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Big Story Weather – July 17, 2013

July 17, 2013

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from July 16: The past 24 hours has provided the US with an array of weather from hot temps over the Northeast and near record setting cool weather over Texas. Heavy rainfall hit Texas where some places saw more than 2 inches of precipitation. The next big story was the moisture along the Gulf Coast with places along the coast seeing over 2 inches of rainfall with the easterly wave pushing through the region.

Big Story Weather Discussion for July 17: High pressure over the Northeast and Ohio River Valley will bring the region another day of hot weather with heat index values soaring over 100F. Low pressure over Southeast New Mexico will bring another day of showers to the Southwest and also into Western Oklahoma and Texas. The Gulf Coast will see another day of return flow bringing thunderstorms during the afternoon. The West will be warm and dry and the Northwest will be cool and dry.

Severe Weather: There will be a slight chance of seeing severe weather over a large portion of the Southern United States. The biggest threat is going to be the damaging winds.

Tropical Weather: No areas of concern today in the Atlantic or the Gulf of Mexico.

Here is the weather for a few select cities:

New York NY: Partly cloudy with high temps around 94F and overnight lows around 77F.

Memphis TN: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps will be around 90F and overnight lows will be near 80F. Total rainfall will be near 0.50 inches.

Sioux Falls SD: Partly cloudy with a high near 85F and overnight lows around 74F.

Billings MT: Partly cloudy with a high near 77F and overnight lows around 72F.

Portland OR: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 65F and overnight lows near 60F.

July 17, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Eastern Pacific Ocean: Low pressure to the north of Hawaii will bring increased winds and seas to the region. Low pressure over the Southwest US will bring another day of cooler weather and heavy rainfall to the region.

Atlantic Ocean: Low pressure over Northern Canada will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. Low pressure near Greenland will bring showers to the region.

Western Pacific: Low pressure moving through Eastern Russia will bring showers to the region. Low pressure moving to the northeast of Japan will bring showers along the frontal boundary over Northern Japan. Tropical Storm Cimaron currently over Manila has winds around 35kts and pressure near 996mb. The storm will push towards Eastern China over the next 2-3 days. Low pressure near Iwo Jima Japan will continue to bring showers and thunderstorms to the region.

Indian Ocean: Two areas of low pressure exist in the basin today. The first near India will bring another day of showers and flooding rains to the region. The second area of low pressure will be to the northeast of Madagascar.

Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure are moving through the region. Impacts are being felt over Argentina into Chile with showers associated with a cold front. The second area being impacted is over Southeast Australia with showers for the region.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for July 17-21:

New York NY: The area will be impact free today and tomorrow followed by a chance of thunderstorms on July 19 and 20 which will bring the region a slight to moderate impact.

Memphis TN: The region is going to see slight to moderate impacts over the next five days as afternoon thunderstorms impact the region.

Sioux Falls SD: The area will be mostly impact free. On July 18, the area will see some thunderstorms which will bring a slight to moderate impact to the region.

Billings MT: The next five days will be impact free.

Portland OR: The area will be impact free for the next five days.

Climate Watch for July 12-16:

New York NY: The region started with temps around 7-10 degrees below normal but rapidly warmed to around 7-8 degrees above normal.

Memphis TN: The region started with temps around 3-4 degrees below normal followed by temps around 1-2 degrees above normal.

Sioux Falls SD: The region has seen an overall warmer than average pattern with temps around 3-7 degrees above normal. However, on July 14 temps did fall to around 7 degrees below normal.

Billings MT: The region saw temps start about 1-4 degrees above normal. On the 14th temps fell to around 2 degrees below normal. The period finished with temps about 7-9 degrees above normal.

Portland OR: Temps started about 7 degrees below normal. The remainder of the period temps ran about 1-11 degrees above normal.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for July 17, 2013:

Day 1-3: High pressure over the Northeast and Ohio River Valley will bring hot weather to the region. Low pressure pushing into New Mexico will bring showers to the region and another day of possible flooding to the region including Western Texas. A weak cold front will push through the Northern Plains bringing a few showers to the region. The West will enjoy a nice day. Day two there will be three areas of precipitation the first over the Southeast and Gulf Coast. A second area of showers and thunderstorms will be across the Great Lakes. The third location will be over the Southwest to include Western Texas. The period will end with a frontal boundary over the Great Lakes and return flow over the Gulf Coast.

Day 4-7: The period will start with a frontal boundary extending from Maine to the Gulf Coast. Expect to see showers and thunderstorms along this boundary. Day five will bring another frontal boundary through the Northern Plains. A storm system moving through the Northern Plains will bring showers to the region. Look for showers and thunderstorms to develop over the Southeastern US. The period will finish with a storm system over the Eastern US bringing showers and thunderstorms to the East Coast and back into the Gulf Coast.

Day 8-12: The period will start with a storm system moving through the Great Lakes with the frontal boundary extending to the Gulf Coast. Expect to see showers and thunderstorms along this boundary. Day ten low pressure will be over Southeast Canada, while the frontal boundary will extend to the Gulf Coast. This will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. A strong blocking high will setup over the West Coast during this time. Day eleven we will have a weak frontal boundary extending from the Northeast to the Southern Plains. There will be some showers and thunderstorms along this boundary. The period will end with possible tropical development southeast of Cuba.

Long Range Outlook: The long range will start with a frontal boundary over the Eastern United States, while the stationary boundary will setup over the Gulf Coast. A second storm system will be pushing through the Northern Plains with more showers and thunderstorms for the region. The middle of this period we could see possible tropical development in the Southwest Gulf. The period will finish with a possible tropical system in the Gulf of the Mexico with potential of making landfall in the Gulf Coast region from Mexico to Central Texas.

Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Milbank SD:

Wednesday: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 90F. Winds from the southwest 7-12mph as low temps fall to near 70F. Total rainfall will be around 0.20 inches.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 92F. Winds from the southwest 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 68F. Total rainfall will be near 0.15 inches.

Friday: Partly cloudy with a high near 82F. Winds from the northwest 7-12mph as overnight lows will be near 54F.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with high temps around 77F. Overnight lows will be near 54F. Winds from the southeast 7-12mph.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 81F and overnight lows near 63F. Winds from the southeast 7-12mph. Total rainfall will be around 0.30 inches.

Ask The Weatherman for July 17, 2013:

Question: What are towering cumulus clouds?

Answer: This type of cloud falls into our low level family of clouds in the cumulus family. Towering cumulus clouds are also referred to as TCU clouds. They can bring an assortment of weather from showers to even waterspouts. This cloud is identified with a dark bottom and a very bright white top. It also has large vertical extent meaning that it can extend well into the atmosphere.

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Green Energy Weather Report for July 17, 2013:

Wave Energy: The majority of the East Coast from the New England region to Florida will see slight amounts of wave energy. There will be slight to moderate amounts over the Northern Gulf. The Southwest and Pacific Northwest will see slight to moderate amounts of wave energy.

Solar Energy: The best place for solar energy will be along the majority of the East Coast and then back over the Northern Plains and into the Rockies. The majority of the West Coast will also enjoy great amounts of solar energy.

Wind Energy: The best place for wind energy today will be over the Eastern Great Lakes and then over the Northern Gulf of Mexico.

Hydro-Energy: There will be moderate amounts of hydro energy from New Mexico to Western Texas and then slight to moderate amounts of energy from the Ohio River Valley to the Gulf Coast.

July 17 Weather and Your Wallet (Los Angeles CA):

No major weather impacts in the region under partly cloudy skies.

Dining: This afternoon would be a nice time to enjoy lunch at the park or at your favorite outdoor eatery as the temps will be in the low 80′s.

Transportation: There will be no weather impacts to aviation or the highway systems.

Shopping: This afternoon would be a nice time to get out and enjoy some of those mall sales.

Electricity: There will be a small demand for cooling during the afternoon with the forecasted high around 82F. This will bring the region about 8CDD’s on the day.

Yard Work: No impacts to yard work today.

Construction: There will be no issues for outdoor construction projects today.

Outdoor Venues: Today will be an excellent day to take a walk at the park or enjoy an evening outing with the family.


Source: redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

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