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Big Story Weather – May 1, 2013

May 01, 13 Big Story Weather – May 1, 2013

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

Big Story weather from April 30: The big events from yesterday included the heavy rains along the Gulf Coast with places getting 2-3inches of rainfall. The second big story is the developing winter storm, that is right a winter storm in May. What’s next? Snowfall has been confined to the Rockies so far but that is about to change.

Big Story Weather Discussion for May 1: Blocking high pressure along the Northeast will keep the weather nice in the region from Boston to New York and to Baltimore. A stationary boundary along the Gulf Coast will bring yet another day of heavy rainfall to the region. Flood watches have been posted for today’s forecasted heavy rain. Strong thunderstorms from Eastern Texas all across the Gulf Coast will be possible. Low pressure sitting over Western Texas will start to push the cold air southward as Frost and Freezing conditions are possible all the way down into Texas. There is also snow possible from the Texas Panhandle all the way into the Central Plains pushing into the Western Lakes overnight. A nice day in store for the West Coast.

Here is the weather for a few select cities:

New York NY: Partly cloudy with a high near 65F, the overnight lows will be around 58F.

Gulfport MS: Mostly cloudy with afternoon Thunderstorms. High temps will be around 75F, while low temps fall to around 67F. Total rainfall will be around 1-3inches.

Oklahoma City OK: Mostly cloudy with periods of rain and snow mixing together this evening. High temps around 70F, while low temps will be near 38F. Total snowfall around a trace, total rainfall around 0.25inches.

Boise ID: Partly cloudy with a high near 55F, the low temps will be near 47F.

Seattle WA: Partly cloudy with a high near 61F, low temps will be around 54F.

May 1, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Atlantic Basin:  Low pressure moving across Europe will bring showers to the region, especially over Eastern Europe. Another strong area of low pressure is moving across the Atlantic and will bring high seas to the area. Low pressure moving towards Iceland will bring strong winds and clouds to Iceland. Low pressure moving through the Northern Great Lakes will bring rain and snow to the region. A new storm system moving across Texas will bring a mix of thunderstorms, rain and even snow to a wide swath of area from Minnesota to Mississippi westward back into Texas.

Eastern Pacific:  Low pressure moving through the Gulf of Alaska will bring winds and high seas to the region and also snow showers to parts of Southern Alaska.

Western Pacific: Low pressure moving away from Japan and the associated frontal boundary will bring showers to Okinawa. Low pressure over Northeast Russia will bring snow shower to the region. Low pressure moving over Southeast China will bring showers to the region and a few thunderstorms.  An area of low pressure to the south of Guam is being watched for potential tropical development.

Indian Ocean: A strong area of low pressure moving south of India will bring showers and thunderstorms to Sri Lanka.

Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure moving towards South America will bring showers to the Southwest Coast of South America.  A strong area of low pressure moving over Southwest Australia is going to bring showers and thunderstorms to Perth Australia. Another area of low pressure is moving south of Australia, but will impact Tasmania. Tropical Cyclone Zane has winds around 55kts and a pressure near 982mb as it continues to move across portions of Northeast Australia.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for May 1-5:

New York NY: The next five days the region will enjoy high pressure and impact free.

Gulfport MS: The period will have moderate impacts today and tomorrow associated with heavy rain and thunderstorms, becoming a slight impact by May 3 with light rain. The period will end impact free.

Oklahoma City OK: The period will start with moderate impacts as snow and rain move into the region, the impacts will become slight by May 3 with light rain, and the period will finish impact free.

Boise ID: No impacts forecasted until May 4 when light rain moves into the region.

Seattle WA: The region will enjoy five days impact free.

Climate Watch for April 26-30:

New York NY: The period began with temps around 1-3 degrees above normal before falling to around 1-7 below to finish the period.

Gulfport MS: The period started with temps around 2-4 degrees below normal before warming to around 1 degree above normal and then finishing the period 1-2 degrees below normal.

Oklahoma City OK: The period started with temps around 4-9 degrees below normal and then warmed to around 5-9 degrees above normal for the remainder of the period.

Boise ID: The period saw temps around 5-12 degrees above normal followed by a sharp drop to around 12 degrees below normal to finish the period.

Seattle WA: The period started with temps around 8 degrees above normal, followed by a cooling trend with temps running 2-6 degrees below normal.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for May 1, 2013:

Day 1-3: High pressure along the East coast will bring nice weather from New York to Baltimore. A strong storm system will be brining snow from the Texas Panhandle to Minnesota, while expect to see heavy rain from Eastern Texas into the Gulf Coast with some places seeing 3-5inches of rainfall. The West will enjoy a nice day. Day two will bring more of the same with the blocking high over the East Coast expect to see another day of snow from the Great Lakes into Missouri, while heavy rain will be along the Gulf Coast again. The period will finish with the powerful storm system moving into the Oklahoma and Arkansas region, bringing heavy rain to the Gulf Coast again and also more snow to the Great Lakes region, the cold air will also be in place over these three days with places setting record cold for May, along with frost and freezes.

Day 4-7:  The period will start with high pressure over the East coast blocking the weather pattern again for another day brining nice weather to the East Coast, while the storm system  moves into Tennessee brining more rain and thunderstorms to the Southeast. Snow showers will be possible near the cold core center of the low. High pressure will be over the Northern Plains. While a new storm system will be moving into the Baja during this period. Day five the blocking high pressure along the East coast will finally start to push out to sea, allowing the low pressure area to move towards the Southeast Coast another day of showers and even a few snow showers around the cold core low center. High pressure over the Plains will keep the plains dry. While the storm system near the Baja gets a little more organized. Day six, the storm system finally moves into the Mid-Atlantic region bringing rain and even mountain snows to the region. The new storm system finally pushes into Western Texas look for more rain to develop over Texas and Oklahoma. The period will finish with the pesky low finally moving into the Northeast while a new low moves into Eastern Texas.

Day 8-12:   The period will start with the low pressure finally moving into the Maine region bringing rain and even some snow to the area. The next low pressure area will stretch from the Northern Plains into the Southern Plains bringing rain and thunderstorms to the region. Day ten high pressure will be over the Great Lakes while a storm system moves into the Southern Plains that will bring heavy rain and thunderstorms to the region, there may be a possible severe weather outbreak with this setup as well from Texas to Kansas. A weak cold front will be over the Northwest during this time bringing some light rain to the region.  The period will finish with high pressure over the Great Lakes, while the storm system moves into the Mississippi River valley. Another low pressure area will push into the Northern Rockies bringing showers to the region.

Long Range Outlook: The period will start out very active with the setup there for a potential severe weather outbreak over the Plains region. A second area of thunderstorms will develop over Eastern Montana into the Western Dakotas.  The middle of the period will have a strong storm system over Oklahoma with the warm front extending into the Great Lakes another big severe weather day will be possible with this setup.  The period will end with a storm system moving into the Great Lakes brining rain, thunderstorms to the region, some may become severe.

Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Minneapolis MN:

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with snow possible, high temps will be around 38F, the winds will be from the northwest 7-12 as low temps fall to around 33F. Total snowfall amounts around 2-4inches.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with periods of snow, high temps will be around 38F, the winds will be from the northeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 30F. Total snowfall around 1-3inches.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with showers, high temps will be around 45F, winds from the northeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 34F. Total rainfall amounts around 0.10inches.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with showers and warmer as high temps rise to near 50F, winds will be from the northeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 38F. Total rainfall amounts will be around 0.15inches.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with a high near 60F, winds will be from the northwest 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 40F. The winds will be from the northwest 5-10mph.

Ask The Weatherman for May 1, 2013:

Question:   What are climate cycles?

Great Question today, asked from my favorite topic, climate. Climate cycles are best defined as the a period of one warm period and one cold period, which would make up an entire cycle.

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Green Energy Weather Report for May 1, 2013:

Wave Energy: The Northeast will have around 91mwh, while the Mid-Atlantic will see about 425mwh. The Southeast will be around 425mwh, while the Gulf Coast will be around 190mwh. The Southwest will have a range of around 700mwh and the Northwest will be around 3000mwh.

Solar Energy:  The majority of the East Coast will be the best place for solar energy today, along with the Eastern Great Lakes. The other region will be the Rockies into the West Coast where plenty of sunshine will be present.

Wind Energy:  The best place for the wind energy today will be over the Northern Plains from gradient winds and also over Western Texas behind the cold front.

Hydro-Energy:  There will be a lot of short term hydro energy spreading from Texas into the Gulf Coast, where places could see 1-3inches of rainfall. There will also be short term energy in the form of snow from the Texas Panhandle to Minnesota with places seeing 4-6iches of snowfall especially in the north.

May 1 Weather and Your Wallet (Austin TX):  

Today will be a nice day in store for the region with partly cloudy skies and temps in the mid 80’s.

Dining: Temps rising into the mi 80’s will make for a great day to enjoy lunch at the park.

Transportation: There will be no weather issues today on the roads.

Shopping: Today will be a nice day to enjoy summer shopping finding all those beach clothes.

Electricity: There will be the need for Cooling today between 12PM-6PM expect to see 7.5CDD’s for the day.

Yard Work: This afternoon will be a nice afternoon for the veggies and fruits to grow with the forecast  for around 22.5GDD’s for today.

Construction: No issues forecasted for the outdoor projects.

Outdoor Venues: Taking a walk in the park with the family pet will be very enjoyable today with a nice day in store.

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