Big Story Weather – July 26, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Big Story Weather from July 25: Tropical Storm Dorian continued tracking through the Atlantic with a slight weakening over the past 24 hours, but it is still on a westward track. Tropical Storm Flossie developed in the Eastern Pacific yesterday and it is also moving westward towards Hawaii. Cold weather has started to push into the Northern Plains with a few places in the Dakotas and Northern Minnesota dropping into the 40′s. Severe weather had a grip over parts of the Central US and Great Lakes. Four tornadoes were reported two in Eastern Colorado and two in Western Kansas. The largest hail came from KS and WI at 2.5 inches in size. The strongest winds were over Montana with wind gusts near 70-75mph.
Big Story Weather Discussion for July 26:
Surface Map: Low pressure moving towards Maine will bring showers across a good portion of the Northeast. Another low pressure pushing over Florida today will bring showers to the region and these will extend into the Gulf Coast. Low pressure moving into the Great Lakes will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. High pressure over the Rockies will bring warm and dry weather to the area. The Western US will be dry and mild.
Severe Weather: There will be three areas of concern today for severe weather. The first will be over the Northeast where the region will be dealing with damaging winds. The second location over the Southeast and Gulf Coast will also see damaging winds as the primary threat. The frontal boundary over the Great Lakes will bring damaging winds and large hail. Remember in any of these regions a tornado could form with little to no warning.
Tropical Weather: This morning we are watching Tropical Storm Dorian which is moving westward across the Atlantic with winds around 45kts and pressure around 1001mb. The storm is forecasted to continue a westward track over the next few days and slowly increase in strength. Also in the Eastern Pacific we have Tropical Storm Flossie with winds around 45kts and pressure near 1000mb. This storm will maintain its strength over the weekend and push westward towards Hawaii.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Baltimore MD: Partly cloudy with a high near 72F and overnight lows around 63F.
New Orleans LA: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms and a high near 94F and overnight lows near 79F. Total rainfall around 0.50 inches.
Fargo ND: Partly cloudy with an isolated thunderstorm. High temps around 73F and overnight lows near 47F. Total rainfall will be around 0.10 inches.
Salt Lake City UT: Partly cloudy skies today with a high near 89F and overnight lows around 70F.
San Diego CA: Partly cloudy skies with a high around 80F and overnight lows near 68F.
July 26, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Eastern Pacific Ocean: Low pressure moving through the Eastern Pacific towards the West Coast will bring moderate winds and seas to the area. Tropical Storm Flossie continues to move towards Hawaii with winds around 45kts and a pressure near 1000mb. Low pressure pushing off of Central America will also have to be watched for possible tropical development.
Atlantic Ocean: Low pressure moving through the Great Lakes will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. Another low pressure area is moving up the East Coast and will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Northeast. Tropical Storm Dorian currently over the Atlantic is moving slowly towards the west with winds around 45kts and a pressure of 1001mb. The storm will continue to move westward. Low pressure moving towards England will begin to bring increasing clouds and winds to the region. Another low pressure pushing off the coast of Africa will have to be watched for potential tropical development. Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring showers to the region.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving through Central Russia will bring showers to the region. Another area of low pressure moving towards Eastern Russia will bring showers to the Koreas and Eastern China. A third area of low pressure will be moving across Northern Japan and will bring showers to the region. Two areas in the tropics are being watched for possible tropical development – one near Southeast China and the second area is over Manila.
Indian Ocean: The monsoonal rains will continue over most of Southeast Asia again today with the heaviest rainfall over India.
Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure moving through the basin. We are watching one area of low pressure moving across Argentina that is bringing rain and snow to the region. The second low pressure that is being watched is moving across Southern Africa bringing increased clouds and winds to the region. The third area of low pressure is impacting Southwestern Australia with strong winds and heavy rainfall for places like Perth.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for July 26-30:
Baltimore MD: There will be no impacts for the next couple of days followed by slight to moderate impacts on both July 28 and July 29 as thunderstorms move through the region.
New Orleans LA: There will be slight impacts each day of the week as showers and thunderstorms move through the region.
Fargo ND: There will be slight impacts today, then a couple of days of impact free weather followed by more slight to moderate impacts on July 29-30.
Salt Lake City UT: There will be no impacts to start the period, followed by slight to moderate impacts on both July 28 and July 29.
San Diego CA: The region will remain impact free over the forecast period.
Climate Watch for July 21-25:
Baltimore MD: The area started with temps around 1-5 degrees above normal followed by a period with temps around 1-8 degrees below normal.
New Orleans LA: The period started with temps around 8 below normal followed by a slight warm up with temps around 1-2 degrees above normal.
Fargo ND: The area started with temps around 1-8 degrees below normal followed by temps warming to around 1-2 degrees above normal.
Salt Lake City UT: The area has seen temps around 3-8 degrees above normal for the past five days.
San Diego CA: The area started with temps near 5 degrees below followed by a short warm up with temps near 1-2 degrees above normal and then finished the period with temps around 1-2 degrees below normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for July 26, 2013:
Day 1-3: Low pressure moving up into Maine will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Northeast. Another area of showers and thunderstorms will develop over the Southeast and back into the Gulf Coast. A frontal system moving into the Western Great Lakes will bring showers and thunderstorms to the area.. These will extend back into the Arkansas region. A very cold high pressure will build into the Northern Plains bringing near record cold to the region. Tropical Storm Dorian continues to churn in the Atlantic moving westward. Tropical Storm Flossie is moving across the Eastern Pacific towards Hawaii. Day two the storm system will move north of Maine bringing another day of showers to the area. The low pressure will move into the Great Lakes and bring showers and thunderstorms from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast. High pressure continues to build in over the Northern Plains with another day of cold weather. Tropical Storms Dorian and Flossie will continue a westward movement. The period will finish with low pressure moving into Southeast Canada. This will allow for a frontal boundary to extend from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast and will be the focus of showers and thunderstorms. A new low pressure area will begin to develop over the Southwest Rockies bringing a few showers and thunderstorms to the area. Both tropical systems will be moving westward over their respective basins.
Day 4-7: The period will begin with Hawaii dealing with Flossie bringing lots of rainfall and stronger winds to the islands. A cold front will push rain showers over the Northeast, while high pressure builds in over the Ohio River Valley. The new low pressure pushes out of the Rockies an into the Southern Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region, while the West remains dry. Day six a storm system will be over the Eastern US and will extend into the Gulf Coast. This will be the focus for showers and thunderstorms. A new low will be developing over Colorado bringing showers to the region. The period will finish with the strong storm system moving through the Northern Plains with showers and thunderstorms – some severe weather possible. Another shot of cold high pressure will push into the Northern Rockies and the Dakotas and bring more cold weather to the area.
Day 8-12: The period will start with showers and thunderstorms from the Great Lakes to the East Coast and southward to the Gulf Coast. Strong cold high pressure will be over Minnesota bringing another round of colder than normal weather to the region. Day ten a frontal boundary will extend from the Mid-Atlantic to the Gulf Coast and northward into the Plains. This will be the focus of multiple showers and thunderstorms as high pressure settles in over Ohio. A new storm system will begin to push into the Pacific Northwest. The period will end with a strong cold front moving through the Northern Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. The remains of Dorian will begin to push towards the Gulf of Mexico.
Long Range Outlook: The period will start with a very powerful storm system moving through the Great Lakes bringing large amounts of rainfall and even some severe weather to the area. The period will finish with plenty of rainfall along the East and dry over the Western US.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Omaha NE:
Friday: Partly cloudy with a high near 77F. Winds from the northwest 9-14mph as overnight lows fall to around 49F.
Saturday: Very cool with a high near 72F. Low temps will be near record cold around 42F. Winds from the northeast 5-10mph.
Sunday: Partly cloudy and warmer with a high near 78F. Winds from the southeast 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 55F.
Monday: Partly cloudy with a high near 75F. Winds from the southeast 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 60F.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a few afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 78F and lows near 57F. Winds from the east 2-7mph and total rainfall around 0.25 inches.
Ask The Weatherman for July 26, 2013:
Question: What is anti-cyclonic flow?
Answer: When you hear the word anti-cyclonic flow, you should associate that with high pressure systems. This means that the air is flowing with the clock. So on the eastern side of the high pressure center the winds will be from the north, while on the backside of the high the winds will be from the south.
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Green Energy Weather Report for July 26, 2013:
Wave Energy: There will be moderate wave energy amounts for the Northeast, with a few places even seeing extreme wave energy amounts. The Mid-Atlantic will see light to moderate wave energy along with the Southeast. The Northern Gulf Coast will be light for energy. The Southwest Pacific will have light to moderate amounts along with the Northwest Pacific.
Solar Energy: The best place for solar energy today will be the Central Plains westward through the Rockies and the Southwest and most of the Western US.
Wind Energy: The strongest wind energy will be over the Dakotas behind the cold front and also over the Lower Mississippi River Valley behind the developing low pressure over Florida.
Hydro-Energy: There will be light to moderate amounts of energy from the Great Lakes into the Ohio River Valley and also moderate amounts of energy over the Northeast, while the Southeast and Gulf Coast will have light amounts of hydro energy.
July 26 Weather and Your Wallet (Austin TX):
A very hot and dry day in store for the region as temps will rise into the upper 90′s with plenty of sunshine.
Dining: Today will be warm but there should be no problems for enjoying lunch at the park.
Transportation: There will be no weather related delays on the roads and also the airports.
Shopping: Today will be a good day to enjoy some shopping, however make sure to take frequent breaks as it will be hot.
Electricity: There will be a high demand for cooling today especially during the afternoon as high temps rise to around 96F. The total CDD’s for the day will be near 19.
Yard Work: The warm weather will bring a dry day to the region. If you need to water the lawn, the best time will be right away this morning or later this evening.
Construction: There should be no delays in the area today. Just make sure to stay hydrated as it will be hot.
Outdoor Venues: A great day to take a walk in the park with the dog or to enjoy a trip downtown or at the lakes.