Big Story Weather – July 19, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Big Story Weather from July 18: Severe weather has been limited over the past 24 hours to a few wind damage reports. The strongest winds were found from IN-TN with wind gusts reported in the 60-70mph range. The largest hail was 2 inches and that occurred in PA. The heat was a major issue yesterday with heat index values pushing 105F for many places from the Great Lakes to the East Coast.
Big Story Weather Discussion for July 19: Low pressure moving through the Northern Great Lakes will bring showers and thunderstorms and some severe weather to the region. Showers and thunderstorms will extend along the frontal boundary all the way to the Gulf Coast. The Northern Plains and Southern Plains will mostly be dry and warm. The Rockies will be hot and the West Coast will be warm and dry. The Pacific Northwest will remain mild and dry.
Severe Weather: There will be a wide area for potential strong to severe storms from the Great Lakes into the Northeast and then back through the Gulf Coast and Southeast. The biggest threat looks to be damaging winds and hail.
Tropical Weather: No areas of concern today in the Atlantic or the Gulf of Mexico.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Boston MA: Partly cloudy afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 97F which will lead to excessive heat impacts for the area. Low temps will be around 77F. Total rainfall will be near 0.25 inches.
Houston TX: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 93F and overnight lows near 78F. Total rainfall will be around 0.30 inches.
Fargo ND: Partly cloudy with a high near 83F and overnight lows around 70F.
Boise ID: Partly cloudy with a high near 88F and overnight lows around 71F.
Seattle WA: Partly cloudy with a high near 74F and overnight lows around 63F.
July 19, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Eastern Pacific Ocean: Low pressure moving towards Alaska will bring showers to the region. A weak area of low pressure moving southwest of Hawaii will bring increased winds and seas to the area.
Atlantic Ocean: Low pressure over the Great Lakes will bring a cold front through a good portion of the US leading to strong to severe thunderstorms. Low pressure moving towards Greenland will bring showers to the area. Low pressure moving across the Northern Atlantic will bring increased winds and seas towards England.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving through Northern Japan will bring a few showers to the region. Low pressure to the west of Manila will bring heavy rainfall to the region. This will extend into Southeast China as well. Low pressure to the northwest of Guam will bring winds and seas on the increase to Iwo Jima. A second area of low pressure will be to the southeast of Guam will bring showers and thunderstorms to Guam throughout the day.
Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough over India will bring another day of heavy rainfall to the region. A second low pressure area moving towards Madagascar will begin to bring high seas and stronger winds to the region.
Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure moving through the basin. Low pressure near Argentina will bring showers and higher elevation snows. Low pressure to the south of Africa will bring increased winds to Cape Town. Low pressure to the southwest of Australia will begin to bring showers to the region later in the day. Another low pressure area will bring showers to Southeast Australia and into New Zealand.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for July 19-23:
Boston MA: There will be slight to moderate impacts for today and tomorrow in the region. More slight to moderate impacts on July 23 as another round of thunderstorms moves through the area.
Houston TX: There will be slight to moderate impacts over the next five days as the region will see thunderstorms each afternoon.
Fargo ND: The area will enjoy a fairly nice weather pattern with a chance of slight to moderate impacts on July 21-22. The period will finish impact free.
Boise ID: The region will see no impacts for the next five days.
Seattle WA: The region will see no impacts for the next five days.
Climate Watch for July 14-18:
Boston MA: The region has been dealing with very hot weather as temps have been around 9-13 degrees above average for the entire five day period.
Houston TX: Temps for the area have been around 1-9 degrees below normal the entire period.
Fargo ND: The area started with temps around 6-7 degrees below normal but then warmed to around 10-12 degrees above normal.
Boise ID: The past five days have brought temps around 5-10 degrees above normal.
Seattle WA: The region started with temps around 3-6 degrees above normal, then had one day with temps around 4 degrees below normal before finishing the period around 3 degrees above normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for July 19, 2013:
Day 1-3: A storm system moving through the Great Lakes will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. These storms will extend into the Northeast and also along the frontal boundary back into the Gulf Coast. High pressure will keep the weather nice from the Plains to the Rockies and over most of the Western United States. Day two the frontal boundary will push into the East Coast and the storms will extend from the Northeast to the Gulf Coast. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms will also impact parts of the Plains region. The period will finish with storms over the Mid-Atlantic back into the Gulf Coast, another storm system pushing into the Northern Plains, and the southwest monsoon bringing more showers to the Southwest.
Day 4-7: The period will start with showers and thunderstorms over the Southeast and Gulf Coast. High pressure will push through the Great Lakes and Northeast. A cold front will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Northern Plains. A few showers will be possible over the Southwest. Day five will have a new low pressure forming along the Mid-Atlantic and the cold front pushing into the Northeast. This will bring an area of heavy rainfall to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. The period will finish with another low pressure area moving through the Plains towards the Great Lakes bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region.
Day 8-12: The period will start with low pressure along the East Coast bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. The stationary boundary will extend along the Gulf Coast. High pressure will be over the Northern Plains. A new storm system will begin to develop over the Southern Plains. Day ten the frontal boundary along the East Coast will bring heavy rainfall to the Mid-Atlantic region. Showers and thunderstorms will be over the Gulf Coast as well. There will be a few showers and thunderstorms over the Northern Plains. The period will finish with a strong piece of upper level energy moving over the Gulf Coast that will bring possible severe weather to the region.
Long Range Outlook: The long range will start with a low pressure over the Southeast and the cold front back into the Gulf Coast bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. The middle of the period will have a storm system moving through the Ohio River Valley and Great Lakes extending to the Gulf Coast. This will be the focus for showers and thunderstorms. A tropical wave will be pushing towards Puerto Rico. The period will finish with the tropical wave entering into the Gulf of Mexico.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Watertown SD:
Friday: Partly cloudy with a high near 83F. Winds from the northwest 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 58F.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms. High temps around 79F and overnight lows near 60F. Winds from the southeast 7-12mph and total rainfall near 1.45 inches.
Sunday: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms. High temps around 80F and overnight lows near 64F. Winds from the southeast 7-12mph and total rainfall near 0.15 inches.
Monday: Partly cloudy with a high near 85F. Winds from the northeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 50F.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a high near 72F. Winds from the southwest 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 50F.
Ask The Weatherman for July 19, 2013:
Question: What are gust fronts?
Answer: This feature is a group of clouds that develop ahead of a thunderstorm. What happens is that as the thunderstorm gets stronger the winds and rain begin to sink in the storm. As this occurs it begins to push the clouds ahead. The cloud that we see looks like a horizontal rolling cloud. As this cloud moves through the winds will increase. Reports have been of this cloud bringing winds in a range of 45mph (weaker storms to well over 100mph the stronger storms). These clouds can also create straight line wind damage.
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Green Energy Weather Report for July 19, 2013:
Wave Energy: There will be slight to moderate amounts of wave energy along the Northeast and also into the Mid-Atlantic coast ahead of the storm system. There will be slight amounts of wave energy for both the Southeast and Gulf Coast. There will be slight to moderate amounts of wave energy over the Northwest and also the Southwest.
Solar Energy: There will be plentiful amounts of solar energy from the Northern Plains into the Southern Plains and westward towards the West Coast.
Wind Energy: The strongest amounts of wind energy will be over the Great Lakes behind the frontal boundary and then also over parts of the Northern Rockies.
Hydro-Energy: There will be moderate amounts of hydro energy from the Great Lakes to the Northeast and along the East Coast wrapping back into the Gulf Coast.
July 19 Weather and Your Wallet (Mobile AL):
A frontal boundary will sag into the region bringing afternoon thunderstorms to the area.
Dining: This afternoon will be a tad bit warm and there will be a chance of thunderstorms. This morning might be your best time to enjoy an outdoor meal.
Transportation: There will be some minor slowdowns on the highways this afternoon when the thunderstorms move through. This could also lead to some delays at the airport.
Shopping: Make sure to take the umbrella this afternoon if you will be out shopping.
Electricity: There will be a moderate need for cooling this afternoon and into the early evening. Today’s total CDD’s are at 15.
Yard Work: This morning would be the best time to get and yard work done before it gets too hot.
Construction: This afternoon there will be some delays with any outdoor projects.
Outdoor Venues: This morning would be the best time to hit the boardwalk or the park with the dog for the morning jog.