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Big Story Weather – August 2, 2013

August 2, 2013

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from August 1: The heat was in place from the Southern Plains to the Gulf Coast and portions of both the southwest and southeast. Severe weather yesterday included land spouts in Western Texas and a strong tornado in Eastern Florida that created large amounts of damage. The strongest wind reports yesterday came from Montana where wind gusts were between 85-90mph and in Nebraska where wind gusts hit 80mph. The largest hail came from a cell in Western Nebraska at the size of 2.75 inches. The tropical wave nearing Florida is also becoming a rainmaker for Southern Florida.

Big Story Weather Discussion for August 2:

Surface Map: High pressure over the Tennessee River Valley will make for a nice day in the region. This will also extend into the Mid-Atlantic. Low pressure moving over the Central Plains will be the focus point for showers and thunderstorms. There will also be afternoon thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast. The tropical wave moving towards Southern Florida will bring an increase in showers and thunderstorms along with gusty winds to the area. High pressure over the Rockies will bring nice weather to the region. The Southwest monsoons will be in force over Southern Arizona and New Mexico today.

Severe Weather: Today we will be watching three potential spots. The first is along the Gulf Coast and Florida. This area will see mainly gusty winds and heavy rainfall. The second area is over the Southwest. Here again will mostly be strong winds and heavy rainfall and some large hail. The third is the Central Plains. This region will see strong winds, large hail and heavy rain.

Tropical Weather: The wave to the north of Cuba is will bring heavier rains to Southern Florida for this weekend. It is also being watched for possible tropical development. Winds are now back to around 25mph and pressure around 1013mb.

Select City Forecast:

Baltimore MD: Partly cloudy and cool with a high near 70F and lows near 62F.

Gulfport MS: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps near 94F and lows around 79F. Total rainfall near 0.35 inches.

Sioux City IA: Partly cloudy with a few thunderstorms. High temps near 79F and lows around 66F. Total rainfall near 0.25 inches.

Denver CO: Partly cloudy with a high near 81F and lows near 63F.

Seattle WA: Partly cloudy with a high near 83F and lows near 63F.

August 2, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Gil continues pushing westward towards Hawaii. Winds are now near 75kts and pressure around 985mb. The storm will continue westward and slowly weaken. A second area behind Gil is also being watched for possible tropical development. Winds are near 25kts and pressure of 1009mb with that system. Low pressure moving south of Hawaii is bringing heavy rainfall to Hilo. Low pressure moving into the Gulf of Alaska will bring showers and thunderstorms to Southern Alaska.

Atlantic Ocean: Low pressure moving near Florida is being watched for possible tropical development. Winds are now around 25kts and pressure near 1013mb. This feature will move toward South Florida bringing increased winds and heavier rainfall to Miami. Low pressure moving through the Southern Plains is bringing areas of strong to severe storms to the region along with heavy rains. Low pressure near the Hudson Bay will bring showers to Eastern Canada. Low pressure moving into Greenland will bring showers to the region. Low pressure moving over England will bring showers to the region. Low pressure moving over Central Europe will bring showers and thunderstorms to the area.

Western Pacific: Low pressure moving away from Japan will begin to bring showers and strong winds to Midway Island. Tropical Storm Jebi continues tracking towards Vietnam with winds around 60kts and pressure of 978mb. This storm will make landfall in Vietnam bringing heavy rains, strong winds and storm surge to the area. Low pressure moving over Northeast Russia will begin to bring showers to Eastern China and Japan this weekend. Two tropical features are being watched for possible tropical development. The first is near Southern PI and the second is south of Guam.

Indian Ocean: The monsoonal rains will be in full force over India and parts of Thailand today.

Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure are moving through the basin. One low pressure area is bringing rain and snow to Southern Argentina and Chile. The second low is bringing showers to parts of Southeastern Australia, while the third low is over New Zealand bringing showers to the area.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for August 2-6:

Baltimore MD: The area will start out impact free. By August 4-5 the region will see slight to moderate impacts associated with thunderstorms.

Gulfport MS: The next five days the region will see slight to moderate impacts associated with afternoon thunderstorms.

Sioux City IA: The region will have slight to moderate impacts today. On August 6 the area will see slight to moderate impacts with another round of thunderstorms.

Denver CO: The region will start impact free. By August 5-6 the area will see slight to moderate impacts associated with thunderstorms.

Seattle WA: The area will see no major weather impacts over the next five days.

Climate Watch for July 28-August 1:

Baltimore MD: The past five days the region has seen temps around 1-5 degrees below normal.

Gulfport MS: The area started with temps around 3 degrees below, then briefly warmed to around 1 degree above before falling back to around 1-4 degrees below normal and then finished the period near 2 degrees above normal.

Sioux City IA: The period started with temps near 8-18 degrees below normal and then warmed to finish the period around 2-3 degrees above normal.

Denver CO: The area started with temps around 2-17 degrees below normal and then finished the period with temps around 2-3 degrees above normal.

Seattle WA: The past five days the region has seen temps around 1-7 degrees below normal.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for August 2, 2013:

Day 1-3: A cold front over Eastern Canada will bring a few showers to Northern Maine. High pressure over the Tennessee River Valley will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. This will extend into the Mid-Atlantic. Afternoon thunderstorms over the Gulf Coast and increased tropical moisture over Miami ahead of the tropical wave. A storm system moving through the Plains will be the focus for strong to severe thunderstorms today. High pressure will keep most of the Rockies dry and warm, while a few afternoon thunderstorms will be possible over Southern Arizona and also New Mexico. Day two the tropical wave will bring more moisture to Florida, while a frontal boundary extends from Oklahoma to Maryland bringing storms. High pressure will begin to bring cooler air into the Northern Plains and Great Lakes. A few showers and thunderstorms will be possible from New Mexico to Colorado along the monsoonal trough. The West Coast will remain dry. The period will finish with a frontal boundary bringing showers and thunderstorms from Maine to Florida. Afternoon thunderstorms will be possible from Florida to Mississippi. High pressure will be over the Great Lakes and the next storm system will begin to push into the Plains.

Day 4-7: The period will start with high pressure over the East Coast, while a storm system brings moderate rainfall to the Southeast and Gulf Coast. A second frontal boundary will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Northern Plains. Day five showers and thunderstorms will be found from the Mid-Atlantic back to the Gulf Coast. A strong storm system will be pushing into the Northern Great Lakes bringing another area of showers and thunderstorms to the Lakes southward. An upper level trough will bring showers and thunderstorms to Eastern Colorado. A very powerful low pressure area will bring showers and thunderstorms to Alaska. Day six the storm system will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Great Lakes, Northeast, Southeast and Gulf Coast. A second area of low pressure will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Southern Plains. The period will finish with a frontal boundary over the East Coast and backing towards the Gulf Coast showers and thunderstorms will be along this boundary. A very strong gradient between high pressure over Canada and the low pressure over the Southern Plains will make for a windy day and showery day from Montana to North Dakota.

Day 8-12: The period will begin with a boundary over the Gulf Coast bringing showers and thunderstorms to the area. A very cold frontal boundary will extend from Central Canada into the Dakotas. Snow will fall over parts of Canada, however a cold rain should hit North Dakota and South Dakota. Day ten a storm system will extend from the Northeast towards the Gulf Coast. Showers and thunderstorms will be along this front. Another strong and cold high pressure area will push to the Lakes and Northern Plains. The period will end with a storm system along the East Coast and also into the Gulf Coast both areas will see showers and thunderstorms. A tropical feature may be pushing towards Cuba as well.

Long Range Outlook: The long range will start with another strong high pressure hitting the Great Lakes and Northeast bringing cool weather, while a boundary along the Gulf Coast will bring more showers and thunderstorms. The period will end very active.

Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Rapid City SD:

Friday: Partly cloudy with a few isolated thunderstorms. High temps around 74F and low temps near 58F. Winds from the northeast 9-14mph and total rainfall around 0.05 inches.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with an isolated thunderstorm. High temps around 81F and low temps near 64F. Winds from the southeast 10-15mph and total rainfall around 0.05 inches.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and warm with high temps near 89F. Winds from the southeast 2-7mph and low temps around 65F.

Monday: Partly cloudy and hot with high temps near 91F. Winds from the southeast 8-13mph and overnight lows around 70F.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy and hot again with high temps near 90F. Winds from the southeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 64F.

Ask The Weatherman for August 2, 2013:

Question: What is climate?

Answer: One way to look at climate is to understand that it makes up the moisture and temperatures of a given area over about 30 years or more. Climates are different depending on where you are at.

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Green Energy Weather Report for August 2, 2013:

Wave Energy: There will be moderate amounts of wave energy over the Northeast, while the Mid-Atlantic will see low amounts. The Southeast will be increasing to moderate to extreme ahead of the tropical wave. The Northern Gulf Coast will see light amounts of wave energy. The Southwest and Northwest coast of the US will both see moderate amounts of wav energy.

Solar Energy: There will be go amounts of solar energy over the Mid-Atlantic and also most of the Rockies and further expanding into the West Coast.

Wind Energy: The best place for wind energy today will be over Maine behind the frontal boundary and also over the Western High Plains behind the next frontal boundary system.

Hydro-Energy: There will be light to moderate amounts of hydro energy from the Central Plains into portions of the Great Lakes. There will also be light amounts of energy from the Gulf Coast to the Southeast. A few afternoon thunderstorms will bring light amounts of energy to parts of the Southwest.

August 2 Weather and Your Wallet (Fargo ND):

A tranquil day in store for the region as high pressure will bring nice weather and a cool evening.

Dining: Today will be an excellent day to enjoy a meal outdoors.

Transportation: There will be no impacts from the weather on the roads or by air.

Shopping: Today will be a nice day to get out and start working on that fall shopping list.

Electricity: There will be a small window this afternoon that you may need the AC. Forecast if for 3CDD’s.

Yard Work: Today will be a nice day to get out and get the yard mowed and cleaned.

Construction: There will be no weather impacts to the work load today.

Outdoor Venues: Today is an excellent day to get out for a walk, ride your bike down the bike paths, or walk the lake beaches.


Source: redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

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