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March 11, 2013

Big Story Weather – March 11, 2013

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from March 8-10: A significant winter storm moved through the Northern Plains bringing heavy ice, rain and even heavy snow to many places in the region.

Big Story Weather Discussion for March 11:
Low pressure will be moving through the Great Lakes today bringing heavy snow towards the Western Lakes, while along the frontal boundary there will be rain showers and even a few thunderstorms for the Gulf Coast Region. High pressure over the Rockies will bring cool air into the Plains and also a nice day for the West Coast. Here is the weather for a few select cities:

Boston MA: Partly cloudy today with a high near 45F. Overnight lows will drop to near 42F.

Orlando FL: Partly cloudy skies for the majority of the day as high temps rise to near 72F. This evening a few thunderstorms will move into the region as low temps fall to near 65F.

Sioux City IA: Partly cloudy skies today and cool with high temps rising to around 28F. This evening will be partly cloudy with a low around 25F.

Billings MT: Today expect to see partly cloudy skies and a high near 41F. This evening will remain partly cloudy as low temps fall to around 30F.

Seattle WA: Look for mostly cloudy skies and showers for the day with high temps around 45F and overnight lows falling to near 40F.

March 11, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving across Eastern Europe today will bring some rain and snow to the region. Another area of low pressure is moving towards Greenland and will bring increased winds and seas and also snow to the region. Low pressure over the Great Lakes will bring snow, rain and thunderstorms to the majority of the Mississippi River Valley.

Eastern Pacific: Low pressure to the southwest of the Baja will slowly push northeastward. A second area of low pressure is moving towards the Pacific Northwest.

Western Pacific: A low pressure area is getting ready to push into the Western Gulf of Alaska, while another area of low pressure is moving towards Northeast Russia.

Indian Ocean: A tranquil day with no major areas of low pressure to talk about in the basin.

Southern Hemisphere: Tropical Cyclone Sandra has winds around 95kts and a pressure near 952mb. This storm will continue to move towards the New Caledonia region bringing very heavy rains, storm surge and damaging winds. A low pressure area is moving along the southern portion of Australia and will drag a cold front through the region which will bring a few showers to the southern part of Australia. A strong area of low pressure is pushing east of South America and will have no impacts to land today. Another tropical low is sitting over the Fiji Islands bringing more showers to the region.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for March 11-15:

Boston MA: A chance of rain showers will bring an impact to the region on the Mar 12. The remainder of the period will be impact free.

Orlando FL: A few thunderstorms on Mar 12 will bring an impact to the region, otherwise the remainder of the period will be impact free.

Sioux City IA: A nice five days in store with no impacts.

Billings MT: No impacts forecasted for the next five days.

Seattle WA: Rain showers today and tomorrow will bring slight impacts to the region. The remainder of the period will be impact free.

Climate Watch for March 6-10:

Boston MA: The period saw five days of temperatures running between 1-7 degrees below normal.

Orlando FL: The region started with temps about 1-9 degrees below normal and then warmed to around 1-2 degrees above normal to finish the period.

Sioux City IA: The period started below normal around 7 degrees and then warmed to about 4-10 degrees above normal before cooling back to 11 degrees below normal.

Billings MT: The period started with temps about 8 degrees below normal and then warmed to around 7 degrees above normal before falling 1 degree below normal again and then finished the period 1-11 degrees above normal.

Seattle WA: The period started around 7 degrees below normal and then warmed to 1-2 degrees above normal and then finished the period about 7 degrees below normal again.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for March 11, 2013:

Day 1-3: The period will start with a frontal boundary moving through the Great Lakes which will bring rain to the eastern side, while moderate snowfall will impact the Western Lakes. The associated cold front will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Tennessee River Valley southward into the Gulf Coast, however not expecting any severe weather. A strong high pressure center will be over the Rockies allowing for a cool down in the Plains and nice weather for the majority of the West. The middle of the period will have the showers and thunderstorms clearing the East Coast and a few snow showers still in the Northeast. High pressure will dominate a good portion of the United States to finish this period out.

Day 4-7: The period will start with high pressure sliding into the Southeast which will bring some cooler weather to the South again, while a clipper system begins to move into the Northern Plains bringing some light snow to the region. High pressure will bring nice weather to the West. Day six we will be watching the clipper system move through the Great Lakes bringing periods of rain and snow to the region. Day seven the clipper system will slide into the Mid-Atlantic region bringing mostly rain and some higher elevation snows to the region. High pressure will dominate the West.

Day 8-12: The period will start with high pressure north of the Great Lakes extending southward to the Gulf Coast which will bring dry and cooler conditions to the region, while another storms system pushes into the Plains bringing showers, thunderstorms and snowfall to the region. High pressure will again bring nice weather to the West. Day nine high pressure will slide to the East Coast, while the storm system pushes into the Southern Plains bringing an increased chance for severe weather to the Southern Plains. High pressure will dominate the West again. Day ten high pressure will be over the extreme northeast part of the US, while the storm system remains in the Southern Plains bringing very heavy rains and some severe weather to the region. This will extend into the Gulf Coast during this time as well. The warm front will push northward into the Great Lakes and along this we will see a region of ice, snow and rain develop all of which may be heavy for the regions impacted. The strong high pressure along the East remains in position forcing the low pressure center to move into the Gulf of Mexico; all the rain and thunderstorms and severe weather will push ever so slowly towards the Mississippi River Valley during this time. We will also see snow move into the Great Lakes. A strong high pressure center will move into the Northern Plains during this time as well. The period will finish with the low pressure system finally pushing into the East Coast bringing heavy rain to the large cities along the coast. The strong high pressure over the Northern Plains will slowly shift towards the Great Lakes, while another area of low pressure slowly starts to take shape over the Southwest.

Day 13-15: The period starts with a major storm system along the East Coast which is going to bring heavy rain to many places. Along the western part of the track look for heavy snow to develop over the Great Lakes region. High pressure will slide into the Dakotas during this time. The storm system over the Southwest will slowly deepen during this time as well. The major storm system will still be along the East Coast during this time as the powerful high pressure area slides into the Gulf Coast region and the low pressure slowly moves towards the Rockies.

Today's Spotlight Forecast is for Chicago IL:

Monday: Mostly cloudy with showers. High temps will be near 39F and overnight lows around 28F. Total rainfall near 0.5 inches. The winds will be from the southwest 12-17mph.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy and cooler with a high near 34F. Winds will be from the northwest 15-20mph as overnight lows fall to near 23F.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy and cool with a high near 30F. Winds will be from the northwest 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to near 23F.

Thursday: Cloudy with periods of snowfall. High temps will be around 34F and low temps near 30F. Snowfall totals of 1-2 inches are possible. The winds will be from the southeast 8-13mph.

Friday: Partly cloudy and warmer with a high near 43F. Winds from the southeast 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to near 40F.

Ask The Weatherman for March 11, 2013:

Question: Why does the ice over Greenland matter so much?

Answer: Nice question! The reason that we are concerned about the ice over Greenland has to do with that fact that when the ice melts, it´s not only higher content of fresh water but also colder water, so this will eventually start to cool the oceans down just like what happened in the 1970´s.

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Green Energy Weather Report for March 11, 2013:

Wave Energy: The best location for wave energy today will be along the northwest Gulf of Mexico ahead of the cold front.

Solar Energy: The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic will enjoy one more day of solar energy. The majority of the Western US will also see good solar energy today.

Wind Energy: The strongest wind energy today will be found along the Mississippi River right behind the cold front.

Hydro-Energy: The rain and snow along the cold front will make the Mississippi River Valley a prime location from north to south to receive both short term and long term energy today.

March 11 Weather and Your Wallet (New Orleans LA):

Dining: Cloudy with showers will make today a good day for taking lunch to work or grabbing something from the drive-through and heading indoors to eat.

Transportation: Between this morning into lunch expect to see some impacts on the roads from the heavier rains. This could lead to ponding on the roads which could in turn lead to crashes.

Shopping: With all the rain this morning and the cooler temps tonight it would be a good day to hit the indoor malls.

Electricity: Looking for a small window of heating that will be needed during the overnight hours, the forecast is for 9.5HDD´s on the day.

Yard Work: Despite the rain showers the temperatures will be warm enough to allow for a small period this afternoon of 5.5GDD´s to occur, so make sure to get the plants outside to enjoy some of that warmth.

Construction: The rain this morning will slow outdoor projects down, then this afternoon when the northwest winds increase expect to see delays to any high rise work that may be taking place.

Outdoor Venues: With the rain showers in the area today the best time to hit the park with the pet would be this afternoon after the front passes through the area.