Big Story Weather – March 12, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Big Story Weather from March 11: Moderate snowfall fell across the Great Lakes, while moderate rains were found from the Gulf Coast into the Southeast. The West was mostly dry except for the Northwest. Colder air began to filter in over the Northern Plains.
Big Story Weather Discussion for March 12: Low pressure will be moving into the Northeast today bringing showers along the coast. A few snow showers will still be over the Great Lakes. A few thunderstorms will be possible over Northeast Florida. High pressure over the Rockies will continue to dominate the weather out West, as a colder air mass filters in from the Northern Plains towards the Gulf Coast. Here is the weather for a few select cities:
New York NY: Mostly cloudy with showers through the day as high temps rise to near 50F. This evening and overnight skies will begin to clear out as low temps fall to around 37F.
Atlanta GA: Partly cloudy skies will prevail over the region as high temps rise to around 52F. This evening the region will see a sharp drop in temps as the lows fall to around 38F.
Omaha NE: Partly cloudy today with high temps around 32F. This evening will be cold as low temps fall to around 23F.
Boise ID: A nice day in store with partly cloudy skies and a high temp near 52F. This evening low temps will fall to around 46F.
Portland OR: Partly cloudy skies for today with high temps around 54F. Low temps will be near 47F.
March 12, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving towards the Middle East will bring showers and snow showers to the higher elevations. Another low pressure area is beginning to impact the region near Europe with showers and even some snow showers. Another low pressure area is moving into the Northeast US. This storm will bring rain to the East Coast and snow to the Great Lakes region.
Eastern Pacific: An area of low pressure is moving through the Gulf of Alaska towards the West Coast of Canada.
Western Pacific: Low pressure is moving towards the Western Gulf of Alaska, while a second low pressure area is developing over Northeast China bringing showers and snow showers to the region. A third area of low pressure is moving through Central Russia bringing cold air and snow to the region.
Indian Ocean: No major issues in this basin today.
Southern Hemisphere: Tropical Cyclone Sandra continues tracking well east of Australia with winds near 75kts and a pressure of 967mb. This storm will continue to weaken as it pushes southeastward. Low pressure pushing away from the Fiji Islands will impact the open ocean today. Another area of low pressure is moving slowly towards Eastern South America. Two areas of low pressure are moving south of Africa bringing very strong winds and high seas to the region. Another area of low pressure is moving through the southern portion of Australia bringing some showers and isolated thunderstorms to the region.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for March 12-16:
New York NY: The region will see slight impacts today for rain showers. On March 16 look for more rain showers to move through the region.
Atlanta GA: A nice week with high pressure in store will leave the region impact free.
Omaha NE: No impacts forecasted for the next five days.
Boise ID: No impacts forecasted for the next five days.
Portland OR: No impacts forecasted for the next five days.
Climate Watch for March 7-11:
New York NY: The region started with temps around 5-9 degrees below normal. The period finished with temps around 1-7 degrees above average.
Atlanta GA: The period started with temps about 3 degrees below normal and then warmed to about 3 degrees above normal before falling back to around 2 degrees below. The period finished with temps about 2-8 degrees above normal.
Omaha NE: The first three days of the period saw temps around 2-6 degrees above normal before falling to around 8-18 degrees below normal for the remainder of the period.
Boise ID: The period started with temps about 2 degrees below normal before warming to around 1-4 degrees above average for the remainder of the period.
Portland OR: The region started with temps about 1-4 degrees above normal and then finished with temps around 3-7 degrees below normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for March 12, 2013:
Day 1-3: The period will start with a frontal boundary along the East Coast which will bring showers to the majority of the coast today. The backside of this storm system will have cold air wrapping in which will lead to moderate snowfall over the Great Lakes. High pressure over the West is bringing plenty of cold air from the north into the Plains and this is beginning to spread into the Southeast and Gulf Coast region. The West Coast will enjoy nice weather today. The middle of the period will have a few lingering snow showers along the Eastern Lakes. High pressure will push into the Southeast bringing another bout of cold air to the south. High pressure over the Rockies will keep the West Coast dry. The period will end with a wave pushing towards the Tennessee River Valley. There will be some snow and rain with this wave. High pressure will be over the Northern Gulf of Mexico bringing a cool day to the south. A new clipper system will be moving into the Northern Plains. High pressure will be out over the West.
Day 4-7: The period will start with high pressure over the Southeast, while the clipper system moves into the Great Lakes bringing some snowfall to the region. High pressure out west will keep the region mostly dry for another day. Day five another storm system will begin to develop over the Southern Plains. The storm system over the Southern Plains will push eastward to the Mid-Atlantic region. A powerful low pressure system will push into the Northern Plains bringing rain, ice and snow to the area. Another low pressure system will begin to take shape over the Southwest. Day six will have the major storm system moving into the Great Lakes bringing heavy snowfall to the western side, while moderate rains will fall ahead of the low and also severe weather may be possible in the south.
Day 8-12: The period will start with a major storm system over the Great Lakes bringing areas of heavy snowfall to the Western Lakes, while the Eastern Lakes and parts of the Northeast will be dealing with moderate rains. The south may even see some thunderstorms. High pressure will slide into the Northern Plains, while another storm system develops over the Southwest. The storm system will push into Maine bringing snow to the region, while high pressure slides into the Great Lakes and extends southward. On day nine we will be watching another storm system develop over the Southwest. Day ten will have the significant storm system over the Southern Plains where severe weather is looking very possible along with more snow and ice for the Northern Plains. The period will end with this major storm system pushing into the Ohio River Valley and extending towards the Gulf Coast. There will be places that get heavy rain, and some places will see heavy snowfall and even severe weather along the southern portion of the storm.
Day 13-15: The period will start with the powerful storm system pushing slightly eastward still impacting the same regions for a second day. By the middle of the period the storm system will push into the Northeast bringing rain and snow to the region. High pressure will begin to build in over the Northern Plains and also push over the Rockies during this time. The period will end with a significant high pressure center over the Great Lakes region bringing another round of cold air to the East. Another low pressure area will begin to develop over the Southwest, while a storm system approaches the Northwest.
Sneak Peak beyond Day 15: Looking beyond day 15 to around day 17 we will see the high pressure finally push into the East, while the storm system over the Southwest will push into the Southern Plains and another storm system will brush the Northwest.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Honolulu HI:
Tuesday: Partly cloudy and mild with a high near 74F. Winds from the northeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 68F.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a few afternoon showers. Total rainfall will be around 0.05in. High temps will be around 74F, while low temps will fall to around 67F. The winds will northeast 7-12mph.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with afternoon showers. Total rainfall will be around 0.10in. High temps around 75F, with low temps near 69F. The winds will be light and variable.
Friday: Partly cloudy and mild with a high near 74F. Winds will be from the northwest 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 68F.
Saturday: Partly cloudy and cooler with a high near 72F. Winds will be from the northeast 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 66F.
Ask The Weatherman for March 12, 2013:
Question: What is the difference in a cold front from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere?
Answer: A great question this morning. The best way to understand it is to know that the cold air is south over the Antarctic, while in the Northern Hemisphere the cold air is north over the Pole. So that is why when you look at a weather map you will see the cold fronts are drawn upside down in the Southern Hemisphere.
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Green Energy Weather Report for March 12, 2013:
Wave Energy: The best place for wave energy today is going to be along the East Coast right ahead and behind the cold front that is moving through the region.
Solar Energy: A good portion of the country from Southern Florida into the Gulf Coast and then northward through the Plains and into the West will all see excellent conditions for solar energy today.
Wind Energy: The best places for wind energy today will be right behind the front over the East Coast.
Hydro-Energy: The Great Lakes will be a good source for long term energy as moderate snows fall through the region. The East Coast will see some good rainfall today which will help the short term energy production.
March 12 Weather and Your Wallet (Sioux Falls SD):
The region will see partly cloudy skies and colder weather today.
Dining: A jacket will be needed for any outdoor eating venues. Best to eat indoors today.
Transportation: Strong winds may create some blowing and drifting snow on the roads today.
Shopping: Today will be best for the indoor malls as the winds and colder temps will make outdoor shopping difficult today.
Electricity: There will be a very high demand during the overnight hours, while the afternoon will still have a moderate need for heating. Today’s HDD’s are going to be around 42.
Yard Work: No major issues expected for yard work, so if you need to clean the snow off the driveway it should be a good day for that after the winds die down later in the day.
Construction: The windy conditions will make any elevated construction job a little bit of a hassle today. However most outdoor construction projects should be fine as long as you bundle up.
Outdoor Venues: A cold day in store. Wear a winter jacket for any outdoor plans today.