Big Story Weather – July 10, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from July 9: The heat continued again over the Southern Plains and the Southwest with many places getting above 100F. The next big story was the severe weather as we saw tornadoes reported in Florida, Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Dakota. Hail was reported all through the country with the largest hail Kansas, South Dakota and Nebraska around 2.75 inches. The strongest wind gust was in Arizona at 82mph.
Big Story Weather Discussion for July 10: High pressure will push eastward off the coast as a cold front begins to push into the region. This will provide the region with thunderstorms which will extend down to the Gulf Coast as well. High pressure over the Northern Plains will bring nice weather to the region. High pressure over the Southwest will keep the region hot, while partly cloudy skies and mild conditions will be present over the Northwest. Tropical storm conditions will be felt in Puerto Rico.
Severe Weather: The largest threat for severe weather today will be along the cold front from the Great Lakes into the East Coast and southward towards the Southeast and Gulf Coast. The biggest threat will be large hail and damaging winds, however isolated tornadoes could be possible in the Northeast as well.
Tropical Weather: Tropical Storm Chantal continues to rapidly move west-northwest around the sub-tropical high passing near Puerto Rico with winds around 40kts and a pressure of 1011mb. The storm will encounter some weakness over the next day or so, however it should hold together and re-emerge on a course towards Florida.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Buffalo NY: Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. High temps will be around 82F and overnight lows will fall to near 68F. Total rainfall will be around 0.50 inches.
Memphis TN: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps will be around 92F and overnight lows will be near 80F. Total rainfall will be near 0.50 inches.
Kansas City MO: Partly cloudy with high temps around 88F and overnight lows near 71F.
Denver CO: Partly cloudy with a high near 89F and overnight lows near 70F.
Seattle WA: Partly cloudy with a high near 72F and overnight lows near 63F.
July 10, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Eastern Pacific Ocean: The remains of Erick continue to track slowly away from the Baja producing widespread showers and thunderstorms over Arizona. Multiple areas of low pressure continue to move through the tropics. One area near Central America will need to be watched for possible tropical development. Low pressure near Alaska will bring showers to the region.
Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Chantel continues to track towards the west-northwest with winds around 40kts and pressure near 1011mb. The storm will weaken slowly as it passes over land today, however once it re-emerges over water, expect to see some intensification again as it moves towards Florida. Low pressure moving through Southeast Canada will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. The extended cold front will bring showers and thunderstorms along the East Coast and all the way down towards the Gulf Coast. Low pressure moving towards Greenland will bring showers to the region. An area of low pressure that pushed off the coast of Africa will need to be watched for potential tropical development.
Western Pacific: Typhoon Soulik is very close to becoming a Super-Typhoon possibly later today. Winds are now around 125kts with a pressure near 929mb. The storm will gain more strength as it passes over the Western Pacific towards Eastern China and Taiwan. Another area to the northeast of Guam needs to be watched for potential tropical development. Low pressure moving over Northeast Russia will bring a cold front towards Japan with showers and thunderstorms possible.
Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough will be strong again today over India and Sri Lanka providing plenty of rainfall to the region. There is also an area over the open Indian Ocean that needs to be watched for potential tropical development.
Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure moving through the basin with one area of low pressure impacting Argentina with showers. A second very strong low pressure system is moving just south of Africa, however the winds and waves will be very dangerous in the region for any marine interest. A third area of low pressure is moving through South-central Australia bringing showers to the region.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for July 10-14:
Buffalo NY: The region will see slight to moderate impacts over the next couple of days ahead of a cold front. The rest of the period will be impact free.
Memphis TN: The region will see moderate impacts over the next couple of days as thunderstorms move through the region. The remainder of the period will be impact free.
Kansas City MO: The region will start out impact free. On July 13 the region will have a slight to moderate impact as a line of thunderstorms move through the region.
Denver CO: The next five days the region will be impact free.
Seattle WA: The next five days the region will be impact free.
Climate Watch for July 5-9:
Buffalo NY: The past five days the region has seen temps running around 1-4 degrees above normal.
Memphis TN: The period will begin with temps running around 2-4 degrees below normal finishing the period around 2 degrees above normal.
Kansas City MO: The region has seen temps around 1-10 degrees above normal for the past five days.
Denver CO: The area has seen temps around 1-9 degrees above normal for the past five days.
Seattle WA: The past five days the region has seen temps running around 1-11 degrees above normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for July 10, 2013:
Day 1-3: A cold front will push into the East Coast today. Expect to see thunderstorms from Maine to Louisiana along this frontal boundary. High pressure building in over the Northern Plains will keep the region dry and nice for the area. High pressure over the Southwest will bring another hot day to the Southern Plains into the Southwest. The remains of Erick will bring some showers and thunderstorms to Southwest Arizona. The Northwest will be dry and very mild today. Day two the strong cold front will continue to push across the East Coast and bring heavy rainfall to the region. The thunderstorms will continue to extend along the East Coast back towards the Gulf Coast. A strong storm system will move into the Plains bringing another round of severe weather to the region. High pressure out West will keep the region dry and hot. The period will finish with showers and thunderstorms over the Southeast and Gulf Coast, while another frontal boundary moves through the Northern Plains.
Day 4-7: The period will start with a low pressure area possibly developing over the Northern Gulf. This could bring heavy rains to the Gulf Coast. High pressure will bring tranquil weather to the Northeast and Great Lakes, while another frontal boundary pushes through the Plains. Day six the strong storm system moving through the Plains will bring an increased chance of severe weather over the Dakotas. The period will end with tranquil weather along the East Coast, return flow over the Gulf Coast, and then a frontal boundary extending from Canada to Arizona. Expect to see showers and thunderstorms along this frontal boundary.
Day 8-12: The period will start with showers and thunderstorms over the Northeast extending back towards the Great Lakes. The monsoonal rains will also start to increase over parts of the Southwest. Day nine showers and thunderstorms will be along the East Coast and also the thunderstorms will be on the increase from Arizona to Western Texas. Day ten a frontal boundary will be along the East Coast providing showers and thunderstorms to the region. Another storm system moving through the Northern Plains will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. A tropical feature will also be approaching Cuba during this time. The period will finish with a frontal boundary along the East Coast slowly absorbing the tropical feature towards the north along the Carolina coast. Low pressure moving through the Northern Plains will bring another round of showers and thunderstorms to the region.
Long Range Outlook: The period will begin with a tropical feature pushing closer to the Carolinas and also a frontal boundary moving through the Northern Plains. The middle of the period the tropical feature will be pushed on shore over the Carolinas allowing for the moisture to surge northward. Another low pressure will move through the Southern Plains. The period will finish with another tropical feature approaching the southeast Gulf of Mexico.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Biloxi MS:
Wednesday: Partly cloudy with scattered afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 91F. Winds from the southwest 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to near 77F. Total rainfall will be around 0.85 inches.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps will be around 93F. Winds from the northwest 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to near 77F. Total rainfall will be around 0.50 inches.
Friday: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms and high temps around 96F. Winds from the northeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to near 76F. Total rainfall will be near 0.05 inches.
Saturday: Partly cloudy with scattered thunderstorms and high temps around 89F. Winds from the southeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to near 74F. Total rainfall will be around 0.50 inches.
Sunday: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. High temps will be around 89F. Winds from the southeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to near 75F. Total rainfall will be near 0.15 inches.
Ask The Weatherman for July 10, 2013:
Question: What is a temperature inversion?
Answer: If you were to take a column of air over a given place from the earth’s surface all the way to around 30,000ft and were to look at different levels of the sky, you would note that temperatures are supposed to decrease as you go up with height. However, when a temperature inversion is present, that means the temperature actually warms with height at that layer of the atmosphere.
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Green Energy Weather Report for July 10, 2013:
Wave Energy: The Northeast will see slight to moderate amounts of wave energy as the cold front begins to approach the area. The Mid-Atlantic will also have slight to moderate wave energy. The Southeast will see wave energy slowly start to increase. The Northern Gulf of Mexico will see slight amounts of wave energy. The Southwest will have moderate amounts of wind energy as the remains of Erick pass near the Baja. The Pacific Northwest will have slight amounts of wave energy.
Solar Energy: The best place for solar energy today will be from the Plains westward through the Rockies and into the West Coast.
Wind Energy: The strongest wind energy will be over Minnesota to Kansas behind the cold front that will be pushing through the region.
Hydro-Energy: There will be moderate amounts of hydro energy from the Northeast to the Southeast and back into the Gulf Coast. This entire region will see a frontal boundary slowly move through the region that will give way to stronger thunderstorms that can produce heavy rainfall.
July 10 Weather and Your Wallet (Mobile AL):
A strong line of storms will develop this afternoon and push along the coast bringing periods of heavy rainfall to the region.
Dining: This morning and evening will be the best time to enjoy an outdoor meal at the park or at Battleship Park.
Transportation: There will be delays on the interstates later this afternoon with the potential of heavy rainfall which will lead to ponding on the roads. There could also be delays at the airport later this afternoon.
Shopping: If you are out this afternoon you will want an umbrella as the heavier showers and thunderstorms move into the region.
Electricity: There will be a demand for cooling this afternoon as high temps rise to near 93F. The forecast for today is around 20CDD’s for the area.
Yard Work: This morning would be the best time to get out and cut the grass before the heavy rains move into the region.
Construction: There will be delays later this afternoon for any outdoor projects.
Outdoor Venues: This morning would be the best time to get out and enjoy the boardwalk or a tour over at the Battleship Park.
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