Big Story Weather – July 24, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Big Story Weather from July 23: The Atlantic tropical season woke back up last night with the arrival of Tropical Depression #4. The heat continued to bake the Southwest and is now starting to move across into the Gulf Coast. Severe weather yesterday included two tornadoes in Florida along with 80-85mph wind gusts in both Kansas and South Dakota. The largest hail was 4 inches which occurred in Kansas.
Big Story Weather Discussion for July 24:
Surface Map: A new low pressure will develop along the Carolina coast and push out towards the Atlantic, however a frontal boundary will keep showers and thunderstorms from the Mid-Atlantic to the Gulf Coast. High pressure over the Great Lakes will bring a cool day to the region with places looking at well below normal temps. The West will remain mostly dry and warm, while the monsoonal rains will impact parts of Arizona and the Northwest will be mild.
Severe Weather: There is a chance of seeing some severe weather over Arizona today, mostly damaging winds. There is also a chance for strong to severe storms from the Gulf Coast into the Mid-Atlantic. This region will see mostly damaging winds, however some large hail will be possible.
Tropical Weather: Tropical Depression #4 has emerged in the Atlantic and is on a westward movement today. Winds are estimated around 30kts and pressure near 1008mb. This storm will gain strength and should become a Tropical Storm later today.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Baltimore MD: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms and a high near 84F. Overnight lows will be around 60F. Total rainfall near 0.45 inches.
Houston TX: Partly cloudy with a high near 94F and low temps around 76F.
Sioux City IA: Partly cloudy with a high near 81F and low temps around 70F.
Billings MT: Partly cloudy with a high near 85F and low temps around 72F.
Seattle WA: Partly cloudy with a high near 77F and low temps around 64F.
July 24, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Eastern Pacific Ocean: Low pressure moving towards Western Canada will bring a few showers to the Northwest part. Low pressure moving over the tropical Pacific will need to be watched for possible tropical development this week.
Atlantic Ocean: Low pressure moving across the Southern Plains will re-develop over the Mid-Atlantic later this afternoon. The cold front will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast, Southeast and the Mid-Atlantic region. Low pressure moving over Northeastern Canada will bring showers to the region. These showers will extend out towards Greenland. Tropical Depression #4 has developed off the coast of Africa and will begin its long westward journey. Winds are around 30kts and pressure is near 1008mb. Low pressure over Western Europe will bring a few showers to the region.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving through Central China will bring showers to the region, while another low pressure begins to push through Northern Japan bringing showers to the region extending into Tokyo. A third low pressure area is moving away from Japan and will bring increased winds and seas to the region. Two tropical waves are being watched for possible tropical development. The first area is west of Manila and the second is to the south-southeast of Guam.
Indian Ocean: The monsoonal rains will continue to impact parts of Southeast Asia including New Delhi.
Southern Hemisphere: Multiple low pressures are moving along the basin. Low pressure is bringing rain and snow to parts of Chile and also a cold rain to Southern Argentina. A second low pressure is impacting Southwest Australia with showers for places like Perth.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for July 24-28:
Baltimore MD: There will be some impacts today with afternoon thunderstorms. On July 27-28 another round of impacts as a second cold front brings more thunderstorms to the region.
Houston TX: There will be slight to moderate impacts on July 28 as a round of thunderstorms moves through the region.
Sioux City IA: The region will see slight to moderate impacts on July 25 and 26 as a cold front pushes through the region. The rest of the period will be impact free.
Billings MT: The next five days the weather will be nice and no major impacts forecasted for the area.
Seattle WA: The next five days the region will be impact free.
Climate Watch for July 19-23:
Baltimore MD: The past five days the area has seen temps around 1-9 degrees above normal.
Houston TX: The period started with temps around 5-6 degrees below normal and then finished the period around 1-2 degrees above normal.
Sioux City IA: The region has seen temps around 7 degrees above normal followed by a cooler day with temps near 2 below normal and then warmed back up to around 2-9 degrees above normal before finishing the period around 4 degrees below normal.
Billings MT: The past five days temps have been around 3-9 degrees above normal.
Seattle WA: The period started with temps around 1-5 degrees above normal, followed by temps around 1-2 degrees below normal and then finished the period with temps around 11 degrees above normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for July 24, 2013:
Day 1-3: Low pressure along the Mid-Atlantic along with a frontal boundary extending into the Gulf Coast will bring a wide area of showers and thunderstorms. High pressure over the Great Lakes will bring sunny skies and cooler weather to the region. The Northern Plains will see a weak cold front begin to push through this evening that could start firing up some thunderstorms. The Southwest will see another day of monsoonal rains, especially in Arizona. The remainder of the West will be dry and warm. Day two the low pressure will push up the East Coast leaving a few showers over the region. A second low pressure area will push into the Plains bringing another round of severe weather to the region. The monsoonal rains will be in force over Arizona and New Mexico. The period will finish with a storm system moving through the Great Lakes and into the Southern Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region.
Day 4-7: The period will start with low pressure along the East Coast bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. High pressure will be over the Northern Plains and Western Great Lakes, while the monsoonal rains will impact the Southwest again. Day five will have frontal boundary bringing showers and thunderstorms to the Ohio River Valley and the Gulf Coast, while another storm system pushes into the Southwest and Southern Plains. Gradient winds will start to pick up over the Western US leading to an increase in fire danger. Day six will have a frontal boundary extending from the Ohio River Valley into the Gulf Coast bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region, while another storm system will be pushing into the Northern Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the area. A third low will be developing over the Southwest bringing showers to the region.
Day 8-12: The period will start with widespread showers and thunderstorms from the Northern Plains to the East Coast and Gulf Coast. Day nine a frontal boundary will be along the East Coast bringing showers and thunderstorms from the East Coast to the Gulf Coast, while high pressure will be over the Great Lakes and another storm system will be moving into the Rockies. The gradient winds will again be strong over the Northwest leading to another high fire potential day. Day eleven a storm system will be along the East Coast and a second one over the Northern Plains. The period will end with a strong storm system moving through the Western Great Lakes and a weak boundary along the Southeast and Gulf Coast.
Long Range Outlook: The period will start with a storm system moving through the Great Lakes and towards the Northeast that will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. Return flow will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast. The period will finish with another strong storm system moving through the Great Lakes.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Chicago IL:
Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a high near 70F. Winds from the northeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 54F.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with a high near 74F. Winds from the southwest 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 58F.
Friday: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms, some which may be strong to severe. High temps around 78F and low temps near 52F. Winds from the southwest 7-12mph. Total rainfall around 0.60 inches.
Saturday: Partly cloudy with a high near 70F. Winds from the northwest 9-14mph as overnight lows fall to around 50F.
Sunday: Partly cloudy with a high near 72F. Winds from the northwest 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 54F.
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 24, 2013:
Question: What are some things that help aid in cloud formation?
Answer: First you need to have what is referred to as a Condensation Nuclei like a piece of dust floating in the sky. Next you will need moisture to condense on that piece of dust, thus leading to cloud formation.
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Green Energy Weather Report for July 24, 2013:
Wave Energy: There will be light to moderate amounts of wave energy along the Northeast. The Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast will have light amounts of wave energy, The Northern Gulf will see light amounts of wave energy. The Southwest and Pacific Northwest will both have light to moderate amounts of wave energy.
Solar Energy: There will be large areas of good solar energy today from the Great Lakes westward into the Plains and over most of the Rockies along with the West Coast.
Wind Energy: The strongest wind energy will be over the Eastern Great Lakes and also over parts of the Ohio River Valley on the backside of the cold frontal boundary.
Hydro-Energy: The best place for moderate amounts of hydro energy today will be over the Mid-Atlantic region. The Northeast and the Southeast along with the Gulf Coast will see lower amounts of hydro energy.
July 24 Weather and Your Wallet (Biloxi MS):
A line of thunderstorms will be moving through the region today.
Dining: There will be impacts to any outdoor dining plans all day. Best to enjoy your lunch indoors
Transportation: There will be some slowdowns on the major roads and possibly at the airport as well.
Shopping: This morning and afternoon you will want to take your umbrella with you.
Electricity: There will be a moderate demand for cooling all day long. The forecast is for 15CDD’s for the area.
Yard Work: This evening right before sunset looks to be the best time to get out and do any yard work. It may be very humid still so make sure to hydrate well.
Construction: There will be some delays throughout the day with showers and thunderstorms. Make sure to stay hydrated as it will be warm and muggy.
Outdoor Venues: This afternoon’s golf game or beach time may be interrupted by showers and thunderstorms.