Big Story Weather – July 29, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Big Story Weather from July 26-28: A very active weekend in weather. Tropical Storm Flossie continued to push towards Hawaii. The area to the northeast of Puerto Rico was put back under an invest area. Severe weather included two tornadoes on Friday – one in Missouri and another in Louisiana. Friday’s largest hail was 2 inches located in Wyoming, while the strongest winds were in New Mexico with wind gusts of 70-90mph. On Saturday the cold weather pushed into the Northern Plains with some places hitting record lows from the Dakotas to Minnesota. Severe weather found a wind gust of 76mph in Florida and also large hail at 1.25 inches in Kansas. Sunday saw another round of record cold along with frost warnings for Northern Minnesota. Severe weather for the day included a 70mph wind gust in North Carolina and 1.0 inch hail in Nevada.
Big Story Weather Discussion for July 29:
Surface Map: Low pressure moving into Southeast Canada will bring a trailing cold front over parts of the Great Lakes and into the Southern Plains allowing for showers and thunderstorms in the region. Return flow over the Gulf Coast will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. High pressure over Kentucky will bring a cool but dry day to the Mid-Atlantic region and parts of the Ohio River Valley. High pressure out West will keep the region dry as well.
Severe Weather: The biggest concern today will be damaging winds and large hail and this will be found from the Southern Plains into the Great Lakes and over the Northeast. There will also be a chance to see damaging winds along the Gulf Coast with afternoon thunderstorms.
Tropical Weather: Invest 91L currently to the Northeast of Puerto Rico has winds around 25kts and a pressure of 1014mb. The area is being watched for potential re-development over the next couple of days. The Eastern Pacific is where we find Tropical Storm Flossie. Winds are around 45kts and pressure near 999mb. This storm is moving right for Hawaii as Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for the region.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
New York NY: Partly cloudy with a few evening thunderstorms. High temps around 80F and low temps near 65F. Total rainfall will be around 0.15 inches.
Gulfport MS: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 90F and low temps near 78F. Total rainfall around 0.15 inches.
Sioux Falls SD: Partly cloudy with a high near 75F and low temps around 60F.
Denver CO: Partly cloudy with a few thunderstorms. High temps around 75F and low temps near 66F. Total rainfall near 0.10 inches.
Portland OR: Partly cloudy and mild with a high near 75F and low temps near 65F.
July 29, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Flossie continues to impact Hawaii with winds around 45mph and a pressure near 999mb. The storm will continue to push through the Hawaiian Islands the next few days bringing very heavy rains and strong winds. Low pressure moving towards Alaska will bring showers to the region. Another tropical wave moving off of Central America will have to be watched for possible tropical development.
Atlantic Ocean: Invest 91L currently to the northeast of Puerto Rico will bring strong winds and heavy rainfall to the region. Low pressure moving up the Eastern US will bring showers and thunderstorms to parts of the Northeast. A low pressure area moving over Southeast Canada will bring a frontal boundary across the Great Lakes and parts of the Southern Plains. This will lead to showers and thunderstorms. Low pressure moving through Western Europe will bring showers to the region. A second low pressure area moving through Eastern Europe will bring showers and thunderstorms to the area. Another tropical wave along the coast of Africa will have to be watched as it slowly drifts towards the Atlantic.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving through Japan will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. Two tropical waves near Manila and also Southeast China are being watched for possible tropical development.
Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough will be very active today over India and also other portions of Southeast Asia allowing for some very heavy rainfall.
Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure moving through the basin with low pressure impacting Southern Argentina with cloud cover and a few showers. Another low pressure area will impact Southwest Australia with cloud cover and a few showers. A third low pressure area is moving towards New Zealand and will bring showers to the region.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for July 29-August 2:
New York NY: The region will see a slight to moderate impact this afternoon with a few thunderstorms. On July 31 and August 1, the region will have another round of thunderstorms bringing a slight to moderate impact to the region.
Gulfport MS: The next four days will bring the region slight to moderate impacts associated with afternoon thunderstorms.
Sioux Falls SD: The region will enjoy a few days with no impacts. On August 1 and 2, the region will see thunderstorms move through bringing a slight to moderate impact to the region.
Denver CO: The area will see slight impacts today associated with thunderstorms. On July 31 and August 1, the area will have another round of slight to moderate impacts with the next round of thunderstorms.
Portland OR: The next five days the region will enjoy impact free weather.
Climate Watch for July 24-28:
New York NY: The past five days the region has seen temps around 2-16 degrees below normal.
Gulfport MS: The region started with temps around 1-4 degrees above normal and then finished the period with temps around 3-7 degrees below normal.
Sioux Falls SD: The past five days temps have been around 1-15 degrees below normal for the area with record setting cold.
Denver CO: The past five days the region has seen temps around 1-20 degrees below normal for the area.
Portland OR: The period started with temps around 7-8 degrees above normal and finished with temps around 2-8 degrees below normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for July 29, 2013:
Day 1-3: High pressure over the Tennessee River Valley will bring nice weather to the region. This will also extend into the Mid-Atlantic. An area of low pressure will travel through the Great Lakes bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. This will extend into the Southern Plains as well. Return flow will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast, while partly cloudy skies will be found over most of the Northern Plains and the Rockies. The Southwest and West Coast will also be dry today. Day two the storm system will push into the Northern Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the area. Return flow along the Gulf Coast will bring another day of showers to the area. The period will end with low pressure moving into Southeast Canada and the frontal boundary extending over the Great Lakes and into the Plains. This area will see showers and thunderstorms.
Day 4-7: The period will start with a cold front extending from the Northeast to the Gulf Coast and will be the focus of showers and thunderstorms. Low pressure over Colorado will bring showers and thunderstorms for the Southwest. Gradient winds will build over the Western US increasing fire hazards. Day six will include multiple areas of low pressure over the Eastern US into the Plains bringing pockets of showers and thunderstorms to many locations. The period will end with a low pressure area over Texas and a warm front extending towards the lower Mississippi River Valley. This will be the focus of showers and thunderstorms. A frontal boundary will extend from the Northeast all the way back into the Gulf Coast and parts of Texas which will bring showers and thunderstorms. High pressure will build in over the Northern Plains bringing another round of cool weather.
Day 8-12: The period will start with high pressure along the East Coast. A frontal boundary along the Gulf Coast will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. Low pressure moving across the Central Plains will bring another round of showers and thunderstorms to the region. Day nine the storm system will bring another day of showers and thunderstorms to the Plains and Western Great Lakes. Day eleven the strong storm system will move into the Great Lakes bringing heavy rainfall to the region. The period will end with a frontal boundary extending across the East Coast back into the Gulf Coast. This entire region will see rain showers and thunderstorms over the time period. High pressure over the Northern Plains will bring partly cloudy skies to the region the majority of the West will remain dry as well.
Long Range Outlook: The period will begin with moderate rainfall from the East Coast to the Gulf Coast along a frontal boundary, while high pressure shifts into the Mid-Mississippi River Valley. The majority of the West will be dry. The period will finish with strong return flow from the Gulf Coast to the Northeast.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Mobile AL:
Monday: Partly cloudy with a few afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 94F and low temps near 76F. Winds from the southeast 2-7mph and total rainfall near 0.05 inches.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a few afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 93F and low temps near 77F. Winds from the southeast 5-10mph and total rainfall near 0.05 inches.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a few afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 91F and low temps near 76F. Winds from the southwest 2-7mph and total rainfall near 0.05 inches.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with scattered thunderstorms. High temps around 94F and low temps near 76F. Winds from the southwest 8-13mph and total rainfall near 0.30 inches.
Friday: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. High temps around 96F and low temps near 77F. Winds from the southwest 2-7mph and total rainfall near 0.10 inches.
Ask The Weatherman for July 29, 2013:
Question: When looking at radar, what do you look for in identifying a tornado?
Answer: The best way to identify a possible tornado is to look for a hook shape echo in the storm pattern. This will be one indicator of a tornado. Secondly you can use the velocity option and look for the dark colors and the light colors coming together on the velocity chart.
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Green Energy Weather Report for July 29, 2013:
Wave Energy: There will be moderate amounts of wave energy for both the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. The Southeast will also see moderate to high amounts of wave energy ahead of the tropical wave. The Northern Gulf Coast will see light amounts of wave energy today. The Southwest and Northwest will have light to moderate amounts of wave energy.
Solar Energy: There will be abundant amounts of solar energy from the Southwest and Western US into parts of the Rockies and also the Northern Plains. There will also be a pocket of solar energy over the Tennessee River Valley into the Mid-Atlantic region associated with high pressure.
Wind Energy: The best two places for wind energy today will be over the Northern Rockies and also over portions of the Great Lakes behind the frontal boundary.
Hydro-Energy: There will be light to moderate amounts of hydro energy over the Great Lakes and the Northeast. There will also be light amounts of hydro energy over the Northern Gulf Coast into Florida.
July 29 Weather and Your Wallet (Minneapolis MN):
A nice, tranquil day in store for the area as high pressure will bring partly cloudy skies for the majority of the day. A few thunderstorms will be possible by Tuesday.
Dining: There will be no impacts to outdoor dining plans today and this evening.
Transportation: There will be no weather delays for the airports or on the roads.
Shopping: Today will be a nice day to enjoy some back to school sales.
Electricity: There will be a low demand today for cooling degree days around 3.
Yard Work: Today will be a nice day to get out and do your yard work. With high temps in the upper 70′s it will make for pleasant conditions.
Construction: There will be no weather impacts today.
Outdoor Venues: Today will provide great weather for a walk in the park of an outing with the family. High temps will rise to the upper 70′s and the low temps will fall to the upper 50′s.