Big Story Weather – May 2, 2013
Big Story Weather from May 1: Three big stories from yesterday. First, the severe weather along the Gulf Coast where rainfall rates were around 3-12 inches in South Mississippi. Along with that multiple water spouts were spotted. The second story was the wintery weather with places from Denver to Minneapolis seen over 6 inches of snowfall. The third was the onset of cold air, frost and freeze conditions that headed into the Southern Plains.
Big Story Weather Discussion for May 2: The blocking high pressure will push off the East Coast. However, it will have a huge impact on the weather again today. Look for the low pressure to move into Southern Illinois and the cold front extending to the Texas Coast. Along this front we will see rain, thunderstorms and severe weather. The second feature will be the upper level low over the Gulf Coast which will be the site of another day of heavy rainfall and water spouts. Behind the cold front a band of snow will setup from the Texas Panhandle into the Western Great Lakes. High pressure over the Rockies will bring the push of well-below normal temperatures to the region.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Cincinnati OH: Partly cloudy today with a high near 70F. Low temps will drop to around 58F.
Mobile AL: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms and heavy rain. Flooding will be an issue for this area. High temps will be around 73F and low temps near 63F. Total rainfall will be around 2-4 inches.
Dallas TX: Mostly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms; some storms may become severe. High temps will be around 60F and low temps near 38F. Total rainfall will be around 0.25 inches.
Salt Lake City UT: The region will see partly cloudy skies and a high near 50F and lows near 44F.
Portland OR: Partly cloudy with a high near 65F. Overnight low will be around 57F.
May 2, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring showers to the region. These showers will extend into Northern Africa as well. Low pressure moving across the Northern Atlantic will bring showers to the region along with moderate winds and seas. Low pressure moving away from the East Coast of the US will bring winds and seas to the region. An upper level low sitting over the Northern Gulf of Mexico will be responsible for some very heavy rainfall again today along the Gulf Coast. An area of low pressure moving towards the Great Lakes will bring showers, snow and thunderstorms to the entire Plains region and the Western Lakes.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving towards the West Coast of Canada will bring showers to the region. A second area of low pressure moving through the Gulf of Alaska will bring snow showers to parts of Southern Alaska along with rain showers.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving over Central China will bring showers and snow to the region. A second area of low pressure moving through Japan will bring showers to the region today. A third area of low pressure is moving away over the open Pacific and will bring high winds and seas to the region. A tropical low pressure south of Guam is being watched for potential tropical development.
Indian Ocean: One area of strong convection is moving across the monsoonal trough and should bring increased winds, seas and thunderstorms to the open ocean.
Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure area moving through the region. Impacts from rain shower will mostly be felt over the southern part of South America. Another low pressure moving towards Perth will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. The remains of the tropical cyclone will push across Northern Australia later today.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for May 2-6:
Cincinnati OH: The region will be impact free today, followed by four days of slight to moderate impacts as moderate rainfall moves into the region.
Mobile AL: The region will have moderate impacts today and tomorrow as strong thunderstorms move through the region with flooding rains. The remainder of the week will be impact free.
Dallas TX: The region will have slight impacts today. The remainder of the week will be impact free.
Salt Lake City UT: The next five days high pressure will keep the region impact free.
Portland OR: The region will enjoy five days of impact free weather.
Climate Watch for April 27-May 1:
Cincinnati OH: The region started with temps around 1-8 degrees below normal and then finished the period with temps around 7-8 degrees above normal.
Mobile AL: The region remained relatively near normal with temps around 1-2 degrees above normal for the past five days.
Dallas TX: The period started with temps 2 degrees below normal followed by a warm up with temps running 4-10 degrees above normal.
Salt Lake City UT: The period started with temps about 9-10 degrees above normal before falling to around 5-10 degrees below normal for the end of the period.
Portland OR: The period started with temps about 3-9 degrees above normal before falling to around 5-9 degrees below normal .
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for May 2, 2013:
Day 1-3: High pressure off the East Coast will bring another nice day to the region with plenty of sunshine. An upper level low over the Gulf of Mexico will bring another day of heavy rain to the Gulf Coast. A storm system moving into Illinois will bring showers to the region. Look for thunderstorms to form all the way back into Texas. Snowfall will be found from the Texas Panhandle northward into the Western Great Lakes. High pressure over the Rockies will bring nice weather to the region and this will extend back into the West Coast. Day two the low will become cut off over the Illinois region. This will provide another rainy day from the Great Lakes to Florida with areas of heavy rain. Some snow will still be on the north side of this low and the cold air will push into the Southern Plains. A new low will begin to develop over the Southwest. The period will finish with the cut off low pushing into Tennessee. This will push the rain towards the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic region.
Day 4-7: The period will start with high pressure still blocking over the East Coast forcing the low center to shift back over into Arkansas. There could even be a mix of rain and snow for the region. Showers will extend from Ohio to Florida ahead of the low. High pressure will be over the Plains, while the new low pushes into the Southwest. Day five the low pressure moves very slowly to Eastern Tennessee and again will bring rain to the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio River Valley along with a small pocket of wintry precipitation over Western Tennessee. Day six the low pressure center moves into Kentucky setting the stage for another day of rain along the Mid-Atlantic region and even some snow in the higher elevations. High pressure will be over the Mississippi River Valley, while the new low pushes into Western Texas. The period will end with the low pressure finally pushing into the Northeast bringing shower to the region, while the next low moves into Central Texas bringing showers to the region.
Day 8-12: The period will begin with the low pressure area up into the Northeast bringing rain to the region. High pressure will be over the Great Lakes extending southward. A new low pressure area will move into the Northern Rockies. Day ten the low pressure area will push into Oklahoma and the warm front will extend eastward into the Ohio River Valley. Expect showers and thunderstorms along that line and a squall line back into Oklahoma and Texas. Strong high pressure will push in over the Great Lakes. A cold front will be pushing through the Northwest US as well bringing showers to the region. The period will finish with high pressure along the East Coast and a storm system in the Plains bringing rain and thunderstorms to the region – some severe weather will be possible.
Long Range Outlook: The period will start very active with a frontal boundary extending from the Ohio River Valley westward. This frontal boundary will be the area for showers and thunderstorms. By the middle of the period the frontal boundary will extend from the Mid-Atlantic back to the Mississippi River Valley. This will bring plenty of rain and thunderstorms to the region. A new low pressure area will also push into the Northern Plains. The period will finish with a low over the Great Lakes and a second low over the Southwest both providing plenty of rain and thunderstorms to their respective areas.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Baltimore MD:
Thursday: Partly cloudy with a high near 66F. Winds from the southeast 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 47F.
Friday: Partly cloudy with a high near 64F. Winds from the southeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 47F.
Saturday: Partly cloudy with a high near 64F. Winds from the southeast 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 37F.
Sunday: Partly cloudy and warmer with a high near 65F. Winds will be from the southeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 40F.
Monday: Partly cloudy with a high near 65F. Winds from the southeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 50F.
Ask The Weatherman for May 2, 2013:
Question: What is the definition of climate?
Answer: Looking at the definition of climate I will give you a basic understanding of it. Climate is defined as the average temperature and moisture content of a given place over a set of years. Usually 30 years are used as the base foundation.
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Green Energy Weather Report for May 2, 2013:
Wave Energy: The Northeast will have around 50mwh, while the Mid-Atlantic will see about 1147mwh. The Southeast will be around 1809mwh, while the Gulf Coast will be around 202mwh. The Southwest will have a range of around 501mwh and the Northwest will be around 410mwh.
Solar Energy: The East Coast will enjoy another day of solar energy. Also back into the Eastern Great Lakes. The third place will be from the Southwest back into the West as high pressure builds into this region.
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 plenty of hydro energy again today from the Gulf Coast where rainfall rates will be around 2-5 inches, and then back into Texas where storms will bring around 1 inch of rainfall. The Central Plains to the Great Lakes will experience snowfall rates of 2-5 inches which will help bring more energy to the region.
May 2 Weather and Your Wallet (Biloxi MS):
An upper level low moving through the region is going to bring more rain and thunderstorms to the area today.
Dining: Today is an excellent day to take your lunch to work as it will be wet all day.
Transportation: There will be significant impacts to all the major roadways. Between blinding rains and ponding on the roads make sure to take it easy.
Shopping: If you don’t mind taking an umbrella and running fast in between heavy rain showers then you probably can get some good deals at the mall.
Electricity: There will be a window this afternoon of some cooling as high temps rise to around 74F. This will give the region a 2CDD for the day.
Yard Work: Not the best day to do yard work, however the flowers and gardens will enjoy the warming that takes place before another round of heavy rain.
Construction: A slow go for any outdoor work today as the rain will build back in and become heavy.
Outdoor Venues: A wet day will make this an area of rescheduling .
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