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Big Story Weather – July 30, 2013

Jul 30, 13 Big Story Weather – July 30, 2013

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

Big Story Weather from July 29: The cold weather was in place again with record or near record lows over parts of the Great Lakes and Northeast. Severe weather was fairly limited, however strong winds were reported in the 60-70mph range in the following locations: North Carolina, Maryland, Texas, and Montana. The largest hail for the day was around 1 inch and that occurred in Montana and also Nevada. Tropical weather for yesterday included Tropical Storm Flossie making landfall in the Hawaiian Islands with one report out of the region of 37-48mph gusts over Maui Island along with heavy rainfall.

Big Story Weather Discussion for July 30:

Surface Map: High pressure over the Mid-Atlantic will bring fair weather and mild temps to the region. A few thunderstorms will remain over parts of the Northeast. Low pressure over the Central Plains will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region and this will extend into the Great Lakes. High pressure over the Rockies will bring warm and dry weather to the region.

Severe Weather: There will be a wide area of strong to possibly severe thunderstorms from the Gulf Coast back into the Central Plains along the frontal boundary and into the Great Lakes along the warm front. The biggest threat should be strong winds and large hail. There will also be afternoon thunderstorms over Arizona and New Mexico. These storms will bring heavy rain along with large hail and damaging winds.

Tropical Weather: We are still watching 91L for possible development at this time development looks limited, however it will still need to be watched as it drifts to the west-northwest. Winds are around 25kts and pressure near 1015mb.

Select City Forecast:

Boston MA: Partly cloudy with a few afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 69F and lows near 62F. Total rainfall will be around 0.15 inches.

Memphis TN: Partly cloudy with a few afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 81F and lows near 66F. Total rainfall around 0.25 inches.

Omaha NE: Partly cloudy with a few thunderstorms. High temps near 77F and lows near 66F. Total rainfall near 0.15 inches.

Boise ID: Partly cloudy and hot with a high near 95F. Overnight lows will be near 80F.

Seattle WA: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 81F. Overnight lows will be near 65F.

July 30, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Flossie continues tracking through the Hawaiian Islands and should become a depression later today. Winds are around 30kts and pressure near 1009mb. Low pressure moving into Western Alaska will bring showers to the area. A tropical wave moving off the coast of Central America is being watched for possible tropical development over the next 24 hours. Low pressure moving through the Southern Plains is bringing heavy rainfall and strong thunderstorms to the region.

Atlantic Ocean: Low pressure moving up near the Northeast will bring another day of cool weather and showers and thunderstorms to the area. Invest 91L continues to move slowly westward towards the US. Winds are now near 25kts and pressure around 1015mb. The storm does show some signs of strengthening and will need to be watched. Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring another day of severe weather to the region. Low pressure near the coast of Africa will also have to be watched for potential tropical development.

Western Pacific: Low pressure moving away from Japan will bring a few showers still to Central Japan, while a tropical wave is being watched to the southeast of Hong Kong for potential development.

Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough will be active again today. Look for heavy rainfall especially across India.

Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure are moving through the region. One area of low pressure is bringing showers and snow showers to Southern Chile and Argentina. A second low pressure south of Africa will bring stronger winds to the region. A third area of low pressure will bring showers to Southwest Australia and another area of low pressure will bring showers to New Zealand.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for July 30-August 3:

Boston MA: There will be slight impacts today associated with isolated thunderstorms and then another round of slight to moderate impacts for Aug 1-2 as another storm system moves through the region.

Memphis TN: There will be slight to moderate impacts over the next few days as thunderstorms move through the area. Another chance for impacts on Aug 3.

Omaha NE: There will be slight impacts today associated with thunderstorms. On Aug 3 there will be another round of thunderstorms impacting the region.

Boise ID: There will be slight to moderate impacts on Aug 1 associated with thunderstorms. The remainder of the period will be impact free.

Seattle WA: The next five days will be impact free for the area.

Climate Watch for July 25-29:

Boston MA: The period started with temps around 10-14 degrees below normal and then warmed to around 2 degrees above normal before falling again to around 1-7 degrees below normal.

Memphis TN: Temps over the past five days have ranged from around 3-9 degrees below normal.

Omaha NE: The past five days temps have been running around 3-18 degrees below normal for the region.

Boise ID: The period started with temps around 2-9 degrees above normal and then fell to around 1-2 degrees below normal to finish the period.

Seattle WA: The period started with temps around 1-11 degrees above normal and then finished the period around 1-7 degrees below normal.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for July 30, 2013:

Day 1-3: Low pressure moving near Maine will bring showers and thunderstorms to portions of the Northeast. High pressure over the Mid-Atlantic will bring a nice day to the region and the nation’s capital. Low pressure over the Central Plains will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. These will extend into the Northern Plains and portions of the Great Lakes. High pressure over the Rockies will keep the region fairly warm and dry, however the monsoonal showers will develop over parts of Arizona and New Mexico. The West will remain dry and fairly warm. Day two the storm system will move out of the Plains and into Southeast Canada setting the stage for the cold front to bring showers and thunderstorms from the Great Lakes to the Ohio River Valley and southward into the Gulf Coast. The monsoonal rains will continue over the Southwest. The period will end with the cold front pushing into the East Coast, while another storm system pushes into the Northern Plains bringing another round of showers and thunderstorms to the region.

Day 4-7: The period will start with the cold front still pushing through the Northeast and the storm system over the Plains will push slowly eastward. Both regions will see showers and thunderstorms. Day six a frontal boundary will extend from the Southern Plains into the Mid-Atlantic this will be the focus for showers and thunderstorms. Another strong high pressure center will build in over the Northern Plains. The period will end with showers and thunderstorms extending from the Mid-Atlantic to the Gulf Coast and back into the Southern Plains. High pressure will dominate the Great Lakes.

Day 8-12: The period will start with a frontal boundary impacting from the Central Plains to the Gulf Coast bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. The East and West Coasts will remain dry. Day nine the storm system will push into the East Coast bringing heavy rains and thunderstorms to the region. This will extend into the Gulf Coast and also parts of the Plains. A very potent storm system will be moving into the Gulf of Alaska bringing strong to severe weather to the region. Another tropical feature will be headed towards Hawaii. The period will finish with a frontal boundary extending from the Mid-Atlantic into the Gulf Coast and Southeast. Showers and thunderstorms will be found along this boundary.

Long Range Outlook: The period will begin with a frontal boundary in place from the Mid-Atlantic to the Gulf Coast which will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. High pressure will be over the Northeast, while a new storm system develops over the Plains. The period will end with moderate rainfall over a good portion of the East from the Mississippi River Valley to the East Coast along a frontal boundary.

Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Biloxi MS:

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a high near 91F. Winds from the southeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 76F.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 92F. Winds from the southwest 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 77F. Total rainfall near 0.25 inches.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with an afternoon thunderstorm. High temps around 93F and lows near 78F. Winds from the southwest 5-10mph as total rainfall will be near 0.15 inches.

Friday: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 95F. There will also be isolated afternoon thunderstorms as low temps fall to around 78F. Total rainfall near 0.10 inches.

Saturday: Partly cloudy and warm with a few afternoon thunderstorms. High temps around 93F and low temps near 77F. Total rainfall will be near 0.10 inches and winds from the southwest 5-10mph.

Ask The Weatherman for July 30, 2013:

Question: What is bow echo?

Answer: A bow echo can be identified on a radar by a strong line of thunderstorms with the center of the line being ahead of the rest of the storms. This is an indicator of very strong winds with that line of storms. Sometimes these lines of storms can exceed 75mph.

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Green Energy Weather Report for July 30, 2013:

Wave Energy: There will be moderate to extreme amounts of energy along the Northeast coast near the center of the low. The Mid-Atlantic will see light to moderate amounts. The Southeast will see light to moderate as well. The Gulf Coast will see light amounts of energy. The Southwest and Northwest will both have light to moderate amounts of energy.

Solar Energy: There will be a pocket of great solar energy over the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio River Valley associated with the high pressure center. There will also be good amounts of solar energy over the Northern Plains and into most of the Rockies and West Coast.

Wind Energy: The best place for wind energy today will be from Minnesota into the Western Lakes and also over the Northeast near the low pressure center.

Hydro-Energy: There will be slight to moderate amounts of hydro energy for the Southern Plains into the Gulf Coast and over portions of the Great Lakes all around the low pressure area. There will also be an area of hydro energy over New Mexico and parts of Arizona as the monsoonal rains kick in today.

July 30 Weather and Your Wallet (Jackson MS):

A warm and dry day in store for the region as high temps rise to around 92F and low temps will be near 73F under partly cloudy skies.

Dining: There will be no issues with eating lunch at the park today as it will be partly cloudy.

Transportation: There will be no weather delays at the airport or on the highways in the area today.

Shopping: A nice day to get out and do some school shopping.

Electricity: There will be a higher demand for cooling this afternoon as temps rise into the 90’s. The total for today is around 18CDD’s.

Yard Work: This morning or early evening will be the best time to get out and do that yard work. The garden will enjoy about 33GDD’s for today.

Construction: Today will be a warm day so make sure to hydrate often if you’re working on an outdoor project.

Outdoor Venues: There will be no impacts to enjoying and outdoor events today.

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