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Big Story Weather – May 24, 2013

May 24, 2013

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from May 23: Cold weather settled in over the Great Lakes last night as places were under frost and freeze warnings with this unseasonably cold weather. Severe weather was over the Texas Panhandle last night with five reported tornadoes in the region. Large hail was also in this same region along with parts of Oklahoma and into the Mid-Atlantic.

Big Story Weather Discussion for May 24: A cold front will be pushing through the Northeast today and will bring showers to the area. A strong cold area of high pressure is building in over the Great Lakes bringing with it clear skies and frost and freezing conditions. Low pressure over the Southwest is creating a dry-line over Western Texas this morning which is bringing strong thunderstorms to the area right ahead of the cold front and behind the warm front. Nice weather is in store for the West Coast.

Severe Weather: There is a chance to see ongoing severe weather over the Texas Panhandle and later in the afternoon Western Oklahoma. This region should mostly see damaging winds and large hail, but an isolated tornado is possible.

Here is the weather for a few select cities:

Detroit MI: Partly cloudy and cool today with a high near 50F. Overnight lows will fall to around 39F.

Dallas TX: Partly cloudy with a chance for some thunderstorms overnight. High temps will be around 82F and overnight lows will fall to around 70F. Total rainfall today will be near 0.25 inches.

Rapid City SD: Partly cloudy skies for the region with high temps near 77F. Overnight lows will fall to around 59F.

Casper WY: Partly cloudy and cool today with a high near 64F. Overnight lows will be around 40F.

Las Vegas NV: Sunny skies and warm with a high near 85F. Overnight lows will be around 70F.

May 24, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving across Eastern Europe will bring showers to the region. Another area of low pressure is moving into England and will bring clouds and showers through the weekend. Low pressure off the coast of Florida will bring increasing seas to the region. A cold front will move through the Northeast bringing showers to the region. An area of low pressure to the northeast of South America needs to be watched for potential tropical development.

Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving into Western Canada will bring showers to the area. An area of low pressure moving towards the Gulf of Alaska will bring showers and snow showers to Southern Alaska. A tropical wave is being watched over the Tropical Pacific for potential development.

Western Pacific: Low pressure moving through Northeast Russia will bring showers to the area. A second area of low pressure to the south of Japan will bring increased winds and seas to the region. Low pressure over Central China will push to the east by this weekend.

Indian Ocean: Two areas of low pressure are being watched for possible tropical development. The first is in the Bay of Bengal and the second is just east of Africa.

Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure are moving through the basin. One area of low pressure will bring showers to Argentina, while the second area will bring showers and clouds to Sydney and Auckland New Zealand.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for May 24-28:

Detroit MI: The area will start out impact free. There is a chance of seeing slight to moderate impacts on May 28 as thunderstorms move into the region.

Dallas TX: The region will have slight to moderate impacts for the next couple of days as a storm system moves through bringing thunderstorms to the area. The remainder of the period will be impact free.

Rapid City SD: The area will see moderate impacts on the 25th with thunderstorms in the area and then slight impacts for the 26-27th due to showers in the area.

Casper WY: The area will begin impact free. By the 27th the region will have slight impacts with showers for both the 27th and 28th.

Las Vegas NV: The region will impact free for the next five days.

Climate Watch for May 19-23:

Detroit MI: The region has enjoyed temps running about 12-16 degrees above normal. Yesterday they fell to around 5 degrees below normal.

Dallas TX: The area saw temps around 1-9 degrees above normal for the entire period.

Rapid City SD: The past five days the area has seen temps around 1-17 degrees below normal.

Casper WY: The area started with temps about 2-15 degrees below normal and then finished the period with temps around 8 degrees above normal.

Las Vegas NV: The period started with temps around 1-4 degrees below normal and then rose to around 1-2 degrees above normal before falling back to around 4 degrees below normal.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for May 24, 2013:

Day 1-3: A cold front moving through the Northeast will bring another day of copious rainfall to the region. High pressure will settle in over the Great Lakes and will bring frost and freeze conditions to the area this evening. Partly cloudy skies will be found over the Northern Plains. A new storm system over Texas and Oklahoma will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. This will extend into Eastern Colorado and Western Kansas this evening. A nice, cool day is in store for the Pacific Northwest. By day two the storm system will bring another day of rainfall to the Northeast. High pressure will move into the Ohio River Valley, while over the Plains the area of low pressure will bring showers and thunderstorms from the Northern Plains to the Southern Plains. The period will finish with showers and thunderstorms over the Central Plains.

Day 4-7: The period will start with a low pressure area still over the Central Plains, while the warm front extends into the Mid-Atlantic. Expect to see showers and thunderstorms along this front. We are also watching for showers and thunderstorms ahead of the cold front over the Plains. A new storm system will be pushing into the West. Day six the storm system will push into Southeast Canada, while high pressure remains along the East Coast. A new storm system will push into the Plains bringing another round of showers and thunderstorms. The period will end with a strong storm system over the Northern Plains bringing showers, thunderstorms and severe weather to the region. High pressure will be blocking the East Coast.

Day 8-12: The period will start with high pressure still over the East Coast, while the storm system extends from the Great Lakes back into the Northern Plains. Showers and thunderstorms will be along this frontal boundary. Day nine the storms system will still be in the Great Lakes bringing rain and thunderstorms to the region. High pressure will bring yet another nice day to the East Coast. Day ten the storm system will push into Southeast Canada and the Northeast bringing mostly rain showers to the region. A few isolated thunderstorms will be possible. High pressure will bring another nice day to the Southeast and also the Mid-Atlantic region. A tropical wave will be near the Yucatan Peninsula. A new storm system will be pushing in over the Pacific Northwest. Day eleven will bring a zonal storm system to the Northern Plains with a lot of rain expected. The period will end with a low pressure area over the Southwest and showers and thunderstorms extending through a good portion of the Northern Plains and Great Lakes. The tropical feature will still be near the Yucatan Peninsula.

Long Range Outlook: The long range will start with a very wet pattern from the Mid-Atlantic all the way back into the Eastern Rockies. A strong high pressure will also try to build in over the Northern Plains. The middle of this period a significant severe weather outbreak could be possible over the Northern Plains. The period will end with significant moisture over the Northern Plains and also tropical moisture over Florida.

Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Orlando FL:

Friday: Partly cloudy and hot with high temps around 90F. Winds from the northeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to near 70F.

Saturday: Partly cloudy and mild with a high near 84F. Winds from the northeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 66F.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and cooler with a high near 81F. Winds from the northeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 66F.

Monday: Partly cloudy and cool with a high near 82F. Winds from the northeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 66F.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy and warmer with a high near 85F. Winds will be from the northeast 9-14mph as overnight lows fall to around 71F.

Ask The Weatherman for May 24, 2013:

Question: What is El-Nino?

Answer: El-Nino is an ocean occurring event in the Pacific Ocean, however it has global impacts. El-Nino happens when the waters off the coast of Peru begin to warm. This warming of the waters is bad for this region because the waters are supposed to be cold. This change in water temps creates economic hardships for many and also atmospheric hardships for others, with many places seeing droughts and other places seeing massive flooding events. The Atlantic Hurricane season is even impacted by El-Nino. El-Nino is a huge player in the climate as well.

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Green Energy Weather Report for May 24, 2013:

Wave Energy: There will be moderate to high energy levels along the Northeast and also the Northwest coast associated with frontal systems. There will be slight to moderate levels over the Southwest and also into the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic and slight amounts of energy for the Northern Gulf of Mexico.

Solar Energy: The best places for solar energy today will be over the Southeast and most of the Gulf Coast along with the Ohio River Valley and back into the Northern Plains. There will also be good amounts of energy for the Southwest.

Wind Energy: One of the best places for wind energy today will be over the Great Lakes. This spot will see a mix of gradient and also thermal mixing. The second place will be over the Southeast behind the cold front.

Hydro-Energy: The Northeast will have moderate rains today which will make for good short term energy. The Western part of Texas and Oklahoma will see thunderstorms bringing some short term energy to the region.

May 24 Weather and Your Wallet (Sioux Falls SD):

A frontal boundary moving though the region will bring showers to the area.

Dining: This morning breakfast should be good outside. By this afternoon the rain will move in and make it a great day to eat inside.

Transportation: There may be some minor traffic delays this afternoon as small areas of ponding could take place on the roads.

Shopping: This morning before heading into work get your shopping done. Otherwise make sure to take the umbrella with you.

Electricity: The weather will be a little cool today. The region is forecasted to see about 5HDD´s throughout the day, however mostly concentrated over the night hours.

Yard Work: Today will be a nice day to take a rain check on yard work, however make sure to slide the plants outside so they can get some of that rain water.

Construction: The outdoor projects may run into a challenge by this afternoon due to the rain, but also looking at the stronger winds.

Outdoor Venues: This morning would be the best time to get that walk in at the park. Otherwise make sure to carry the umbrella with you.


Source: redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

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