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January 30, 2013

Big Story Weather – January 30, 2013

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from January 29: A very active day yesterday with severe weather in the south and multiple reports of tornadoes along with heavy rainfall. Towards the north it was the snow which was also fairly heavy in the Western Great Lakes with some places getting over six inches. The other big story is the cold air that is back in the Northern Plains with temps falling below zero again.

Weather Outlook for January 30: A very strong low pressure system is moving through the Great Lakes today with the associated cold front all the way south into the Gulf Coast region. Look for heavy rain in the Northeast, severe weather in the Southeast and Gulf Coast, and moderate snowfall in the Western Lakes all associated with this front. Behind the front high pressure will build in over the Northern Plains dropping temps to below zero along with wind chill values well below -20F. There is a weak upper level trough that will move through the Northern Rockies today which will create an area of light snowfall. The Pacific Northwest will still see a few showers today, while the Southwest enjoys a nice day. Below is the weather for a few select cities this afternoon.

Boston MA: Cloudy/Showers: 53F
Memphis TN: Cloudy/Thunderstorms: 54F
Sioux City IA: Partly Cloudy: 19F
Billings MT: Cloudy/ Snow: 33F
Las Vegas NV: Sunny: 55F

International Weather Outlook for January 30:
High pressure over Japan will bring partly cloudy skies to the region and will extend westward into the Koreas. An area of low pressure will be moving through Central China today making the way for some light snow in the region. A weak area of low pressure will develop along Southeast Asia today bringing some showers to the region. A strong area of low pressure will continue to impact Western Europe and England with strong winds, heavy rain and higher elevation snows. High pressure will be over Northern Africa. A weak frontal boundary will move through the tip of South America creating cloudy conditions in the area. High pressure will make for a nice day over the majority of Australia. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.

Okinawa Japan: Partly Cloudy with a low near 18C
Guam USA: Partly Cloudy with a low near 25C
Bangkok Thailand: Partly Cloudy with a low near 24C
London England: Cloudy with showers and a low near 4C
Sydney Australia: Partly Cloudy with a low near 25C

January 30, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring snow to the region. Another area of low pressure now moving thorough England will also create heavy rains and higher elevation snows for Western Europe. A strong area of low pressure is moving towards Iceland bringing high seas and moderate snows to the region. A strong area of low pressure is moving through the Great Lakes this morning creating a mix of weather from heavy snow, to heavy rains and even severe weather.

Eastern Pacific: A dominant area of low pressure is just to the South-Southwest of the Baja and this feature needs to be watched as it drifts northward towards Southern California as it could become the next big weather system to impact the region. Low pressure is now pushing towards the Pacific West Coast which will bring showers to the region. A third area of low pressure is working its way across the Southern Gulf of Alaska today creating high seas in the region.

Western Pacific: Low pressure is passing over the dateline today, while another area of low pressure is beginning to move thorough Central China and will bring some snowfall to the region. A third area of low pressure is moving out of Western China and towards the east which will bring some moderate snows to the region.

Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone Felleng is moving along the coast of Madagascar with winds near 115kts and a pressure of 937mb. This storm will continue to gain strength as it slowly moves towards the Southeast.

Southern Hemisphere: The area of convection near the Fiji Islands will bring another day of heavy rain and thunderstorms to the islands. Low pressure area is now pushing southeast of South America into the open waters, while another wave is developing in the active Inter Tropical Convergence Zone to the northeast of Australia.

Five Day Storm Index Outlook for January 30- Feb 3:

Boston MA: Over the next few days there will be some moderate rain followed by snowfall on the 1st which will give the region a slight impact. By the 3rd the region will see heavy snowfall leading to a moderate impact for the day.

Memphis TN: Strong thunderstorms this morning will lead to a slight impact and then again on the 2nd there will be more showers creating another slight impact day.

Sioux City IA: No impacts forecasted until the 1st when a slight impact will be in effect for some light snow moving through the region.

Billings MT: Today and tomorrow light snow moving through will create a slight impact for the region.

Las Vegas NV: There are no impacts forecasted for the week.

Climate Watch for January 25-29:

Boston MA: Over the last five days the region has seen temps around 2-12 degrees below normal.

Memphis TN: The past five days have been warm with temps around 1-25 degrees above normal.

Sioux City IA: The last five days have been mild in the region with temps around 6-9 degrees above the normal.

Billings MT: The first few days were above normal with temps near 15-17 degrees above followed by a cool down with temps falling to around 1-9 below normal to finish the period.

Las Vegas NV: The 25th was about 3 degrees above, then the 26th was about 1 below before warming back up for a day and then falling to around 2-9 degrees below for the remainder of the period.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for January 30, 2013:

Day 1-3: Low pressure moving through the Great Lakes and into the Northeast today will create a wide variety of weather from heavy rain along the East Coast to severe weather back in the Southeast and Gulf Coast. There will also be a band of heavy snow over the Western Great Lakes. Cold High pressure will begin to push into the Northern Plains dropping temps below zero again. A weak upper level trough will move through the Northern Rockies today producing some light snow in the region. High pressure will be over the Southwest. The period will finish with a very strong and cold high pressure center moving across a good portion of the East Coast. High pressure will also be in control of the weather out west.

Day 4-7: The period will start with a weak frontal boundary moving through the region. High pressure will build in from the Plains to the West Coast, while one area of low pressure will begin to approach the Southern California region. The middle of the period will have high pressure on both coasts with a storm system moving through the Northern Plains. The period will end with another strong storm system moving into the Great Lakes and Northeast.

Day 8-12: The period will begin with a significant storm system moving up the East Coast, while high pressure will be in place over the Plains and another frontal boundary will begin to approach the West Coast. The middle of the period will have high pressure over the East Coast with another storm system approaching the Southwest and moving into the Plains. Towards the end of the period this storm system will move into the Great Lakes, however it will extend well back into the West where there will be lots of snow falling. The period will end with two low pressure systems - one along the Northeast and the other back in the Southern Plains.

Day 13-15: The period will start with a low moving through the Great Lakes and the associated frontal boundary along the Gulf Coast region. Another strong area of high pressure will be building in over the Northern Rockies. The middle of the period will have a strong low pressure system along the East Coast with the associated frontal boundary extending into the Gulf of Mexico. A strong high pressure center will be over Central Texas which will push the cold air southward into the Gulf Coast Region. Another area of low pressure will be developing along the Southwest Coast of California and this system will have a very unique closed 540 line over Southern California that will have to be watched.

Today's Spotlight Forecast is for Atlanta GA:

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and breezy with thunderstorms - some may become severe. The high temp will be this morning around 67F. Winds will be from the southwest around 22-27mph but will shift after the front passes. Low temps tonight will drop to around 30F.

Thursday: Partly cloudy and colder with a high near 46F. Winds will be from the Northwest at 18-23mph as overnight lows fall to around 28F.

Friday: Partly cloudy and cold with a high near 37F. Winds will be from the Northwest around 10-15mph creating wind chill values in the teens. Low temps will be around 26F.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with periods of light rain and a high near 52F. Winds will be from the Southwest 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around 36F.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and cooler with a high near 50F. Winds will be from the Northwest 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around 32F.

Ask The Weatherman for January 30, 2013:

Question: What is an Air Mass Thunderstorm?

Answer: Great Question today as we have plenty of thunderstorms around the country, however no thunderstorms that are occurring today are Air Mass related. Air mass thunderstorms occur during the daytime and nighttime, however they are associated with Sub-tropical air and are most commonly found along the coast. During the daytime they occur along the sea breeze front and at night time they occur along the land breeze front.

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Green Energy Weather Report for January 30, 2013:

Wave Energy: The frontal boundary still off the Pacific Northwest will create some moderate wave energy along the coast. The Northern Gulf Coast will also see some good wave energy today as the frontal boundary slides through the region.

Solar Energy: The Northern Plains will have plenty of sunshine along with the Southwest making these regions the best to places today for solar energy.

Wind Energy: The Northern Plains southward into the Mississippi River Valley will be today´s best wind energy locations right behind the cold front.

Hydro-Energy: Anywhere along the East Coast back into the Southwest and over into the Gulf Coast will support plenty of rainfall which will lead to short term hydro energy. The Great Lakes will get significant snow out of this creating long term hydro energy build up over the region. There will be a mix of rain and snow over the Pacific Northwest which will also support hydro energy formation.

January 30 Weather and Your Wallet (Gulfport MS):

Dining: This morning will be a tad breezy, however it will be warm before all the rain begins to move into the area. This afternoon will be a very rainy time period and not good for dining outdoors.

Transportation: The morning commute should be fine, however by lunch time look for the roads to start ponding.

Shopping: This morning will be the best time to get any shopping done. By this afternoon the showers will make it messy. By this evening, shopping will be easier, however you will want to bundle up as it will be cold.

Electricity: A good day in store with a small window of heating that will be needed overnight after the colder air starts to arrive for today - we are looking at 10.5HDD´s.

Yard Work: If you can get out this morning and let your plants get some rain it would be good as we do have a small window of 4.5GDD´s before lunch.

Construction: Early this morning will be fine, however by this afternoon rain will move in making outdoor work hard to accomplish along with the strong winds that are expected today.

Outdoor Venues: This afternoon it will be windy and rainy and not good time for walking the dog or heading to the park. If you can hold off until this evening just make sure to bundle up.