Big Story Weather – December 27, 2012
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Big Story Weather from December 26: Yesterday the big news was the significant snow storm that spread into the Ohio River Valley with many places seeing well over 6 inches of snow. This significant event also pushed into the Mid-Atlantic where it started as snow and turned into freezing precipitation and then finished with some rainfall. Snowflakes were even spotted in Northern Alabama and the Atlanta Metro area.
Weather Outlook for December 27: Low pressure moving up the Northeast coast will bring rain, wind and snow to the region today. Some blizzard like conditions can be expected back towards the lakes. High pressure north of the lakes in Canada extends down towards the Gulf Coast bringing nice weather throughout the Mississippi River Valley. A new storm system is moving into the Rockies and will be responsible for bringing snow to the region and the Northern Plains today. A strong high pressure over the Pacific will weakly build along the coast bringing nice weather to the region. Below is the weather for a few select cities.
New York NY: Rain/Snow during the morning then becoming partly cloudy: 38F
Gulfport MS: Partly Cloudy: 55F
Sioux Falls SD: Cloudy/Snow: 19F
Billings MT: Cloudy: 28F
Portland OR: Partly Cloudy: 45F
International Weather Outlook for December 27: Low pressure moving off East China will bring showers to Southern Japan and also Eastern China, while it will bring mostly cloudy skies to the Koreas. High pressure over the Tibetan Plateau will bring partly cloudy skies to the majority of Southeast Asia. Low pressure moving towards England will bring cloudy skies and showers to the area, while it will bring mostly cloudy skies to Western Europe. High pressure over the southern tip of South America will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. High pressure will bring partly cloudy skies to Southern Australia, while a trough will bring rain showers and thunderstorms to Northern parts of Australia. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Seoul South Korea: Mostly Cloudy with a low near 2C
Taipei Taiwan: Partly Cloudy with a few showers and a low near 18C
Bangkok Thailand: Partly Cloudy and a low near 25C
London England: Mostly Cloudy with a few showers and a low near 2C
Perth Australia: Partly Cloudy with a low near 24C
December 27, 2012 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Western Russia will bring snow to the region. Low pressure moving through Northeast Europe will bring snow showers to the region. Another area of low pressure beginning to approach England will bring clouds and showers to the region. Another major low pressure system is moving up the Northeast US and will bring snow, rain and mix precipitation.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving into the Rockies will bring snow to the region and also a few showers to the southern end of the frontal boundary. Another area of low pressure is heading towards the Southern California area. A stronger area of low pressure is moving across towards the Pacific Northwest. Another low pressure area has entered the Western Gulf of Alaska and will start to bring increased winds and seas to the region along with some snowfall.
Western Pacific: Low pressure is exiting the Western Pacific and heading towards the Gulf of Alaska. Another low pressure area is moving off the East Coast of China and will bring showers to the region. A third area of low pressure is moving into Eastern Russia and will advance into the region bringing snow to the area. The remains of WuKong are now approaching the coast of Southeast China with moderate winds and seas expected as the winds are currently around 20kts and a pressure of 1007mb.
Indian Ocean: A strong area of low pressure is located to the southwest of India with winds of 15kts and a pressure of 1010mb.
Southern Hemisphere: A tropical wave northwest of Australia has winds around 15kts and a pressure of 1010mb. A second area of low pressure is located to the northeast of Australia with winds around 25kts and a pressure of 1004mb. A third tropical wave is over in the Eastern Pacific and has winds of 20kts along with a pressure of 1007mb. All of these waves are in regions of warm tropical waters and have the potential to further develop over the next couple of days.
Five Day Storm Index Outlook for December 27-31:
New York NY: Strong winds and snow along with rain mixing in will create a very dangerous situation in the region with moderate impacts. Another shot of snow on the 29th will create slight impacts for the region and then the remainder of the period will be impact free.
Gulfport MS: A nice day today, but tomorrow a few strong thunderstorms will bring a moderate impact to the region, followed by another chance of thunderstorms on the 31 which will have slight impacts on the region.
Sioux Falls SD: Snowfall and blowing winds will create moderate impacts in the region, followed by a few light snow showers early tomorrow morning which will leave the region in a slight impact followed by nice weather an impact free for the remainder of the period.
Billings MT: A tranquil week ahead with no impacts forecasted for the area.
Portland OR: A quiet period ahead with a chance of showers moving in on the 31st which will bring the region a slight impact.
Climate Watch for December 22-26:
New York NY: The period started with temps around 2 degrees below average followed by a slight above average day and then back below 1-2 degrees finished the period with 1 degree above average.
Gulfport MS: The period started with temps about 5 degrees below average followed by a warming with temps going to 3-15 degrees above average and then finished the period with temps around 8 degrees below average.
Sioux Falls SD: The period has been well below average for temps ranging from 1 degree on the 22nd to 11-18 degrees below for the remainder of the period.
Billings MT: The period has been below average the entire period ranging from 2-8 below all the way to 22-24 degrees below average.
Portland OR: The period started about 4 degrees above average followed by a 2 degree below average day and then warmed to around 1 degree above average and then fell again to around 2-3 degrees below average to finish the period.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for December 27, 2012:
Day 1-3: Low pressure moving up the East Coast will create dangerous traveling weather in the region. High pressure over the Western Great Lakes extending into the Southern Plains and Gulf Coast will make for a nice day in those areas. A developing storm system over the Rockies will bring snow which will then push into the Northern Plains, while the West Coast will be tranquil today. The middle of this period will have another frontal boundary moving along the Gulf Coast bringing rain and thunderstorms to the region also some more snow to Arkansas will be possible. A weak pulse of rain will move in over the West Coast. The period will finish with the storm system moving up the East Coast as strong high pressure will take over the rest of the country.
Day 4-7: The period will start with high pressure along the East Coast and then a small low pressure area developing over Northern Mexico into Southern Texas, along with high pressure near the West Coast. The middle of the period we will have high pressure over the Northern Plains along with a developing low pressure near the Gulf of Mexico. High pressure over the Western United States. The period will end with high pressure over the 2/3 of the Western United States, while an area of low pressure moves up the coast of Florida.
Day 8-12: The period will begin with two separate high pressures over both coasts dominating the majority of the country with cold but dry weather. The middle of the period will see high pressure over the Western United States, while a weak low pressure will come out of the Great Lakes bringing some snow to the Northeast. The period will finish with high pressure over the Southeast while another Clipper system will move through the Northern Plains and a few lake effect snow showers will still be possible in the Northeast along with stronger winds.
Day 13-15: The period will start with high pressure dominating the majority of the country. The middle of the period will have high pressure along the East coast and the majority of the west, while there will be a developing low over the Southern Plains and also a piece of energy moving in over the Pacific Northwest. The period will end with a significant storm system in the Great Lakes extending into the Gulf Coast and another low pressure developing along Southern California.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Kansas City MO:
Thursday: Partly Cloudy and mild with a high near 32F, winds will be from the Southeast around 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 20F.
Friday: Partly Cloudy with a high near 30F, winds will be moderate from the Northwest around 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around 17F.
Saturday: Partly Cloudy and cooler with a high near 28F, winds will be from the Southwest around 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 20F.
Sunday: Partly Cloudy and warmer with a high near 40F, winds will be strong from the Southwest around 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 27F.
Monday: Partly Cloudy and cooler with a high near 33F, winds will be from the Northeast around 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 25F.
Ask The Weatherman for December 27:
Question: Who issues severe weather warnings for the United States?
Answer: In the United States the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma is responsible for issuing severe weather warnings. They issue all kinds of warnings from tornadoes to severe weather watches and warnings. They also issue public advisories for major severe weather outbreaks like the one that just occurred this over the Christmas holiday when they issued a statement preparing the public for a significant weather outbreak. Also the SPC is responsible for issuing extended outlook products that talk about the severe weather events that may occur over the next 5-7 days. This product is updated daily on their website along with other products. You can also find these products when you go to your local NWS page.
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Green Energy Weather Report for December 27:
Wave Energy: A storm system out in the Pacific will bring some good wave energy to the coast. The moderate winds over the Northern Gulf will create some good wave energy in the region. A potent storm system moving up the East Coast will bring moderate waves with a high potential of creating wave energy.
Solar Energy: The Southern Plains and into the Gulf Coast region along with the Western Lakes and upper Mississippi River Valley will be today’s best places to generate solar energy.
Wind Energy: The storm system moving through the Rockies and Northern Plains will create a nice area of wind energy. The low pressure up along the East Coast will also generate plenty of wind energy today.
Hydro-Energy: The Northeast is collecting plenty of spring runoff moisture which will in return equal a good runoff for the spring. Also the rain in the region is making some good short term energy. A second place is back in the Rockies and Northern Plains as the snow falls in these regions will build up the snow pack and spring runoff energy level.
December 27 Weather and Your Wallet (Buffalo NY):
Dining: Between the cold and the snow it’s not the best day to be eating outdoors. Your best bet is to take lunch to work with you.
Transportation: Very bad road conditions will be found through the region between the snow pack already on the ground and the new snow falling today along with the strong Northwest winds which will create near zero visibility. Remember give the snow plows room on the roads.
Shopping: Not the best day to shop, but if you must head to the mall today give yourself plenty of time to get there.
Electricity: It will be a high demand day for electricity through the region all day long as high temps only get into the mid 20’s. The total HDD’s for today will be around 42.5HDD.
Yard Work: There should be plenty of snow to shovel from your sidewalks and roads, just make sure to take it easy as many people suffer injuries during snow removal around their own houses.
Construction: There will not be much construction going on today other than snow removal work throughout the city.
Outdoor Venues: Taking the pet out for a walk will be a challenge between the cold air and the snowfall and all the snow on the ground.