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Big Story Weather – July 3, 2013

July 3, 2013

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from July 2: The heat continued over the West with places again hitting the 100-120F range. The heat has also been impacting places from Washington to Arizona and over towards Texas, impacting a wide area of real estate with this potent heat wave. Severe weather did occur yesterday as well. No tornadoes we reported but hail around 1.75 inches was recorded in both New Mexico and Montana. Damaging winds were found in Arizona and Oregon with the strongest wind gusts around 60-70mph. Hurricane Dalila continued to gain strength and move away from land.

Big Story Weather Discussion for July 3: Return flow over the East Coast and all the way back into the Southeast will bring afternoon showers and thunderstorms to the area. A tropical wave moving through the Gulf of Mexico will be responsible for bringing increased moisture to the Gulf Coast region. Low pressure moving across the Northern Plains will bring thunderstorms to the area. High pressure over the Southwest will keep the region dry and hot again today.

Severe Weather: There will be a small area of severe weather along the West Coast over parts of Oregon. This region should see mostly damaging winds and small hail. The second is along the frontal boundary over the Plains. This area could see isolated tornadoes along with large hail and damaging winds. The third place is from Eastern Texas to Florida northward into the Carolinas where there will mostly be damaging winds.

Tropical Weather: There is a tropical wave near the Yucatan Peninsula this morning that will continue to push slowly west-northwestward. This area will need to be watched for tropical development. There is also a tropical wave just to the north of that which will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast from Florida to Eastern Texas.

Here is the weather for a few select cities:

Boston MA: Partly cloudy evening thunderstorms. High temps near 83F and overnight lows around 62F. Total rainfall will be near 0.40 inches.

Houston TX: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps will be around 92F and overnight lows will fall to near 76F. Total rainfall will be near 0.50 inches.

Omaha NE: Partly cloudy with an isolated afternoon thunderstorm. High temps will be around 89F and overnight lows will fall to near 74F. Total rainfall will be around 0.25 inches.

Denver CO: Partly cloudy with a high near 85F. Overnight lows will be around 67F.

San Diego CA: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 81F. Overnight lows will be near 70F.

July 3, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Eastern Pacific Ocean: Low pressure moving towards Alaska will bring a few showers to the area. Low pressure moving towards Hawaii will bring increased winds and seas to the area. Hurricane Dalila continues to track west-northwestward and has winds around 65kts and pressure of 987mb. The storm should begin to weaken as it hits colder waters. A second tropical wave is being watched for possible development just off the coast of Central America.

Atlantic Ocean: Low pressure near the Yucatan Peninsula is being watched for a slight potential of tropical development. There is also a tropical wave moving through the Gulf of Mexico which is going to bring showers and thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast over the next few days. Low pressure moving over Northeast US will bring showers and thunderstorms to the area. A low pressure system moving towards Greenland will bring showers to the region and maybe some snowfall to Northern Greenland. Low pressure moving over Northwest England will bring showers to the area and these will spread into Norway.

Western Pacific: Low pressure moving across Northeast Russia will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. These will extend into the Koreas and also Japan.

Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough continues to be very active with showers and thunderstorms from India southeastward into Singapore and Jakarta.

Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure moving across the basin. One area of low pressure will bring showers and winds to Southern Argentina. A second one is bringing showers to parts of Southeast Australia. A third area of low pressure is bringing showers to New Zealand.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for July 3-7:

Boston MA: The area will see a slight to moderate impact over the next two days associated with thunderstorms. The remainder of the period will be impact free.

Houston TX: The next five days the region is going to see slight to moderate impacts as thunderstorms move through the metro area.

Omaha NE: The area will have slight impacts today. The remainder of the period will be impact free.

Denver CO: The region will be impact free for the next five days.

San Diego CA: The region will be impact free for the next five days.

Climate Watch for June 28- July 2:

Boston MA: The past five days temps have been around 1-5 degrees above normal.

Houston TX: The last five days the area has seen temps around 1-14 degrees above normal.

Omaha NE: The period started with temps around 1-2 degrees above but then fell to around 2-7 degrees for the remainder of the period.

Denver CO: The period started with temps around 2-9 degrees above but finished the period with temps around 2-5 degrees below normal.

San Diego CA: The area was mostly about 1-7 degrees above normal, however on the last part of the period the temps fell to around 1-2 degrees below normal.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for July 3, 2013:

Day 1-3: Return flow over the East Coast will bring afternoon thunderstorms to the region. This will extend towards the Southeast as well. The Gulf Coast will be dealing with a tropical wave that will enhance rainfall amounts over the area. A cold front moving through parts of the Plains will bring thunderstorms to the region. A weak frontal boundary over the Pacific Northwest will provide the region with a few thunderstorms. The Southwest will bake again today with temps over 100F. The return flow will setup over the Ohio River Valley all the way to Florida. These places could see very heavy rainfall. The tropical wave will push along the Gulf Coast bringing more heavy rains to the region. The monsoonal rains over the Southwest will start to pick up in coverage providing the area with much needed precipitation. The period will finish with a second tropical feature moving towards the Northern Gulf bringing more rains to the region, while the tropical moisture surges northward. A frontal boundary will push through the Northern Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. The southwest monsoonal rains will be in place again.

Day 4-7: The period will start with heavy tropical rains pushing northward into the Ohio River Valley and parts of the Northeast. A tropical feature will push towards the Northern Gulf Coast bringing another round of heavy rains. Low pressure over the Northern Plains will bring rain and thunderstorms to the area. The southwest monsoons will decrease in coverage. Day five the return flow will be over the Ohio and Northeast regions bringing more rain to the area. The tropical feature will push into Louisiana bringing heavy rains to the Gulf Coast. A strong storm system will be hitting the Northern Plains with the chance for severe weather. The West will be mostly dry. Day seven the surge of moisture will still be impacting the Northeast and Ohio River Valley, while the Great Lakes will see strong thunderstorms ahead of a front. The period will end with showers and thunderstorms extending from the Mid-Atlantic to the Central Plains.

Day 8-12: The period will start with low pressure over the Central Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. The onshore flow will still be impacting the Gulf Coast up towards the Mid-Atlantic. Day ten the heavy rains will still be over the eastern 2/3 of the country, while high pressure of the West Coast will bring another round of dry and warm weather to the West. The period will finish with moderate to flooding rains from the Northeast to the Gulf Coast as the rain continues to surge northward in this region. The West will remain dry.

Long Range Outlook: The strong storm system will push into the Northeast and extend to the Gulf Coast with areas of flooding rains possible. By the middle of the period another round of heavy rain and thunderstorms will move along the wave from the Gulf Coast into the Southeast with more flooding possible. The period will finish with plenty of rainfall along the East Coast extending to the Gulf Coast setting the stage for another day of flooding. Another storm system will push through the Northern Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the area.

Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Biloxi MS:

Wednesday: Partly cloudy with periods of thunderstorms. High temps will be around 90F and overnight lows will be near 76F. Winds from the northeast 7-12mph and total rainfall will be near 0.30 inches.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. High temps will be around 92F and overnight lows temps will fall to around 76F. Winds from the southwest 7-12mph and total rainfall will be near 0.20 inches.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with gusty winds. Severe thunderstorms possible as tropical moisture moves through the region. High temps will be around 89F and overnight lows will fall to near 75F. Winds will be from the southeast 15-20 with gusts near 30mph. Total rainfall will be near 0.60 inches with locally heavier amounts.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms. Some severe storms possible. High temps will be around 84F and overnight lows will be near 76F. Winds will be from the southeast 12-17mph and total rainfall will be around 0.45 inches.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with an afternoon thunderstorm. High temps will be near 92F and overnight lows will fall to near 80F. Winds will be from the southeast 12-17mph and total rainfall will be near 0.15 inches.

Ask The Weatherman for July 3, 2013:

Question: What type of clouds do Waterspouts form in?

Answer: Waterspouts are unique in that two types of clouds can form them. The first type is the cumulus-nimbus cloud. The second type is known as the towering cumulus clouds. Both of these clouds have enough vertical lift to produce a waterspout which don’t need the same things that tornadoes do to form.

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Green Energy Weather Report for July 3, 2013:

Wave Energy: There will be slight to moderate amounts of energy along the Northeast and also the Mid-Atlantic coast. The Southeast will have moderate amounts as well. The Northern Gulf Coast will see slight to moderate amounts of wave energy. The Southwest will have moderate to extreme amounts of energy as the hurricane travels just south of the area. The Northwest will see slight to moderate amounts as well.

Solar Energy: The best place for solar energy today will be over most of the West, except for the Northwest.

Wind Energy: The two best places today will be just over the Eastern Great Lakes and a second spot will be along the west coast of Florida near the tropical wave.

Hydro-Energy: There will be light amounts of hydro energy over the Pacific Northwest. There will also be light amounts of energy from the Northern Rockies into the Plains southward towards Eastern Texas. There will be moderate amounts of energy from the Gulf Coast to the Southeast. The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic will see light amounts today as well.

July 3 Weather and Your Wallet (Fargo ND):

A frontal boundary will begin to move in from the west, however all rain should hold off until the 4th.

Dining: Today will be a nice day to get out and enjoy lunch at the park.

Transportation: There should be no travel troubles both for the roadways and the airport.

Shopping: Today will be a nice day to catch some of those last minute 4th of July sales.

Electricity: There will be a small demand this afternoon for some cooling. The forecast for today is around 9CDD’s for the area.

Yard Work: This morning and later in the afternoon will be good times to get out and get some yard work done as for the garden looking at 24GDD’s for the day.

Construction: There will be no issues today with the outdoor working projects.

Outdoor Venues: Today will be a nice day to take the dog for a walk at the park or to hit the lake to start the 4th of July holiday.


Source: redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

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