Big Story Weather – May 10, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from May 9: Severe weather was the highlight yesterday. There were tornado reports across a good portion of the Southern Plains along with heavy rains. Some places in Texas picked up over 5inches of rainfall. The damaging winds were also a big concern with many reports of over 70mph wind gusts. Hail was reported throughout the region as well. This will continue into today.
Big Story Weather Discussion for May 10: Low pressure will move into the Ohio River Valley today. This will be an area that needs to be watched for severe weather and heavy rain. Along the cold front which will extend back to the Gulf Coast and Eastern Texas there will be severe weather along with very heavy rains for the region. Nice weather will hold over most of the East Coast today. High pressure will dominate the weather centered over Utah.
Severe Weather: Today’s severe weather will be from Eastern Texas into Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois, along with Indiana and parts of Ohio. A very large area will be impacted today with possible severe weather so make sure to listen to your local weather for all the latest watches/warnings for your area.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Cleveland OH: Mostly cloudy with showers and isolated thunderstorms. High temps will be around 70F and overnight lows will fall to near 57F. Total rainfall for today will be around 0.50 inches.
New Orleans LA: Cloudy with strong-severe thunderstorms and heavy rains. High temps today will be near 79F and overnight lows will fall to around 72F. Today’s rainfall will be around 1-2 inches with some higher amounts possible.
Sioux City IA: Partly cloudy skies today with a high near 59F. Overnight lows will be near 50F.
Billings MT: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 68F. Overnight lows will be near 54F.
San Diego CA: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 74F. Overnight lows will be near 66F.
May 10, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring some showers to the area. Another area of low pressure moving towards England will bring cooler weather and showers to the area. Low pressure moving over Northeast Canada will bring rain to the region. An area of low pressure over the Atlantic continues to turn east of Florida. Low pressure moving out of Texas today will bring plenty of heavy rains and severe weather to the region from Texas to the Gulf Coast and northward towards the Ohio River Valley.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving through the Gulf of Alaska is headed towards Western Canada.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving through the Northern Pacific will bring rain and winds to Midway Island. A second area of low pressure moving over Japan will bring showers to the region. Low pressure over Central Russia will slide eastward bringing rain and snow to that region. An area of disturbed weather to the east of Manila will bring some afternoon showers to parts of the region.
Indian Ocean: Very active today with two tropical cyclones in the region. The first is in the Southern Indian Ocean. Tropical Cyclone Jamala has winds around 40kts and a pressure of 993mb. This storm is forecasted to intensify over the next 24 hours. The second one is located in the Northern Indian Ocean and it currently is Tropical Cyclone 1B which has winds around 35kts and a pressure of 996mb. This storm is going to intensify over the next 24 hours.
Southern Hemisphere: Another active day through the basin with numerous areas of low pressure. The big ones for today are the low pressure area located over the tip of South America. This low is bringing moderate rains to Argentina. The second low is traveling through Southern Australia bringing winds and rain to the region. The third is a tropical wave northeast of Australia which will bring an increase in clouds to Northeast Australia.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for May 10-14:
Cleveland OH: The period will start out with minor impacts due to rain showers in the area. The remainder of the period will be impact free.
New Orleans LA: There will be moderate impacts from severe weather and flooding rains over the next two days. The remainder of the period will be impact free.
Sioux City IA: The region will enjoy five days of impact free weather.
Billings MT: The next four days will be impact free followed by a slight impact and showers on May 14.
San Diego CA: The next five days will be impact free.
Climate Watch for May 5-9:
Cleveland OH: The region saw temps around 3-10 degrees above normal for the entire period.
New Orleans LA: The past five days has seen temps around 1-7 degrees below normal.
Sioux City IA: The period started with temps around 5-15 degrees below normal followed by a brief warm up with temps around 3 above normal. The period finished with temps about 9-20 degrees below normal.
Billings MT: The past five days the region has seen temps around 6-14 degrees above normal.
San Diego CA: The period started with temps around 1-3 degrees below normal followed by a brief warm up with temps near 2 above normal. The period finished with temps back to around 1 below normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for May 10, 2013:
Day 1-3: Low pressure moving through the Ohio River Valley is going to set the stage for a severe weather possibility from Ohio all the way southward into Texas and then eastward into the Gulf Coast region. This entire area will see heavy rainfall, damaging winds and even a few tornadoes. High pressure over the Rockies will keep most of the West dry. The Western Lakes and Northern Plains will also be dry today. By day two the storm system will push into the Northeast with the trailing cold front along the East Coast. This will bring showers and a few thunderstorms to the East Coast. High pressure over the Plains will begin to push into the region bringing some cooler air back into the area from the Dakotas to the Gulf Coast. The period will finish with high pressure dominating most of the country, however expect to see some light rain showers move into the Pacific Northwest.
Day 4-7: The period will start with high pressure over the East from the Plains to the East Coast. A new storm system will push into the Northern Rockies with showers and thunderstorms. Day five will have high pressure moving into the East Coast and then a clipper system moving through the Northern Plains bringing a few showers and thunderstorms to the area, while high pressure builds into the West as well. By day six the storm system will extend from the Great Lakes to the Southern Plains. There will be showers and thunderstorms along this frontal boundary. The period will finish with a frontal boundary moving into the Northeast with showers and thunderstorms and then another weak front moving into the Pacific Northwest.
Day 8-12: The period will start with low pressure moving into the Central Plains. Expect to see showers and thunderstorms along this front. By day nine the storm system will move towards the Great Lakes, while the frontal boundary extends southward. This region will be in shape to see moderate rains along with the chance for severe weather. By day ten the storm system will push into the Northeast where it will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region extending into the Mid-Atlantic. The period will finish with the low over the Mid-Atlantic bringing rain and thunderstorms to the region.
Long Range Outlook: The start of this period will have low pressure over the Northeast bringing rain and thunderstorms to the area, A second low will be near the Colorado Rockies. Expect to see showers and thunderstorms expand into the Central Plains. A third area of low pressure will move into the Rockies. The middle of this period will bring a low into the Northern Plains which will bring showers and thunderstorms. The period will end with low pressure moving into the Great Lakes and also a tropical feature south of Cuba that will have to be watched.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Mobile AL:
Friday: Cloudy with thunderstorms and heavy rain along with damaging winds. High temps will be around 80F and overnight lows will fall to near 69F. Winds will be from the southwest 10-15mph with higher gusts possible. Total rainfall today will be around 0.45 inches with higher amounts possible.
Saturday: Cloudy with another round of thunderstorms with heavy rain. High temps will be around 80F and overnight lows will fall to near 58F. Winds will be from the northwest 7-12mph and total rainfall will be around 0.65 inches with higher amounts possible.
Sunday: Partly cloudy and mild with a high near 80F. Winds will be from the northeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to near 50F.
Monday: Partly cloudy and cooler with a high near 77F. Winds will be from the northeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to near 60F.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy and nice with a high near 80F. Winds from the southeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 64F.
Ask The Weatherman for May 10, 2013:
Question: What is the difference between a Tropical Depression and a Storm?
Answer: The main difference has to do with the wind speeds. A tropical storm will have winds higher than a depression usually above 34mph. A tropical storm will also have better organization on a satellite image meaning it looks like a storm. A depression could be just a few clouds bunched together. A tropical depression can turn into a storm.
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Green Energy Weather Report for May 10, 2013:
Wave Energy: There will be modest amounts of energy along the entire East Coast today. Also look for increasing wave energy through the Northern Gulf of Mexico ahead of the frontal boundary. There will be lower amounts of wave energy along the Southwest coast, but moderate amounts along the Northwest.
Solar Energy: The best place for solar energy today will be along the East Coast and parts of the Western Lakes and Northern Plains and also over the Northwest and Southwest.
Wind Energy: The strongest wind energy will be found from Western Texas northward into Iowa right behind the cold front that is pushing across the region.
Hydro-Energy: There will be large amounts of hydro energy from the Great Lakes all the way back into Texas and eastward along the Gulf Coast. Many places will see heavy rainfall.
May 10 Weather and Your Wallet (Chicago IL):
An area of precipitation will move through this morning on the back side of the low to the east.
Dining: Cool and wet this morning. You might want to wait for the afternoon, however it will still be cool.
Transportation: There will be some delays on the roads and at the airport this morning with rain showers in the area.
Shopping: Later this afternoon will be cool but at least dry so it will provide better shopping conditions.
Electricity: Today with a high near 48F and a low near 35F there will be a large demand for heating as we are forecasting 23.5HDD’s for the local area.
Yard Work: After the rain clears it will be a cool but dry afternoon to do some yard work.
Construction: This morning expect to start the day with the indoor work and then as the afternoon goes on move to the outside projects.
Outdoor Venues: If you have plans for the outdoors you will want to wait until this afternoon. Make sure to take a jacket as it will still be cool.
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