropical Cyclone Mahasen has winds this morning around 45kts with a pressure of 989mb. This storm will gain some strength as it moves through the Bay of Bengal towards making landfall in Southeast Asia.

Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure are moving through the basin. An area of low pressure to the southeast of Argentina will bring a few showers back into the region. Another area of low pressure moving across Western Australia will bring showers and thunderstorms to Perth. A third area of low pressure moving over Southeast Australia will bring showers to Sydney and also Auckland NZ.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for May 14-18:

Boston MA: There will be a chance for showers and a slight impact on May 15. The remainder of the period will be impact free.

Orlando FL: The next five days will be under high pressure and impact free.

Kansas City MO: There will be a chance for slight to moderate impacts on both May 16 and 17 as a strong cold front moves through the region bringing strong to severe thunderstorms to the area.

Salt Lake City UT: The region will be mostly impact free until May 18 when there will become a slight impact as showers move into the region.

San Diego CA: The next five days will remain impact free.

Climate Watch for May 9-13:

Boston MA: The period started about 1 degree below normal and then warmed to around 5-8 degrees above normal before finishing the period around 5 degrees below.

Orlando FL: The region started about 1 degree below before warming to around 3 degrees above normal and then the period finished with another day around 4 degrees below normal.

Kansas City MO: The period started around 1 degree above before cooling to around 5-8 degrees below normal and then the period finished with temps around 3 degrees above normal.

Salt Lake City UT: The past five days have been around 8-21 degrees above normal.

San Diego CA: The period started about 1 degree below before warming to around 2-17 degrees above normal.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for May 14, 2013:

Day 1-3: High pressure over Florida will bring nice weather to the East Coast and also back into the Gulf Coast and Southern Plains. Nice weather will be in place over the Great Lakes as well today. A few thunderstorms along the frontal boundary will impact North Dakota and Northern Minnesota. Nice weather will be in store from the Rockies to the West Coast as well. Day two low pressure will move through the Great Lakes and into the Northeast. Expect showers and thunderstorms along that front. A new low pressure will develop over Western Oklahoma. Expect to see thunderstorms over Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas with some severe weather possible. A new storm system will be approaching the Northwest with a few showers. The period will finish with low pressure over Kansas bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. High pressure will dominate the East Coast. Thunderstorms will develop over the Northern Plains with some severe weather possible.

Day 4-7: The period will start with high pressure along the East Coast, while the storm system pushes into the Northern Plains bringing thunderstorms from Minnesota to Texas. Some severe weather will be possible. By day five high pressure will push over the Southeast, while a warm front and an area of thunderstorms will move from Indiana to Maryland. There could be some severe weather in that region as well. The low pressure center will be over the Dakotas with showers and thunderstorms extending from the Northern Plains into the Southern Plains. By day six low pressure will develop off the Mid-Atlantic region. Expect showers and thunderstorms in the region. The low pressure over the Northern Plains will bring another day of showers and thunderstorms from the Northern Plains into Kansas. The period will finish with the low pressure finally moving into the Great Lakes. Look for a frontal boundary with showers and thunderstorms to extend from Michigan all the way south to the Gulf Coast.

Day 8-12: The period will start with the low pressure moving through the Great Lakes extending all the way southward to the Gulf Coast. This region will see showers and thunderstorms again. By day ten the storm system will move into the Northeast bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region, while another low pressure area moves into the Southwest with a few showers and thunderstorms for the region. Another low will push into the Central Rockies with a few showers and thunderstorms for the area. The period will finish with the low pressure still along the East Coast bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region, while the low pressure from the southwest moves into the Northern Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region.

Long Range Outlook: The long range will start with showers and thunderstorms over the Northern Plains associated with a low pressure area. The middle of the period the low pressure will move into the Great Lakes bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. The period will finish with a low pressure over the Northeast along with another low pressure back over the Northern Plains both regions will see showers and thunderstorms.

Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Biloxi MS:

Tuesday: Sunny skies and mild with a high near 80F. Winds from the southeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 64F.

Wednesday: Sunny skies with a high near 81F. Winds from the southeast 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around 67F.

Thursday: Sunny skies with a high near 81F. Winds from the southeast 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around 69F.

Friday: Partly cloudy with a high near 82F. Winds from the southeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 68F.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with a high near 82F. Winds from the southeast 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 69F.

Ask The Weatherman for May 14, 2013:

Question: What is a second driving fact of a hurricane?

Answer: Yesterday we looked at the sub-tropical ridge as being a driving factor. Today we will look at another feature. This feature is called a surface front. Usually when a cold front drapes down towards the storm it will pick the storm up as well. The cold front will cause the storm to deflect to the northeast in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Green Energy Weather Report for May 14, 2013:

Wave Energy: The Northeast will have slight to moderate wave energy today, while the Mid-Atlantic will have moderate—extreme wave energy as the cold air moves over the warmer waters and will induce gradient driven waves over the region along with the northeasterly winds. The Southeast will have slight wave energy today, while the Gulf Coast will look at slight-moderate wave impact with the moderate southeasterly winds. The Southwest will be at moderate-excellent today along with the Pacific Northwest.

Solar Energy: The solar energy will be good from the East Coast all the way into the Southeast and back over the Gulf Coast. The Southern Plains into the Great Lakes will be a second area of good solar energy. The third best place will be the Rockies back into the West.

Wind Energy: The best wind energy today will be found over the Dakotas behind the cold front moving through the region.

Hydro-Energy: There will be a small pocket of short term energy over North Dakota and also Northern Minnesota along the cold front.

May 14 Weather and Your Wallet (Bismarck ND):

A cold front will be moving through the region this afternoon. This will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region – some severe storms may be possible.

Dining: This morning as the front moves through expect some rain and a short period of time where outdoor dining will not be a good idea.

Transportation: This morning the showers and thunderstorms will slow down the traffic. The bigger concern will be this afternoon and evening as the strong northwest winds move in to the region. This will create dangerous driving conditions on elevated roads and also larger cars, vans and trucks.

Shopping: This morning before the front moves through some showers could slow the shopping spree down. This afternoon the winds will make it tricky to do any shopping.

Electricity: There will be a short time period in the morning that the heaters will be needed as we are forecasting for 2 HDD´s on the day.

Yard Work: This morning will be slow with the rain, but by this afternoon if you need to cut the grass or want to start planting your garden this afternoon will be good for that with the forecast of 13GDD´s.

Construction: This morning showers and thunderstorms will slow outdoor projects. This afternoon the winds will slow down any outdoor projects. If there is an outdoor project that needs to be using cranes to move things that will have to be rescheduled as the winds will make that a dangerous operation and not safe to conduct.

Outdoor Venues: This morning the rain will slow things. This afternoon you will want to take it easy as well as the winds will be very strong, however the sun should be out.


Source: redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

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