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January 10, 2013

Big Story Weather – January 10, 2013

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from January 9: The significant storm that is pushing through Texas brought record rainfall to Eastern Texas and Western Louisiana with multiple places seeing over 2-3 inches of rainfall or more. The second storm system that we have to watch has been impacting the Northwest with heavy coastal rains and mountain snows. The rest of the country has been dealing with mild weather from the Mississippi River Valley eastward.

Weather Outlook for January 10: High pressure will bring partly cloudy skies to the majority of the East Coast, while a low pressure system will be moving into Eastern Texas and Louisiana bringing very heavy rains to the region. This rain will also spread into Southern Mississippi with heavy rainfall likely. Another storm system is developing over the Rockies and will bring with it lower elevation rains along with moderate heavy snow over the mountains. Partly cloudy skies will dominate the West Coast. Below is the weather for a few select cities.

Pittsburg PA: Partly Cloudy: 40F
New Orleans LA: Cloudy with Showers: 72F
Minneapolis MN: Partly Cloudy: 30F
Denver CO: Mostly Cloudy with evening snow: 45F
Seattle WA: Partly Cloudy: 38F

International Weather Outlook for January 10: Starting with a few headlines that are dominating the international world include the heat wave that is spreading across Australia along with the drought; some places have seen temps as high as 45C or greater and this is creating a significant fire danger for the region. Another big event is the extreme cold weather that is hitting China with some places seeing the coldest air in over 20 years. High pressure over Eastern China will bring more cold air and partly cloudy skies to the region. This will spread into the Koreas and Japan. High pressure over the Tibetan Plateau will push the monsoonal trough out over the Indian Ocean for the day. A strong low pressure system is moving through Eastern Europe and is bringing snow to the region with some places seeing significant snowfall amounts. The central part of Australia will remain dry, however the coastal regions of Australia will see showers and storms and the Northwest portion of Australia will be dealing with tropical cyclone conditions. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.

Tokyo Japan: Partly Cloudy with a low near 4C
Hong Kong China: Partly Cloudy with a low near 15C
Malaysia: Partly Cloudy with a few thunderstorms and a low near 20C
London England: Partly Cloudy with a low near 5C
Perth Australia: Partly Cloudy with a low near 17C

January 10, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving into the Middle East will bring some moisture to the region over the next 24 hours. Low pressure moving through Central Europe is bringing some snow to the region and the Alps. Low pressure moving near the coast of England will also bring showers and cloud cover to the region. Low pressure is pushing off the coast of Eastern Canada and will bring showers to the region.

Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving across Eastern Texas is bringing heavy rains to Eastern Texas and Louisiana with some places seeing upwards to 3-5 inches of rain. Low pressure moving through the Pacific Northwest is bringing with it heavy snow and also heavy coastal rains. A strong low pressure system is moving towards the coast of California over the next few days. Another area of low pressure is moving into the Central Gulf of Alaska bringing very strong winds and high seas.

Western Pacific: An area of low pressure is well east of Japan moving towards the Gulf of Alaska. Multiple areas of low pressure are moving along the monsoonal trough near the equator over the Western Pacific.

Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough will push further south due to the building of the high pressure over the Tibetan Plateau.

Southern Hemisphere: Tropical Cyclone Narelle has winds around 75kts and a pressure of 967mb this storm as it continues to move down the Western Coast of Australia bringing very heavy rains and strong winds to the region. Also look for building seas to continue impacting the region as this storm slowly pushes southward. Areas of low pressure are also pushing across the tip of Africa and another one pushing southeast of South America. These two systems will bring high seas to their respective areas.

Five Day Storm Index Outlook for January 10-14:

Pittsburg PA: No impacts for the 10th however by the 11th there could be slight impacts with some rain and snow mixing together. Another slight impact will be on the 13th with more showers moving into the area.

New Orleans LA: A moderate day worth of impacts for the 10th including heavy rain and also strong winds and even the slight chance for severe weather. The impacts will return to slight by the 11th and then again on the 13th and 14th another shot of rain will move into the region bringing a slight impact back to the forecast.

Minneapolis MN: The region will see slight impacts on the 11th and 12th, however the remainder of the period will be tranquil.

Denver CO: A slight chance of impacts will be found on the 11th, however the rest of the period will be tranquil with no impacts.

Seattle WA: No impacts forecasted for the entire five day period for the region.

Climate Watch for January 5-9:

Pittsburg PA: The period started about 1-3 degrees below normal followed by a warm up as the 8th and 9th the region saw temps about 7-11 degrees above normal.

New Orleans LA: Temps started out pretty well below average ranging from around 7-12 degrees below. The 8th and 9th brought temps back to about 3-6 degrees above average.

Minneapolis MN: The period started about 1-2 degrees above normal followed by a significant warming trend with temps running a good 12-13 degrees above normal.

Denver CO: The 5th saw temps about 6 degrees below normal followed by a strong warm up with temps running about 3-16 degrees above normal.

Seattle WA: The period started about 1-2 degrees below normal. By the 7th temps rose to around 4-7 degrees above normal.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for January 10, 2013:

Day 1-3: High pressure in the Northeast will bring a nice day to the region and will push into the Southeast. Expect to see storms and heavy rain from Eastern Texas into the lower Mississippi River Valley. Another storm system will be moving into the Rockies where heavy snow will begin to start falling. By the middle of this period we will be seeing a significant winter storm taking shape over the Rockies and Plains region bringing with it significant snowfalls along with blizzard like conditions. The low pressure will also be moving into the Great Lakes region bringing rainfall to the East Coast. The end of the period will have the major winter storm pushing into the Western Great Lakes with another storm system developing in the Gulf Coast region. High pressure will be building into the Western United States.

Day 4-7: The period will begin with a strong storm system moving through the Ohio River Valley with snow and heavy rain for many places extending into the Gulf Coast. A strong and cold area of high pressure will be in the West. The middle of this period will have yet another low developing across the Northern Gulf of Mexico and slowly pushing towards the Northeast, while the strong and cold area of high pressure will begin to move southeastward into the Upper Mississippi River Valley. The period will end with the low pressure moving along the Northern Gulf and high pressure over the majority of the rest of the country from the Plains back to the West Coast.

Day 8-12: The period will start with the low pressure system moving up the Southeastern states towards the Northeast while that strong high pressure area continues to bring extreme cold weather southward towards the Southern Plains and all of the Western United States. A low pressure will push across the Great Lakes region bringing with it periods of heavy snow to the region. The end of the period will see low pressure moving through the Eastern Great Lakes and another low pressure area developing over the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Along with that the cold air will still be filtering in over a good portion of the West Coast and the Plains.

Day 13-15: The period will begin with a low in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the very strong area of high pressure now from the Ohio River Valley all the way to the West Coast which will bring with it some very cold air to many places during this time period. The middle of the period we will have an area of low pressure moving up the East Coast just far enough to maybe have no impacts to the coast. High pressure will be in control of the weather from the Ohio River Valley all the way back to the West Coast as we will still be dealing with very cold air for a large portion of the country. The remainder of the period will be very active across most of the country dealing with multiple storm systems.

Today's Spotlight Forecast is for Dallas TX:

Thursday: Mostly Cloudy and mild with a high near 61F, winds will be from the Southwest 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around 49F.

Friday: Partly Cloudy and mild with a high near 68F, winds from the Southwest around 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 58F.

Saturday: Mostly Cloudy with showers likely and cooler with high temps near 58F, winds will shift to the Northwest around 12-17mph as overnight lows get cold as they fall to around 35F.

Sunday: Partly Cloudy and much cooler with a high near 44F, winds will be from the Northeast around 15-20mph with overnight lows around 29F.

Monday: Partly Cloudy and cool with a high near 45F, winds will be from the Northeast 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around 30F.

Ask The Weatherman for January 10, 2013:

Question: What season of the year is Australia in?

Answer: Australia is setting record heat as some places are seeing temps getting close to near 45-50C. This is because the region is now in its peak of summer. The summer for Australia and the rest of the Southern Hemisphere runs from Dec 21-Mar 20/21. So the heat in Australia will continue for the next couple of months with the likelihood of seeing more extreme heat.

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Green Energy Weather Report for January 10, 2013:

Wave Energy: The strong storm system in the Pacific Northwest will again bring moderate waves to the coastal region, also looking for moderate waves in the Northern Gulf of Mexico ahead of the low pressure system in Texas.

Solar Energy: The best place to see solar energy will be in the Northeast on the backside of the high and also portions of the Southeast will see some good solar energy again today.

Wind Energy: The major places for wind energy include the Northern Rockies behind the next frontal system and also into the Texas and Louisiana area along the frontal boundary moving through the region.

Hydro-Energy: Looking for an increase in short term hydro power for the lower Mississippi River Valley and also Eastern Texas. Another spot that will see long term hydro energy will be the Rockies where a powerful storm system will be moving through the region bringing heavy snow to the region.

January 10 Weather and Your Wallet (Rapid City SD):

Dining: If you have plans to dine outside during your lunch break you will want your heavy jacket as its going to be fairly cold for most of the day.

Transportation: No issues expected for the drive to work or the drive home.

Shopping: If you are heading out to the mall make sure to bundle up as it will be cold during most of the day and into the evening hours.

Electricity: Looking at a big day for heating use throughout the entire day with a higher demand during the overnight hours as we could be looking at HDD´s around 38.0 for the day.

Yard Work: No major issues expected but you will want to have a jacket on if you are going to be doing any yard work ahead of the next storm system.

Construction: A good day for outdoor construction projects as there will be no impacts outside of having some moderate wind gusts if you are working on higher elevation projects that could slow the process down some.

Outdoor Venues: A cold day in store so make sure to wear a heavy jacket if you're heading out to the park with the dog or just going for a walk.