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November 9, 2012

Big Story Weather – November 9, 2012

Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from November 8: The Pacific Northwest and Western Rockies had to deal with valley rains and higher elevation snows. These spread into the Montana area which was hit the hardest yesterday. All of this is associated with our new “Winter Storm System” that is moving into the Rockies today. The Plains and Gulf Coast enjoyed high pressure, however, the colder air was in place as temps fell to near freezing for many in the south. The remains of the storm system in the Northeast did provide some more rain showers through the region yesterday.

Weather Outlook for November 9: High pressure over the Southeast will bring partly cloudy skies from the Northeast through the Southeast and back into the Gulf Coast and Southern Plains. Also, the next winter storm begins to move into the Rockies and Northern Plains. This system is going to bring with it plenty of rain to the southern side of its track along with some significant snowfall to the western side of its track. Severe weather will be hard to find today, however, this weekend the severe weather will increase with this system. Below is the weather for a few select cities.

Boston MA: (Partly Cloudy: 47F) | Memphis TN: (Partly Cloudy: 66F) | Bismarck ND: (Partly Cloudy/Light Snow: 34F) | Denver CO: (Mostly Cloudy: 64F) | Seattle  WA: (Partly Cloudy: 47F)

International Weather Outlook for November 9: Low pressure to the east of Japan will create partly to mostly cloudy skies. High pressure over Eastern China will bring partly cloudy skies and will extend eastward into the Koreas. Weak flow over Southeast Asia will allow for the monsoonal rains to decrease in coverage. Low pressure will bring cloudy skies to Western Europe to showers in England. Low pressure moving through the Southern tip of South America will bring showers to the region. A weak frontal boundary will move through Southern Australia bringing with it the chance of showers, while Northern Australia remains dry. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.

Tokyo Japan: Partly Cloudy with a low near 6C.

Manila Philippians: Partly Cloudy with a low near 20C.

Phuket Thailand: Partly Cloudy with a low near 22C.

Sydney Australia: Partly Cloudy with Showers and a low near 18C.

November 9, 2012 Storm Tracker Update:

Atlantic Basin: A strong low pressure system is moving into Iceland today along with a tropical wave just off the coast of Africa. The rest of the Atlantic is tranquil this morning.

Eastern Pacific: There is one wave moving across the Eastern Pacific this morning but will have no impacts to land.

Gulf of Alaska: Low pressure is now moving through the South-central Gulf of Alaska and will bring showers and snow to the coast of Alaska and then slowly move towards the Pacific Northwest over the next few days.

Central Pacific: All is quiet in this region this morning.

Western Pacific: An area of low pressure is now moving east of Japan. This feature will continue to track towards the east. Two waves in the tropics are slowly starting to take shape however nothing significant over the next 24hrs as both systems remain over the open waters.

South Indian Ocean: One area of strong convection is located to the South of India but should remain in this region as the strong high pressure to the north is keeping this wave south and should be no impacts to land over the next 24hrs.

Southern Hemisphere: A strong low pressure system is moving along the Southern coast of Australia bringing showers to places like Sydney for the next 24hrs.

Five Day Storm Index Outlook for November 9-13:

Boston MA: The first part of the period will be under high pressure with no major impacts expected. By the 13th the next storm system will start to move into the area bringing a slight chance of impacts.

Memphis TN: The period will start out with no impacts but by the 11th, when the next frontal boundary beings to move into the region, anticipate to see some strong thunderstorms which will create a slight to moderate impact period.

Bismarck ND: Today light snow will create a slight impact, however, by the 10th anticipate near blizzard conditions which will create Moderate impacts in the region. Blowing snow will carry into the following day bringing a slight impact to the region for the 11th.

Denver CO: Slight impacts are forecasted today for rain showers. On the 10th the impacts start to shift to snow and then on the 11th expect moderate impacts because of snow and blowing snow in the region.

Seattle WA: A non-impact day today which will be followed by slight impacts for the rest of the period due to rain showers moving into the region.

Climate Watch for November 4-8:

Boston MA: The period started out about 2 degrees below average but quickly got colder as temps for the rest of the period averaged about 9-14 degrees below average.

Memphis TN: Temps started the period about 6 degrees below average and got colder as temps fell to around 5-14 degrees below average for the remainder of the period.

Bismarck ND: Temps started the period about 13 degrees below average and the warmed through the rest of the period to around 6-11 degrees above average.

Denver CO: Temps started about 4-10 degrees above average and then warmed to around 6-21 degrees above average before falling on the 8th to around 1 degree above average.

Seattle WA: Temps started the period about 2-10 degrees above average however on the 8th temps fell to around 3 degrees below average.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for November 9, 2012:

Day 1-3: High pressure will be in control of the weather from the Southern Plains eastward into the Gulf Coast region along with the Mid-Atlantic and parts of the Northeast making for a nice day,. The winter storm begins moving through the Rockies and into the Northern Plains and will make for some heavy rain and also snowfall rates. By the end of this period our storm system will move into the Great Lakes and a very strong frontal boundary will develop from the lakes all the way to the Gulf of Mexico . This is where we will see the severe weather setup along this frontal boundary.

Day 4-7: The period will start with the frontal boundary moving through the Gulf Coast bringing some strong to severe storms to the region and also moderate rains northward into the Ohio River Valley. Along with that expect to see some snow in the Great lakes region. The period will end with the frontal boundary moving into the East Coast. High pressure will build back into the middle of the United States extending into the Gulf Coast region. A weaker frontal boundary will begin to develop back over the Pacific Northwest. The end of the period will have the strong high pressure center over the East Coast along with another frontal boundary moving in over California.

Day 8-12: This period will start with high pressure over the Northeast while another frontal boundary moves into the Plains section bringing snowfall and possible severe weather to certain places. Another frontal boundary will be entering into the Pacific Northwest. Towards the middle of this period we will have one frontal boundary along the East Coast with the trailing cold front back into the Gulf Coast and Southeast which will be the location for possible severe weather. A weak high pressure center will be over the Southwest while yet another frontal boundary will be moving on shore over the Pacific Northwest. The end of this period will have an area of high pressure along the East Coast along with a frontal boundary back in the Plains section and another area of low pressure moving on shore over the Pacific Northwest.

Day 13-15: The period will start with a potent low pressure system along the East coast bringing showers and snow to the region. High pressure will be over the Gulf Coast region and another frontal boundary moving on shore over the Pacific Northwest. The period will end with high pressure over the East Coast and a frontal system in the Plains section. Along with that look for another weak area of high pressure over the Rockies followed by a low pressure system moving into the Pacific Northwest.

Today's Spotlight Forecast is for Bismarck ND:

Friday: Mostly Cloudy with periods of snow. Some accumulation is expected as high temps rise to near 33F. Winds will be strong out of the Northeast around 18-23mph as low temps fall to near 29F.

Saturday: Mostly Cloudy with periods of snow and blowing snow as high temps rise to around 35F. Accumulations are expected. Winds will be out of the Northwest around 18-23mph as overnight lows fall to  around 20F.

Sunday: Partly Cloudy with periods of blowing snow and very cold as high temps rise to around 20F and overnight lows fall to around 5F. Winds from the Northwest around 18-23mph.

Monday: Partly Cloudy and cold again as high temps rise to around 21F. Winds from the Northwest around 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 7F.

Tuesday: Partly Cloudy and warmer as high temps rise back to around 33F. Winds will be from the Southwest around 2-7mph and overnight lows will fall to around 21F.

Ask The Weatherman for November 9:

Question: What is an Alberta Clipper System?

Answer: The Alberta Clipper is a weather system that forms near Alberta Canada and then moves southeastward. The clipper gets its name from the fact that is usually just clips the Northern Plains and then falls into the Great Lakes. Sometimes these systems can gain a lot of moisture from the lakes creating lake effect snows before pushing through the Northeast and back out to sea or northwestward back into Canada.

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Green Energy Weather Report for November 9:

Wave Energy: The waves along the Pacific Northwest will begin to increase with the approach of the next frontal system making this a great area for wave energy today.

Solar Energy: High pressure over the Southeastern United States will bring solar energy from the Southern Plains into the Gulf Coast and expanding up into the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Wind Energy: The Rockies and Northern Plains with the next frontal boundary moving through this region will make for great wind power today.

Hydro-Energy: The Rockies will see rain today along with snow over the next few days which will create a nice boundary of rainfall and also looking into the Northern Plains as the rain and snow begins to move into this region expect to see more increase in water sources for hydro power.

November 9 Weather and Your Wallet (Kansas City MO):

Dining: This morning and early afternoon will be a nice time to enjoy the outdoors. It will be a tad bit on the windy side though. This evening the showers start to move into the region making it a good night to dine in.

Transportation: A good morning and early afternoon commute. However, once the showers start to move in, expect to see water pile up on the roads which could make hydroplaning an issue.

Shopping: A nice morning and early afternoon to get out and go shopping. However, this evening you will want to bring an umbrella as the rain could be heavy at times.

Electricity: A good day to open the windows this afternoon at the office or at home and let some of the nice warm southerly winds in. However, this evening look for a window of needing the heater as the HDD´s will be around 6.5 for tonight into the overnight hours.

Agriculture: A good morning to get the yard and farm work done and make ready for the winter.

Construction: This morning and early afternoon it will be the winds which could have some impacts on road projects along with high rise projects. This evening the winds and then the rain will make for some rough going for any road construction projects.

Outdoor Venues: This morning will be the best time to get the pet out for a walk at the park or to do your outdoor exercising. This evening it will be windy and rainy making for a great night to stay home and watch a movie.

Weather Changer for November 9:

Area  #1: The low will advance into the Rockies today and start impacting the region with lower elevation rains and mountain snows which will be heavy for some places as winter storm watches along with blizzard warnings are in effect.

Area #2: The high pressure that is moving into the Southeast will bring some cold air to the region overnight as temps will drop to or just below freezing in this region and also into the Mid-Atlantic region.

Area #3: The low pressure will push out into the Northern Plains creating some moderate rains on the east side of the low. The western side will be dealing with snow and some could become heavy especially in the Western Dakotas.

Area #4: Monday the frontal boundary will begin to push into this region and bring with it the chance of seeing thunderstorms some of which may become severe.

Area #5: The low pressure will begin to move into this region by Tuesday bringing with it moderate rain and possibly some snow on the northern side of it back into the Great Lakes.

Area #6: The new low pressure system that will begin to move into the Pacific Northwest by the end of the weekend bringing rain showers to the region again.