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Big Story Weather – July 31, 2013

Jul 31, 13 Big Story Weather – July 31, 2013

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

Big Story Weather from July 30: The major weather events over the past 24 hours included more heavy rains and gusty winds for Hawaii. Severe weather was limited; however there was one tornado report in South Dakota. The largest hail was around 2.5 inches in South Dakota. The strongest wind gusts were between 70-75mph in both South Dakota and Nebraska. The heat continued to hammer the Southwest and Western Texas with the temps soaring over the 100F mark.

Big Story Weather Discussion for July 31:

Surface Map: High pressure shifting off the East Coast of the Mid-Atlantic will bring another nice day to the Baltimore and DC area. Afternoon thunderstorms will be found across portions of the Southeast and Gulf Coast. Low pressure moving through the Northern Plains will bring another day of showers and thunderstorms to the region. High pressure over the Rockies will help allow for some return flow over Arizona and New Mexico leading to afternoon isolated thunderstorms. The West Coast will remain dry and mild.

Severe Weather: There will be three areas today that need to be watched. The first area will be over parts of Arizona and New Mexico. This region should be dealing with heavy rainfall and possibly damaging winds. The second location is over the Northern Plains where we will see mostly heavy rainfall along with damaging winds and large hail. An isolated tornado could be found in this area as well. The third area will be along the Gulf Coast and parts of the Southeast. Expect heavy rainfall and damaging winds to be the main threats.

Tropical Weather: A wave moving north of Cuba will bring gusty winds and showers to the region.

Select City Forecast:

Buffalo NY: Partly cloudy and cool with a high near 69F and lows near 60F.

Atlanta GA: Partly cloudy with a few thunderstorms during the afternoon. High temps near 85F and lows near 73F. Total rainfall around 0.15 inches.

Chicago IL: Partly cloudy with a few afternoon thunderstorms. High temps near 76F and lows near 64F. Total rainfall around 0.25 inches.

Denver CO: Partly cloudy with a high near 81F and lows near 63F.

Las Vegas NV: Partly cloudy and very hot with high temps around 101F and lows near 89F.

July 31, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Gil has winds around 45kts and pressure around 1001mb. The storm is moving westward. Behind it is another area that will probably become a tropical later today as winds are around 25kts and a pressure near 1009mb. Both systems are moving westward and should experience some strengthening over the next 24 hours. Low pressure near Alaska will bring the region another day of showers and thunderstorms.

Atlantic Ocean: Low pressure moving through the Northern Plains will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. Low pressure moving over Eastern Canada will bring a few showers and thunderstorms to parts of the Northeast. Low pressure near Cuba will bring showers and thunderstorms along with gusty winds to the region. Low pressure moving into England will bring cloudy skies and showers. Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring showers and thunderstorms. Low pressure moving through Eastern Europe will bring a few showers to the area.

Western Pacific: Tropical Storm Jebi continues to move towards Southeast China and Vietnam. Winds are around 30kts with a pressure near 1000mb. The storm will gain some strength before making landfall in the region. Low pressure to the east of Japan will bring a few showers to Northern Japan. Another tropical wave moving southwest of Guam will have to be watched for possible tropical development.

Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough will be active again today with enhanced precipitation over India and also Singapore and Thailand.

Southern Hemisphere: Multiple low pressures moving through the basin with impacts being felt in Argentina where showers and some snow showers will be seen over the southern part of Argentina. A low pressure well south of Africa will bring strong winds and high seas to Cape Town. A third low pressure will bring a few showers to Southwest Australia, while another low will bring showers to New Zealand.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for July 31-August 4:

Buffalo NY: The region will start impact free, however by August 2-4 a frontal boundary moving through the region will bring slight to moderate impacts to the area.

Atlanta GA: The region will see slight to moderate impacts over the next four days as afternoon thunderstorms develop in the region.

Chicago IL: The region will have slight to moderate impacts over the next three days. On August 4 as another round of thunderstorms will impact the region.

Denver CO: There will be a slight to moderate impact from August 3-4 as an area of thunderstorms moves through the region.

Las Vegas NV: A hot week in store, however no thunderstorms forecasted for the area keeping it impact free.

Climate Watch for July 26-30:

Buffalo NY: The past five days temps have been around 1-11 degrees below normal.

Atlanta GA: The temps have been running around 3-7 degrees below normal. The period finished with temps around 1-2 degrees above normal.

Chicago IL: Temps have been very cold running around 8-19 degrees below normal.

Denver CO: Temps have been running around 1-17 degrees below normal.

Las Vegas NV: The period started with temps around 2 degrees above normal followed by a cool down as temps have fallen to around 1-9 degrees below normal.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for July 31, 2013:

Day 1-3: High pressure of the coast of Maryland will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. A frontal boundary over the Northeast will bring a few showers to the region. Low pressure moving through the Northern Plains will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. There will be a few afternoon thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast and the Southeast. The southwest monsoon will provide a few afternoon showers and thunderstorms to portions of Arizona and also New Mexico, while the West will remain dry and mild. Day two a frontal boundary over the East will bring widespread showers and thunderstorms to the region. Low pressure developing over Colorado will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region as well. A frontal boundary over the Northwest will bring showers form Eastern Washington to Wyoming. The period will finish with low pressure moving into Oklahoma bringing showers and thunderstorms to a good portion of the Plains.

Day 4-7: The period will begin with showers and thunderstorms extending from Maryland to Oklahoma and northward into the Plains, while high pressure will slide into the Great Lakes. Day five will have the frontal boundary bringing showers and thunderstorms from the Northeast to the Gulf Coast and back into portions of the Plains where a new low will be developing. High pressure will still bring partly cloudy skies to the Great Lakes, while another tropical feature will be pushing towards Hawaii. The period will finish with a strong front bringing showers and thunderstorms to the Northeast all the way back into the Gulf Coast and the Southern Plains. Showers and thunderstorms will also be found over portions of the Northern Plains and Rockies. The tropical feature will be pushing into Hawaii. A very strong low pressure system enters the Gulf of Alaska bringing showers, thunderstorms and gale force winds gusting to near storm force.

Day 8-12: The period will start with low pressure over Maine which will bring showers and thunderstorms to the area. These will extend back along the frontal boundary to the Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast along with the Gulf Coast. Low pressure developing over Western Texas will bring showers to the region and these will extend northward as well. The strong low pressure will land on shore over parts of Southern Alaska bringing very strong winds, heavy rainfall and some storm surge to the region. Day nine a strong storm system will push into the Midwest increasing the chances of seeing severe weather, while high pressure builds in over the Northern Plains. Day ten the storm system will push into the Northeast bringing strong to severe storms to the region along with heavy rainfall. The frontal boundary will extend into the Southeast and Gulf Coast bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region.

Long Range Outlook: The period will start with a very strong area of high pressure over the Great Lakes and Ohio River Valley, while a frontal boundary will bring showers and thunderstorms from the Southeast back into the Gulf Coast and portions of the Plains. The middle of the period will have another storm system moving up the East Coast bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. The period will end with a very active weather pattern.

Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Austin TX:

Wednesday: Partly cloudy and hot with a high near 101F. Winds from the southeast 5-10mph as overnight lows will be around 74F.

Thursday: Partly cloudy and hot with a high near 101F. Winds from the southeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 75F.

Friday: Partly cloudy and hot with a high near 100F. Winds from the southeast 5-10mph as overnight lows will be near 72F.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with a high near 99F. Winds from the southeast 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to near 74F.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with a high near 99F. Winds from the southeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 72F.

Ask The Weatherman for July 31, 2013:

Question: What are weather balloons used for?

Answer: We use weather balloons to get real-time weather data of the upper atmosphere over a given location. Multiple weather balloons are launched over the United States and the globe and all of this data is then gathered and inserted into the weather models to try and get a better understanding of what is happening in the upper atmosphere. The weather balloons are launched usually twice a day at 00Z and again at 12Z time.

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Green Energy Weather Report for July 31, 2013:

Wave Energy: There will be slight to moderate amounts of wind energy along the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast coasts. The Northern Gulf will see slight amounts of wave energy today. There will be moderate amounts of wave energy over the Southwest and slight to moderate amounts over the Northwest.

Solar Energy: The best place for solar energy today will include the Mid-Atlantic region. There will also be good amounts over parts of the Great Lakes along with the Southern Plains and back over most of the Rockies. There will also be good amounts of solar energy for the Southwest outside of the showers and thunderstorms. The West will have very good amounts of energy today.

Wind Energy: The best place for winds today will be over the Northern Rockies behind the surface low pressure and also over the Northeast behind the passing storm system that is in Eastern Canada.

Hydro-Energy: There will be light amounts of energy over the Southwest, while also the Gulf Coast will see light amounts of hydro energy. There will be moderate amounts of energy over the Northern Plains and portions of the Great Lakes.

July 31 Weather and Your Wallet (Sioux Falls SD):

A nice day in store for the region as low pressure pushes away.

Dining: No major impacts forecasted for the area leaving a nice day to enjoy lunch outdoors.

Transportation: There will be no issues at the airports or on the highways.

Shopping: No impacts as you head out to do your shopping today.

Electricity: There will be a small time period of cooling this afternoon as the forecast is for 6CDD’s.

Yard Work: Today will be a nice day to get the yard work done. The garden will see around 21GDD’s for the day.

Construction: There will be no issues today with outdoor work projects.

Outdoor Venues: Today will be a great day to take a walk in the park or hit the bike paths and enjoy the fall feeling in the air.

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