July 29, 2011
Posted: 03:10 PM ET
It's "New Movie Friday" on "Morning Express with Robin Meade" and that means a visit from sixsecondreviews.com critic Russ Leatherman aka: Mr. Moviefone. see if he is in or out on Daniel Craig & Harrison Ford in "Cowboys and Aliens" plus NPH in "The Smurfs" and "Crazy Stupid Love" starring Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell working his first new job since leaving Dunder Mifflin.
We'd love to hear your review too. Have a great weekend!
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Posted: 11:42 AM ET
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Posted: 07:26 AM ET
Tropical storm Don is edging closer to the South Texas coast this morning - and should hit land sometime late tonight or early tomorrow morning between Brownsville and Matagorda. The storm itself looks healthier on this morning's satellite, but it's still facing some wind shear on the northern side that is helping to keep it from developing further. Add in the dry air near the Texas coastline in the upper levels (tropical systems feed on moist air, too), and Don should only get to about 65 mph before it hits the beach. The steering winds for the storm are from the huge high pressure ridge over the S/MW/SW blowing it WNW. That ridge is actually gaining strength this morning, causing Don to turn westward... meaning the chance of good rain is almost out the door for Northern/Central Texas. My fingers are crossed, but the rain field just doesn’t look too big. Three to five inches are likely for southern Texas.
The upper half of the nation is active this morning, too. There are plenty of impulses running through the atmosphere from the MW to the NE, and tough storms with heavy rain and frequent lightning have been hitting from Chicago to Buffalo and beyond. Ill have the forecast for you on the show.
Heat is back for the Mid Atlantic with a high around 102 in DC today, and advisories stretch all the way down to Georgia. I”ll have that, too.
The monsoon looks a little better today, so expect more widespread showers and storms around AZ/NM/UT/CO and NV. The rest of the West looks dry.
Hoping for rain, or crossing your fingers for clear skies? Keep your eye on expected precipitation with this map:
Posted: 07:12 AM ET
July 28, 2011
Posted: 07:40 AM ET
Tropical storm Don is headed towards the coast of TX, and should make a landfall somewhere near Corpus Christi late Fri night or early Sat morning. Right now the winds are around 40 mph, but it doesn’t look very organized on the radar. It will start to churn into warmer water as it heads to the Western Gulf of Mexico that will help it intensify, and the National Hurricane Center brings it up to a 60 mph storm by Fri night (hurricane force winds are 75 mph). This could be some great news for parched TX, b/c it has the potential to bring a good 3-6” of rain with it, possibly a little more. It will also cool the temps down for a day or two as far north as lower OK. We’ll see how strong he gets, and what the weather will be like for the Western Gulf over the next few days.
Otherwise, the rain is power-housing the Midwest right now. Some spots in IA and IL got as much as 4-7” overnight, and it still comes down. These rain pockets are training over the same spots (above the massive high pressure ridge located over the Mid MS Valley/Mid Atlantic states), and will reform later today. Flood watches and warnings are posted, and I’ll have that for you too.
More heat for the MW, and a new heat watch is up for the Delaware Valley for Fri and Sat. It’ll feel like 100 for Philly tomorrow, just a heads up.
Four Corners monsoonal flow is back, and that means more rain. Pop-up showers and storms will nail the Southeast today too. Expect some delays at ATL.
The West hasn’t really changed in a few days. More clouds for the coast, mild temps. inland.
July 27, 2011
Posted: 07:25 AM ET
Quick look at the Wednesday forecast for you, right here.
The stubborn ridge of high pressure over the middle of the Lower 48 hasn’t moved much in the last three weeks, and today is no different. That means the ridge will still crank out the heat over the Mid Mississippi Valley and parts of the Midwest. I’ll show you the temperatures, but it's safe to say Dallas will reach 102 today (at DFW) making it the 26th consecutive day of 100 or better. There may be some relief for the Lone Star State, though, with a developing tropical system near Cuba. There is a good chance this will turn into at least a tropical depression, and maybe a tropical storm. All the tracking models take this thing into Northern Mexico or Texas by late Friday or over the weekend. I expect it to bring good rain and cooler temperatures to Eastern/Central Texas... I just hope it doesn’t blow up into a full-blown hurricane. I’ll keep you posted.
Storms are aligning themselves now in the Upper Midwest, and this trend will continue throughout the day. Severe storms are possible over the Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska area today as the frontal boundary slides eastward. but it'll be drier in the Northeast after the tough round of storms yesterday. Look for more rain along the Gulf Coast, too.
The West looks similar to yesterday, with monsoonal Four Corners showers and some clouds hugging the coast this morning. More on the program.
July 26, 2011
Posted: 07:17 AM ET
Today’s forecast looks a lot like yesterday's: heat in the Midwest, heavy rain in the Southeast, and severe storms in the Upper Midwest and Northern Rockies.
A cold front is draped over the Mid Atlantic and Southeast right now, which should continue to churn out rain and storms from the Carolinas through to the Gulf Coast. It’s coming down pretty nicely now over the Low Country. I’ll show you that the radar, and you can see it here on the map:
Look for a nice cool down to continue for the Northeast, with a high of 80 in New York City. That’s way down from the 100s of last week. The Statue of Liberty was down to a thing, for cryin' out loud!
The cooler air hasn’t reached into the Midwest or Southern Plains. Heat warnings or advisories are in place for Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. When Dallas hits 102 today (at DFW), it’ll mark the 25th consecutive day that temperatures have been 100 or more in that area - and it's going to continue on until the weekend, too. I mean, c’mon already.
A good shot of energy is driving into the Rockies now, and this will eject into the northern Plains this afternoon. Severe storms will fire in the Dakotas, some producing large hail and tornadoes. The timing looks to be about early to mid afternoon. Details on the show.
Monsoon rain will dot the landscape around the Four Corners. The West Coast will have the low clouds first, and then the breeze next. It will remain dry out there, though.
July 25, 2011
Posted: 08:27 AM ET
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: the NFL players are expected to vote to accept the owners collective bargain agreement. Does that mean the NFL Lockout ends today? If they vote, that is the beginning of the end of the NFL Lockout. The players were supposed to vote on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week, but today looks like the real thing. So if the players vote to accept the deal, training camps would open Wednesday, and then all heck breaks loose. By next weekend, you’d have the players union getting back together, rookies signing with their new teams, free agents shopping themselves all over the league. But both the players and the owners don’t want any preseason games cancelled, other than the Hall of Fame game, so getting today’s vote done is key.
Michael Vick wants Brett Favre on his team… And Vick’s team, the Eagles, want Favre too. Could this actually happen?! Sure… And here we go again. For the 4th year in a row, we’re on Brett Favre Watch after Michael Vick sent out the Tweet Heard ‘Round the World. "I would be honored to have Brett Farve as a backup. That will be amazing learning how to toy with defenses the way he did his whole career." Favre and Eagles coach Andy Reid spent 7 seasons together in Green Bay, so they’ve got a relationship… Keep in mind, we have heard nothing from Favre who has promised everyone all summer that he is indeed retired.
Cadel Evan’s cycling coach had one final wish before dying of brain cancer 8 months ago… He wanted Evans to win the Tour de France… Evans has now fulfilled that wish… At 34, he is the oldest Tour de France champion in 88 years, and he’s the first Australian to ever accomplish the feat.
Before Saturday’s NASCAR race in Nashville, Tennessee, Pastor Joe Nelms gave one of the best invocations EVER!!! It was straight out of “Talladega Nights!” The crowd loved it... check it out on the show and then tell us what you think... was it appropriate to thank "the baby Jesus" for his "smokin' hot wife?"
The San Francisco Giants have a problem with seagulls! It’s gotten so bad, the Giants are thinking about calling in Falcons to take care of the problem! It was cool when the seagulls were coming in from Alcatraz during the 9th inning to help take care of the trash at the Giants ballpark. But now the birds are coming earlier, and they’ve become more aggressive. Swooping into the stands, and, uh, soiling fans. Bird experts say the gulls are learning if they come earlier, there’s more food for them… Falcons and hawks are used to keep seagulls away from airports, so that might have to be an option.
Marion Jones storybook comeback has come to an end… She’s been cut by the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock… Jones was trying to use the WNBA to rebuild her imagine after admitting to taking steroids during her gold medal track career… She was forced to give back her medals, she spent time in prison, and now’s looking for work after averaging less than a point a game for the Shock this season.
If you’re a Baltimore Oriole, you do NOT want your own "bobble head doll night"!! Pitcher Brian Matusz will probably be a no-show for his own bobble-head doll giveaway night on August 6 at Camden Yards because he’s been demoted to the Orioles minor league team. This same thing happened last year when outfielder Nolan Reimold missed his bobble head night when he was sent down to the minors.
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July 22, 2011
Posted: 10:00 AM ET
iReporter Kim M. (NVStable) uploaded this video of King Joseph, her 24-year-old horse hogging the automated hose down from a lawn sprinkler. Kim says put it out there last week to help her horses battle the heat wave that's been hitting her farm north of Toronto, Ontario. "Joe" was the only horse in the paddock who showed any interest in the sprinkler and Kim tells us that Joe's behavior is "very unusual." We think it's just plain 'ol horse sense!
You can see the raw video on iReport.com and remember you can tell a story, offer an opinion, say what's important to you at iReport too! And we hope you do. We love using your videos and photos on "Morning Express with Robin Meade"
P.S. Kim tells us that the mask on King Joseph's face is a "fly screen" which he can see through.
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Posted: 06:56 AM ET
Like I said yesterday, it feels like my butt was strapped to the nose of Atlantis during re-entry. Smokin’ hot.
As the heat dome slides east today, it will bring the hottest day this season to the Northeast. There are heat warnings from Maine all the way down to the Carolinas today, where it will feel like anywhere from 100 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit. I will show you the entire warning map as the heat extends west into Oklahoma, Kansas, and parts of Texas (plus everywhere between! 29 states in all). At one point yesterday, 49% of the US population was under a heat advisory, warning, or watch. Man, I love San Francisco this time of year. You can see why on the map:
The massive hot-air dome responsible for the record-breaking heat is getting chewed down a bit on its northern flank by impulses in the upper atmosphere as well as big surface storms, so the warnings have left Wisconsin, Minnesota, and northern Michigan.
I’ll also show you the storms that are currently shooting up on the radar. Severe storms will develop in the afternoon heat in the Midwest, including Chicago, Minneapolis, and Indianapolis. I’ll show you the action.
It’s a getaway Friday, so the air travel will be hit with volume delays in the Northeast, but weather will come into play, too, with those Midwest storms.
The west coast looks a little cloudy to start, but temperatures will range from the 70s near the coast to the upper 80s inland from California to Washington. Enjoy that!
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