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Big Story Weather – July 5, 2013

Jul 05, 13 Big Story Weather – July 5, 2013

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

Big Story Weather from July 4: The big news from yesterday was the tropical moisture that pushed on shore over Florida and parts of Alabama. Rainfall rates along the coast ranged from 1.5-4.0 inches and over. The second story was the severe weather as we had the largest hail recorded in Montana at the size of 3 inches. Wind gusts of 60-70mph were also found in Utah, Montana, Florida and Nevada. The heat baked the Southwest and parts of the West again with temps soaring past 110F for many places.

Big Story Weather Discussion for July 5: High pressure off the East Coast will keep a fair amount of the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast dry today. A low pressure area moving onshore today associated with a tropical wave will bring copious amounts of rainfall to MS/AL/FL with places getting more than 3 inches again. Low pressure moving through Southern Canada will bring more scattered showers and thunderstorms to the Plains, Northern Rockies and the Western Great Lakes. High pressure out West will bring another hot and dry day to the region.

Severe Weather: There will be multiple areas again today. The first will be along the Gulf Coast where we can expect to see waterspouts that could briefly come on shore and for tornadoes and also heavy rains in the area along with strong winds. The second place will be the Plains and Western Lakes along with the Northern Rockies. These areas will be isolated but may see large hail and damaging winds.

Tropical Weather: A tropical wave of low pressure will push onshore today over the Northern Gulf Coast bringing flooding rains, damaging winds and isolated waterspouts that could briefly turn into tornadoes. A second area of concern is near the Yucatan Peninsula. This area could see a slight chance of development over the next 24 hours.

Here is the weather for a few select cities:

New York NY: Partly cloudy today with a high near 77F and overnight lows near 66F.

Mobile AL: Mostly cloudy with strong thunderstorms. High temps will be around 85F and overnight lows will fall to near 79F. Total rainfall will be around 1-2 inches.

Sioux Falls SD: Partly cloudy with an isolated thunderstorm. High temps will be around 82F and overnight lows will fall to near 76F. Total rainfall will be around 0.25 inches.

Boise ID: Partly cloudy with a high near 72F and overnight lows near 64F.

Seattle WA: Partly cloudy with a high near 73F and overnight lows near 65F.

July 5, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Eastern Pacific Ocean: Low pressure moving south of Hawaii will bring stronger winds to the area. Low pressure moving over Alaska will bring showers to the region. Low pressure moving through Western Canada will bring showers and thunderstorms to the area. Tropical Storm Dalila continues to move away from land and weaken as winds are now around 30kts with a pressure of 1006mb. Newly formed Tropical Storm Erick has winds near 40kts and pressure of 1004mb. This storm will be riding up along the Mexican coast bringing heavy rains and strong winds to the region.

Atlantic Ocean: A weak area of low pressure (tropical wave) continues to move slowly towards the Northern Gulf. This will bring very heavy rains and strong winds along with waterspouts to the region from LA-FL. A second area of low pressure (tropical wave) is near the Yucatan Peninsula. This region will need to be watched over the next 24 hours for possible development. Low pressure moving over Greenland will bring more showers to the region. Two weak areas of low pressure are along the west coast of Africa that are bringing strong winds and rain to the region.

Western Pacific: Low pressure moving northeast of Japan will bring a frontal boundary over Japan with rain showers. A second area of low pressure moving across Eastern Russia will bring showers to the region.

Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough continues to be active with three low pressure areas working alongside of it over the basin.

Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure continue to move through the basin with low pressure impacting Southern Chile and Southern Argentina with high elevation snows and rainfall. The second area of low pressure is bringing a few showers to parts of South Africa. The third area of low pressure is bringing rainfall to Southeast Australia and also New Zealand.

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

New York NY: The region will be impact free today, followed by multiple days of slight to moderate impacts as thunderstorms move through the region. The period will finish impact free.

Mobile AL: The region will have extreme impacts over the next few days as tropical moisture continues to push into the region leading to flooding and severe storms. The area should become impact free by July 9.

Sioux Falls SD: The region will see slight impacts today with thunderstorms. The remainder of the week will be impact free.

Boise ID: The area will start impact free. On July 8 there will be a chance of slight impacts associated with thunderstorms. The period will finish impact free.

Seattle WA: The region will be impact free today. Slight impacts are expected for both July 6 and 7 as showers and thunderstorms move through the region. The area then will be impact free to finish the period.

Climate Watch for June 30- July 4:

New York NY: The past five days the region has seen temps around 1-7 degrees above normal.

Mobile AL: The past five days the region has seen temps around 1-5 degrees below normal.

Sioux Falls SD: The area started out with temps around 1-2 degrees below normal and then finished the period with temps around 1-2 degrees above normal.

Boise ID: The past five days the region has seen temps ranging from 8-23 degrees above normal very hot with multiple days over 100F.

Seattle WA: The region started out very hot with temps in the 90’s. Temps have been running about 5-17 degrees above normal and just yesterday fell to around 3 degrees below normal.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for July 5, 2013:

Day 1-3: High pressure off the East Coast will bring a nice day to the Northeast. Return flow will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Mid-Atlantic. The tropical wave will bring heavy amounts of rain to the Gulf Coast and Southeast. A frontal boundary over the Northern Plains will bring thunderstorms to the Northern Rockies into the Northern Plains and parts of the Western Great Lakes. High pressure over the Southwest will keep the region hot and dry again. Day two the heavy rains will extend from the Gulf Coast into the Ohio River Valley, while the frontal boundary over the Plains will bring severe weather to the region. The West will remain hot and dry, especially the southwest. A few showers will move into parts of the Northwest. The period will end with heavy rainfall extending into the Northeast from the Gulf Coast.

Day 4-7: The period will start with heavy rains extending from the Northeast into the Gulf Coast and Southeast. The storm system over the Plains will bring another day of severe weather to the region and this will begin to extend into the Great Lakes. The monsoons will slowly pickup over the Southwest. Day six low pressure over the Northeast will bring heavy rains to the region, while the return flow over the Gulf Coast will bring afternoon thunderstorms. Low pressure over the Central Plains will bring a few showers and thunderstorms to the region. The southwest monsoons will bring a few thunderstorms to the region. The majority of the West will remain dry and hot. The period will finish with low pressure extending from the Northeast to the Gulf Coast bringing moderate rainfall to the region. A high pressure center will extend over the Great Lakes and another storm system will move into the Plains. The southwest monsoons will bring another chance of thunderstorms over the region.

Day 8-12: The period will begin with a frontal boundary over the East Coast bringing rainfall to the region. A second area of low pressure will be moving through the Plains bringing another round of showers and thunderstorms to the region. The southwest monsoon will bring some showers and thunderstorms to the region of Arizona and New Mexico. The rest of the West will be dry and warm again. Day ten a large area of moisture will extend from the Northeast back into the Gulf Coast where flooding rains will be possible again. A strong cold front will be pushing through the Northern Plains. The period will finish with heavy rains from the Northeast to the Gulf Coast.

Long Range Outlook: The long range will begin with more heavy rains from the East Coast to the Gulf Coast. The southwest monsoons will increase over parts of the Southwest. The middle of the period will be very wet for the Gulf Coast and into portions of the Northeast. The period will finish with more heavy rains from the East Coast to the Gulf Coast and more dry weather over the west.

Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for New Orleans LA:

Friday: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms. High temps around 85F. Winds from the southeast 10-15mph. Overnight lows will fall to near 74F. Total rainfall will be near 0.65 inches.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms. High temps will be around 80F. Winds from the southeast 7-12mph. Overnight lows will fall to near 74F. Total rainfall will be near 0.40 inches.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps will be around 91F. Overnight lows will be near 77F. Total rainfall will be around 0.05 inches.

Monday: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High temps will be around 90F. Overnight lows will fall to near 77F. Total rainfall will be near 0.05 inches.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms. High temps around 92F. Overnight lows will be near 77F. Winds will be southwest 2-7mph. Total rainfall will be near 0.35 inches.

Ask The Weatherman for July 5, 2013:

Question: In which basin do you find all the tropical systems?

Answer: Today we will look at all the tropical systems and where they are found. Hurricanes are found in the Eastern Pacific and also the Atlantic. Typhoons are found in the Western Pacific Ocean. Tropical Cyclones are found in the Indian Ocean and also around Australia.

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Green Energy Weather Report for July 5, 2013:

Wave Energy: There will be slight to moderate wave energy available from the Northeast to the Mid-Atlantic. Moderate amounts of energy will be available from the Southeast into the Northern Gulf of Mexico. There will also be moderate amounts of energy along the Southwest and into the Northwest.

Solar Energy: The best place for solar energy today will be from the Central Rockies into the Southwest and over most of the West Coast. There will also be a small area over the extreme Northeast.

Wind Energy: The best place for wind energy today will be along the Northern Gulf of Mexico along the tropical wave that is moving near shore.

Hydro-Energy: There will be small amounts of hydro energy over the Northern Rockies and also the Northern Plains and into the Western Lakes. There will be extreme amounts of hydro energy over the Northern Gulf Coast and moderate amounts of energy available in the Southeast.

July 5 Weather and Your Wallet (Austin TX):

The summer heat will be in place over the region today as high temps soar into the upper 90’s and even a few 100’s will be possible.

Dining: Today there will be no major problems for dining out. It will be hot so make sure to drink plenty of water.

Transportation: Sunny skies will bring no issues to the roads or the airports today.

Shopping: Today will be a nice day to enjoy the after sales. Just make sure to drink plenty of water.

Electricity: There will be a moderate need for cooling all day today with the forecast for 19CDD’s on the day.

Yard Work: This morning would be the best time to get out and water the gardens and flowers before it gets to warm. Today the area will see 34GDD’s.

Construction: No issues forecasted today here, however make sure to drink plenty of water as it will be hot and the roads will provide extra heat if you’re working road construction.

Outdoor Venues: This morning or later this evening will be a good time to get out and take the pet for a walk. This afternoon will be too hot.

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