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Big Story Weather – August 22, 2013

August 22, 2013

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from August 21:

The heat continued over the Western Plains and into the Rockies and the West Coast with many places around 5-15 degrees above normal. The severe weather was again limited. No tornadoes were reported. The largest hail came from Nebraska at 2.75 inches in diameter. The strongest winds also came out of Nebraska with gusts around 80mph.

Big Story Weather Discussion for August 22:

Surface Map: High pressure over the Mid-Atlantic will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. This will extend into the Northeast. Low pressure moving through the Dakota will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region and will extend into the Southern Plains as well. High pressure over the Rockies will make for another hot and dry day over the area with an increase in fire hazards for the region. Low pressure near the Baja will be responsible for isolated thunderstorms over Arizona and New Mexico. The Gulf Coast will see the sea breeze today bringing with it scattered thunderstorms.

Severe Weather: There will be three regions of focus today for severe weather. The first will be from the Great Lakes to the Plains where there will be damaging winds and large hail along with heavy rainfall. The second will be along the Gulf Coast where there will be mostly heavy rainfall and stronger winds. The last area will be over the Southwest where there will be strong winds and heavy rainfall as well.

Tropical Weather: No activity in the Atlantic this morning.

Select City Forecast:

Baltimore MD: Partly cloudy with a high near 72F and lows around 62F.

Dallas TX: Partly cloudy with evening thunderstorms. High temps around 94F and lows around 75F. Total rainfall will be near 0.25 inches.

Fargo ND: Partly cloudy with scattered thunderstorms. High temps near 75F and lows around 64F. Total rainfall near 0.30 inches.

Boise ID: Hot and dry with a high fire hazard in the region. Partly cloudy skies with high temps near 96F and lows near 80F.

Portland OR: Partly cloudy and very warm with a high near 89F and lows near 56F.

August 22, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Eastern Pacific Ocean: Low pressure moving into Alaska will bring very windy conditions along with heavy rainfall along the coast. An area of low pressure moving along the Mexican coast is being watched for possible tropical development today. Winds are currently around 30kts and pressure around 1006mb. Low pressure moving across the Central Plains will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region.

Atlantic Ocean: Low pressure moving into Eastern Canada will bring showers to the region. These will extend into Greenland as well. Low pressure moving over Iceland will bring showers to the region. Low pressure moving through Western Russia will bring showers to the region.

Western Pacific: Tropical Storm Trami has winds around 60kts and pressure near 978mb as it continues to move over Eastern China bringing flooding rains, damaging winds, and storm surge to the area. Tropical Storm Pewa continues to move northwest of Wake Island and drift slowly to the north with winds around 35kts and pressure near 996mb. Another area of low pressure to the northeast of Manila is being watched for possible tropical development\. Low pressure moving over the Kuril Islands will bring fog and showers to the area.

Indian Ocean: The southwest monsoon will be very active from India into Sri Lanka again.

Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure moving over Southern Chile and Argentina will bring showers and snow showers to the region. Low pressure to the southeast of South Africa will bring another day of strong winds to the area. Low pressure moving over Southeast Australia will bring showers to the region.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for August 22-26:

Baltimore MD: The region will start impact free,. A frontal boundary will move through around Aug 24-25 bringing thunderstorms to the region and moderate impacts.

Dallas TX: The region will have slight to moderate impacts over the next few days as thunderstorms impact the region. The period will then finish impact free.

Fargo ND: There will be slight to moderate impacts today associated with thunderstorms. Around Aug 26 there will be another chance to see moderate impacts with more thunderstorms.

Boise ID: The region will remain hot and have a high fire hazard that will lead to high impacts. There will be a slight impact to the region on Aug 24 as a few isolated thunderstorms move through the region.

Portland OR: The next five days will be warm, however no impacts expected for the region.

Climate Watch for August 17-21:

Baltimore MD: The region started with temps around 5-12 degrees below normal and then finished with temps around 4-5 degrees above normal.

Dallas TX: The area started with temps around 2-3 degrees below normal, while the period finished with temps near 2-4 degrees above normal.

Fargo ND: The past five days have been warm with temps around 2-15 degrees above normal.

Boise ID: The past five days have been warm as temps have been around 3-7 degrees above normal.

Portland OR: The past five days have been above normal for the area with temps around 2-9 degrees above.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for August 22, 2013:

Day 1-3: High pressure over the Mid-Atlantic will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. This will expand into the Northeast as well. A frontal boundary moving through the Plains and the Great Lakes will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. The afternoon sea-breeze will bring thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast. High pressure over the Rockies will bring partly cloudy skies and hot weather to the West and the Rockies. This region will have another day of high fire hazards over the area. Day two high pressure will move into the Great Lakes, while a frontal boundary will extend from the Mid-Atlantic to the Gulf Coast bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. A tropical feature will be just south of Baja and will bring increased moisture to the Southwest. The period will finish with a boundary along the Gulf Coast bringing rain and thunder to the region. High pressure will bring nice weather to a good portion of the North. The tropical feature will bring heavy rainfall to the Southwest as it continues to move up the Baja.

Day 4-7: The period will start with high pressure over the Northeast. A frontal boundary along the Gulf Coast and Southeast will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. The tropical feature will move into the Northern Baja bringing heavy rainfall to Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico. The middle of the period will have a frontal boundary moving over the Northeast, while high pressure dominates the weather for the Southeast and portions of the Gulf Coast. An area of low pressure will try to develop over the Rockies bringing moderate rainfall chances to the region which would be great help to all the firefighting efforts. The period will finish with a frontal boundary moving through the Northern Plains, along with a very strong low hitting Alaska bringing heavy rains, storm surge and strong winds to the area.

Day 8-12: The period will start with low pressure over the Northeast bringing showers and thunderstorms. A second low pressure will be over the Northern Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. Another tropical feature will be developing along the western coast of Mexico. Day nine a frontal boundary will move through the Great Lakes bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region, while another tropical feature starts to move northward along the Mexican coast. Day eleven a strong frontal boundary will be moving through the Northeast. A second frontal boundary will be moving through the Northern Plains and the tropical feature will be moving into the Baja again. The period will end with a strong high pressure area moving over the Great Lakes and a low pressure area moving over the Northern Plains, with the remains of the tropical pushing moisture into the Southwest again. Another strong low will be moving into Alaska.

Long Range Outlook: The period will start with high pressure over the Northeast. Another frontal boundary will be pushing into the Northern Plains. The tropical feature will again begin to impact Southern California and Arizona. The middle of the period will have high pressure over the Northeast, low pressure moving through the Plains, along with the tropical remains moving across California. A very powerful storm system will also be pushing into Alaska.

Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Fairbanks AK:

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 61F. Winds from the southwest 7-12mph. Lows near 54F. Total rainfall around 0.80 inches.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 56F. Winds from the west 9-14mph. Lows near 50F. Total rainfall near 0.50 inches.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with a high near 61F. Winds from the northeast 5-10mph and lows near 46F.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with a high near 60F. Winds from the southeast 7-12mph and lows near 49F.

Monday: Partly cloudy with a high near 61F. Winds from the southwest 5-10mph and lows near 50F.

Ask The Weatherman for August 22, 2013:

Question: What does the following code mean?

KDAL 220600Z 12005KT 9999 FEW030 SCT 050 15/11 A2990INS

KDAL: This tells us the airport code is for Dallas Texas.

220600Z: This refers to the date of the month 22nd, and the time in Zulu 0600

12005KT: This lets us know the winds are from the southeast(120) at 05kts.

9999: This tells us that the visibility is unrestricted, meaning we can see all the way across the horizon of the sky.

FEW030: This tells us that in the sky there are between 1-2/8th of the sky covered with clouds at 3,000ft.

SCT050: Now we have 3-4/8 of the sky covered with clouds at 5,000ft.

15/11: This tells us the air temp is 15C, while the dew-point is 11C.

A2990INS: This lets us know the altimeter is 2990INS, pilots use this code for the air pressure.

All this information is what you would see on a weather observation recorded from a weather station and given to a pilot so they can see what is happening at the airport that they are either landing at or getting ready to leave from.

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Green Energy Weather Report for August 22, 2013:

Wave Energy: The Northeast through the Mid-Atlantic and into the Southeast will have low amounts of wave energy as well as the Northern Gulf. The Southwest and Northwest will have moderate amounts of energy.

Solar Energy: There will be ample amounts of solar energy form the Northeast into the Mid-Atlantic. There will be ample amounts of solar energy along the Gulf Coast before the sea breeze starts to develop. The Rockies and the West Coast will also have ample amounts of solar energy.

Wind Energy: The strongest wind energy today will be over the Northern Rockies and then a second area over the Great Lakes.

Hydro-Energy: There will be low amounts of hydro energy along the Gulf Coast. There will be ample amounts of hydro energy from the Plains to the Great Lakes. There will also be low amounts of energy over the Southwest during the afternoon.

August 22 Weather and Your Wallet (Biloxi MS):

The sea breeze will bring afternoon thunderstorms to the region.

Dining: There will be some thunderstorms in the area this afternoon that could have impact on outdoor lunch plans.

Transportation: There will be some delays this afternoon on the major highways as the heavier rainfall creates ponding issues. There may be some minor delays at the airport as well in between fueling operations.

Shopping: This afternoon you will want an umbrella if you plan on shopping.

Electricity: There will be a moderate demand for cooling all day long with the forecast for 17CDD’s.

Yard Work: This morning and later this afternoon will be the best times to get in the yard.

Construction: There will be some delays this afternoon on outdoor projects.

Outdoor Venues: There will be impacts to any outdoor activities this afternoon.


Source: redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

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