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Big Story Weather – June 18, 2013

June 18, 2013

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from June 17: Severe weather pushed through the Southern Plains and also into parts of Colorado. There were a couple of tornadoes reported along with large hail and damaging winds. The heat was also a big story of the day with temps soaring over the 100F mark over the Southwest again. The heat and humidity was also over the Gulf Coast region. A slight warming trend also moved into the Northwest.

Big Story Weather Discussion for June 18: High pressure over the Great Lakes will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. Low pressure will move into the Mid-Atlantic bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. This will extend along the frontal boundary into the Gulf Coast and Southern Plains. High pressure will keep the Southwest dry and hot again.

Severe Weather: There is a chance of severe weather over the Plains region as an upper level trough moves through the area and also from the Mid-Atlantic to the Gulf Coast. This area is associated with a cold front moving through the region. Tornadoes should be low today, however large hail and damaging winds will be possible.

Tropical Weather: Tropical Depression #2 is moving over Central America and towards Mexico. Winds this morning are around 20-25mph and pressure near 1009mb. The storm should not impact the United States at this time.

Here is the weather for a few select cities:

Boston MA: Partly cloudy with a few evening thunderstorms. High temps will be around 71F and overnight lows will hit 55F. Total rainfall will be around 0.15 inches.

Mobile AL: Partly cloudy with periods of thunderstorms as high temps rise to around 90F. Overnight lows will be near 78F. Total rainfall will be near 0.45 inches.

Sioux Falls SD: Partly cloudy with a high near 72F. Overnight lows will be around 62F.

Billings MT: Partly cloudy with a high near 80F. Overnight lows will be around 76F.

Portland OR: Partly cloudy with a high near 66F. Overnight lows will be around 55F.

June 18, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Eastern Pacific Ocean: Low pressure moving through Alaska will bring showers to the region.

Atlantic Ocean: Low pressure moving through the Mississippi River Valley will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. Low pressure moving towards Greenland will bring rain and snow to the region. Tropical Depression #2 will continue to slowly move over Central America and into Mexico. Low pressure moving over Western Europe will bring showers to the region. A second low pressure moving through Eastern Europe will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region.

Western Pacific: Low pressure moving through Central Russia will bring showers to the region. Low pressure moving north of the Koreas will bring showers to the region. A low pressure area moving across Japan will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. An area of low pressure to the south of Guam is being watched for potential tropical development. Tropical Storm Leepi has winds around 35kts and a pressure near 996mb and is forecasted to gain strength and also move towards the North and into the region of Japan over the next week.

Indian Ocean: Multiple areas of low pressure moving through the basin with impacts being felt over Argentina with rain showers for the area. A second area of low pressure is impacting New Zealand with showers as well.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for June 18-22:

Boston MA: There is a slight chance of impacts today associated with a round of thunderstorms. The remainder of the period will be impact free.

Mobile AL: There will be a chance of impacts each day except for June 20. The remainder of the period will see slight impacts with thunderstorms possible.

Sioux Falls SD: The period will start out impact free. A slight chance of impacts as thunderstorms move in on June 20. The period will finish impact free.

Billings MT: The region will be impact free until June 21 when a chance of thunderstorms moves through the region.

Portland OR: There is a slight chance of impacts on June 19 as an area of showers moves through the region. The remainder of the period will be impact free.

Climate Watch for June 13-17:

Boston MA: The area started with temps around 2-8 degrees below normal then finished the period with temps around 1-10 degrees above normal.

Mobile AL: The region has seen temps around 2-5 degrees above normal for the entire period.

Sioux Falls SD: The area started with temps around 1-2 degrees below normal before warming to around 2-5 degrees above normal for the remainder of the period.

Billings MT: The period started about 2 degrees above then fell to around 1-8 degrees below normal and then again warmed to around 1-2 degrees above normal, along with more near normal temps.

Portland OR: The period started with temps around 4-10 degrees below normal and then finished the period with temps around 2-8 degrees above normal.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for June 18, 2013:

Day 1-3: High pressure over the Great Lakes will bring nice weather to the region. A frontal boundary and low pressure area approaching the Mid-Atlantic will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. These thunderstorms will extend along the cold front through the Southeast and Gulf Coast. An upper level trough will bring showers and thunderstorms to parts of the upper Mississippi River Valley. High pressure out West will bring another warm day to the Southwest. Day two the frontal boundary will stall over the Northern Gulf Coast bringing another day of showers and thunderstorms to the region. The next storm system will push through the Plains of Canada bringing showers and thunderstorms to the Northern Rockies and Plains. The period will finish with thunderstorms over the Northern Plains.

Day 4-7: The period will start with a storm system over the Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. Return flow over the Gulf Coast will create some afternoon thunderstorms in the region. By day six a frontal boundary will move into the Pacific Northwest bringing showers to the region. The period will end with return flow bringing showers and thunderstorms to the Southeast and Gulf Coast. A frontal boundary moving through the Northern Plains will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. A new storm system will be pushing into the Northwest.

Day 8-12: The period will begin with storms moving into the Great Lakes area along with showers and thunderstorms over the Southeast and Gulf Coast associated with return flow. A frontal boundary will be moving through the Pacific Northwest. Day ten abundant amounts of moisture will be over a good portion of the East. The period will end with another storm system moving through the Northern Plains.

Long Range Outlook: The period will begin with moderate amounts of moisture along the East Coast and a powerful storm system moving into the Northern Plains. The period will end with moderate return flow setup over a good portion of the East Coast leading to afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Minneapolis MN:

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a morning thunderstorm. High temps will be around 70F. Overnight lows will be near 53F. Winds from the southeast 2-7mph and total rainfall near 0.05 inches.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy and nice with a high near 78F. Overnight lows will be near 60F. Winds from the southeast 5-10mph.

Thursday: Partly cloudy and warmer with a high near 84F. Winds from the southeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 68F.

Friday: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms likely. High temps will be around 89F. Overnight lows will fall to near 74F. Winds will be from the southeast 7-12mph and total rainfall will be near 0.05 inches.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms likely. High temps will be near 86F and overnight lows will be near 72F. Winds will be from the southeast 7-12mph along with around 0.25 inches of rainfall.

Ask The Weatherman for June 18, 2013:

Question: What is an upper level ridge?

Answer: An upper level ridge is a feature that is also above the surface of the earth, from 2,500ft and higher. This feature, just like the trough, can make or break a forecast. If this upper level ridge is in place, it means the upper level pattern will go around the area leaving whatever is on the surface in place. For instance, if you are having a warm and humid day, you can expect that to stay in place until that upper level ridge moves out.

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Green Energy Weather Report for June 18, 2013:

Wave Energy: There will be moderate amounts of wave energy along the East Coast and also into the Mid-Atlantic ahead of the cold front. The Southeast will also see moderate wave energy. The Northern Gulf of Mexico will have slight amounts of wave energy today. The Northwest and Southwest will see slight to moderate amounts of wave energy.

Solar Energy: There will be moderate amounts of solar energy over the extreme Northeast and also over parts of Western Texas back into the Northern Plains and most of the Rockies.

Wind Energy: The strongest wind energy locations will be over the Great Lakes and back behind the upper level trough over the Northern Plains.

Hydro-Energy: Today there will be large amounts of hydro energy from the Mid-Atlantic back into the Southeast and along the Gulf Coast – all of which are ahead of the cold front. There will also be a pocket of hydro energy from Iowa to Oklahoma associated with an upper level trough.

June 18 Weather and Your Wallet (Dallas TX):

A frontal boundary trailing through the region will bring a chance for showers and thunderstorms this morning and again this afternoon.

Dining: This afternoon taking a lunch break at the park might just work out in between storms.

Transportation: During this evening´s commute you will see some delays due to ponding on the roads and also some delays at the airport will be possible.

Shopping: This afternoon you will have a window of time to get out and enjoy shopping prior to the next round of storms moving into the region.

Electricity: There will be a moderate need for cooling all day long as high temps rise to around 91F. Overnight lows fall to around 73F which will bring the region around 17CDD´s for the day.

Yard Work: This afternoon will be warm so make sure to take it easy if you are out in the yard doing work. GDD´s for the plants and veggies is around 32 for today.

Construction: There will be some delays this afternoon as thunderstorms move through the region.

Outdoor Venues: Walking the dog this afternoon should be fine in between thunderstorms.


Source: redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

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