Big Story Weather – May 22, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from May 21: The National Weather Service went out and did a survey assessment of the Moore, OK tornado yesterday and has officially rated it an EF-5, which is the strongest of all tornadoes possible. The winds were estimated to be over 200mph. This type of storm is not very common as only a few of them occur every few years. Yesterday we got lucky and there were no reported tornadoes, but we did see plenty of severe weather with over 200 damaging wind reports and also around 69 hail reports with the largest coming out of Upstate New York with the size of 2.5 inches.
Big Story Weather Discussion for May 22: The low pressure will push into the Eastern Great Lakes today. Expect to see showers and thunderstorms from the Northeast all the way to the Gulf Coast. High pressure over Canada will bring partly cloudy skies to a good portion of the Plains today allowing them a chance to clean up and recover from this past week’s damage. A new storm system will be moving into the West and will bring mostly rain showers to the Northwest and snow showers to higher elevations of the Cascades and Western Montana. Western Montana does have winter storm watches in effect for heavy snowfall from this storm.
Severe Weather: Today’s track for severe weather will be along the cold front from the Eastern Great Lakes all the way to the Gulf Coast. This entire region will have the chance of seeing tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Buffalo NY: Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms. High temps will be around 69F and overnight lows will fall to around 65F. Total rainfall for today will be around 0.45 inches.
Houston TX: Mostly cloudy with periods of showers and thunderstorms. High temps will be 86F and overnight lows will fall to around 74F. Total rainfall will be around 0.25 inches.
Chicago IL: Mostly cloudy with showers as high temps rise to around 69F. Low temps will fall to around 65F. Total rainfall today will be around 0.25 inches.
Salt Lake City UT: Partly cloudy today with a high near 75F and overnight lows will fall to around 52F.
San Francisco CA: Partly cloudy with a high near 68F and overnight lows will fall drop to near 55F.
May 22, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring showers to the region. A second area of low pressure moving through Greenland and Iceland will bring showers and snow showers to the area. Low pressure moving into the Eastern Great Lakes will bring showers, thunderstorms and some severe weather to the region extending into the Gulf Coast. Two areas of low pressure in the ITCZ region are being monitored for tropical activity, one being over South America and the second coming across the Atlantic.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving through Western Canada will bring showers and some snow showers to the region. Another area of low pressure moving south of Alaska will bring showers and snow showers to the region. An area of low pressure to the northeast of Hawaii will continue to slowly track northeastward. The remains of Alvin will continue to slowly drift westward with no impacts to land.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving over the Northern Pacific will bring winds and seas to Midway Island. Another area of low pressure moving across Eastern China will bring showers to the region. A third area of low pressure moving through Northeast Russia will bring showers to the region.
Indian Ocean: An area of low pressure in the Bay of Bengal will bring showers to the region. A second area of low pressure is moving away over the Western Indian Ocean and should bring winds/seas to the open ocean.
Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure moving through the basin, with low pressure impacting Argentina and Brazil with showers and thunderstorms. A second area of low pressure will bring showers to Eastern Australia and also New Zealand.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for May 22-26:
Buffalo NY: The period will see three days of slight to moderate impacts associated with showers and thunderstorms. The end of the period will be impact free.
Houston TX: The region will have moderate impacts today associated with strong thunderstorms. The remainder of the period will be impact free.
Chicago IL: The region will see slight impacts over the next two days associated with showers. On May 26th the region will see another round of thunderstorms bringing moderate impacts.
Salt Lake City UT: The region will enjoy nice weather over the next five days.
San Francisco CA: The region will enjoy a nice start to the period. A slight chance of impacts on May 26th associated with a few rain showers in the area.
Climate Watch for May 17-21:
Buffalo NY: The region started with temps slightly below average warming to around 7-18 degrees above normal for the remainder of the period.
Houston TX: The region has seen temps around 1-4 degrees above normal for the past five days.
Chicago IL: The past five days the region has seen temps around 1-19 degrees above normal.
Salt Lake City UT: The period has seen four days with temps around 5-8 degrees below normal and then finished the period with temps around 3 degrees above normal.
San Francisco CA: The period started with temps about 1-4 degrees below normal and then warmed to around 7-15 degrees above normal before finishing the period around 5 degrees below normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for May 22, 2013:
Day 1-3: Low pressure moving into the Eastern Lakes will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. This will extend into the Gulf Coast as well. There will be a chance to see some severe weather associated with it as well. A weak area of high pressure will bring nice weather to the Plains region today, while a new storm system will bring rain and snow to the Northwest. Day two the storm system will be along the East Coast bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. High pressure will be pushing into the Great Lakes and extend towards the south. Low pressure over the Rockies will bring rain and high elevation snows to the region. The period will finish with low pressure near the coast of New York bringing showers to the region, while high pressure sits over the Ohio River Valley. A new storm system will slowly push into the Eastern Rockies and into the Plains.
Day 4-7: The period will start with showers over the Northeast, while high pressure dominates the East Coast back into the Mississippi River Valley. The storm system will push into the Northern Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. Day five an area of severe weather will be possible from the Great Lakes back into the Northern Plains. Day six the storm system will remain over the Plains and the Great Lakes bringing another round of showers and thunderstorms to the area, while a new storm system begins to move into the Pacific Northwest. The period will end with a significant storm system sitting over the Northern Plains region with another day of showers and thunderstorms, while the Pacific Northwest will be dealing with showers as well.
Day 8-12: The period will start with the blocking high along the East Coast, while the storm system over the Plains brings yet another day of showers and thunderstorms to the region. This will extend back into the Northwest US as well. By day nine we could see another significant severe weather event setting up over a good portion of the Plains. Day ten no major changes. Another big day of strong to severe storms for the Northern Plains will bring copious amounts of rain to the region. The period will finish with the storm system finally pushing into Canada, while the sub-tropical ridge sets up over the Southeast.
Long Range Outlook: The period will start with high pressure along the East Coast. Another storm system pushing into the Northern Rockies will bring yet another round of showers and thunderstorms to the Plains. A tropical feature will be taking shape over the Southeastern Gulf of Mexico and will need to be watched. The middle of this period we will be watching a storm system moving through the Northern Plains with showers and thunderstorms and the tropical feature will be approaching Cuba.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Dallas TX:
Wednesday: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 85F. Winds will be from the southeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 60F.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a few thunderstorms. Highs will be near 90F. Winds will be from the southeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 68F. Total rainfall will be around 0.15 inches.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with a few thunderstorms as high temps rise to around 84F. Overnight lows will be around 66F. Winds will be from the southeast 7-12mph along with total rainfall amounts around 0.05 inches.
Saturday: Partly cloudy and nice with a high near 84F. Winds will be from the southeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 64F.
Sunday: Partly cloudy with a high near 89F. Winds will be from the southeast 9-14mph as low temps fall to around 65F.
Ask The Weatherman for May 22, 2013:
Question: How do they measure tornados?
Answer: We use the Enhanced Fujita scale to measure tornadoes, however that scale has other things that go into measuring tornadoes. One of the things that they use is what is known as the damage path. This helps to determine things such as strength and size of the tornado. For example the tornado that hit Moore, OK was an EF-5, but as you watch the images you can see entire regions were swept to nothing – even brick structures. An EF-0 or 1 might only bend over a few trees and remove a few shingles from a home.
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Green Energy Weather Report for May 22, 2013:
Wave Energy: The entire East Coast will enjoy moderate to high amounts of wave energy as a cold front begins to push into the region. The Northern Gulf Coast will also see moderate amounts of wave energy today associated with the cold front. The Southwest will see low amounts of wave energy today. The Northwest will see moderate amounts as well.
Solar Energy: The best place for solar energy today will be the extreme Northeast Maine and also back over most of the Plains behind the cold front. There will be brief periods of solar energy ahead of the front over the Florida Panhandle. The Southwest will also enjoy another day with plenty of solar energy.
Wind Energy: The best wind energy will be behind the front over the Northern and Southern Plains region today.
Hydro-Energy: There will be large amounts of hydro energy extending from the Northeast all the way into the Gulf Coast region. This will be short term energy for the most part. Another area of short term energy will develop over the Northwest along a frontal boundary. There could also be some long term snowfall energy for the Cascades and the higher elevations of Western Montana.
May 22 Weather and Your Wallet (Austin TX):
A nice, warm day is in store today.
Dining: Warm weather in place will make it best to enjoy an early lunch outdoors as temps are going to soar into the 90’s.
Transportation: No issues with the commute as the weather will be cleared out.
Shopping: Today will be a nice day to get out and enjoy some shopping with plenty of sunshine in the forecast.
Electricity: The region will have a 24 hour demand for cooling with the forecast for 14.5CDD’s on the day as high temps hit the 90’s and low temps only fall to around 67F.
Yard Work: This afternoon will be a great day for your gardens and lawns with the new rain and the sun. This will make for an excellent growing day with the forecast for 28.5GDD’s.
Construction: No issues forecasted today for the industry.
Outdoor Venues: The only issue will be the warm weather. Make sure if you plan on running or any high tempo exercise events to hydrate well.
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