Big Story Weather – May 7, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from May 6: The cut-off low over the Southeast brought another day of heavy rainfall to the region. The second big story of the day was the light rain that fell over the Southwest – a region that is really dry at this time.
Big Story Weather Discussion for May 7: The pesky low pressure will again be along the Southeast today bringing heavy rains to the region. This will expand into the Mid-Atlantic again as well. High pressure over the Great Lakes will keep the region dry. The new low pressure area will push out of the Southwest today and towards the Southern Plains. Expect to see showers and thunderstorms along this storm.
Severe Weather: There is a chance to see severe thunderstorms from Kanas southward into Texas.
Tropical Weather: No tropical weather forecasted for the United States over the next 24 hours.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Baltimore MD: Mostly cloudy with showers and a high near 62F. Low temps will fall to around 58F and total rainfall will be around 0.5 inches.
Houston TX: The region will see partly cloudy skies with a high near 79F. Overnight lows will fall to around 65F.
Chicago IL: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 65F. Overnight lows will fall to around 55F.
Boise ID: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 68F. Overnight lows will be around 56F.
Las Vegas NV: Mostly cloudy with periods of rain. High temps will be around 68F and overnight lows will hit 60F. Total rainfall will be around 0.10 inches.
May 7, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving towards Western Europe will bring showers to Spain and France along with scattered showers over England. A second area of low pressure is moving towards Greenland and will bring snow showers and rain showers to the region. An area of low pressure continues to hang around the Southeast United States and will bring another day of flooding rains to the region.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving through Central Canada will bring showers to the region. A second low pressure is moving across the Gulf of Alaska and will bring showers and snow showers to South Alaska.
Western Pacific: Two areas of low pressure are moving east of Japan over the open Pacific and will bring winds and seas to mariners. A third area of low pressure moving over Eastern China will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. Another low pressure moving over Central Russia will bring showers to the region. An area of convection is being watched just to the east of Manila for tropical development.
Indian Ocean: There are two areas of convection being watched to the south of India for possible tropical development.
Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure areas dominate the entire basin with impacts being felt over the tip of South America and also Southwest Australia, here we could see strong to severe thunderstorms for the west coast including Perth.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for May 7-11:
Baltimore MD: The region will see slight to moderate impacts over the next few days associated with moderate rainfall. Another chance for slight impacts on May 11 as another round of showers moves into the region.
Houston TX: The region will start impact free. By May 10-11 the region will have moderate impacts as strong-severe thunderstorms move into the region.
Chicago IL: The period will start impact free. By May 9-10 the region will have slight impacts associated with rain showers.
Boise ID: The region will have slight impacts today associated with rain. The remainder of the week will be impact free.
Las Vegas NV: There will be slight impacts today from light rain and then again on May 9 slight impacts will be in the region followed by a tranquil finish to the forecast period.
Climate Watch for May 2-6:
Baltimore MD: The past five days the region has seen temps around 3-9 degrees below normal.
Houston TX: The past week has been cold for the region with temps around 3-17 degrees below normal for the entire period.
Chicago IL: The region started out below normal with temps around 5-18 degrees below normal and then finished the period with temps running about 2-4 degrees above normal.
Boise ID: The past five days the region has seen temps around 3-11 degrees above normal.
Las Vegas NV: The period stared about 4 degrees below normal and then warmed to around 3-7 degrees above normal before finishing the period around 4-7 degrees below normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for May 7, 2013:
Day 1-3: Low pressure over the Southeast will again bring moderate rainfall to the Carolinas northward into the Mid-Atlantic. High pressure over the Great Lakes will bring nice weather to the region. This will expand westward into the Northern Plains. A new developing low pressure area over the Southern Plains will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. There will be some severe storms possible in this region especially over Oklahoma and Kansas. A nice day in store for the Western United States. By day two the showers will move up the East Coast finally, while the next storm system moves into the Central Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. Some severe weather will be possible. The period will finish with the low pressure impacting the Great Lakes and back into the Southern Plains.
Day 4-7 The period will start with low pressure over the Northeast with the associated frontal boundary all the way back into Oklahoma. This elongated area of low pressure and the frontal boundary will be the focal point for plenty of rain and thunderstorms. By day five the storm system will move into the Northeast and the associated frontal boundary will be back into Eastern Texas. Expect to see rainfall and thunderstorms along this boundary for the entire region. A clipper system will bring showers to the Northern Plains and also the Western Great Lakes. The West will remain fairly dry. By day six the storm system and associated frontal boundary will extend from New York all the way back into the Gulf Coast. Expect to see rain and thunderstorms along this boundary. A strong area of high pressure will build into the Northern Plains. A frontal boundary will be approaching the West Coast. The period will finish with the frontal boundary finally pushing off shore, while high pressure builds into most of the East. Another clipper system will be pushing into the Northern Rockies during this time as well, but should remain fairly dry.
Day 8-12: The period will start with high pressure over the East and some weak return flow over Western Texas. A clipper system will be moving through the Northern Plains with very little moisture, while another system approaches the Pacific Northwest. By day nine the frontal system will push into the Northern Plains and return flow will begin to setup along the frontal boundary leading the way to some possibly strong-severe thunderstorms over the Northern Plains, while a few showers will be over the Northwest. By day ten low pressure will move into the Great Lakes bringing rain and thunderstorms to the region, while another low begins to develop over Oklahoma and Texas. This low will bring more rain and thunderstorms to the region. The period will finish with the low pressure moving into the Northeast with the frontal boundary extending down towards the Gulf Coast creating a large area of showers and thunderstorms. High pressure will push into the Northern Plains.
Long Range Outlook: The period will begin with low pressure over Southeast Canada, the cold front along the East Coast of the US, and the stationary boundary over the Southeast and Gulf Coast. This entire region will be dealing with rain and thunderstorms. High pressure will be over the Northern Plains and Great Lakes. A new storm system will be moving into Western Canada and the associated cold front will push into the Northern Rockies bringing rain and thunderstorms to the region. The middle of the period a strong storm system will push into the Northern Plains and bring thunderstorms and the possibility of some severe weather to the Northern Plains.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Pensacola FL:
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a high near 77F. Winds from the southwest 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 64F.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 80F. Winds from the southwest 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 67F.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with a high near 80F. Winds will be from the southwest 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 69F.
Friday: Mostly cloudy and warm with a high near 80F. Winds will be from the southwest 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 70F.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms. High temps will be around 77F while low temps drop to near 66F. The winds will be from the southwest 5-10mph and total rainfall will be around 0.45 inches.
Ask The Weatherman for May 7, 2013:
Question: What type of air mass is found along the Gulf Coast during the summer?
Answer: Excellent, another air mass question. The best way to describe the air mass along the Gulf Coast of the United States during the summer is called Marine Time Tropical air mass. This means that the air along the coast will be warm and humid with lots of afternoon thunderstorms because of high humidity and moisture content in the air. This air is really uncomfortable to many.
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Green Energy Weather Report for May 7, 2013:
Wave Energy: There will be a moderate wave energy along the Northeast. There will be a really good amount of wave energy along the Mid-Atlantic into the Southeast ahead of the frontal boundary. There will be low amounts of energy in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, while a moderate amount of energy along both the Southwest and Northwest coasts.
Solar Energy: The extreme northeast for places like Maine will enjoy another day of good solar energy. There will also be good amounts of solar energy along the Gulf Coast and into Florida. Another place with good solar energy will be across the Great Lakes back into the Northern Plains. There will be plenty of solar energy along the majority of the West Coast as well.
Wind Energy: The best place for wind energy today will be over Alabama behind the low an also over West Virginia right ahead of the low pressure area.
Hydro-Energy: A few places will develop today. The first will be the Mid-Atlantic to the Southeast. This region could see a good push of rainfall with amounts around 1 inch or greater. The second location is over the Southern Plains ahead of another cold front. This region could see moderate amounts of hydro energy. A third place is back over the Southwest where a few showers will bring a small amount of hydro energy to Nevada.
May 7 Weather and Your Wallet (Biloxi MS):
Today will be a cool but dry day under northwesterly flow for the region.
Dining: Today will be a nice day with no issues to get out and enjoy lunch at the park or on the boardwalk.
Transportation: A nice day on the roads. Taking the roof down on the car would make for a nice day along the beach.
Shopping: There will be no issues with getting out and purchasing those summer clothes today.
Electricity: This afternoon there will be a small window of cooling needed between 2 and 6pm. We are looking at about 4.5CDD’s for the day.
Yard Work: Today will be an excellent day for plant growth and yard work as we are looking at about 20.5GDD’s for the area.
Construction: There will be no problems with working on the outdoor projects today.
Outdoor Venues: A nice day to take a walk on the boardwalk or even on the beach as there will be plenty of sunshine and light winds.
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