Big Story Weather – July 9, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Big Story Weather from July 8: The heat continued over the Southwest and Southern Plains with many places again soaring past 100F and heat index values in the 110-120F range. Severe weather was found mostly over the Northern Plains and the Northern Rockies. There were three tornadoes reported yesterday – two in Florida and one in Montana. The largest hail was three inches that occurred in Montana. The strongest winds took place in Nebraska, Montana, South Dakota and North Dakota, with many places getting wind gusts in the 80-90mph range.
Big Story Weather Discussion for July 9: High pressure off the East Coast will bring another nice day to a large part of the region. Temps will begin to warm in the area as well. Return flow around the high will bring afternoon thunderstorms to the Southeast and Gulf Coast. A storm system moving through the Great Lakes will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region – some severe weather will be possible. The Southern Plains and Southwest will be hot today as temps soar past 100F again. The Pacific Northwest will enjoy a very mild day today.
Severe Weather: There will be isolated severe storms along the Gulf Coast and also into parts of the Southeast with damaging winds the largest threat. A stronger push of severe weather will be over the Northern Plains where tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds will all be possible.
Tropical Weather: Tropical Storm Chantal continues to rapidly move west-northwest around the sub-tropical high towards Puerto Rico. Winds are around 45kts and pressure is near 1010mb. This storm will continue a west-northwest track over the next 24 hours with some strengthening possible.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Boston MA: Partly cloudy with high temps around 84F and overnight lows near 60F.
Atlanta GA: Partly cloudy with high temps around 85F and overnight lows near 70F.
Omaha NE: Partly cloudy with an isolated thunderstorm possible. High temps will be around 88F and overnight lows near 74F. Total rainfall will be around 0.15 inches.
Boise ID: Partly cloudy today with high temps around 70F and overnight lows near 66F.
San Diego CA: Partly cloudy with a high near 74F and overnight lows near 68F.
July 9, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Eastern Pacific Ocean: Low pressure moving towards Southwest Alaska will bring showers to the region. A second area of low pressure moving into Western Canada will also bring showers to the region. The remains of Tropical Depression Erick will move slowly away from Baja with winds around 30kts and pressure near 1006mb.
Atlantic Ocean: Low pressure moving through Central Canada will bring another day of thunderstorms and showers to the Plains and Great Lakes along with isolated thunderstorms to the Northern Rockies. Low pressure moving along near Greenland will bring another day of showers to the region. Tropical Storm Chantal has winds around 45kts and a pressure near 1010mb. The storm continues to move slowly west-northwestward and will gain some strength over the next 24 hours. Two other tropical waves moving away from Africa will need to be watched for possible tropical development over the next couple of days.
Western Pacific: Typhoon Soulik has winds this morning around 75kts and pressure near 967mb. The storm will continue to strengthen as it moves over the Pacific the next 24 hours. Low pressure moving through Northeast Russia will bring showers to the region. The cold front will extend back into Eastern China bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. An area of low pressure near Manila continues to move slowly towards the west. Another tropical wave to the northeast of Guam will have to be watched for possible tropical development as well.
Indian Ocean: Two areas of low pressure along the monsoonal trough will bring another day of showers and thunderstorms to a good portion of Southeast Asia.
Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure moving through the basin with impacts being felt across parts of Southern Argentina. A second area near Southwest Australia could bring showers again today along with Argentina.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for July 9-13:
Boston MA: The period will start impact free. By July 10 the region will see slight to moderate impacts and then again on July 12 another round of slight to moderate impacts as thunderstorms move through the region.
Atlanta GA: The region will be impact free today. The rest of the period the region will see slight to moderate impacts as thunderstorms increase in coverage for the area.
Omaha NE: There will be slight to moderate impacts today followed by a dry rest of the period impact free.
Boise ID: The area will start out impact free and then a chance of thunderstorms on July 12 will bring slight to moderate impacts to the region.
San Diego CA: The next five days looks nice with no weather impacts forecasted.
Climate Watch for July 4-8:
Boston MA: The past five days the region has seen temps around 4-14 degrees above normal.
Atlanta GA: The last five days the region has been running about 1-12 degrees below normal.
Omaha NE: The last five days have brought temps around 1-6 degrees above normal to the area.
Boise ID: The past five days have seen temps around 3-8 degrees above normal.
San Diego CA: The area started with temps around 2 above but then fell to around 1-2 degrees below before finishing the period around 1-3 degrees above normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for July 9, 2013:
Day 1-3: High pressure along the East Coast will bring another warm and nice day to the region. A frontal boundary moving into the Great Lakes will bring strong to severe storms over the region. These will extend back into the Plains and Northern Rockies as well. Return flow off the Gulf of Mexico will bring isolated afternoon thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast and also parts of the Southeast. The hot weather and dry weather will be in place over the Southern Plains and also the Southwest. The Northwest will enjoy a mild day today. Day two the frontal boundary will move towards the East Coast bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region – some severe weather will be possible. The return flow will be over the Southwest and Gulf Coast again. A new storm system will be taking shape over Colorado bringing strong thunderstorms to the region. This will expand into the Southern Plains as well. The period will end with the frontal boundary pushing off the East Coast, while a boundary remains over the Southeast and Gulf Coast providing more thunderstorms to the region. High pressure will build into the Great Lakes.
Day 4-7: The period will start with high pressure along the East Coast, return flow over the Gulf Coast and the Southeast bringing more rainfall to the region. A weak cold front will be moving through Minnesota bringing some thunderstorms to the region. The remainder of the country will be dry and warm, especially in the Southwest and Southern Plains. The middle of the period high pressure will be along the East Coast and return flow over the Southeast and Gulf Coast along with a potential tropical system moving across Florida will bring more thunderstorms to the region. The period will finish with widely scattered thunderstorms from the Northeast to the Gulf Coast.
Day 8-12: The period will start with a strong low pressure area over Southeast Canada that will bring moderate rainfall to the Northeast, Southeast. Return flow over the Gulf Coast will bring more rainfall to the region. High pressure will be building in over the Northern Plains. Day ten a strong frontal boundary will be in place from the Northeast to the Southeast. A tropical feature will be moving up along the East Coast of Florida. Another storm system in the Plains will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. The period will finish with a tropical feature located just off the Southeast Coast and thunderstorms over the Plains and Great Lakes associated with a frontal boundary.
Long Range Outlook: The period will begin with a possible tropical landfalling system over the Southeast which will bring heavy rains and strong winds to the region. A frontal boundary moving across the Great Lakes will bring showers and thunderstorms to the area. The period will finish with a frontal boundary along the East Coast and another tropical feature entering the Southern Gulf of Mexico.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Dallas TX:
Tuesday: Partly cloudy and warm with high temps near 97F. Winds from the southwest 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to near 77F.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy and hot with high temps near 101F. Winds from the southwest 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to near 78F. Heat index values will be near 110F.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with a very slight chance of a thunderstorm. High temps will be around 102F. Winds from the southeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to near 78F. Total rainfall will be around 0.05 inches. Heat index values will be near 110F.
Friday: Partly cloudy and very hot with high temps near 104F. Winds from the southeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to near 78F. Heat index values will be near 114F.
Saturday: Partly cloudy and hot with high temps near 101F. Winds from the northeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to near 70F. Heat index values will be around 108F.
Ask The Weatherman for July 9, 2013:
Question: What does EF stand for?
Answer: When you hear the words EF used in meteorology it is used to describe the intensity of tornadoes. The first gentleman to define a tornado’s strength was Mr. Fujita. That is why the initial scales were known as the F scale for Mr. Fujita. Over the years improvements have taken place allowing it to now be known as the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The scale ranges from EF-0 to EF-5, with EF-0 being the weakest and EF-5 being the strongest.
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Green Energy Weather Report for July 9, 2013:
Wave Energy: The Northeast will have slight wave energy today. This will also be true for the Mid-Atlantic. The Southeast will have slight to moderate amounts of wind energy. The Northern Gulf Coast will see slight amounts of wind energy today. The Southwest will have high to extreme amounts of wind energy as the Pacific Northwest will see slight to moderate amounts.
Solar Energy: The best place for solar energy today will be over a good portion of the West Coast and into the Southwest along with the Southern Plains. The second location will be over a good portion of the Mid-Atlantic into the Northeast.
Wind Energy: The best place today will be over the Northern Rockies behind the cold front and also over Northern Minnesota and North Dakota behind the low pressure center.
Hydro-Energy: There will be small amounts of hydro energy over the Rockies and Northern Plains. There will also be small amounts of energy over the Central Plains into the Ohio River Valley. There will be moderate amounts of energy from the Gulf Coast to the Southeast.
July 9 Weather and Your Wallet (Seattle WA):
A very nice day in store for the region. A tad bit warm during the afternoon with sunny skies.
Dining: Today will be an excellent day to enjoy an outdoor lunch at the park or even at the Space Needle.
Transportation: There will be no highway impacts or airport delays due to the weather today.
Shopping: Today will provide an excellent day to get out and enjoy some of those summer sales.
Electricity: There will be a small demand for cooling this afternoon as temps rise to near 89F. The forecast is for 8 CDD’s for the area.
Yard Work: This morning would be an excellent time to get out and water the yard or the garden and again this evening will be another good time.
Construction: There will be no delays to work today, just make sure to stay hydrated as it will get warm this afternoon.
Outdoor Venues: Today will offer a great day to enjoy the parks and even take a walk through town, or enjoy an afternoon or evening from the top of the Space Needle watching the sun set.