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March 7, 2013

Big Story Weather – March 7, 2013

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from March 6: The winter storm crashed into DC yesterday where they saw several inches of snow, while the Baltimore area saw nothing more than a light dusting. However, just to the West in the higher elevations, the snow hammered the region with places getting near two feet. The Plains and Gulf Coast saw high pressure, while the West Coast dealt with a new storm system which brought rain and snow.

Weather Outlook for March 7:
The strong low pressure system will work its way slowly out to sea today. However, the Northeast will be dealing with the winds, storm surge and also the rain and some heavy snowfall are all possible in the region. High pressure over the Southeast will keep the region dry. The new storm system will begin to push into the Southwest today bringing showers to the region. A few showers and higher elevation snows linger over the Pacific Northwest. Below is the weather for a few select cities for today.

Baltimore MD: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 50F
Orlando FL: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 71F
Omaha NE: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 44F
Phoenix AZ: Mostly Cloudy with a chance of showers and a high near: 80F
Los Angeles CA: Mostly Cloudy with Showers and a high near: 62F

March 7, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Atlantic Basin: Low pressure is now pushing through Eastern Europe and into the Middle East. This area will see some showers and higher elevation snows. Low pressure is now making its way towards England. A powerful storm system is pushing up the East Coast of the United States and bringing rain, snow and strong winds to the region.

Eastern Pacific: Another area of low pressure is moving towards the Baja and will start to impact the region later today. A second low pressure system is moving into the Western part of Canada. A third more powerful storm system is now moving through the Gulf of Alaska and is bringing snows and high winds.

Western Pacific: Low pressure moving through Japan will bring some showers and higher elevation snows to the region today. Another area of low pressure is now moving through Central Russia and will bring showers and snow showers to the region. A low pressure is moving through the Philippines this morning bringing some showers to the area.

Indian Ocean: A layer of deep convection is located to the Northeast of Madagascar and is creating showers and thunderstorms over the open ocean and near Diego Garcia.

Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure is now pushing away from the Fiji Islands as the frontal boundary extends well northwest of the surface low. A second low pressure area is pushing southeast of Africa and will have no impact on land today. Two areas of strong tropical interest are to the Northeast of Australia and will need to be watched for further development.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for March 7-11:

Baltimore MD: The next five days look to be impact free for the region.

Orlando FL: No impacts forecasted for the next five days as high pressure controls the weather.

Omaha NE: The 7th and 8th will be impact free, however, a moderate impact due to heavy snow is possible on the 9th.

Phoenix AZ: The area will have a chance for moderate impacts tomorrow due to a frontal boundary moving into the area which will bring showers to the area.

Los Angeles CA: Light showers today and tomorrow will keep the area with a slight impact for the time, giving way to no impacts for the 9th through the 11th.

Climate Watch for March 2-6:

Baltimore MD: The period started with plenty of below normal temperatures through the region, a slight warming did occur on the 5th as temps were only about 3 degrees below normal, but the 6th temperatures returned to around 10 degrees below normal.

Orlando FL: The region has been dealing with below normal temperatures for the past five days ranging from around 2-12 degrees below normal.

Omaha NE: The region has seen below average temperatures ranging from about 2-11 degrees below normal for the entire five days.

Phoenix AZ: The past five days have brought temperatures about 2-10 degrees above normal.

Los Angeles CA: The region started with above normal temperatures but by the 4th the trend fell to below normal temps for the remainder of the period.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for March 7, 2013:

Day 1-3: The strong low pressure system moving off the Northeast Coast will provide ample snowfall for places like Boston today. High pressure will slide into the Southeast giving way to a nice day in the region. Another storm system will be pushing into the Southwest this afternoon bringing rain and higher elevation snows to the region. The middle of the period will have high pressure pushing into the Great Lakes and Northeast, while the storm system moves out of the Southwest and into the Central Plains. This storm will bring rain and snow to the region. The period will end with strong high pressure over the East Coast, a storm system moving into the Great Lakes and extending into the Gulf Coast region, and high pressure along the West Coast.

Day 4-7: The primary low will push into Canada, while a new low develops near the Gulf Coast region bringing more heavy rain to the region and the chance for some strong to severe thunderstorms. High pressure will dominate the West. By day five the storm system will move up the East Coast bringing plenty of rainfall to the region, while high pressure will build into the Great Lakes and another clipper system moves into the Plains. The period will end with two fasting moving lows along the Northern part of the Jet Stream.

Day 8-12: The period will start with high pressure over the Southeast extending into the Mid-Atlantic region, while a weak clipper system moves through the Great Lakes and another powerful high pressure area moves into the Northern Plains. A weak storm system will also begin to approach the Northwest. By day nine we will have a storm system along the Northeast that will have snow and very strong winds in the area and another storm system moving towards the Northern Plains. Day eleven we will be watching a very powerful storm system in the Plains that will be generating near blizzard conditions for the North and the high potential of severe weather in the Southern Plains. The period will end with this storm system moving into the Great Lakes region bringing rain and snow, while the frontal boundary will have some severe weather over the Gulf Coast at this time as well.

Day 13-15: The period will start with a Gulf Low developing off the coast of Texas that will bring very heavy rains to the Gulf Coast region. High pressure will be over the Northern Plains, while another storm system enters the West. The period will end very active with multiple areas of low pressure pushing across the United States during this time.

Today's Spotlight Forecast is for Dallas TX:

Thursday: Partly Cloudy and mild with high temps near 72F, winds from the Southeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to near 48F.

Friday: Mostly Cloudy with periods of showers and a high near 70F, winds from the Southeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 53F.

Saturday: Mostly Cloudy with Thunderstorms possible and a high near 72F, winds from the Southeast 11-16mph as overnight lows fall to near 51F.

Sunday: Thunderstorms early becoming partly cloudy with a high near 57F, winds from the Northwest 9-14mph as overnight lows drop to near 39F.

Monday: Partly Cloudy and cooler with a high near 59F, winds from the Northwest 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to near 36F.

Ask The Weatherman for March 7, 2013:

Question: What is the difference between a Watch and a Warning issued by the National Weather Service?

Answer: Great question today. A watch means conditions are favorable for an event to occur within the next few hours, or like winter weather upwards to 24 hours. A warning means conditions are now happening or will be happening very soon.

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Green Energy Weather Report for March 7, 2013:

Wave Energy: The frontal boundary along the Pacific Northwest will create moderate wave energy. A second storm system moving through the SoCal region will bring moderate wave energy to the area as well. A third place that will have some good wave energy will be Coastal New England area behind the strong storm.

Solar Energy: A good portion of the country from the Plains to the Southeast and over to parts of the Rockies will be dealing with good solar energy outputs today.

Wind Energy: The strong winds ahead of the storm system in the Southwest will bring moderate winds to places in New Mexico and parts of Texas. Another area will be in the Northern Plains region, while a third location for wind energy will be over the Northeast.

Hydro-Energy: The Pacific Northwest will have both showers and snow showers which will support long term and short term energy production. The SOCAL region will see short term energy from the rainfall. A third location will be the Northeast which will see heavy snowfall that will add to the long term energy output.

March 7 Weather and Your Wallet (Denver CO):

Dining: Today will be a nice day to get out and enjoy lunch in the park as the high temps will be rising into the lower 60´s for the area.

Transportation: No issues expected along the roads and public transportation due to the weather as partly cloudy skies will prevail for the area.

Shopping: The weather today will make a perfect day to hit the malls looking for those early spring deals.

Electricity: There will still be the need for some heating, this should be limited to the evening and early morning hours as we are forecasting for 16.5HDD´s.

Yard Work: The yard will be a nice place today to get some spring cleaning done from this winter.

Construction: Partly Cloudy skies and temps in the 60´s will make for an excellent day to be completing outdoor construction projects.

Outdoor Venues: Today will be a nice day to get the dog and head out for a walk in the park, or if you are heading up to the ski resorts, it should be a great day to do some skiing as well.