Big Story Weather – May 30, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Big Story Weather from May 29: A very busy day yesterday. 23 tornados were reported with Nebraska having the most, while Kansas had four and OK, WI, IA, TX all having one each. Large hail again dominated the severe sector with the largest reported hail at 2.75 inches which occurred in Oklahoma. Damaging winds occurred all through this region with the strongest report coming out of Kansas with a wind gust near 80mph. Heavy rains hit Southern Florida associated with tropical moisture moving through the region.
Big Story Weather Discussion for May 30: High pressure off the Southeast Coast will again bring partly cloudy skies to the Southeast. Tropical moisture will be flowing into Florida again creating heavy rainfall for the region. Interaction between onshore flow and a frontal boundary to the west will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast. Severe weather is likely again today form Texas northward into the Northern Plains and Western Great Lakes. A nice day will setup over the West with plenty of sunshine.
Severe Weather: Today will be another large severe weather day with more tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds forecasted for our yellow box above. The strongest thunderstorms will be over the Central Plains from Kansas to Iowa and into Oklahoma. The severe weather from the Great Lakes and into the Ohio Valley will be mostly damaging winds.
Tropical Weather: Tropical Depression Barbara will begin to slowly push northward towards the Southwest Gulf of Mexico. Winds are currently around 30kts with a pressure of 1000mb. The depression has a chance to re-strengthen once it enters the Gulf.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Baltimore MD: Partly cloudy and hot with a high temp near 89F. Overnight lows will be around 71F.
New Orleans LA: Partly cloudy with showers/thunderstorms forecasted. Rainfall will be around 0.40 inches as high temps rise to near 84F and low temps fall to around 74F.
Kansas City MO: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms. A high temp around 74F and low temps around 65F. Total rainfall will be near 0.60 inches.
Denver CO: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 65F and low temps near 52F.
Seattle WA: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 55F and low temps near 52F.
May 30, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Eastern Pacific: Tropical Depression Barbara will move northward towards the Gulf of Mexico with winds around 30kts and a pressure near 1000mb. The storm will initially weaken over the next 12-24 hours and possibly regain strength once it hits the Gulf of Mexico. Low pressure moving away from land over the tropical Pacific is being watched for development. Low pressure near Hawaii will bring showers and high seas to the open Pacific. Low pressure moving through the Gulf of Alaska will bring showers to Southern Alaska. Low pressure moving across Western Canada will bring showers and a few thunderstorms to Central Canada. Two areas of low pressure moving towards Western South America will bring strong winds and seas to the open Pacific.
Western Atlantic: Low pressure moving through Southern Argentina will bring showers and cooler weather to the region. Low pressure near Brazil has to be watched for tropical development over the next 24 hours. A strong low pressure moving through the Northern Plains of the US will bring another day of severe weather to the region.
Eastern Atlantic: Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring showers and thunderstorms to Italy. Low pressure over Western Africa will bring afternoon thunderstorms to the region. Two areas of low pressure moving towards Southwest Africa will bring increased winds and seas to the region.
Western Pacific/Indian Ocean: Low pressure moving towards Eastern Africa will bring showers to the region. Low pressure in the Bay of Bengal also needs to be watched for possible tropical development. Two areas of low pressure moving to Australia will bring showers to Western Australia. Low pressure moving through Northern Japan and Northeast Russia will bring showers to the region.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for May 30-June 3:
Baltimore MD: The region will start impact free, but thunderstorms will bring slight to moderate impacts to the region from May 31-June 1 and then again on June 3.
New Orleans LA: Thunderstorms will bring slight to moderate impacts for the next four days followed by an impact free June 3.
Kansas City MO: The region will have slight to moderate impacts for the next two days. Then high pressure will bring nice weather impact free for the remainder of the week.
Denver CO: The region will enjoy five days of impact free weather.
Seattle WA: The region will not have any major impacts for the next five days.
Climate Watch for May 25-29:
Baltimore MD: The region started with temps around 4-10 degrees below normal before warming to around 1-11 degrees above normal to finish the period.
New Orleans LA: The region started with temps around 1-2 degrees below normal, however the period finished with temps around 1-2 degrees above normal.
Kansas City MO: The past five days temps have ranged from 1-16 degrees above normal.
Denver CO: The period started with temps around 8-12 degrees above normal and finished the last day with temps around 11 degrees below normal.
Seattle WA: The region has seen temps below normal for the past five days ranging from 2-6 degrees below normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for May 30, 2013:
Day 1-3: High pressure will bring partly cloudy skies to the Southeast. Tropical moisture will push into Florida bringing heavy rain to the region. Thunderstorms which will become severe will impact most of the Plains and into the Great Lakes and also the Ohio River Valley. Sunny skies will dominate a good portion of the West. Day two will bring high pressure to the East Coast, while showers and thunderstorms will be found from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes. Some severe weather will be possible in the region. Heavy rain will be over the Dakotas, while partly cloudy skies dominates the West. The period will finish with a strong squall line extending from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast. Some severe weather will be possible along this front. High pressure will be over the Northern Plains.
Day 4-7: The period will start with a frontal boundary along the East Coast with showers and thunderstorms. High pressure will extend over the Northern Plains and Great Lakes. A new frontal boundary will move into the Northern Rockies. Day five will have a strong frontal boundary moving through the Northern Plains bringing some severe weather and heavy rain to the region. Showers will still be along the East Coast, while tropical moisture moves into the Southwest Gulf. The period will finish with a low pressure over the Western Great Lakes bringing showers and thunderstorms from the Plains to the Ohio River Valley, and dry weather over the west. The tropical feature will be still over the Southwest Gulf during this time.
Day 8-12: The period will start with showers and thunderstorms extending from the Eastern Lakes to the Gulf Coast. Some severe weather will be possible. The tropical feature will remain in the Southwest Gulf. A dry day will be in store for the West. Day nine we will be looking at a tropical feature in the Northern Gulf bringing heavy rains from Louisiana to Florida. This entire region will need to focus on this storm. Winds will also be increasing with the storm. Rain will extend across most of the East during this time as well. A new storm system will be developing over the Southern Plains. Day ten the tropical feature will make landfall in the US. A storm system pushing across the Northern Plains will bring showers to the region and will also pick up the tropical feature. Day eleven the tropical moisture will be moving up the East Coast, while another storm system moves into the Northern Plains bringing another round of severe weather to the Plains. The period will finish with the tropical moisture pushing into the Mid-Atlantic region.
Long Range Outlook: The long range will start with ample moisture across the East Coast, while another storm system moves into the Northern Plains. The middle of the period the moisture will still be over the East Coast, while another storm system pushes into the Southern Plains and another storm system moves into the Great Lakes. The period will finish with a very active weather pattern a storm system over the East Coast extending into the Gulf Coast and another storm system pushing into the Northern Rockies.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Gulfport MS:
Thursday: Partly cloudy with showers/thunderstorms. High temps will be around 84F. Winds will be from the southeast 15-20mph as overnight lows fall to around 75F. Total rainfall will be around 0.40 inches.
Friday: Partly cloudy with a few showers/thunderstorms. High temps will be around 85F. Winds will be from the southeast 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to near 75F. Total rainfall will be around 0.05 inches.
Saturday: Partly cloudy with a few showers/thunderstorms as high temps hit 88F. Winds will be from the southeast 8-13mph as low temps fall to around 75F. Total rainfall will be near 0.05 inches.
Sunday: Partly cloudy with a few showers/thunderstorms as high temps warm to around 91F. Winds will be from the southwest 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to near 75F. Total rainfall will be around 0.05 inches.
Monday: Partly cloudy and hot with high temps around 94F. Winds will be light and variable as low temps fall to around 70F.
Ask The Weatherman for May 30, 2013:
Question: What makes a super-cell thunderstorm so significant?
Answer: Super-cell thunderstorms are significant in the way they form, and also where they form. They need just the right amount of low level moisture, the right amount of dry air in the middle levels, the right amount of cold air from above, and a nice amount of spin in the atmosphere.
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Green Energy Weather Report for May 30, 2013:
Wave Energy: There will be moderate amounts of wave energy along the entire East Coast from the Northeast to the Southeast. The Northern Gulf of Mexico will also have moderate amounts of wave energy. The Southwest will have low amounts of wave energy. The Pacific Northwest will see moderate to excellent wave energy today.
Solar Energy: There will be moderate amounts of solar energy across the Mid-Atlantic and portions of the Southeast. The majority of the West Coast will also enjoy moderate amounts of solar energy.
Wind Energy: There will be moderate amounts of wind energy across the Front Range of the Rockies during the day behind the cold front that will be moving over the Plains.
Hydro-Energy: Florida will see moderate to high amounts of hydro energy associated with tropical moisture moving through the region. The Northern Gulf Coast will see light amounts of hydro energy. The Plains into the Great Lakes and the Ohio River Valley will have moderate amounts of hydro energy as well associated with the frontal rains.
May 30 Weather and Your Wallet (Chicago IL):
A warm front extending across the region will bring showers and thunderstorms to the area today.
Dining: This morning may be the best time to get out and enjoy breakfast outside before the showers and thunderstorms move in for the remainder of the day.
Transportation: This morning´s commute will be fine, however this afternoon and evening rush hours could experience some delays with ponding on the roads. The potential for air traffic delays will get higher as the day goes on as well.
Shopping: This afternoon you will want your umbrella if you’re headed to the mall.
Electricity: Today there will be a demand for some cooling as we are looking at about 8 CDD´s for the day.
Yard Work: The rain and storms will bring plenty of moisture to the region, but the heat will also provide a large amount of GDD´s for today with the forecast around 23GDD´s for the day.
Construction: This morning will be the best time to get those outside projects done. This afternoon you will want to work on the indoor projects.
Outdoor Venues: This afternoon and evening outside projects or events will probably want to be rescheduled unless you are walking the dog, then make sure to have your umbrella.