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March 13, 2013

Big Story Weather – March 13, 2013

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from March 12: The storm system moved through the East Coast yesterday bringing rain showers to many places, while in the Great Lakes region people again saw more snowfall. High pressure began to slide through the Plains as well and this brought another bout with colder temps all the way back to the Gulf Coast. A weak clipper system moved through the Dakotas yesterday dropping a couple inches of snowfall along with strong winds. And finally, the heat was on in Southern California.

Big Story Weather Discussion for March 13:
Low pressure moving up into the Northeast will bring rain showers to the East Coast. High pressure over the Central Plains will bring some colder air back into the region from the Rockies southeastward to the Gulf Coast. High pressure over the Rockies will also keep the majority of the West Coast dry. A weak frontal boundary will extend into Seattle bringing a few showers to the region. Here is the weather for a few select cities:

Baltimore MD: Mostly cloudy with periods of rain. Total rainfall may be around 0.25in. High temps will be near 47F and low temps around 32F.

Gulfport MS: Partly cloudy and cool with a high near 58F. Low temps will be around 37F.

Fargo ND: Mostly cloudy skies with periods of light snow developing this evening. Total snowfall accumulations around 1-2 inches possible. High temps will be near 27F and low temps around 20F.

Denver CO: Partly cloudy skies and mild today as high temps rise to around 54F. The low tonight will be near 43F.

San Diego CA: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 74F. Low temps will fall to around 68F.

March 13, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving towards the Middle East will bring a few showers and strong winds which will increase the chance of seeing dust storms. A second low pressure area will be moving through Europe bringing showers and higher elevation snows. A third area of low pressure is moving through the Atlantic towards the northwest part of Africa and the Cape Verde Islands. Lastly, another area of low pressure is beginning to move off shore of the Northeast US.

Eastern Pacific: Low pressure is moving towards the West Coast of the US, expect to see showers over the Northwest from this system.

Western Pacific: Low pressure moving out over the open Pacific towards Wake Island will bring showers to the area. A second low pressure is moving over Japan today and will bring showers and snow showers to the north. Another low pressure is moving through Northeast Russia and will bring snow to the region.

Indian Ocean: No major issues in this basin today.

Southern Hemisphere: Tropical Cyclone Sandra has winds currently around 65kts and a pressure of 975mb. The storm continues to track southward towards colder waters and will weaken and be no impact to land. Another low pressure area moving south of Sydney will bring showers to the region and begin to absorb the tropical system. Two areas of low pressure are transiting the tip of Africa. There are also two areas of low pressure moving towards the southwestern part of South America.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for March 13-17:

Baltimore MD: A few passing showers today will have an impact on the region and then again on March 16 more showers will move through the region creating a slight impact for the area.

Gulfport MS: High pressure will create five nice days for the region.

Fargo ND: The period will start impact free, but by March 15 a storm system will move into the region bringing moderate snowfall to the area creating impacts. Also on March 17 another round of moderate snowfall will move into the region creating impacts.

Denver CO: Over the next five days high pressure will keep the region impact free.

San Diego CA: A nice five days in store with no impacts forecasted for the area.

Climate Watch for March 8-12:

Baltimore MD: The region started with temps around 2 below, but the remainder of the week saw temps around 5-11 degrees above normal.

Gulfport MS: The period started with temps around 2 below normal, then warmed up to around 2 above normal before falling back to 1-3 below to finish the period.

Fargo ND: The period started with temps around 1 above before falling for the remainder of the period around 2-10 degrees below average.

Denver CO: The past five days the region saw temps around 2-18 degrees below average with the moderate northerly flow impacting the region.

San Diego CA: The period started below normal by 6-9 degrees before warming up to around 1-6 degrees above normal for the remainder of the period.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for March 13, 2013:

Day 1-3: The cold front along the Northeast will bring some showers to the region and also down into the Mid-Atlantic region there will be a few showers. High pressure over the Missouri boot-hill will bring nice, cool weather for good portion of the region from the Rockies to the East. Another area of high pressure will be over the Rockies and this will bring cool weather to the Eastern slopes of the Rockies and mild weather to the Southwest. The Pacific Northwest will be dealing with a frontal boundary and a few showers in the region. Day two will have a few lingering snow showers over the Eastern lakes, while high pressure builds into the Southeast bringing some cool weather to the region. A weak clipper system will brush the Dakotas with a light dusting of snow. High pressure over the Rockies will bring cool weather to the Eastern slopes and a mild day to the Southwest. The weak frontal boundary will bring another day of showers to the Pacific Northwest. The period will end with high pressure sliding east of Florida, allowing for the clipper system to bring snow to the Great Lakes region. Another area of cold high pressure will begin to slide into the Northern Plains, while high pressure out West will keep the area calm.

Day 4-7: The storm system pushes off the East Coast leaving behind a weak frontal boundary which will bring showers to places in the Mid-Atlantic and back towards the Tennessee River Valley. High pressure will continue over the Northern Plains. Another storm system will begin to develop in the Southwest and also a frontal boundary will stretch across the Northwest. A frontal boundary on day five will stretch across the Tennessee River Valley into the Mid-Atlantic bringing showers to the region. A strong storm system will be in the Northern Plains bringing a mix of ice, snow and rain; all forms of precipitation will be moderate to heavy. High pressure will build into the Northwest, while another area of low pressure starts to develop over the Southwest. By day six we will see a major winter storm pushing into the Great Lakes with places getting heavy snow and also heavy rain in the warmer air ahead of the storm. A frontal boundary will extend all the way to the Gulf Coast region bringing showers and thunderstorms to the area. High pressure and another round of cold weather will push into the Northern Plains, while high pressure out West dominates the weather. The period will end with the storm system moving up the Northeast bringing more rain and snow to the region, while high pressure dominates a good portion of the US as another storm system enters the Pacific Northwest.

Day 8-12: High pressure will be along the East Coast bringing cooler weather to the region, while the storm system pushes into the Northwest bringing snow and rain to the region. Day nine will have another powerful storm system entering the Central Plains; expect to see heavy snows and rains along with the chance for some severe weather impacting the entire Plains region. High pressure will push towards the West Coast. By day ten the storm system will push into the Ohio River Valley where we will see areas of heavy rain along with heavy snows and also strong thunderstorms to the south. High pressure builds in over Southern Canada. The period will finish with a major storm system again along the Mid-Atlantic region which could lead to a large area of heavy rain and snow again for the region; snowfall may even make it into the Southeast.

Day 13-16: The period will start with a major storm system along the East Coast that will have a significant impact from heavy rains to heavy snowfall in the region. High pressure will ridge in from Canada all the way to the Gulf Coast. A new storm system will begin to enter the West Coast. The middle of the period will have the low off the East Coast still bringing significant impacts to the region. High pressure will be over the Great Lakes down to the Gulf Coast. The new storm system will still be developing over the West. The period will finish very active.

Today's Spotlight Forecast is for Rapid City SD:

Wednesday: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 60F. Winds from the northwest 9-14mph as overnight lows fall to near 43F.

Thursday: Partly cloudy and mild with a high near 64F. Winds from the northwest 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to near 48F.

Friday: Partly cloudy and mild with a high near 61F. Winds will be from the northwest 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to near 33F.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with afternoon showers. Total rainfall will be around 0.2-0.3in. Winds from the northwest 8-13mph, while high temps rise to 55F and overnight lows fall to 36F.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy in the morning with a few showers, becoming partly cloudy by afternoon with a high near 42F. Low temps will be around 30F. Total rainfall will be near 0.2 inches.

Ask The Weatherman for March 13, 2013:

Question: Why is the Bermuda High so important to weather?

Answer: The Bermuda high is a key element in weather forecasting for anyone that lives along the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. Here is just one example why. In the summer months, when the tropical features begin to develop, they follow around this high pressure center. When the tropical finds the backside of the high pressure or the weakness it then begins to turn towards the north. This helps to identify where the tropical could make landfall just by the Bermuda high itself.

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Green Energy Weather Report for March 13, 2013:

Wave Energy: Looking towards the Northeast coast today for the best wave energy right behind the cold front as it pushes out to sea.

Solar Energy: A vast portion of the United States will enjoy solar energy today from the Southeast back into the Southern Plains and then northward and also over towards the Rockies and a good portion of the West Coast.

Wind Energy: The first place will be right behind the cold front over the Northeast along the Eastern Lakes. A second place is going to develop over the Pacific Northwest along the frontal boundary that is moving into the region.

Hydro-Energy: The two places today for hydro energy will be the Northeast which is going to be mostly short term rain energy and also the Pacific Northwest which will also be short term rain energy and also some higher elevation long term snow energy.

March 13 Weather and Your Wallet (Austin TX):

Dining: Partly cloudy skies and very nice temps will make for an excellent day to hit the park for lunch or have lunch outside at your favorite dining venue.

Transportation: No issues expected from the weather today.

Shopping: A nice day to head out and enjoy shopping in the outdoor malls. Also a good day to look for those Spring gardening tools and necessities.

Electricity: There will be a small window of heating today with the forecast for 7HDD´s.

Yard Work: Today will be a good day to get out and plant the garden and also let the flowers enjoy the GDD´s as the area will see about 8GDD´s for the day.

Construction: No issues forecasted for the industry today.

Outdoor Venues: Today will be nice day to get the cat or dog and head for a walk at the park.