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Big Story Weather – May 29, 2013

May 29, 2013

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from May 28: Yesterday was another busy severe weather day with 18-20 reported tornadoes covering the states of Texas, Kansas, Michigan and Nebraska. Large hail was also a problem with Kansas coming in with hail around 4 inches, while Amarillo TX also saw hail around 2.75 inches. Damaging winds hit as well. The first report comes from Kansas with winds around 75mph. A second report was from Indiana with winds around 77mph. The second tropical of the Eastern Pacific also developed yesterday.

Big Story Weather Discussion for May 29: High pressure will keep the extreme Southeast partly cloudy today. Tropical moisture will begin to flow into Southern Florida. Strong to severe thunderstorms will be found from the Gulf Coast back into Texas, northward into the Plains, and across the Ohio River Valley into the Northeast. Showers will be found along the West Coast.

Severe Weather: A large area of severe weather is possible from the Gulf Coast to Texas and northward into the Northern Plains, pushing eastward into the Ohio River Valley and into parts of the Northeast. The largest threat will be damaging winds and waterspouts along the Gulf Coast. Damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes are expected to stretch across the rest of the region in the severe weather box.

Tropical Weather: Tropical Storm Barbara formed yesterday just to the southwest of Mexico. Winds are currently around 55kts and pressure of 995mb. This storm is moving towards the North-Northeast with tropical storm watches/warnings in effect for southwest Mexico. The second wave to the northeast of Brazil still needs to be watched as it pushes slowly westward.

Here is the weather for a few select cities:

Boston MA: Partly cloudy with afternoon showers. High temps will be around 68F and overnight lows will fall to near 64F. Total rainfall will be around 0.25 inches.

Mobile AL: The region will see thunderstorms today. High temps will be around 84F and overnight lows will fall to near 74F. Total rainfall for the region will be around 0.40 inches.

Fargo ND: Mostly cloudy with periods of showers as high temps rise to near 64F. Overnight lows will be around 60F. Total rainfall will be around 0.25 inches.

Salt Lake City UT: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 60F. Overnight lows will drop to around 54F.

San Diego CA: Partly cloudy with a high near 74F. Overnight lows will fall to near 64F.

May 29, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Barbara has winds currently around 55kts and a pressure of 995mb. The storm is forecasted to move north-northeastward making landfall in Mexico in the next 24 hours. Low pressure to the west of that is being watched for possible development as well. Low pressure moving west of Hawaii is also being watched for possible development. Low pressure moving towards Western Canada will bring showers to the region. Low pressure moving across the Southern Pacific will bring showers to the Fiji Islands.

Western Atlantic: Low pressure moving through the Northern Plains will bring another day of severe weather to the region. Low pressure to the northeast of Brazil needs to be watched for tropical development. Low pressure moving across Southern Argentina will bring showers to the region.

Eastern Atlantic: Low pressure moving across the Scandinavia will bring showers to the region. A strong area of low pressure forming over Northern Africa will bring thunderstorms to the region and possible dust storms. Low pressure moving towards South Africa will bring showers to the region.

Western Pacific/ Indian Ocean: Low pressure moving towards Eastern Africa will bring showers and strong winds to the region. Another area of low pressure in the Bay of Bengal will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. Two areas of low pressure moving south of Australia will bring showers to both Perth and Sydney. Low pressure moving across Northern Japan will bring showers to a good portion of Japan today.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for May 29-June 2:

Boston MA: The period will have slight impacts today associated with a few showers and thunderstorms. On June 1-2 the region will see a slight to moderate impact with thunderstorms moving back into the area.

Mobile AL: The next five days the region will see slight impacts with afternoon thunderstorms possible every day.

Fargo ND: The region will have slight impacts for the next four days associated with rain showers.

Salt Lake City UT: High pressure will keep the region dry and impact free for the next five days.

San Diego CA: The next five days will be impact free as it remains dry in the region.

Climate Watch for May 24-28:

Boston MA: The region started with temps around 1 degree above normal before falling to around 9-15 degrees below normal during the middle of the period and then finished the period with temps about 3-6 degrees below normal.

Mobile AL: The period started with temps around 1-4 degrees above normal and then fell to around 1-2 degrees below normal then finished the period with temps around 1-2 degrees above normal.

Fargo ND: The region started about 1-3 degrees below normal and then warmed to around 1-2 above before falling to around 9 degrees below normal again. The period did finish with temps about 1-2 degrees above normal.

Salt Lake City UT: The first part of the period saw temps around 2-11 degrees above normal before falling to around 2-12 degrees below normal to finish the period.

San Diego CA: The region started with temps around 1-3 degrees below normal and then finished the period 2-5 degrees above normal.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for May 29, 2013:

Day 1-3: High pressure off the Southeast coast will bring the Carolinas partly cloudy skies, while tropical moisture pushes into Florida and also the Gulf Coast. Showers and thunderstorms along the frontal boundary will impact the region from Texas to the Dakotas. Eastward into the Great Lakes and the Ohio river Valley will also be into portions of the Northeast. Sunny skies will dominate the Southwest, while showers with a frontal boundary will move through the Northwest. Day two we will be watching severe weather over the Plains again, while the return flow of tropical moisture will be found over Florida and parts of the Gulf Coast. Strong to severe storms will be over the Northern Plains pushing into the Eastern Rockies. A very similar weather pattern will be found for day three as well. There will also be an increase of tropical moisture in the Southwest Gulf of Mexico associated with a tropical feature.

Day 4-7: The period will start with high pressure dominating a good portion of the East. Showers will be found from Florida through the entire Gulf Coast region. The strong storm system will finally push into the Ohio River Valley. High pressure will slide into the Northern Plains. High pressure will also keep the West Coast tranquil during this time frame. Day five showers and thunderstorms will extend from the Northeast all the way to the Gulf Coast. The tropical moisture will start to impact the Gulf Coast at this time as well as it merges with the low pressure to the north. High pressure will be over the Northern Plains. High pressure off the West Coast will keep the region nice as well. The period will finish with the frontal boundary pushing off the East Coast. The tropical feature enters into the Gulf of Mexico bringing showers to portions of Florida. Another storm system will push into the Northern Plains bringing another round of severe weather to the region. High pressure will bring tranquil weather to the West Coast.

Day 8-12: The period will start with high pressure over the Northeast and also the West Coast bringing nice weather to both places. A low pressure area will through the Northern Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. The tropical feature will bring another day of heavy rain to Florida. Day ten there will be copious amounts of rainfall from New England to the Gulf Coast associated with a frontal boundary and also a tropical feature in the Gulf of Mexico. Showers and thunderstorms will also extend over the Plains region at this time. The period will finish with very heavy tropical rains over the Mid-Atlantic. Heavy rain will also be found from the Northeast to the Southeast and into the Gulf Coast. A new storm system will push into the Northern Plains at this time as well.

Long Range Outlook: The period will start very active with multiple storm systems impacting the region from the Northeast to the Great Lakes. The period will end with a significant storm system along the East Coast and another storm system developing over the Plains.

Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Memphis TN:

Wednesday: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 85F. Winds from the southeast 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 70F. Total rainfall will be around 0.05 inches.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps will be around 84F, while overnight lows fall to around 70F. Total rainfall will be around 0.20 inches.

Friday: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and high temps around 85F. Winds from the southeast 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 71F. Total rainfall will be around 0.2 inches.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms as high temps rise to around 88F. Winds will be from the southwest 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 72F. Total rainfall will be near 0.30 inches.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with high temps around 85F. Winds will be from the northwest 9-14mph as overnight lows fall to near 66F.

Ask The Weatherman for May 29, 2013:

Question: What is a Squall line?

Answer: A squall line is a line of thunderstorms that form ahead of the cold front, usually around 50-150 miles to the east of the cold front. We watch this area closely as it usually has a high ratio of super-cell thunderstorms that can spawn tornadoes.

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Green Energy Weather Report for May 29, 2013:

Wave Energy: The Northeast will see moderate levels of wave energy. This will spread into the Mid-Atlantic and also the Southeast. The Northern Gulf Coast will see moderate to high wave energy levels with strong on shore flow. The Southwest will see low to moderate levels. The Pacific Northwest will have moderate to high levels of wave energy.

Solar Energy: The best places for solar energy will be a small area along the Southeast and then the majority of the Southwest and Southern California.

Wind Energy: There will be moderate levels of wind energy over parts of the Northeast and also over the Front Range of the Rockies behind the powerful storm system over the Plains.

Hydro-Energy: There will be plenty of locations with hydro energy today from South Florida into the Northern Gulf Coast. The second region will be from Texas northward into the Northern Plains. The third location will be the Northern Plains eastward across the Great Lakes and the Ohio River Valley into parts of the Northeast. The last spot to watch for hydro energy will be over the Northwest.

May 29 Weather and Your Wallet (Dallas TX):

A frontal boundary will bring periods of heavy rainfall to the region and possibly some severe weather.

Dining: Today will be a good day to take lunch to work as the rain and thunderstorms will have impacts on the area today.

Transportation: There will be delays and impacts on the roadways today associated with heavy rains and also strong winds.

Shopping: You will want an umbrella if you have plans for heading out to the mall today.

Electricity: There will be a demand for cooling today with the forecast to be around 10 CDD´s on the day.

Yard Work: A large demand today for rainfall will bring great moisture to the region and the surface heating will help create a nice growing day with the forecast for 25GDD´s.

Construction: Outdoor work will be impacted today with the showers and thunderstorms.

Outdoor Venues: Take your umbrella if you have any outdoor plans.


Source: redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

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