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February 18, 2013

Big Story Weather – February 18, 2013

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from February 15-17: The majority of the country enjoyed high pressure which lead to a freeze in the Gulf Coast and also into portions of Southern Florida this past weekend. The Mid-Atlantic region escaped a snow storm, however Boston MA did deal with some heavy snowfall this past weekend as a strong low pressure area moved just off the coast.

Weather Outlook for February 18: Low pressure moving through the Central Plains will push towards the Great Lakes over the next 24 hours which will bring lots of rain and thunderstorms, while on the Northern side there will be some snowfall. The East Coast will enjoy a nice day today with high pressure over the region. The West will also enjoy nice weather with high pressure over the Rockies, however the Northwest will see some showers with the next frontal system off the coast. Below is the weather for a few select cities.

Buffalo NY: Cloudy with light snow and a high near: 33F
Houston TX: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 57F
Kansas City MO: Partly Cloudy with morning Showers and a high near: 36F
Billings MT: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 34F
Seattle WA: Partly Cloudy with a few showers and a high near: 47F

International Weather Outlook for February 18:
Low pressure along the East Coast of China will bring some rain and snow to the region, this will slowly shift into the Koreas and Japan over the next 24 hours. High pressure will push the monsoonal trough offshore today. High pressure is over Western Europe creating partly to mostly cloudy skies for the region. A frontal boundary will be moving through the tip of South America creating showers and thunderstorms for the region. A low pressure moving south of Australia will bring showers to a good portion of the country today. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.

Shanghai China: Cloudy with Light Snow and a low near 0C
Guam USA: Partly Cloudy with a low near 26C
Singapore: Partly Cloudy with a low near 25C
Madrid Spain: Mostly Cloudy with a low near 8C
Perth Australia: Partly Cloudy with a low near 15C

February 18, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving towards Europe will start to impact the weather over the next 24 hours with showers and higher elevation snows. Low pressure moving towards Iceland will bring high winds and seas to the region. Low pressure moving through the Central United States will bring rain, thunderstorms and snow showers to the region.

Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving towards the Canadian West Coast will bring showers and higher elevation snows to the region. Another strong low pressure system is moving through the Gulf of Alaska bringing with it moderate snows and high winds to Southern Alaska. Another area of low pressure is developing to the East of Hawaii creating high winds and seas in the region.

Western Pacific: Low pressure is moving towards the Gulf of Alaska. This low will create high winds and seas over the region. Another area of low pressure developing over Eastern China will create showers and snow showers in the region. Two areas of low pressure and enhanced convection are developing in the Tropical Region, but both have a low chance of developing any further at this time.

Indian Ocean: One area of convection is located near Madagascar which will bring showers to the region.

Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure near the Fiji Islands will bring showers and moderate winds to the region, while a second area of low pressure is moving south of Australia bringing moderate showers and isolated thunderstorms to a good portion of Australia today.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for February 18-22:

Buffalo NY: There will be slight impacts with the snow showers impacting the weather over the next five days; periods of heavy snow may also be possible.

Houston TX: On the 19th there will be a chance of showers creating a slight impact, with another round of showers and thunderstorms for the 21st and 22nd, which will bring a slight to moderate impact to the region.

Kansas City MO: A nice start to the week, However a major snow storm will move in by the 21st bringing a moderate impact to the region that will become a slight impact for the 22nd.

Billings MT: A chance of light snow today will bring a slight impact to the region, and then again on the 21st another chance for some light snow creating a slight impact for the region.

Seattle WA: Showers moving through the area today and tomorrow will bring a slight impact to the region; expect another slight impact by the 22nd for showers.

Climate Watch for February 13-February 17:

Buffalo NY: The period started with temps around 4-5 degrees above normal, then on the 16th temps fell to around 5-13 degrees below normal for the remainder of the period.

Houston TX: The period started with temps around 5 degrees below normal then quickly warmed back to around 1-5 degrees above normal with the 16th seeing temps around 5 below normal again.

Kansas City MO: The period started with temps around 7-12 degrees above normal followed by a cool down with temps falling to around 6-13 degrees below normal, with the 17the temps returning to around 13 degrees above normal.

Billings MT: The period started with temps around 11 degrees above normal, followed by two days of temps around 1-8 degrees below normal and then warmed back to around 3-9 degrees above normal.

Seattle WA: Temps started about 1 degree below normal followed by a warm up with temps rising to around 2-6 degrees above normal before falling to 1 below normal on the 17th again.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for February 18, 2013:

Day 1-3: High pressure will bring nice weather to the East Coast today, while a low pressure system moves through the Central Plains bringing with it showers, thunderstorms and even snow on the Northern side of it. High pressure over the Rockies will bring nice weather to the region, while another frontal boundary will begin to impact the Northwest. The middle of the period will have severe weather moving through the Gulf Coast Region, while the frontal boundary pushes rain up the East Coast. Another storm system will begin to enter the Southwest bringing heavy snows and rain to the region. The period will end with a major storm system moving into the Rockies which will bring heavy snows to the region and also start the push for more severe weather along the South.

Day 4-7: The period will start with the low pressure system moving towards the Great Lakes bringing areas of very heavy snow for the Plains and Western Lakes. Strong thunderstorms will move through the Southeast and Gulf Coast. During the middle of the period another low will develop over the Northern Gulf Coast and make its way towards the Northeast bringing with it more heavy rain to the Gulf Coast and Southeast. High pressure will be over the Midwest, while another storm system begins to move into the Northern Rockies. The period will end with another low pressure system moving into the Plains region. This storm will again bring more snow and rain to the region and also stronger thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast.

Day 8-12: The period will start with another storm system moving through the Northern Plains with the associated cold front extending to the Gulf Coast. This storm system will bring heavy snows to the Northern Plains and also some stronger thunderstorms to the Southeast and Gulf Coast. By day nine we will see a blocking pattern set up which will force the storm system into the Great Lakes creating a very heavy snowfall event over the Lakes during this time. Another low pressure system will begin to push into the Southwest bringing more showers and snow to the region. By day ten the storm system will push off the East Coast, however the next storm system will be pushing into the Southern Plains bringing more rain and some snow to the Southern Plains. Towards the end of the period there will be a strong storm system moving up the East Coast which could bring moderate snows to the region along with heavy rain to others. Another area of low pressure will be moving into the Southwest during this time.

Day 13-15: The period will start with a powerful storm system moving up the East Coast bringing moderate rains and snows to the region. Another storm system will be moving through Northern Mexico. While a very strong and cold area of high pressure begins to build in over the Northern Plains setting the stage for some moderate snow over the Rockies. During the middle of the period the storm system will still be just off the East Coast, while the powerful high pressure center moves into the Northern Plains ushering in some very cold air to the region. The low pressure over Mexico will remain fairly stationary due to the blocking high over the Northern Plains. The remainder of the period will see zonal flow setup over the United States with areas of blocking highs over both coast.

Today's Spotlight Forecast is for Austin TX:

Monday: Mostly Cloudy with a few isolated showers, high temps around 75F, winds from the Southwest 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 44F.

Tuesday: Partly Cloudy and cooler with a high near 59F, winds from the Southeast 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 46F.

Wednesday: Cloudy with periods of heavy rain, as high temps rise to around 64F, winds from the Southeast 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 49F.

Thursday: Partly Cloudy and warmer with a high near 70F, winds from the Northwest 9-14mph as overnight lows fall to around 50F.

Friday: Partly Cloudy and mild with a high near 71F, winds from the Northwest 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 48F.

Ask The Weatherman for February 18, 2013:

Question: What is the difference between a Typhoon and a Hurricane?

Answer: Excellent question this morning! The only difference between a Typhoon and a Hurricane is the location of the world that they hit. Hurricanes are present in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and also the Atlantic Ocean, while the Typhoons form in the Western Pacific Ocean. Both of these systems are tropical and can create extensive damage where they hit.

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Green Energy Weather Report for February 18, 2013:

Wave Energy: An approaching frontal boundary over the Pacific Northwest will create an area of energy today. A second area of wave energy will develop in the Western Gulf of Mexico ahead of the next frontal system.

Solar Energy: The majority of the East Coast will enjoy solar energy today, while this will spread into the Southeast and Gulf Coast as well. A third area will be over the Rockies with the high pressure in the area.

Wind Energy: The strongest winds will be over the Northern Plains behind the next frontal system.

Hydro-Energy: The Pacific Northwest will have some rain and snow showers that will create both long- and short-term energy. Also some showers moving through the Central Plains will create short-term energy for the Mississippi River Valley today.

February 18 Weather and Your Wallet (Chicago IL):

Dining: A good day to take lunch to work as the rain and snow will begin to move in through the morning hours and may become heavy at times.

Transportation: The morning commute should be fine, however look for the rain and snow to start mixing in by noon and this will start to accumulate on the roads leading to afternoon slowdowns.

Shopping: Today you will want a jacket and probably an umbrella before heading out to do your shopping.

Electricity: A moderate day of heating will be needed as the forecasted HDD´s are around 35 for the region with the highest amount after sunset.

Yard Work: No impacts to yard work today, but you should take it easy on the sidewalks later this afternoon after the slush begins to build on them.

Construction: The winds and weather may create some delays by later this afternoon for outdoor projects, especially the winds for any high rise projects.

Outdoor Venues: Today you will want to bundle up before heading out to the park. Also this afternoon the rain and snow may impact any outdoor plans.