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March 14, 2013

Big Story Weather – March 14, 2013

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from March 13: The storm system finally moved off shore over the Northeast, but it still brought rain showers to places in the Northeast. High pressure over the Southeast brought a cool evening to the South and Gulf Coast. High pressure over the Rockies kept a good portion of the West dry. A weak frontal boundary moved through the Northwest and brought showers to the region.

Big Story Weather Discussion for March 14: A few lingering snow showers will be possible off the Eastern Lakes today, while high pressure over the Southeast will keep the region nice and this will expand westward into the Gulf Coast as well. A weak area of low pressure will develop over the Plains region but should remain dry today due to the lack of return flow over the area. Another shot of colder air will be dropping into the Plains with the next high pressure center. Here is the weather for a few select cities:

Baltimore MD: Partly cloudy skies today. High temps will be near 46F and low temps around 34F.

Orlando FL: Partly cloudy and cool with a high near 64F and with a low near 45F.

Omaha NE: Partly cloudy skies. High temps will be near 55F and low temps around 34F.

Phoenix AZ: Partly cloudy skies and warm today as high temps rise to around 93F. Overnight low will be near 63F.

Los Angeles CA: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 77F. Low temps will fall to around 55F.

March 14, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Eastern Europe will bring rain and snow to the region, while another area of low pressure is moving towards the coast of England and Spain also bringing showers to the region. A third area of low pressure is now moving away from the East Coast of the US and towards Greenland.

Eastern Pacific: A strong area of low pressure continues to track towards the West coast of Canada and will bring showers to the coastline of Canada and extreme Northwest US.

Western Pacific: Low pressure moving out of the Middle East will start to bring showers and snow showers to Western China, while another low pressure area is moving towards Northeast China today. Look for another powerful low pressure area moving northeast of Japan and this will bring some snow showers to the Northern part of Japan. Another weaker area of low pressure is moving away from Iwo Jima(To) towards the east. A newly developing tropical low pressure is to the south of Guam this area will have to be watched for possible development later in the week.

Indian Ocean: No major issues in this basin today.

Southern Hemisphere: The remains of Tropical Cyclone Sandra continue to move southward today with winds of 40kts and a pressure of 985mb. Tropical Cyclone Tim has formed just to the Northeast off Brisbane Australia. This storm will need to be watched as it makes a turn towards Australia over the next couple of days. Winds are now around 50kts and pressure is near 985mb. Low pressure is also beginning to approach Western Australia and this will bring showers and isolated thunderstorms to the region today. Multiple other areas of low pressure are moving west to east across the South.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for March 14-18:

Baltimore MD: A nice start to the five days followed by impacts on the 16th, through March 18.

Orlando FL: A nice week of high pressure keeping the region impact free.

Omaha NE: No impacts expected for the week.

Phoenix AZ: A very warm and dry week in store with no weather impacts forecasted for the region.

Los Angeles CA: The next few days are going to be warm and impact free.

Climate Watch for March 9-13:

Baltimore MD: The week started out with temps above normal and then by March 13 the region saw the temps drop to just below normal.

Orlando FL: The region started out below normal and then warmed to just above normal before falling back below normal on March 12, and then finished the period at normal on March 13.

Omaha NE: The period started with temps above normal, followed by a cool down for the remainder of the week as temps fell below normal.

Phoenix AZ: The region started out below normal and then on March 11, they saw temps right at normal followed by a couple days of above normal temps.

Los Angeles CA: The region started out below normal, but quickly warmed and has been well above normal for the past four days.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for March 14, 2013:

Day 1-3: Low pressure well off shore today over the Northeast will still impact the region with moderate northwesterly winds and a few lingering snow showers along the Eastern Lakes. High pressure over the Southeast will give way to a very nice day in the region and this will expand into the Gulf Coast. High pressure over the Rockies will also bring nice weather to the region. It will be hot in the Southwest and California region due to the strong southerly winds. The middle of the period is going to see a clipper system slide through the Northern Plains bringing some snowfall to the region. This will rapidly push towards the Mid-Atlantic region bringing rain and snow to the area. The period will finish with a new low developing over Texas and also another system moving in over the Northwest.

Day 4-7: The period will start with showers along the frontal boundary over the South and then snow showers and rain showers along the Northern Plains associated with the other frontal boundary. The two storm systems will merge over the Great Lakes region and lead to an impressive storm system with the chance of seeing heavy snowfall in the Great Lakes and lots of rain and snow in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. High pressure will build in over the Plains. By day five the low pressure will push up into the Northeast with a few snow showers still over the region, while the strong high pressure from the Plains moves into the Ohio River Valley and extends into the Gulf Coast. A new storm system begins to approach the Pacific Northwest. The period will finish with high pressure along the East Coast and the new storm system gaining steam over the Rockies and Northern Plains possibly dumping a lot of snow in the region.

Day 8-12: The period starts with a powerful low pressure area moving into the Plains. This storm will bring with it ice, heavy snow and heavy rain along with some severe weather towards the southern end of the front. Another storm system moves into the Northwest. Day ten the storm shifts slightly to the east and continues to impact a large portion of the country from the Plains to the East Coast with heavy snows, rains and severe weather. The period will finish with another large area of high pressure sliding out of Canada which will bring cold air to a good portion of the country.

Day 13-16: This period will begin with a strong low pressure area off the Northeast that will continue to have strong winds and snow squalls possible around the Great Lakes. A 1040mb high will be over the Northern Plains bringing extremely cold air for this time of the year. Another storm system begins to work its way on shore in the Pacific Northwest. The middle of the period we will see more of the same with the strong northerly winds over the East Coast creating very cold conditions and still some lake effect snows in the region. High pressure will be stuck in the middle Plains region bringing extremely below normal temps to the region, while a new storm system makes it into the Northwest bringing rain and snow to the region. Day 15 we will see the high pressure shift slightly towards the Ohio River Valley still bringing extremely below normal temps to a good portion of the country, while the new low pressure area moves out into the Northern Plains. The period will finish with the high pressure finally pushing off the East Coast and the storm system moving into the Southern Plains, while a new storm moves on shore over the Pacific Northwest.

Today's Spotlight Forecast is for Seattle WA:

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Total rainfall amounts will be around 0.2-0.4 inches. High temps will be near 57F while low temps drop to near 45F. The winds will be from the south at 9-14mph.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Total rainfall amounts will be near 0.1-0.2 inches. High temps for the day will be around 59F with low temps near 43F. The winds will be from the southwest at 7-12mph.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with periods of light rain. Total rainfall amounts near 0.2 inches. The winds will be from the southwest 7-12mph as high temps rise to near 52F and low temps fall to around 37F.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Total rainfall amounts will be near 0.2 inches. The winds will be from the southwest 5-10mph as high temps rise to 50F and overnight lows fall to around 33F.

Monday: Partly cloudy and cool with a high near 46F. Winds from the south 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 43F.

Ask The Weatherman for March 14, 2013:

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

Answer: The Pacific High pressure center is important to the weather in the US because it controls the weather along the West Coast. First, when the high pressure is near the coast, this forces the colder air from the north southward. This is part of the reason the coastal cities stay cooler during the summer because the high pressure is pushing the cold ocean water along the California current southward. In the summer this high pressure is also responsible for all the fog that occurs off the coast of California.

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Green Energy Weather Report for March 14, 2013:

Wave Energy: No major areas forecasted for today.

Solar Energy: High pressure over the Southeast will bring a nice share of sun to places from Florida to the Southeast and all along the Gulf Coast region. High pressure out West will also provide plenty of sunshine for the West Coast and Rockies.

Wind Energy: The Northeast will see moderate winds behind the cold front that has just pushed through the region. Another area will be back over the Southern Plains where we could see an increased fire danger today. The third will be out over the Southern Rockies and the Southwest.

Hydro-Energy: As high pressure settles in from coast to coast no major hydro energy events are forecasted for today.

March 14 Weather and Your Wallet (Nashville TN):

High pressure over the region is going to make a favorable day.

Dining: A cool start to the morning will give way to a nice day for the area. Perfect for eating your lunch outdoors.

Transportation: No weather related issues forecasted for the highways today.

Shopping: It will be a nice afternoon to get out and enjoy some shopping.

Electricity: There will be the need for heating today all day. There will be a low amount required with the total for today around 19.5HDD´s.

Yard Work: No issues forecasted for today - a great day to get out and get the soil ready for the garden.

Construction: A tad chilly this morning, however by this afternoon, expect a nice day in store for the region.

Outdoor Venues: This morning will be a bit cool but by this afternoon it will be a nice day to take the pet for a walk.