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February 25, 2013

Big Story Weather – February 25, 2013

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from February 22-24: A major winter storm has taken aim at the Southern Plains bringing very heavy snowfall to Western Texas and Oklahoma. On the front side in the warm sector, severe weather has been occurring over places like Louisiana and Mississippi with some places just last night getting hail the size of golf balls and rainfall rates around 4 inches total with very heavy rain still falling.

Weather Outlook for February 25: Low pressure moving into Oklahoma and Texas will be the site of some very heavy snows over the Western part of the states, while the Gulf Coast area deals with very heavy rainfall along with some severe weather. The East Coast will be dominated by an area of high pressure well offshore, as will the majority of the Northern Plains and West Coast as high pressure is over the Rockies. The Pacific Northwest will see more showers throughout the day and the week. Below is the weather for a few select cities.

New York NY: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 44F
New Orleans LA: Mostly Cloudy with Showers and Thunderstorms along with a high near: 76F
Kansas City MO: Cloudy with periods of snow by this evening and a high near: 36F
Billings MT: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 37F
Seattle WA: Cloudy with Showers and a high near: 42F

International Weather Outlook for February 25:
High pressure over the Korea´ will bring partly cloudy skies to the region and this will extend eastward into Japan and westward over Eastern China. High pressure over the Western part of Europe will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. Low pressure moving southeast of the tip of South America will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. Tropical Cyclone Rusty will bring strong winds and heavy rain to Northwestern Australia, while another area of low pressure will bring showers to the Northeast part of Australia and a frontal boundary will bring some showers to the Southeast. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.

Tokyo Japan: Partly Cloudy with a low near 4C
Guam USA: Partly Cloudy with a low near 23C
Singapore: Partly Cloudy with a low near 25C
London England: Mostly Cloudy with periods of rain and a low near 4C
Perth Australia: Partly Cloudy and warm with a low near 24C

February 25, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving towards England will bring clouds and some showers over the next day, while another strong low pressure area moves over the Northern Atlantic. A third area of low pressure is now moving into the Central Plains of the United States. This low will create widespread blizzard conditions along with severe weather.

Eastern Pacific: Low pressure to the East of Hawaii will continue to make its way towards the US, while another area of low pressure is moving on shore over Western Canada bringing showers and snow to the region. A third area of strong low pressure is moving through the Gulf of Alaska creating widespread winter weather conditions through Alaska.

Western Pacific: Low pressure is moving east of Japan out over the open North Pacific creating large waves for the region. A second area of low pressure is moving through portions of Central China and will begin to impact the Korea´s over the next couple of days. Another area of low pressure is over Eastern Europe and will push into China over the next couple of days. The remains of TD#2 are now over the South China Sea.

Indian Ocean: The remains of Haruna are well east of Madagascar and winds this morning are around 35kts and a pressure of 996mb. Low pressure is moving through the monsoonal trough this morning just south of India.

Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure moving away from the Fiji Islands will bring strong winds and seas to the open oceans. Another area of low pressure to the East of South America is bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. A third area of low pressure is moving through the Central Indian Ocean towards Australia. Tropical Depression 18 has formed well west of Australia and behind Tropical Cyclone Rusty. Tropical Cyclone Rusty is now moving towards a landfall in Northwest Australia bringing winds around 65kts and a pressure of 974mb. Another area of low pressure is to the Northeast of Australia bringing plenty of rain to the Northeast portion of the country.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for February 25-March 1:

New York NY: There is a chance for some slight impacts on Feb 27th and 28th with the approaching frontal boundary that will bring showers into the region.

New Orleans LA: There will be a moderate impact today due to strong storms and heavy rainfall. This will give way to nice weather for the remainder of the period.

Kansas City MO: Tonight a slight impact will develop with light snow moving in. However, the moderate impacts begin tomorrow as heavy snow hits the region and this will carry into Feb 27th.

Billings MT: There will be some light snow moving into the region on the 26th which will create a slight impact for the area.

Seattle WA: Rain showers for the entire week on and off will leave the region in a slight impact for the next five days.

Climate Watch for February 20-February 24:

New York NY: The past four days have seen temps around 2-8 degrees below normal. The period finished with temps around 2 degrees above normal.

New Orleans LA: The period started with temps around 7 below normal, followed by a short warm up with temps around 5-7 degrees above normal and finished with another bought of cold air as temps fell again to around 3-5 degrees below normal.

Kansas City MO: The entire period saw temps around 6-21 degrees below normal.

Billings MT: The five day period saw temps around 1-10 degrees below normal.

Seattle WA: The past five days temps have been around 1-11 degrees below normal.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for February 25, 2013:

Day 1-3: A powerful winter storm will be moving through the Southern and Central Plains today bringing with it a lot of snowfall as some places could be dealing with one foot or more. The Gulf Coast region will be dealing with heavy rain and severe weather from this same storm system. High pressure off the East Coast will make for a nice day in the region, while high pressure over the Rockies will bring nice weather to the Southwest and a few showers will move over the Pacific Northwest. The strong storm system will push into the Great Lakes and Northeast by the middle of the period. Strong high pressure will be over the Rockies. The end of the period will have the low pressure over the Northeast bringing rain and snow to the region, while high pressure brings nice weather to the west and colder weather.

Day 4-7: The period will start with a few left over rain and snow showers over the Northeast, while a very strong area of high pressure builds in over the Rockies bringing some cold weather to the Plains and also into the Gulf Coast and Southeast. A few showers will still be impacting the Pacific Northwest. The middle of the period will still have some wrap around moisture in the form of snow impacting the Northeast and the Eastern Lakes, while the strong cold high pressure slides into the South which will bring some very unseasonably cold weather to the region. Another frontal boundary will approach the Pacific Northwest. The period will end with high pressure sliding into the Gulf of Mexico and a clipper system moving across the Northern Plains.

Day 8-12: A clipper system will move into the Great Lakes, while another strong area of high pressure develops over the Plains and brings another chance of cold weather southward into the Gulf Coast and Southeast. The middle of the period will have the clipper system moving into the Northeast bringing a moderate amount of snowfall to the region, while the strong high pressure center moves over the middle of the US bringing more cold air to the region. Another low pressure area will push over the West Coast. Towards the end of the period a strong low pressure system will be impacting the Northeast, while strong high pressure dominates the middle of the United States and another low moves on shore out west.

Day 13-15: The period begins with high pressure over the Southeast, while another storm system moves into the Southern Plains. The period will end with another major storm system moving across the Eastern part of the US, while high pressure builds back in from Canada and another storm system enters the Pacific Northwest.

Today's Spotlight Forecast is for Biloxi MS:

Monday: Warm and breezy with strong to severe thunderstorms possible. Winds will be from the Southwest 12-17mph with higher gust. High temps around 74F. Low temps will fall to around 52F behind the cold frontal passage. Heavy rainfall is likely today.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy and colder with a high near 59F. Winds from the Northwest 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 47F.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy and cool with a high near 62F. Winds from the Northwest 5-10mph as overnight lows drop to around 44F.

Thursday: Partly cloudy and cold with a high near 58F. Winds from the Northwest 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 37F.

Friday: Partly cloudy and cold with a high near 57F. Winds from the Northwest 9-14mph as overnight lows fall to around 34F.

Ask The Weatherman for February 25, 2013:

Question: What types of cold fronts are there?

Answer: Great question! There are two types of cold fronts. The first is known as an active cold front and the second is known as an in-active cold front. The weather along an active cold front, which is further away from the low pressure, consists of showers and thunderstorms. The inactive cold front, which is the one that goes into the cold front, has showers and thunderstorms at the front, but also up to 150miles ahead of the front is where the super cells form.

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Green Energy Weather Report for February 25, 2013:

Wave Energy: There will be a moderate chop along the Pacific Northwest which will create some good wave energy. Into the Northern Gulf of Mexico ahead of a frontal boundary there will be an increase in wave energy for the region.

Solar Energy: The best places today will be Southern Florida and also back into the Southwest. A third place will be the East Coast as there will be plenty of sunshine in the region and a small window of energy in the Northern Plains as well.

Wind Energy: The best wind energy today will be generated over Eastern Colorado and also South-Central Texas behind the cold front.

Hydro-Energy: The Pacific Northwest will have plenty of rainfall that moves through the region which will create a nice short-term energy source. The Southern Plains will have heavy snow and rain which will lead to both short-term and long-term energy. The Gulf Coast will have heavy rains today which will lead to good short-term energy.

February 25 Weather and Your Wallet (Oklahoma City OK):

Dining: The rain that starts this afternoon and then the snow that moves in this evening will make it a day to dine indoors.

Transportation: This morning's commute will have showers impacting the region. However, this evening expect that to slow down more as the snow starts to fall in the area and may start accumulating on the roadways.

Shopping: Take an umbrella if you will be out shopping today.

Electricity: There will be the need for about 19HDD´s today, mostly during the overnight hours.

Yard Work: No major impacts to yard work today other than the rain that will be falling and also this evening the snow may start to accumulate a little bit on the grassy surfaces.

Construction: Today will be a day to work on those indoor projects as the rain and eventually snow start to impact the region.

Outdoor Venues: Any plans outside today will be hampered by the rain and evening snows.