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Big Story Weather – July 23, 2013

July 23, 2013

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from July 22: The Atlantic tropical season picked up an area of disturbed weather that pushed off Africa and is now being watched. The heat continued to bake parts of the Rockies and Southwest. Severe weather included two tornadoes in WI and 2 inch size hail in MT/IA/MN. There were also some damaging winds with the strongest wind gusts from Kansas in the 80-85mph range.

Big Story Weather Discussion for July 23: Low pressure moving across Southeast Canada and towards the Northeast will be the focus point for showers and thunderstorms today. This will extend southward into the Southeast and also the Gulf Coast. High pressure will build in over the Northern Plains and bring some fairly unseasonably cool air to the region. The West and Southwest will both remain dry. The Southwest will be hot. The West Coast will be mild.

Severe Weather: There will be some isolated severe weather areas along the front and also near the low center. The biggest threats today will be damaging winds along with large hail from the Great Lakes to the Northeast and into the Southeast and Gulf Coast.

Tropical Weather:
We are now watching Invest-98 which just pushed off the coast of Africa. This wave currently has winds around 25kts and pressure near 1010mb. The storm will continue to move westward and does have the potential for further development.

Here is the weather for a few select cities:

Boston MA: Partly cloudy with areas of afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 86F and low temps near 70F. Total rainfall around 0.25 inches.

Atlanta GA: Partly cloudy with areas of thunderstorms. High temps around 88F and low temps near 72F. Total rainfall near 0.50 inches.

Fargo ND: Partly cloudy and cool with a high near 71F and low temps near 54F.

Boise ID: Partly cloudy and warm with high temps near 90F and low temps near 72F.

Portland OR: Partly cloudy with a high near 76F and low temps near 63F.

July 23, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Eastern Pacific Ocean: Low pressure moving towards Western Canada will bring showers to the region. A tropical wave pushing away from Central America will have to be watched for possible tropical development.

Atlantic Ocean: Low pressure moving through the Great Lakes and the Northeast will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. These will also extend into the Southeast and Gulf Coast of the US. Low pressure moving towards England will bring showers to the region. A tropical wave that has pushed off the coast of Africa is also being watched at this time for possible tropical development.

Western Pacific: Low pressure moving through Central Russia will bring showers to the region. Another area of low pressure moving through Northeast Russia will bring showers to the region. Low pressure to the northeast of Iwo Jima will bring increased winds and seas to the area. There are two areas being watched for possible tropical development. The first is to the west of Manila and the second is to the southeast of Guam.

Indian Ocean: The monsoon continues to be active today with heavy rainfall over most of India and spreading into other parts of Southeast Asia.

Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure areas are bringing strong winds and rain along with higher elevation snows to Southern Chile and also rain showers to Southern Argentina. A cold front extending back towards Northern Argentina and Southern Brazil will bring showers to the area. Low pressure also to the southeast of Africa will bring a few showers to parts of South Africa. Low pressure to the west of Australia will begin to bring showers to Perth and Southwest Australia today.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for July 23-27:

Boston MA: There will be slight to moderate impacts over the next couple of days. The region will out before another round of slight to moderate impacts moves in by July 27 as thunderstorms hits the region.

Atlanta GA: There will be slight to moderate impacts over the next couple of days as thunderstorms move through the region. Another chance of impacts on July 27 as thunderstorms move through the region.

Fargo ND: There will be moderate impacts on July 25 as strong to severe thunderstorms move through the region. The rest of the period will be impact free.

Boise ID: The next five days will be impact free.

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

Climate Watch for July 18-22:

Boston MA: The area started with temps around 9-17 degrees above normal and then finished the period with temps around 3-6 degrees below normal.

Atlanta GA: The region started with temps around 1-2 degrees below normal and then warmed to around 1 degree above normal, then finished the period with temps around 2-4 degrees below normal.

Fargo ND: The period started with temps around 4-12 degrees above normal and then fell to around 1-9 degrees below normal.

Boise ID: Temps have been running around 5-11 degrees above normal for the entire period.

Portland OR: The past five days have seen temps around 1-2 degrees above normal and just at normal.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for July 23, 2013:

Day 1-3: Low pressure moving across Southeast Canada and towards the Northeast will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. Expect to see more thunderstorms from the Southeast to the Gulf Coast. High pressure over the Northern Plains will bring partly cloudy skies and very cool weather to the region. The Rockies will be dry and warm again today along with the Southwest, while the Pacific Northwest will be cool and dry. Day two the frontal boundary will push off the East Coast, while a boundary still remains over the Southeast and Gulf Coast bringing another day of showers and thunderstorms to the region. High pressure will push to the Great Lakes and a few afternoon thunderstorms will return to the Northern Plains. The period will finish with high pressure pushing into the East Coast, while a new storm system pushes into the Northern Plains bringing the chance for severe weather to the region. This will also extend into the Southern Plains along the cold front.

Day 4-7: The period will start with the low pressure pushing into the Great Lakes bringing with it showers and thunderstorms. High pressure will build back in over the Northern Plains bringing another round of very cool weather to the area. The West will remain dry and warm. Day five the storm system will push into the East Coast bringing showers and thunderstorms to the area. Another area of disturbed weather will develop over the Southeast and Gulf Coast. Strong gradient winds will push along the West Coast increasing the fire potential. The period will finish with the low pressure pushing into Southeast Canada allowing the frontal boundary to bring showers and thunderstorms to the East Coast and back into the Gulf Coast. A new storm system will begin to develop over the Southwest. Strong gradient winds will develop over the Northern Plains.

Day 8-12: The period will start with high pressure over the East Coast and a new storm system pushing into the Northern Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the area. The West will be dry as high pressure builds in over the region. We will also be watching a tropical system moving towards Hawaii. Day nine a strong low pressure area will push into the Great Lakes bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. Day ten a new storm system will enter the Plains bringing another round of severe weather to the region along with heavy rainfall. A tropical wave will begin to push into the Gulf of Mexico around this time as well. The period will finish with another low moving into the Great Lakes.

Long Range Outlook: The long range will begin with the storm system over the Great Lakes bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region as high pressure builds in over the Northern Plains and the tropical feature moves closer to Mexico. The period will finish with a boundary along the Gulf Coast bringing more rainfall to the region and another tropical feature pushing towards the Gulf of Mexico.

Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Sioux Falls SD:

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a high near 78F  and low temps near 54F. Winds from the northeast 2-7mph.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 83F and low temps near 60F. Winds from the southeast 5-10mph and total rainfall near 0.10 inches.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms, some which will be severe. High temps around 78F and low temps near 50F. Winds from the northwest 7-12mph and total rainfall near 0.35 inches.

Friday: Partly cloudy and very cool with a high near 72F and low temps around 47F. Winds from the northeast 5-10mph.

Saturday: Partly cloudy and cool with a high near 72F and low temps around 50F. Winds from the southeast 7-12mph.

Ask The Weatherman for July 23, 2013:

Question: What is a front?

Answer: A front is drawn on a surface map to show where two areas of different types of air masses are being separated. The most common two types of air masses that are being separated are the marine time tropical air mass and the continental polar air masses. This front is the reason that we have weather events on earth. The contrast of these two air masses, one being warm and moist, while the other is cooler and dry.

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Green Energy Weather Report for July 23, 2013:

Wave Energy: There will be slight to moderate amounts of energy along the Northeast and also the Mid-Atlantic region. The Southeast and Gulf Coast will see lower amounts of energy. The Pacific Northwest and the Pacific Southwest will see low to moderate amounts of energy.

Solar Energy: There will be vast amounts of solar energy from the Plains to the Rockies and into the Western US.

Wind Energy: The best place for wind energy today will be over the Great Lakes region behind the low pressure system.

Hydro-Energy: There will be light to moderate amounts of energy from the Gulf Coast to the Southeast. The Eastern Great Lakes will have light to moderate amounts. Towards the afternoon the East Coast will also begin to see light to moderate amounts of energy as the front pushes near.

July 23 Weather and Your Wallet (Dallas TX):

A few thunderstorms will develop over the area this afternoon bringing a brief cool down to the day.

Dining: This morning and early afternoon there will be a few thunderstorms in the area that could hamper outdoor dining.

Transportation: There will be some impacts with the morning commute and then again this afternoon there will be some delays both on the roads and the air.

Shopping: This afternoon you will want an umbrella for those brief downpours and also to help keep the hot sun out as it will be very warm.

Electricity: There will be a fairly large demand for cooling today as high temps rise to around 99F. The forecast is for 22CDD’s on the day.

Yard Work: There will be a few thunderstorms that will provide some water to the garden, however any yard work should be done by noon or wait until later this evening as temps will be very warm.

Construction: There will be some impacts this afternoon for outdoor projects.

Outdoor Venues: There will be a few delays this afternoon when the heavier areas of precipitation move over the area. If you’re outside for long periods of time, make sure to stay hydrated as it’s going to be hot.


Source: redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

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