Big Story Weather – May 27, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from May 24-26: A busy weekend in the weather world. Parts of Western New York and into Connecticut saw around 3 feet of snow. Severe weather brought heavy rains to the Northern Plains, with many places seeing flooding conditions. San Antonio TX also saw more rainfall to add to the flooding woes. The winter weather continued with frost and freezing conditions over the Northeast US. There were also a handful of tornadoes around Texas, Iowa, Idaho and Nebraska.
Big Story Weather Discussion for May 27: High pressure along the Southeast will bring nice weather to the East Coast and into portions of the Gulf Coast with plenty of sunshine. A strong storm system moving through the Plains will bring another day of heavy rain and severe weather to the region. Showers will spread over the Northwest side of the low back into the Dakotas and Montana. A frontal boundary will be approaching the West Coast bringing showers to the region.
Severe Weather: There will be a region from Northeast Texas northward to the Western Great Lakes to include the larger cities of St. Louis, Dallas, Kansas City, and Chicago. This region will see heavy rains, damaging winds, a few isolated tornadoes.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Baltimore MD: Partly cloudy with a high near 64F. Overnight lows will fall to around 54F.
Orlando FL: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 75F. Overnight lows will fall to around 72F.
Sioux Falls SD: Mostly cloudy with showers and a high near 75F. Overnight lows will fall to around 64F. Total rainfall will be around 0.65 inches.
Billings MT: Mostly cloudy with showers and a high near 68F. Overnight lows will fall to around 57F. Total rainfall will be around 0.50 inches.
Seattle WA: Mostly cloudy and cool with showers as high temps reach 59F. Overnight lows will be around 55F. Total rainfall will be near 0.30 inches.
May 27, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving towards England will bring showers to Western Europe, while another area of low pressure moves towards Greenland and Eastern Canada. Expect to see rain and snow with this storm system. Low pressure over northern South America will bring moderate rainfall to the region. It also has the potential to become tropical over the next 24 hours. A second area of low pressure located to the northeast of Brazil will need to be watched for tropical development.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving through the Gulf of Alaska will bring showers and snow showers to Alaska. A second area of low pressure moving towards the West Coast of Canada will bring showers to the region. These will extend into the Western United States as well. A powerful storm system moving through the Northern Plains will bring another day of severe weather to the region. We are watching two areas in the tropics as well for potential development. Both areas have winds around 15-20kts this morning.
Western Pacific: Low pressure north of Guam will continue to move northeastward over the open Pacific. Low pressure moving over Eastern China will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region as it pushes into Japan this afternoon. Low pressure moving through Northeast Russia will bring showers to the region.
Indian Ocean: There are three areas being watched for possible tropical development. The first is off the East Coast of Africa with winds around 15kts. The second area is near Eastern India and the Bay of Bengal. The third location is to the west of Singapore.
Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure moving through the basin. One area of low pressure is impacting the southern part of Africa with showers and isolated thunderstorms. The second will bring showers to southwestern Australia to include Perth.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for May 27-31:
Baltimore MD: High pressure will keep the region impact free for the next five days.
Orlando FL: The sub-tropical ridge will bring nice weather to the area keeping the impacts limited.
Sioux Falls SD: The region will see slight to moderate impacts over the next five days associated with a frontal system that is stalled out over the region. A second wave of energy will move in towards the end of the period bringing another round of slight to moderate impacts.
Billings MT: The region will see slight to moderate impacts every day over the next five days associated with two frontal systems that will move through.
Seattle WA: A frontal boundary will bring slight impacts to the region. Another slight impact is forecasted for May 30 as another frontal boundary moves through the region.
Climate Watch for May 22-26:
Baltimore MD: The region started with temps around 4-11 degrees above normal before falling to around 5-10 degrees below normal for the remainder of the period.
Orlando FL: The region started with temps around 1 degree below normal. It then warmed to around 1-5 degrees above normal before finishing the period around 4-6 degrees below normal.
Sioux Falls SD: The region started with temps around 6-19 degrees below normal warming to around 1-3 degrees above normal and then finishing the period with temps around 15 degrees below normal.
Billings MT: The region started about 1-2 degrees below normal and then warmed to around 1-5 degrees above normal for the remainder of the period.
Seattle WA: The entire period saw temps around 2-14 degrees below normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for May 27, 2013:
Day 1-3: A few showers will be over Northeast Maine. Otherwise the rest of the East Coast, Ohio River Valley and the Southeast will enjoy high pressure and nice weather. It will be rather cool for the Northeast though. The Gulf Coast will enjoy a sunny day with warm temps. The Plains and the Mississippi River Valley will be dealing with heavy rains and severe weather. The Northern Rockies will have moderate rain showers today, while the Southwest will be warm and dry. The Northwest will see showers from Seattle to Portland. Day two the storm system will move into the Western Great Lakes bringing showers to the region and this will extend into the Ohio River Valley. Return tropical flow will setup over Florida bringing showers to Southern Florida. A second area of low pressure will bring showers and thunderstorms over Oklahoma and Western Texas. The cold front will push through the Northern Rockies. The period will end with a very powerful storm system moving through the Northern Plains which could lead to a significant severe weather outbreak for the region.
Day 4-7: The period will start with blocking high pressure over the East Coast. Return flow will bring showers to Florida and parts of the Gulf Coast. The powerful low pressure will continue to impact the Plains with plenty of strong to severe storms. Return flow will continue to bring showers to Florida and the Gulf Coast, while the storm system moves into the Great Lakes with another day of strong to severe storms over the region. High pressure will be along the West Coast. Day six the ridge will begin to break down allowing the storm system to push into the Ohio River Valley bringing showers and thunderstorms to the area. High pressure will be over the Northern Plains and the West Coast. The period will finish with a low pressure over the Northeast and the cold front extending all the way to the Gulf Coast. Expect to see showers and thunderstorms along this boundary.
Day 8-12: The period will start with the low pressure over the East Coast and the associated cold front will extend all the way to the Gulf Coast. Expect to see showers and thunderstorms along that boundary. High pressure over the Great Lakes will bring a nice day to the region. A new storm system will be moving into the Northwest US. Day nine the frontal boundary will be along the East Coast bringing showers to the region, while the storm system moves into the Northern Plains bringing another day of strong to severe storms over the Northern Plains. A tropical feature will begin to take shape south of Cuba. Day ten high pressure will be along the East Coast, while the storm system brings a wide area of severe weather over the Northern and Central Plains. The tropical feature will start to bring showers and heavy rain to Southern Florida. High pressure will be along the West Coast. The period will end with a tropical feature moving across Florida, while a storm system continues to bring severe weather to the Midwest and Northern Plains.
Long Range Outlook: The long range will have low pressure over the East Coast and a second low pressure moving through the Northern Plains. The period will end with a storm system along the East Coast.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Denver CO:
Monday: Partly cloudy with afternoon showers with a high near 83F. Winds from the northwest 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 49F. Total rainfall for today will be around 0.05 inches.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 84F. Winds from the northwest 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 50F.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a high near 73F. Winds from the northeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 44F.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with a high near 70F. Winds from the northwest 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 40F.
Friday: Partly cloudy with a high near 70F. Winds from the northeast 9-14mph as overnight lows fall to around 37F.
Ask The Weatherman for May 27, 2013:
Question: What is La-Nina?
Answer: Last week we looked at El-Nino. This week we look at La-Nina and the effects that it creates. La-Nina brings cooler waters to the west of Peru, This also creates a larger impact on the Atlantic Hurricane Season creating the activity. La-Nina will create multiple droughts over the northern United States and also cooler weather for the Southeast United States, but again just like EL-Nino this impact is a global impact.
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Green Energy Weather Report for May 27, 2013:
Wave Energy: There will be moderate levels of wave energy along the Northeast coast associated with a cold front that is pulling away from the coast. The Mid-Atlantic and Southeast will have marginal wave energy today as high pressure is over the region. The Northern Gulf of Mexico will see marginal wave energy output as well. The Southwest and Northwest regions will see moderate to high levels of wave energy today.
Solar Energy: The best place for solar energy today will be the Ohio River Valley and the Northeast. A second region will be from the Gulf Coast to the Southeast. The Southwest will also see another day of good solar energy output.
Wind Energy: The best wind energy will be over the Northeast behind the cold front and also over the southwest behind the second low pressure area.
Hydro-Energy: The best location for hydro energy today will be the extreme northeast of Maine. A second location will be a good portion of the Plains and the Mississippi River Valley associated with a strong area of low pressure moving through the region. A third area will develop along the West Coast of the US ahead of a frontal boundary.
May 27 Weather and Your Wallet (Austin TX):
A few morning showers will be possible but clearing conditions should occur by this afternoon.
Dining: The sun and warmth this afternoon will make it a great day to enjoy the holiday at the park with the family.
Transportation: There may be a few slick spots this morning. By this afternoon conditions will be good on the roads with no weather impacts.
Shopping: This afternoon will be the best time to get out and get your shopping done.
Electricity: There will be a moderate need for cooling today and this will be likely all day as the high temp hits 89F and the low only drops to around 68F. This will bring the region 14 CDD’s on the day.
Yard Work: A few showers this morning will give provide moisture to the flowers for a nice day of sunshine and growing this afternoon.
Construction: There will be no issues with the weather today.
Outdoor Venues: By this afternoon there will be plenty of sunshine to enjoy the day outside.
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