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Big Story Weather – August 5, 2013

Aug 05, 13 Big Story Weather – August 5, 2013

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

Big Story Weather from August 2-4: The heat continued across a good portion of the south from Arizona to Florida with many places exceeding 90F. Severe weather was limited on Friday to 1.75 inch hail over Kansas and wind gusts of 80-90mph in Western South Dakota. On Saturday the severe weather was more active with eight tornadoes, six which occurred in Colorado and the other two over Montana. Large hail was an issue as well as Montana got 4.25 inch diameter hail stones. The strongest wind gusts came from Colorado at 65-70mph. Sunday was a quieter day for severe weather with no tornadoes, large hail at 1.75 inch over Wyoming and 50-60mph wind gusts in Connecticut.

Big Story Weather Discussion for August 5:

Surface Map: High pressure over the Mid-Atlantic will bring a nice cool day to the region. This will also be the case over much of the Northeast. A new storm system is pushing into the Western Great Lakes. There will be showers and thunderstorms from Minnesota and the Dakotas all the way south into the Southern Plains. The Gulf Coast will see return flow this afternoon bringing some showers and thunderstorm to the area. The monsoonal rains will be found over Arizona and New Mexico, while the West Coast remains dry and pleasant. The Northern Rockies from Idaho and Western Montana could be dealing with near 100 degree heat.

Severe Weather: There will be three places of interest today. The first will be with the monsoonal rains over Arizona and New Mexico. This area should see heavy rains and strong winds. The second will be from the Great Lakes back into the Plains. This area will see strong winds, heavy rainfall, large hail and isolated tornadoes. The third will be along the Gulf Coast. This region will see heavy rainfall and damaging winds as the primary threat.

Tropical Weather: Nothing in the basin this morning.

Select City Forecast:

New York NY: Partly cloudy and cool with a high around 69F and lows near 64F.

Atlanta GA: Partly cloudy with an isolated thunderstorm. High temps around 87F and lows near 73F. Total rainfall around 0.25 inches.

Rapid City SD: Partly cloudy with an isolated thunderstorm. High temps near 76F and lows around 55F. Total rainfall near 0.25 inches.

Boise ID: Partly cloudy and very hot with high temps around 97F and lows near 79F.

Portland OR: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 88F and lows near 57F.

August 5, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression Gil continues tracking towards the west and Hawaii with winds around 25kts and pressure near 1007mb. The storm should die out before hitting Hawaii. Tropical Storm Henriette has winds around 45kts and pressure near 1002mb. This storm is also moving westward and could reach the Hawaiian Islands later this week. Low pressure moving into Southern Alaska will bring showers to the region and a few thunderstorms. Low pressure moving through the Southern Plains will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region.

Atlantic Ocean: Low pressure moving through Central Canada will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Great lakes and Northern Plains. Low pressure moving along the Eastern Seaboard will bring rain and strong winds to Bermuda, while another area of low pressure moving over Northeast Canada will bring showers to Greenland. Low pressure moving into Western Europe will bring showers to the region. Low pressure along the coast of Africa will begin to push into the Atlantic over the next couple of days.

Western Pacific: Low pressure moving towards Southeast China is being watched for possible tropical development with winds around 20kts and pressure of 1004mb and will continue to bring heavy rainfall to the region. Low pressure to the east of Guam is also being watched for possible tropical development. Low pressure beginning to develop over Southwest Japan will bring showers and thunderstorms to Southern Japan.

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 again moving through the basin with impacts being felt over Southern South America for places in Southern Chile and Argentina where rain and snow is falling. The second low impacting the region is pushing through Southeast Australia with winds and rainfall for places like Sydney.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for August 5-9:

New York NY: The region will start impact free, then a slight to moderate impact will be felt from Aug 7-8 as a cold front brings thunderstorms into the region.

Atlanta GA: There will be slight to moderate impacts over the next five days as thunderstorms move through each afternoon.

Rapid City SD: There will be slight to moderate impacts today associated with thunderstorms and then again on Aug 8-9 as another round of thunderstorms moves through the region.

Boise ID: There will be no major weather impacts over the next five days.

Portland OR: There will be no major weather impacts over the next five days.

Climate Watch for July 31-August 4:

New York NY: The region started with temps around 5-6 degrees below then briefly warmed to around 1-2 degrees above before falling back to around 1-5 degrees below normal to finish the period.

Atlanta GA: The region saw temps around 1-2 degrees below normal each day except for Aug 4, when temps warmed to around 1-2 degrees above normal.

Rapid City SD: The region saw temps around 1-9 degrees below normal for the past five days.

Boise ID: The area started with temps around 2-10 degrees below normal and then finished the period with temps around 2 degrees above normal.

Portland OR: The area started with temps around 1-14 degrees below normal and then finished the period with temps around 7 degrees above average.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for August 5, 2013:

Day 1-3: High pressure over the Mid-Atlantic will bring nice weather to the region and this will extend into the Northeast as well. A storm system moving through Central Canada will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Plains, Western Great Lakes and towards the Southern Plains. The afternoon onshore flow will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast. The Southwest monsoonal rains will bring showers and thunderstorms to parts of Arizona and New Mexico, while the West Coast remains dry. The interior west over parts of Idaho and Western Montana will also be hot. Day two thunderstorms will again extend from the Great Lakes back into the Plains. The West will remain fairly dry. The period will finish with a frontal boundary pushing through the Northeast, while a new low develops over Western Texas bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. A few showers will develop over parts of Oregon as well and a tropical storm or hurricane will be headed towards Hawaii.

Day 4-7: The period will start with a strong frontal boundary moving across a good portion of the Ohio River Valley bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. Onshore flow will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast, while showers and thunderstorms will extend back through the Plains and into the Rockies. A few showers will linger over parts of the Northwest. Day five a strong storm system will extend from the Northeast to the Mid-Atlantic and back towards the Central Plains. This region will see very heavy rainfall along with some severe weather. High pressure will build in over the Northern Plains and a new low pressure will develop on the lee of the Rockies and push over the Western Dakotas into Kansas. A low pressure will bring showers to Idaho and a strong storm system will push into Alaska. Tropical conditions could hit Hawaii during this time. Day six the storm system will push into the Northern Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region, while high pressure blocks the West. The period will finish with low pressure over the Mid-Atlantic bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. Another low will be pushing into the Northern Plains with more showers and thunderstorms for the area.

Day 8-12: The period will start with showers and thunderstorms extending from the Plains to the Mid-Atlantic region. High pressure will push into the Great Lakes. Day nine the storm system will enter the Mid-Atlantic bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. These will extend into the Gulf Coast as well. A tropical storm or hurricane will be pushing towards Hawaii again. Day ten will have the low pressure area off the East Coast. The trailing cold front will bring showers to the Mid-Atlantic and thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast. High pressure will be centered over the Great Lakes, while another storm system enters the Northern Plains. Day eleven the high pressure will push into the Northeast, while a storm system brings showers to the Gulf Coast and also the Northern Plains. The period will finish with high pressure along the East Coast, a storm system moving into the Great Lakes, and a tropical feature pushing through the Southern Gulf of Mexico.

Long Range Outlook: The period will begin with the storm system entering the Northeast bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. Onshore flow will bring thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast, while a tropical feature pushes into Mexico. The middle of the period another storm system pushes into the Northern Plains.

Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Houston TX:

Monday: Partly cloudy and hot with high temps around 95F. Winds from the southwest 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to near 77F.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy and hot with a high near 95F. Winds from the southwest 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around 77F.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy and very hot with high temps around 97F. Winds from the southwest 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to near 79F.

Thursday: Partly cloudy and hot with high temps near 95F. Winds from the southeast 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to near 77F.

Friday: Partly cloudy and hot with high temps near 95F. Winds from the southeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to near 76F.

Ask The Weatherman for August 5, 2013:

Question: What is weather?

Answer: Weather is defined as the short term conditions in a given place such as the air temperatures, winds, precipitation and dew-points along with types of weather conditions, rain, snow, thunderstorms etc.

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Green Energy Weather Report for August 5, 2013:

Wave Energy: There will be slight to moderate amounts of wave energy along the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. The Southeast will see moderate to extreme amounts of wave energy. The Northern Gulf Coast will have slight amounts of wave energy. The Southwest will see moderate to extreme amounts of wave energy and the Pacific Northwest will have moderate amounts of wave energy.

Solar Energy: There will be large amounts of solar energy over a good portion of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic back into parts of the Ohio River Valley. The Southeast and Gulf Coast will have their fair share of solar energy. The majority of the Rockies and the West Coast will also see plenty of solar energy .

Wind Energy: The strongest wind energy today will be over the Western High Plains and also over parts of the Northeast.

Hydro-Energy: There will be light to moderate amounts of energy from the Western Great Lakes into the Northern Plains and pushing southward into the Southern Plains. There will also be light amounts of energy over the Gulf Coast and parts of the Southeast. The Desert southwest will also have light amounts of hydro energy.

August 5 Weather and Your Wallet (Sioux Falls SD):

A frontal boundary pushing through the area will bring a few showers and thunderstorms this morning.

Dining: A nice afternoon in store to get out and enjoy lunch at the park.

Transportation: There will be some minor traffic delays this morning. The airport should remain on schedule.

Shopping: This afternoon would be an excellent time to get out and do some fall shopping.

Electricity: There will be a small window this afternoon of some cooling needed as the forecast is for 8CDD’s on the day.

Yard Work: This morning will be slow to get yard work done as the showers and thunderstorms move through. This afternoon and evening will be great for yard work as the temps drop.

Construction: There will be some minor delays this morning. By this afternoon everything should be running smooth.

Outdoor Venues: This afternoon and evening will be a great chance to get on the bike paths and take a bike ride or take a walk down to Falls Park.

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