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December 31, 2012

Big Story Weather – December 31, 2012

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from December 28-30: The big news from this past weekend was the intense snowfall amounts that occurred with the arrival of the winter storm into the Northeast part of the United States. The Southern United States saw high pressure and very cold conditions as frost and freeze warnings were issued all the way down into Florida. The Western United States saw its fair share of weather also this past weekend from more snow to heavier coastal rains.

Weather Outlook for December 31: High pressure off the Southeast coast will bring partly cloudy skies to the entire East Coast and also into the Southeast US. A strong low pressure system is taking shape over the Southwest and will push out towards the Southern Plains today bringing with it a wide area of snow with some heavy snowfall possible through the Central Plains into the Ohio River Valley. The Southern Plains and the Gulf Coast will deal with some cold rain showers today and overnight. An Arctic high pressure system will begin to move into the Northern Plains and will be responsible for bringing some below zero temps during the night and daytime. Another high pressure system over the West Coast will bring nice weather to the region. Below is the weather for a few select cities.

Baltimore MD: Partly Cloudy: 36F
Houston TX: Cloudy with Showers: 68F
Kansas City MO: Cloudy/Snow: 30F
Denver CO: Cloudy/Snow: 25F
San Diego CA: Partly Cloudy: 54F

International Weather Outlook for December 31:
A strong area of low pressure will bring some snow showers to northern parts of Japan. High pressure over Eastern China will bring partly cloudy skies to the region and this will extend into the Koreas and Southern Japan. High pressure over Tibet will keep the monsoonal moisture well south in the Indian Ocean. A tropical system will be moving into Madagascar bringing with it plenty of rain and winds. High pressure over Central Europe will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. Low pressure moving into England will bring showers and will extend southward into Spain. An area of low pressure moving along the eastern coast of South America will bring showers to the region, while high pressure over the Western tip will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. High pressure over Western Australia will bring partly cloudy skies to the region, while a tropical feature will bring plenty of moisture to Eastern Australia. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.

Tokyo Japan: Partly Cloudy with a low near 2C
Hong Kong China: Partly Cloudy with a few showers and a low near 18C
Bangkok Thailand: Partly Cloudy and a low near 25C
London England: Cloudy with showers and a low near 4C
Brisbane Australia: Cloudy with Thunderstorms/Showers and a low near 24C

December 31, 2012 Storm Tracker Update:

Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving into England will bring rain and wind. A strong low pressure system is moving towards Greenland off the Canadian Coast. Another low pressure system is moving into the Southern Plains of the United States and will bring a wide array of moisture from snow and heavy rain to the region.

Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving towards the coast of Mexico will continue to push eastward towards the Gulf of Mexico over the next 24-48hrs. An area of low pressure is moving in towards the Western Coast of Canada and will bring showers and winds/seas to the region. Another area of low pressure is moving through the Central Gulf of Alaska.

Western Pacific: A strong area of low pressure is moving northeast away from Japan with a few lingering snow showers possible over Northern Japan. Another low pressure system is beginning to move into Central Russia and will bring snow to the region. A tropical area of interest is just to the Southeast of Guam with winds around 15kts this morning. This feature will continue to push Westward over the next 24-48hrs.

Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough is very active today with multiple low pressure systems pushing east to west along the trough axis which is south of India at this time. A more developed low pressure is to the Northeast of Madagascar this morning with winds around 30kts and a pressure of 1000mb.

Southern Hemisphere: Tropical Cyclone Freda continues to track southward near the New Zealand region bringing very heavy rains and strong winds as the pressure was estimated to be around 952mb along with winds near 95kts. The remains of Cyclone Mitchell continue to push away from the western coast of Australia near Perth with winds around 30kts and pressure of 1000mb. Another stronger tropical wave is located near the Fiji Islands with a pressure of 1009mb and winds around 25kts this morning. This area shows signs of possible further development over the next 24hrs.

Five Day Storm Index Outlook for December 31-January 4:

Baltimore MD: This week should be a fairly tranquil with no major weather impacts forecasted for the area.

Houston TX: Over the next three days the region will be dealing with showers and the potential of seeing a couple of inches of rain which put the area into slight impacts.

Kansas City MO: A chance of seeing some significant snows today will bring the region into a moderate impact followed by the rest of the period being impact free.

Denver CO: The snow moving through the region today will bring moderate impacts, followed by the rest of the week being impact free.

San Diego CA: High pressure will keep the region impact free for the entire week.

Climate Watch for December 26-30:

Baltimore MD: The period started with temps about 1-6 degrees above average followed by a very drastic cool down with temps running about 3-15 degrees below average.

Houston TX: The entire period has been dominated with temps running anywhere from 3-10 degrees below average to even 12-17 degrees below average.

Kansas City MO: The period has saw temps running around 3-12 degrees below average with the 30th temps returning to around 6 degrees above average.

Denver CO: The entire period has seen temps anywhere from 11-21 degrees below average to around 4-11 degrees below average.

San Diego CA: The entire period has seen temps around 1-12 degrees below average.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for December 31, 2012:

Day 1-3: High pressure off the East Coast will bring nice weather to the region, while a developing low over the Southwest will impact the region with rain and snow for many places in the Southern Plains today. High pressure over the Northern Plains will begin to bring cold air to the region. The West Coast will enjoy high pressure and nice weather. The period will end with a low pressure system developing in the Northern Gulf of Mexico bringing some very cold rain and snow to the Gulf States and the Southeast. A very strong high pressure center will be over the Rockies bringing some very cold air to the region. A low pressure and frontal boundary will begin to impact the Pacific Northwest.

Day 4-7: The period will start with a few snow showers in the Northeast, otherwise a good portion of the country will be under high pressure. The middle of this period will see high pressure from West to East bringing some of the coldest air to the United States in well over 3 years. The period will end with a clipper system moving through the Great Lakes, while high pressure will be over the Southeast. An area of low pressure will begin to move into the West Coast near California.

Day 8-12: The period will start with high pressure over the majority of the country again and a weak low pressure system will begin to move into the Southwest. The middle of the period will have a strong high pressure along the East Coast and also a developing low over the Southern Plains and another area of high pressure along the West Coast. The end of the period will see the low begin to push into the Great Lakes region along with a cold front extending into the Gulf Coast region. High pressure will be over the West with another weak low entering Southern California.

Day 13-15: The period will start very active with multiple storm systems impacting the United States again. The middle of this period we will be dealing with another strong storm system moving up the East Coast which could become a very potent snow maker from Baltimore northward. The period will end with another major winter storm moving through the Great Lakes with a frontal boundary extending towards the Gulf Coast.

Today's Spotlight Forecast is for Mobile AL:

Monday: Partly Cloudy and a tad bit warmer with high temps around 65F, winds from the Southeast around 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 57F.

Tuesday: Mostly Cloudy with Showers and a high near 71F, winds will be from the Southwest around 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around 48F.

Wednesday: Mostly Cloudy and cool with showers as high temps rise to around 48F, winds will be from the Northeast around 5-10mph as overnight low temps fall to around 40F.

Thursday: Mostly Cloudy with Showers during the morning, becoming partly cloudy by afternoon as high temps rise to around 46F and overnight lows will fall to around 35F.

Friday: Partly Cloudy and cold with a high near 48F, winds from the Northeast around 5-10mph will drop the low temps to around 30F.

Ask The Weatherman for December 31:

Question: What is the difference between a weather watch and a weather warning?

Answer: The National Weather Service has set the criteria that if conditions are possible over a period of time for certain things to happen  - such as tornadoes or severe thunderstorms - they will then issue a “Watch for that area." However if the conditions are occurring now then they will issue a “Warning” for that event. It´s important to also know that watches can be in effect for a longer period of time, where a warning is usually shorter lived and just covers that certain event and can be completed within an hour or less.

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Green Energy Weather Report for December 31:

Wave Energy: The Pacific Northwest will be a good location to generate wave energy today ahead of the next frontal boundary. Along with that look for the Gulf Coast region to see increasing winds which will create wave energy and then on the backside of the frontal boundary over the Northeast.

Solar Energy: The West Coast of the United States will be the overall best location for solar energy creation along with places throughout the East Coast.

Wind Energy: The eastern slopes of the Rockies will have some strong gradient winds between the high over the Northern Plains and the developing low in the Southwest will create a wide region of wind energy.

Hydro-Energy: The best place to see this will be from Texas northward into the Central Plains and then eastward into the Ohio River Valley, with many places getting rain along with snow which will add to the spring runoff.

December 31 Weather and Your Wallet (Seattle WA):

Dining: Today will be a cool day for any outdoor eating plans.

Transportation: No weather impacts expected so it should be a smooth drive to work or to any New Year´s Eve events.

Shopping: Today will be a nice day to go to the malls and do some shopping before tonight´s big events.

Electricity: Today will be a big heating day for the region with the forecast looking at 30HDD´s. The majority will be needed through the overnight hours.

Yard Work: A tad bit cool but a nice day to get out and do some last minute yard cleaning you may have.

Construction: No issues forecasted for any construction projects that may be going on today.

Outdoor Venues: If you have plans to head out to watch any New Year´s Eve events make sure to take a heavy coat as it will be quite cold with temps in the upper 20´s during the evening.