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Big Story Weather – June 20, 2013

June 20, 2013

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from June 19: Severe weather was again over the Plains last night. Multiple tornadoes were reported along with large hail and damaging winds. The biggest news was the heavy rains that hit both Texas and also North Dakota. Both regions this morning are dealing with flooding concerns. A waterspout that pushed on land over Southeast Louisiana also caused some damage to the area.

Big Story Weather Discussion for June 20: High pressure over the East Coast should make for a nice day from New York to Boston and into Baltimore and the DC area. A frontal boundary still draped over the southeast and Gulf Coast will bring yet another day of showers and thunderstorms to the region. Low pressure moving into the Northern Plains will be the focus of strong to severe storms along with flooding rains today. This could extend all the way down into the Southern Plains ahead of the cold front. High pressure over the Southwest will keep the region hot and dry again today.

Severe Weather: The biggest threat for severe weather today will be from North Dakota southward towards Texas. These areas could see isolated tornados, heavy rains, large hail and damaging winds. The second place is along the frontal boundary over the Southeast and Gulf Coast. These areas will most likely see damaging winds and heavy rains. A few waterspouts could occur as well.

Tropical Weather: Tropical Storm Barry currently has winds around 40kts and a pressure near 1003mb. This storm should slowly drift over Mexico bringing tropical storm force conditions to the area along with storm surge and heavy rains.

Here is the weather for a few select cities:

New York NY: Partly cloudy skies today with a high near 75F. Overnight lows will fall to near 61F.

New Orleans LA: Partly cloudy with a few afternoon thunderstorms. High temps will be around 88F and overnight lows will fall to near 79F. Total rainfall will be around 0.25 inches.

Sioux City IA: Mostly cloudy with periods of thunderstorms and a high near 84F. Overnight lows will fall to around 75F. Total rainfall today will be around 0.5 inches.

Billings MT: Mostly cloudy with showers and a high near 69F. Overnight lows will fall to near 60F. Total rainfall today will be around 0.25 inches.

San Diego CA: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 75F. Overnight lows will fall to near 69F.

June 20, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Eastern Pacific Ocean: Low pressure moving towards Alaska should bring some much needed relief from the heat along with a few showers. Low pressure to the west of Hawaii will continue to move westward and away from the area. Low pressure moving over Central Canada today will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Northern Plains and also possibly into the Southern Plains.

Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Barry has winds around 40kts this morning and continues to push into Mexico bringing flooding rains, storm surge and strong winds to the region. Low pressure moving away towards Greenland and Iceland will bring showers to the region. Another tropical wave needs to be watched as it pushes near Puerto Rico. Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring another day of showers and storms to the region.

Western Pacific: Low pressure moving through Central Russia will bring showers to the area. Low pressure moving towards Northeast Russia will bring showers to the region. Low pressure moving away from Japan will have a trailing front that could bring extensive cloud cover and a few showers to Japan. Tropical storm Leepi continues to push towards Okinawa Japan with winds around 35kts and a pressure of 996mb and is moving towards mainland Japan. Two other tropical features are being watched for possible development over the next 24 hours.

Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough is very active again today bringing heavy rain to portions of Southeast Asia, including northern India where flooding has been seen.

Southern Hemisphere: Multiple lows are moving through the basin again today. One major low is bringing rain and even some snow to Southern Argentina. The second major impacting low is pushing across New Zealand bringing showers to the region. Some of these showers are pushing back into Sydney as well.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for June 20-24:

New York NY: The area will have slight impacts on June 21 from a round of thunderstorms that will move through the region. The remainder of the period will be impact free.

New Orleans LA: The area will have slight impacts each day for afternoon thunderstorms that will be possible.

Sioux City IA: The area will have moderate impacts today from thunderstorms. On June 22-23 the region will see another round of slight to moderate impacts with more thunderstorms moving through.

Billings MT: The region will have slight impacts today. On June 22 there will be another round of slight impacts associated with thunderstorms.

San Diego CA: The region should enjoy no impacts for the week.

Climate Watch for June 15-19:

New York NY: The area has been running about 1-7 degrees above normal all the way up to yesterday when temps fell to around 5 degrees below normal.

New Orleans LA: The region saw four days of temps around 1-3 degrees above normal followed by yesterday when temps finally fell to around 3 degrees below normal.

Sioux City IA: The region started with temps around 1-2 degrees below normal but then warmed to around 2-6 degrees above normal for the remainder of the period.

Billings MT: The area started about 1 degree above normal and then fell to around 1 degree below normal. The period finished with temps around 2-10 degrees above normal.

San Diego CA: The period has seen temps around 1-2 degrees above normal for the entire period.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for June 20, 2013:

Day 1-3: High pressure over the Northeast will keep the region dry and nice today. The frontal boundary over the Southeast and Gulf Coast will bring areas of showers and thunderstorms to the region. A stronger storm system moving into the Northern Plains will bring the chance for heavy rains, damaging winds and even a few tornadoes. This could extend into the Southern Plains as well. A warm, dry day is in store for the Southwest again. The Northwest and Northern Rockies will have showers and thunderstorms today. The period finishes with high pressure along the East Coast still, while the strong storm system stalls over the Plains bringing yet more heavy rain and severe weather to the region.

Day 4-7: The period will start with isolated thunderstorms over the Southeast and Gulf Coast, while the strong storm system finally pushes into the Great Lakes bringing heavy rain and severe weather to the region. A new storm system will begin to approach the Northwest. Day five will be pretty much the same as isolated showers and thunderstorms impact the Southeast and Gulf Coast. Another storm system will push into the Northern Plains, while a new system approaches the Pacific Northwest. The period will finish with one storm system pushing into Southeast Canada, while another storm system moves onshore over the Pacific Northwest.

Day 8-12: The period will begin with a large amount of moisture and storms moving through the Northeast, while the Southeast and Gulf Coast will have lighter amounts of moisture with thunderstorms possible. The West Coast will remain dry during this time. A new hurricane is expected to develop in the Eastern Pacific. Day ten a stalled out frontal boundary will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Southeast and Gulf Coast again, while a weak storm system moves through the Great Lakes. There will still be tropical activity over the Eastern Pacific and also the potential of an Atlantic system to develop during this time. The period will finish with another tropical system pushing into Mexico.

Long Range Outlook: The period begins with a stalled out frontal boundary over the Southeast and Gulf Coast which will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. The period will finish with a very active northern jet pattern and also a lot of tropical moisture impacting the Southeast and Gulf Coast in the form of afternoon thunderstorms.

Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Orlando FL:

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms. High temps around 92F. Winds from the southeast 5-10mph. Overnight lows will fall to around 74F. Total rainfall will be near 0.55 inches.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms. High temps will be around 89F. Overnight lows will fall to near 73F. Winds will be from southeast 5-10mph along with total rainfall near 0.60 inches.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with an isolated thunderstorm. High temps will be around 89F. Overnight lows will fall to near 74. Winds will be from the southeast 5-10mph and total rainfall will be around 0.05 inches.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. High temps will be around 90F. Winds from the southeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 73F. Total rainfall will be around 0.15 inches.

Monday: Partly cloudy with an isolated thunderstorm. High temps will be around 90F. Overnight lows will fall to near 73F. Winds will be from the southeast 7-12mph and total rainfall will be around 0.10 inches.

Green Energy Weather Report for June 20, 2013:

Wave Energy: There will be lower amounts of wave energy over the Northeast, with moderate amounts of energy for both the Mid-Atlantic and also the Southeast near the frontal boundary. The Northern Gulf Coast will see light amounts of energy today as well. The Southwest and the Northwest will both have moderate amounts of wave energy as a frontal boundary is approaching the region.

Solar Energy: The best places for solar energy today will be over the Northeast and Great Lakes along with the Southwest.

Wind Energy: The best wind energy production today will come from the Great Lakes and also over the High Plains behind the cold front.

Hydro-Energy: There will be large amounts of hydro energy from the Northern Rockies into the Northern Plains and southward through most of the Plains. A second area will be over the Northwest. A third area with lighter amounts is from the Gulf Coast into portions of the Southeast.

June 20 Weather and Your Wallet (Chicago IL):

A warm front pushing into the region will be responsible for a few thunderstorms this morning and early afternoon.

Dining: This evening will be a great time to enjoy a bite to eat along the waterfront as temps fall to the lower 60’s.

Transportation: This morning will possibly be slower than normal due to some thunderstorms moving through the region. Also expect some air travel delays as well.

Shopping: Tonight would be a great night to get out and enjoy the malls.

Electricity: The area will see around 7 CDD’s for today as the high temps rise to around 80F.

Yard Work: This afternoon would be the best time to get out and enjoy some time in the garden or trimming up the yard if you need to. GDD’s for the area will be around 22.

Construction: This morning will be a little slow going. By later this afternoon things should pick up.

Outdoor Venues: This evening will be great for any outdoor plans you may have.


Source: redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

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