Big Story Weather – June 19, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from June 18: Severe weather hit a large portion of the United States with tornadoes confirmed in Colorado and also North Carolina. Hail and wind reports spread from the High Plains and all the way towards the East Coast. The heat continued to bake the Southwest with many temps soaring over 100F.
Big Story Weather Discussion for June 19: High pressure over the Great Lakes will bring nice weather to the region. This will expand into the Northeast as well. An area of low pressure pushing off the Mid-Atlantic with the trailing cold front over the Southeast and Gulf Coast will be the focus for showers and thunderstorms today. Low pressure moving out of the Northwestern Rockies will bring showers and thunderstorms over the region. A trough will setup over the Central Plains and extend into the Southern Plains. This will be the focus of dry-line development thunderstorms in the region – some which may become severe.
Severe Weather: There is the threat for strong winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes from the Carolinas southward into the Gulf Coast ahead of a cold front. There is also a chance for large hail and damaging winds over the Northern Rockies and a chance for damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes over the Plains as well.
Tropical Weather: Tropical Depression #2 now slowly moving westward should make a second landfall into Mexico soon. The potential does exist for the area to become a storm before landfall. Winds are around 30kts and a pressure of 1006mb.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Baltimore MD: Partly cloudy with a high near 77F. Overnight lows will be around 61F.
Atlanta GA: Partly cloudy with a high near 80F. Overnight lows will be around 70F.
Omaha NE: Partly cloudy with a high near 80F. Overnight lows will be near 68F.
Boise ID: Mostly cloudy with showers and a high near 62F. Overnight lows will be around 54F. Total rainfall will be around 0.35 inches.
Los Angeles CA: Partly cloudy with a high near 79F. Overnight lows will be around 68F.
June 18, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Eastern Pacific Ocean: Low pressure moving towards Alaska will bring showers and finally a break from the heat. A second low pressure moving through Central Canada will bring shows to the region.
Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression 2 will continue moving towards Mexico with winds around 30kts and a pressure of 1006mb. The area has a chance of becoming a storm before making landfall. Low pressure moving away from the East Coast of the US will bring another day of showers and thunderstorms to the region extending back into the Gulf Coast. Low pressure moving towards Greenland will bring showers to the region and a few snow showers. Low pressure moving towards Spain will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. Low pressure moving over Western China will bring showers to the region.
Western Pacific: Low pressure to the east of Japan will bring showers to Japan along the frontal boundary. Low pressure over to the southeast of Hong Kong is being watched for potential tropical development over the next 24 hours. Tropical Storm Leepi continues moving slowly northward with winds around 35kts and a pressure around 996mb. The storm is forecasted to strengthen slowly as it approaches Japan. Another area of low pressure to the southeast of Guam is also being watched for potential tropical development.
Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough continues to impact a good portion of the region around Southeast Asia bringing moderate rains to the area.
Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure are moving through the basin. One frontal boundary is impacting Argentina with rain and snow. Another low is bringing extensive high clouds to parts of South Africa. One area near the equator is being watched for possible tropical development. With winds around 15kts and pressure of 1010mb, this storm has the chance over the next 24 hours to develop into a tropical feature.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for June 19-23:
Baltimore MD: The next five days will be tranquil with no major weather events forecasted for the region.
Atlanta GA: The next four days will be impact free. By the 23rd the region will see a slight chance of impacts associated with thunderstorms.
Omaha NE: The area will be mostly impact free with the chance of seeing slight impacts on June 20 with an associated frontal boundary pushing through the region.
Boise ID: The area will have slight impacts today associated with rain showers. Another chance of impacts with a frontal boundary that will bring thunderstorms to the region on June 22.
Los Angeles CA: The region will enjoy impact free weather the next five days.
Climate Watch for June 14-18:
Baltimore MD: The region started the period with temps around 1-4 degrees below normal before warming to around 2-4 degrees above normal. The period finished around 6 degrees below normal.
Atlanta GA: The area has seen temps around 1-3 degrees below normal for the past five days.
Omaha NE: The past five days the region has seen temps around 1-5 degrees above normal.
Boise ID: The period started with temps around 10 degrees below normal followed by a warming trend with temps around 4-11 degrees above normal.
Los Angeles CA: The past five days the region has seen temps around 1-3 degrees above normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for June 19, 2013:
Day 1-3: An area of low pressure off the East Coast will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Mid-Atlantic back into the Southeast and Gulf Coast along the frontal boundary. High pressure over the Great Lakes will bring nice weather to the region. A storm system moving into the Northern Rockies will bring thunderstorms to the Plains and rain showers over the Northwestern US. Day two high pressure will shift into the Northeast, while the storm system pushes into the Northern Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. A few thunderstorms will be possible along the Gulf Coast as well. The period will end with return flow over the Gulf Coast and Southeast bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region, while another storm system pushes into the Northern Plains.
Day 4-7: The period will start with high pressure along the East Coast, while return flow brings showers and thunderstorms to the Southeast and Gulf Coast. A storm system moving through the Northern Plains will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. High pressure will keep the Southwest dry and warm. Day five the return flow will bring another day of showers and thunderstorms to the Southeast and Gulf Coast. A new storm system will be approaching the Northwest with showers. Day six will result in more return flow over the Southeast and Gulf Coast, while a powerful storm system pushes into the Dakotas bringing severe weather to the region. Another storm system will push into the Northwest. The period will end with no major changes.
Day 8-12: The period will start with showers and thunderstorms along the East Coast extending back into the Gulf Coast. Another weak frontal system will bring a few showers into the Northwest. Day nine there will be a storm system over the East Coast and another storm system over the Northern Plains. Both regions will see showers and thunderstorms. Day ten the storm system will still be along the East Coast, while the other storm system moves into the Great Lakes. The period will finish with a strong storm system in the Northeast with heavy rains and severe weather.
Long Range Outlook: The long range will start with a strong storm system over the Eastern United States bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. A second storm system will be over the Northern Plains bringing a large amount of rainfall and severe weather to the region. High pressure will build in over the West Coast. The middle of the period there will be high amounts of moisture along a good portion of the East Coast. The period will end with a powerful storm system hitting the Plains and Ohio River Valley.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Salt Lake City UT:
Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a high near 71F. Winds will be from the northwest 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 38F. Patchy frost will be possible overnight.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with a high near 72F. Winds from the east 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 40F.
Friday: Partly cloudy with a high near 77F. Winds from the northeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 40F.
Saturday: Partly cloudy with a high near 72F, winds from the southeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 49F.
Sunday: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 82F. Winds from the southwest 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 50F.
Ask The Weatherman for June 19, 2013:
Question: What is zonal flow?
Answer: Today we look at the jet stream to answer our question. When the jet stream is flowing straight west to east with no dips in it or north to south flow, we then say the jet is called a zonal flow. This type of flow creates fast moving weather systems.
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Green Energy Weather Report for June 19, 2013:
Wave Energy: There will be moderate amounts of wave energy along the entire East Coast from the Northeast to the Southeast. There will be slight amounts of wave energy over the Northern Gulf. The Northwest and Southwest will see slight to moderate amounts of wave energy.
Solar Energy: The best places for solar energy today will be over the Northeast and also over portions of the Plains and the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes will see abundant amounts of energy, while the Southwest will be the same.
Wind Energy: The best wind energy places today will be over the Western High Plains from North Dakota to South Dakota and a second area will be associated with the gradient over the Western Lakes.
Hydro-Energy: There will be a few places today. The first will be from the Mid-Atlantic to the Southeast and through the Gulf Coast. This area will see slight to moderate amounts of energy. The second will be over the Northern Plains into the Southern Plains where afternoon thunderstorms develop. The third place will be over the Pacific Northwest. This region could see moderate amounts of energy.
June 19 Weather and Your Wallet (Biloxi MS):
A frontal boundary moving through the area today will bring a few thunderstorms to the region this morning and afternoon.
Dining: There will be a small window this afternoon where you can sneak to the beach and have lunch.
Transportation: There will be delays later this afternoon as rain accumulates on the roads creating a ponding issue.
Shopping: There will be a brief period this afternoon in between rounds of showers and thunderstorms to get out and grab those summer discounts.
Electricity: The demand will be moderate all day for cooling as high temps soar to around 90F and the low temps only fall to around 75F. This will bring the region a total of 18CDD’s on the day.
Yard Work: Today will be a great day for plant growth as there will be high amounts of humidity in the region along with 33GDD’s forecasted for the area.
Construction: Expect to see some delays this afternoon as the showers and thunderstorms move in.
Outdoor Venues: This morning and a brief window this afternoon would be the best to get out and walk the dog at the park.
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