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Big Story Weather – July 2, 2013

Jul 02, 13 Big Story Weather – July 2, 2013

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

Big Story Weather from July 1: Severe weather struck the Northeast the hardest yesterday with tornadoes reported in CT and also NJ. Hail hit parts of Wyoming and also the Ohio River Valley. Wind damage was found in AZ/NM and also over parts of the Northeast. The heat was also the big story over Western Texas and into the Southwest along with a good portion of the West. Temps in the Southwest soared into the 110-120F range again for many.

Big Story Weather Discussion for July 2: Low pressure pushing through the Ohio River Valley will bring with it another round of thunderstorms for the Northeast, into the Mid-Atlantic and southward along the Southeast and portions of the Gulf Coast. An upper level trough moving through the Northern Plains will bring thunderstorms to the region. High pressure over the Southwest will make for another very warm and dry day. The West Coast will also see another warm and dry day.

Severe Weather: The first area of concern will be along the frontal boundary from the Northeast to the Mid-Atlantic, then southward into the Southeast and Gulf Coast. The biggest severe weather threat will be damaging winds, however in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic we can’t rule out the potential of a tornado. The second area will be over the Northern Plains associated with the upper level trough. This region will see damaging winds mostly.

Tropical Weather: There is a tropical wave located to the south-southeast of Cuba and Puerto Rico. This wave needs to be watched as it moves slowly towards the Gulf over the next couple of days. We could be looking at very heavy rains from Florida and northward along the Gulf Coast.

Here is the weather for a few select cities:

Baltimore MD: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps will be around 84F and overnight lows will drop to near 68F. Total rainfall will be around 0.65 inches.

Orlando FL: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps will be around 88F and overnight lows will fall to near 79F. Total rainfall will be around 0.50 inches.

Sioux Falls SD: Partly cloudy with an isolated afternoon thunderstorm. High temps will be around 84F and overnight lows will fall to near 74F. Total rainfall will be near 0.25 inches.

Boise ID: Partly cloudy and hot with high temps near 90F. Overnight lows will be around 65F.

Portland OR: Partly cloudy and warm with high temps near 84F. Overnight lows will fall to near 66F.

July 2, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Eastern Pacific Ocean: Low pressure moving towards Hawaii will bring showers to the region later in the week. Tropical Storm Dalila continues to push along the coast of Mexico with winds around 55kts and a pressure near 994mb. The storm should slowly start to weaken as it moves into colder waters. The second tropical wave is now moving off Central America and has winds around 20kts and pressure of 1009mb. Low pressure moving into Western Canada will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region.

Atlantic Ocean: Low pressure moving along near the Hudson Bay will bring showers to the region. Another area of low pressure moving into the Ohio River Valley will bring showers and severe weather to the region. This will extend into the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and also parts of the Southeast and Gulf Coast. A tropical wave just to the south-southeast of Cuba is being watched for possible tropical development over the next 24 hours. Low pressure moving into Western Europe will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region.

Western Pacific: Low pressure moving out of Eastern China will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Koreas and also Western Japan. Low pressure moving over the open Pacific is moving towards Midway Island and will bring showers to the region. Tropical Storm Rumbia has winds near 40kts and a pressure of 993mb. This storm will continue to push towards Southeast China making landfall.

Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough will be very active again today with two areas of low pressure along the trough bringing heavy rains to India again and also the Southeast Asia.

Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure to the south of the Fiji Islands will bring showers to the region. A second area of low pressure moving south of Argentina will bring heavy rains and higher elevation snows to the region. . Low pressure moving south of New Zealand will bring showers to the region as well.

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

Baltimore MD: The region will see moderate impacts over the next four days with thunderstorms in the area producing very heavy rains and flooding potential will be high. The period will finish impact free.

Orlando FL: The area will have slight impacts each day as afternoon thunderstorms move through the region.

Sioux Falls SD: The region will have a slight impact today with afternoon thunderstorms. The rest of the week will be impact free.

Boise ID: The area will start impact free. There will be a slight chance of impacts as thunderstorms move through the area on July 5. The period will finish impact free.

Portland OR: The region will start impact free. There will be a chance of impacts as thunderstorms move through the area on July 3 and 4. The remainder of the period will be impact free.

Climate Watch for June 27- July 1:

Baltimore MD: The area started about 1 degree below normal then warmed to around 1-2 degrees above normal before falling again to around 4 degrees below normal.

Orlando FL: The area started about 1-2 degrees above normal then fell for the remainder of the period to around 1-2 degrees below normal.

Sioux Falls SD: The region started with temps around 2 degrees above normal then fell to around 1-7 degrees below normal for the remainder of the period.

Boise ID: The past five days the region has been hot with temps around 10-17 degrees above normal.

Portland OR: The region has been very warm the past five days with temps running around 6-20 degrees above normal for the area.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for July 2, 2013:

Day 1-3: Low pressure moving towards the Ohio River Valley will bring a lot of rainfall to the region. This will expand out over the Northeast and also the Mid-Atlantic region setting the stage for possible flooding in the area. The return flow over the Southeast and Gulf Coast will be the focus for some isolated afternoon thunderstorms. An upper level trough moving through the Northern Plains will bring a few thunderstorms to the area today. High pressure over the Southwest will make for another dry and very hot day for the region. The warm and dry weather will push into the West Coast as well. The return flow on day two will bring more rains to the East Coast. A tropical wave moving along the coast of Florida will bring heavy rains and possible waterspouts to the region. The monsoonal trough will setup over the Southwest providing some much needed rainfall to the region. This will also push some moisture into the West Coast. The period will finish with more rains along the East Coast and the tropical wave pushing along the Northern Gulf Coast bringing rainy and windy conditions to the area.

Day 4-7: The period will begin with return flow over the Eastern United States bringing more rainfall to the region. The tropical wave will push along the Northern Gulf Coast bringing more rains and strong to severe storms along with strong winds. Low pressure will also push into the Northern Plains bringing some thunderstorms to the region. Day five some of the East Coast will begin to dry out, while the tropical wave brings another day of heavy rains, strong winds to the Northern Gulf. Low pressure along the Rockies will bring monsoonal rains northward. The period will finish with the tropical wave finally pushing on shore and sending all the moisture back towards the East Coast bringing another threat for flooding rains.

Day 8-12: The period will start with a storm system moving into the Great Lakes bringing thunderstorms to the region – some severe weather may be possible. Return flow will be pushing northward along the Gulf Coast again. The West will be dry and warm again. Day nine the return flow will setup more heavy rains from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast. Day ten will have a strong storm system moving through the Northern Plains bringing severe weather to the region. Along with that look for return flow over the Gulf Coast and Southeast to bring heavy rains to the region. The period will finish with the strong storm system pushing into the Great Lakes bringing severe weather to the region.

Long Range Outlook: The period will start with low pressure over the East Coast bringing more rains to the region. A second low pressure will move through the Northern Plains bringing more rains to the region. During the middle of the period the low over the Northeast will bring showers to the region and the cold front will extend back through the Southeast and Gulf Coast bringing more thunderstorms to the region. The period will finish with another strong storm system moving through the Central Plains.

Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Miami FL:

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 88F and overnight lows near 80F. Winds from the southeast 12-17mph and total rainfall near 0.50 inches.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 88F and overnight lows near 80F. Winds from the southeast 15-20mph and total rainfall near 0.20 inches.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 88F and overnight lows near 80F. Winds from the southeast 15-20mph and total rainfall near 0.10 inches.

Friday: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 88F and overnight lows near 81F. Winds from the southeast 18-23mph and total rainfall near 0.30 inches.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 88F and overnight lows near 80F. Winds from the southeast 12-17mph and total rainfall near 0.05 inches.

Ask The Weatherman for July 2, 2013:

Question: What is a Rain Shaft?

Answer: During the summer months when thunderstorms develop there can become a pocket of heavy rain. This heavy rain, as it falls from the thunderstorm, creates a visible rain shaft or an area of the storm that is obstructed by the heavy rain. This can make seeing a tornado very difficult.

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Green Energy Weather Report for July 2, 2013:

Wave Energy: There will be moderate amounts of wave energy off the Northeast coast and also the Mid-Atlantic. The Southeast will have slight to moderate amounts. The Gulf Coast will see slight amounts of energy. The Southwest will see moderate to high amounts of wave energy as the tropical storm near Mexico continues to turn up the waves. The Northwest will see slight to moderate amounts of wave energy as well.

Solar Energy: The best places for solar energy today will be the Southern Plains into the Southwest and over most of the West Coast and Rockies.

Wind Energy: The best places for wind energy today will be over the Great Lakes ahead of the frontal boundary and also over Southern Florida as a tropical wave starts to move that direction.

Hydro-Energy: There will be light amounts of hydro energy over the Northern Plains and Western Great Lakes. There will be light amounts of energy also over the Gulf Coast and Southeast, however the Mid-Atlantic, to the Eastern Lakes and the Northeast will see moderate to extreme amounts of hydro energy today as flooding is a real threat for the area.

July 2 Weather and Your Wallet (Denver CO):

High pressure over the region will create a dry day and a high fire risk in the region.

Dining: There will be no issues. It should be a very nice day to enjoy an outdoor lunch.

Transportation: The weather will have no impacts on air and ground travel today.

Shopping: Today will provide an excellent day to get out and go shopping.

Electricity: There will be a small window this afternoon of cooling needed as 3CDD’s are forecasted for the area.

Yard Work: The day will be nice to hit the yard and cut the grass or water the garden. Look for 18GDD’s for the area.

Construction: Today will be a nice day for the outdoor projects.

Outdoor Venues: There will be no problems with taking the dog for a walk at the park or enjoying the outdoors today.

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