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Big Story Weather – December 24, 2012

December 24, 2012

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from December 21-23: These past few days have been tranquil across a majority of the country, expect in the Northeast where they saw more snow. Also, going through the Northern Plains we have seen some very cold air move through the region with wind chill advisories for the cold. The Pacific Northwest has also been getting hit really hard with more significant snows and heavy flooding coastal rains.

Weather Outlook for December 24: Low pressure moving up the Tennessee River Valley will bring showers and some snow showers to the Mid-Atlantic Region and the Northeast overnight. A very strong cold area of high pressure will be moving into the Northern Plains as wind chills will be dangerously cold in this region. Low pressure in the Southwest will begin to push out towards the Southern Plains and Gulf Coast region overnight. This low pressure is going to be responsible for blizzards in Arkansas and tornadoes along the Gulf Coast. High pressure over the California coast will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. Below is the weather for a few select cities.

New York NY: Cloudy evening Showers: 36F
Gulfport MS: Partly Cloudy/Evening Severe T-storms: 71F
Sioux Falls SD: Partly Cloudy: 18F
Salt Lake City UT: Snow: 30F
Portland OR: Cloudy/Showers: 44F

International Weather Outlook for December 24:
High pressure over Eastern China will bring partly cloudy skies to the Koreas and this will spread eastward into Japan. An area of low pressure is moving through the monsoonal trough and will bring some showers to portions of Southeast Asia. High pressure over Western Europe will bring nice weather to a good portion of the region. Low pressure moving towards England will bring showers and even some snow showers to Finland and Norway. High pressure over the Southern tip of South America will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. High pressure over Australia will make for a very nice day in the region. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.

Seoul South Korea: Partly Cloudy with a low near 1C
Manila Philippines: Partly Cloudy with a low near 22C
Bangkok Thailand: Mostly Cloudy with a few thunderstorms and a low near 25C
Athens Greece: Partly Cloudy with a low near 5C
Sydney Australia: Partly Cloudy with a low near 19C

December 24, 2012 Storm Tracker Update:

Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving over England is bringing showers and snow showers to Norway. Another area of low pressure moving towards Greenland will bring high seas to the region. An area of low pressure moving towards the Mid-Atlantic will bring rain/snow to the region. A new developing low moving out of the Rockies will bring some significant weather to the Center of the United States.

Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving through the Southern Gulf of Alaska will move towards the West Coast of Canada over the next 24 hours. Low pressure moving towards Hawaii will continue to bring showers and thunderstorms to the region.

Western Pacific: Low pressure pushing away from Japan will begin to move towards the Western Gulf of Alaska over the next couple of days. A tropical low to the east of the Philippines currently has winds around 20kts and a pressure of 1005mb and will make its way slowly towards the west. An area of low pressure is moving across Central Russia and will begin to impact Eastern Asia later this week.

Indian Ocean: The region is dominated with the tropical monsoon setting up and multiple low pressure systems moving through it. Tropical Cyclone 4 is moving into Eastern Africa bringing with it heavy rains and moderate winds around 40kts and a pressure of 992mb.

Southern Hemisphere: No major weather systems moving through the region at this time.

Five Day Storm Index Outlook for December 24-28:

New York NY: There is a chance of seeing some showers today which will have a slight impact on the region and then again on the 26th and 27th some light rain or snow will move into the region bringing a slight impact to the region.

Gulfport MS: There will be some showers and thunderstorms today which will have a slight impact on the region, however the 25th is going to see severe impacts in the form of heavy rain, tornadoes and damaging winds. The remainder of the week will be tranquil with no impacts forecasted.

Sioux Falls SD: A few lingering snow showers this morning will have a slight impact on the region. Otherwise look for a nice period with another slight chance of impacts on the 28th with some light snow back into the region.

Salt Lake City UT: Today the region will see some snow which will create slight impacts for the region, and then again on the 26th and 27th the region will see another round of snow that will bring some impacts to the region.

Portland OR: There will be showers over the next several days which will have slight impacts on the region followed by a nice day on the 28th with no impacts forecasted.

Climate Watch for December 19-23:

New York NY: The period started with temps around 5-17 degrees above average and then cooled to temps around 2 below average followed by a slight warm up with temps back to around 1 degree above average.

Gulfport MS: The period started with temps around 6-7 degrees above average and then fell to around 5-8 degrees below average before warming back up to temps around 3 degrees above average.

Sioux Falls SD: Temps started about 3 degrees above average before falling to around 2-8 degrees below average and further falling to around 9 degrees below average.

Salt Lake City UT: The temps started about 2-6 degrees below average before warming to around 4-12 degrees above average for the remainder of the period.

Portland OR: The period started with temps around 6-12 degrees above average and then slightly cooled to around 1-4 degrees above average before falling even further to around 2 degrees below average.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for December 19, 2012:

Day 1-3: An area of low pressure will be moving into the Mid-Atlantic region today bringing snow and rain ahead of the warm front. Another area of low pressure is beginning to take shape in the Southwest and this will become a potent weather system. High pressure over the Northern Plains will bring cold air to the region and also high pressure over Southern California will make for conditions. Day 2 we will be looking at a weak area of high pressure over the Great Lakes and a powerful storm system along the Gulf Coast creating a very dangerous severe weather event. Oklahoma and Arkansas will be dealing with significant winter storm conditions with the potential of seeing 6+ inches of snowfall on Christmas day. A high pressure area will be over the Rockies with another low moving towards the Pacific Northwest. The Day 3 outlook has a very powerful storm system along the Mid-Atlantic region extending into the Northeast. Another low pressure system will be seen in the Northern Rockies.

Day 4-7: The period will start with the low up in the Northeast and behind it high pressure will be in control of the majority of the weather form the Rockies eastward. A weak upper level system will be in the Northern Plains along with a developing low over Northern Mexico. The middle of this period will have another low pressure beginning to push into the Gulf of Mexico bringing showers to the Gulf Coast along with some snows into Arkansas again. The period will end with another storm system in the Mid-Atlantic along with a very cold high pressure center over Texas. Another area of low pressure will be moving towards the Southern California region.

Day 8-12: The period will begin with a very strong area of high pressure over the majority of the Eastern United States with very cold air in place for the region. A low pressure area will be in the Eastern Pacific slowly moving towards Mexico. Another strong area of high pressure will be over the Western United States. The middle of the period will have high pressure dominating the majority of the United States with a piece of energy over Mexico and the Southwest. The period will end with another storm system moving over the Gulf Coast region.

Day 13-15: The period will begin with an area of low pressure moving up the East Coast along with an area of high pressure along the West Coast. The middle of the period will have a frontal boundary along the Gulf Coast and a strong high pressure over the West Coast. The period will end with a strong area of high pressure over the Northern Plains with another area of low pressure along the Gulf Coast.

Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Baltimore MD:

Monday: Mostly Cloudy with Rain and Snow mixing together with an accumulation less than 1inch. High temps will be around 43F, with Southeast winds of 5-10mph. Low temps will fall to around 33F.

Tuesday: Mostly Cloudy and cool with a high near 47F, winds from the Northwest around 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around 37F.

Wednesday: Mostly Cloudy with periods of Rain and Snow with a light accumulation possible. High temps will be around 43F, with overnight lows around 33F and winds from the East at 10-15mph.

Thursday: Mostly Cloudy with a chance of light snow and a minor accumulation is possible in the region as high temps rise to around 40F, winds from the Northwest around 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around 30F.

Friday: Mostly Cloudy and cool with a high near 42F, winds will be from the Northwest around 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 32F.

Ask The Weatherman for December 24:

Question: When does winter begin and what is so significant about that day?

Answer: Another awesome question from our Facebook account today. Winter begins in the Northern Hemisphere on December 21. This day is significant in that this is when we see our shortest daylight of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. From this day on, the days begin to get longer again.

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Green Energy Weather Report for December 24:

Wave Energy: A frontal boundary along the Pacific Northwest will bring some moderate wave energy to the region. The developing frontal boundary along the Northern Gulf Coast will create a nice area of waver energy in the region as well.

Solar Energy: The Northern Plains will be under high pressure which will be good for solar energy. The extreme Northeast around Maine will also see the potential for some good solar energy today.

Wind Energy: The Pacific Northwest will have some stronger winds which could create a nice wind energy source region for today. The stronger winds moving into the Rockies around Salt Lake City and even a region developing back in the Southern Plains will bring good wind energy potential today.

Hydro-Energy: The Pacific Northwest will be getting more rain and also long term snow pack which will be good for spring energy. The Southern Plains will see showers and thunderstorms start to increase and spread across the Gulf Coast which will bring some energy to the region. The Tennessee River Valley will also see some moderate rainfall today which will help with energy.

December 24 Weather and Your Wallet (Denver CO):

Dining: A very cold day in store so you will want a heavy jacket. As the snow starts to increase it will become very cold.

Transportation: A slow start to the morning with a few showers in the region. By this evening traffic could begin to slow as the snow starts to accumulate in the region.

Shopping: You will want a jacket for today and if possible try to get the shopping out of the way this morning before the heavier snow starts.

Electricity: A big energy day for heating as the HDD´s will be around 37.5 with the need for heat being the highest through the overnight hours.

Yard Work: You might need to get out this evening and start clearing the sidewalks before Christmas day and all the relatives start to arrive.

Construction: A slow day with the cold and snow beginning to move into the region.

Outdoor Venues: A heavy jacket will make for a nice day to take a walk in the park and enjoy the snowflakes.


Source: redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

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