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March 20, 2013

Big Story Weather – March 20, 2013

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from March 19: The big news of the day was the rain and snow that moved through the Northeast with some places getting a pretty good amount of snowfall. Another big story of the day was the strong thunderstorms that moved through Texas during the overnight hours with some places getting hail. The third story of the day comes from the Northern Plains and the return of Arctic air this late in the season with many places seeing temperatures running about 20 degrees below normal for this time of year.

Big Story Weather Discussion for March 20: Low pressure moving up through the Northeast will again bring more snowfall to the region. A new fast moving low pressure area will push through the Northern Gulf and across parts of Florida bringing with it showers to the area. High pressure over the Northern Plains will bring another round of Arctic air to the region. This cold air is going to start pushing into the Southeastern US and portions of the Gulf Coast. Another frontal boundary over the West Coast will bring showers and higher elevation snows to the region of Washington and Oregon today.

Here is the weather for a few select cities:

Boston MA: Today will be partly cloudy with a high temp near 37F. Look for overnight lows to fall to around 27F.

Atlanta GA: Partly cloudy today and cool with a high near 54F. Winds will become light as overnight low temps fall to around 30F. This has put the area into a Freeze Warning for tonight.

Fargo ND: Partly cloudy today and very cold with a high near 14F. This evening will be even colder as low temps fall to around -2F. Winds will make a dangerous wind chill for the area as well.

Billings MT: Partly cloudy today and mild with a high near 45F. This evening look for partly cloudy skies and low temps around 38F.

Portland OR: Mostly cloudy skies with periods of rain showers. Total rainfall amounts will be around 0.25-0.5 inches. The high temp will be around 48F, while the low temp will be around 37F.

March 20, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Atlantic Basin: Low pressure pushing just east of the Middle East will bring some showers and snow showers to parts of the region, especially the higher elevations. Another area of low pressure is moving through Europe today and will bring rain showers to the region. A third area of low pressure is moving away from Iceland and towards Europe. This low will bring high winds and seas to the North Atlantic today. Low pressure now exiting the Northeast US will also start pushing northward towards the open Atlantic. A weaker area of low pressure has developed in Texas and will rapidly move across the Northern Gulf of Mexico today bringing showers to Florida by this afternoon.

Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving into Western Canada is bringing rain and snow to the region. This same frontal system is also creating rain and snow for the Northwest US. Another area of low pressure is moving towards the Baja and will bring strong winds and higher seas to the Pacific today. A third area of low pressure is moving through the Gulf of Alaska and slowly towards the east.

Western Pacific: An area of lower pressure is located to the southwest of Guam. This area will have to be watched for possible tropical development over the coming days. Low pressure moving away from Japan is heading slowly towards the northeast towards the open Pacific, while another area of low pressure is now moving into the Koreas and will bring rain and snow to the region today.

Indian Ocean: An area of low pressure over Southeast Asia will bring showers and gusty winds to places in Indonesia.

Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure just to the east of Northeast Australia is all that is left of Tim; there will again be showers and stronger winds for the region today. Another area of low pressure is moving across Southern Australia and will bring showers and a few thunderstorms to the area. Low pressure to the south of Madagascar will bring showers and thunderstorms to the island. Another area of low pressure will impact parts of South America with showers across the region.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for March 20-24:

Boston MA: There are no impacts forecasted until March 24 when the region will be impacted by some snowfall.

Atlanta GA: The region will be impact free until March 23 when showers move into the region and bring a slight impact. By March 24 the region will be dealing with strong thunderstorms which could create a moderate impact on the region.

Fargo ND: No impacts to start the period. On March 22 the region will see some impacts from light snow, and then again on March 24 another round of light snow will create some minor impacts to the area.

Billings MT: The region will see light snow on March 21-22 which will bring slight impacts to the area, otherwise the remainder of the period will be impact free.

Portland OR: Look for impacts on March 20 and 21 from areas of rain.

Climate Watch for March 15-19:

Boston MA: The past five days have provided the region temps ranging from 4-13 degrees below normal.

Atlanta GA: The period started with temps running around 2-11 degrees above normal, but by the March 19th temps had fallen to around 3 degrees below normal.

Fargo ND: During the entire period the region has seen temps ranging from 5-25 degrees below normal.

Billings MT: The region started the period with temps about 1-17 degrees above average and then fell to around 5-12 degrees below normal.

Portland OR: The period started with temps 6 degrees above average and then fell to around 3-7 degrees below average for the remainder of the period.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for March 20, 2013:

Day 1-3: Low pressure of the Northeast will bring snow to the region and also some coastal rains. Expect to see more snowfall around the Great Lakes today. A fast moving low pressure area will bring some showers to portions of Florida later today, while a strong cold area of high pressure starts to invade from the Northern Plains and will push southeastward. A frontal boundary along the West Coast will bring some showers to the Pacific Northwest. The storm system will move into the Southern Plains and bring with it an area of snow and also rain and severe weather. Another piece of energy will be moving through the Northern Plains. The period will finish with the low pressure still over the Southern Plains.

Day 4-7: The period will begin with a major low pressure area moving through the Gulf Coast and Southeast. Expect to see heavy rains and also severe weather with this and even some winter weather on the north side of the storm. High pressure begins to build in from the Northern Plains again. Day five the storm system moves up the East Coast bringing rain and snow to the region, while the strong high pressure area builds in from the Northern Plains bringing another shot of cold weather to the region. The period will end with a few snow showers in the Northeast. Otherwise look for the high pressure to dominate a good portion of the country with a weak frontal boundary moving onshore over the West.

Day 8-12: The period will start with a few lingering snow showers along the lakes. Otherwise the big area of high pressure will continue to dominate a good portion of the country with below normal temps, while a weak low pressure area will start to develop over the Southwest. Day nine the strong high pressure area will be over the Great Lakes, while the storm system pushes slowly into the Plains. Day ten the high pressure area will have forced the low pressure to move northward into the Rockies, however there will be a piece of energy left along the Gulf Coast that will bring showers to the region. The end of the period we will be watching a major storm system moving into the Northern Plains bringing with it the possibility of some heavy snows, rains and a moderate risk of severe weather.

Long Range Outlook: The long range will start with this low pressure area in the Plains creating a mix of winter weather and severe weather for a large portion of the area. The middle of this period we will see the low finally push into the Ohio River Valley creating a large area of heavy snow and again more severe weather will be possible. The period will end with this major storm moving up the East Coast, while high pressure builds back in over the Plains and another low pressure area approaches California.

Today's Spotlight Forecast is for Minneapolis MN:

Wednesday: Partly cloudy and cold with a high near 16F. Winds will be from the northwest 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around -3F. Dangerous wind chills will be possible.

Thursday: Partly cloudy and a tad warmer with a high near 23F. Winds will be light and variable with low temps around -4F.

Friday: Partly cloudy and warmer with a high near 25F. Winds from the southeast 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 13F.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy and nice with a high near 30F. Winds from the northeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 24F.

Sunday: Cloudy with periods of snow. High temps will be around 30F and low temps near 23F. Winds will be from the northeast 12-17mph and total snowfall amounts around 2-4 inches.

Ask The Weatherman for March 20, 2013:

Question: What does March 20, 2013 mark on the weather calendar?

Answer: Today is a milestone in the weather world because today marks the first day of Spring for the Northern Hemisphere. Many places are not feeling like Spring right now, however it will slowly transition to Spring. In the Southern Hemisphere they start their first day of Fall today.

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Green Energy Weather Report for March 20, 2013:

Wave Energy: There are multiple areas today that will have good wave energy including the Northeast behind the surface low, along the Northern Gulf ahead of a fast moving low pressure, and then in the Northwest along the frontal boundary.

Solar Energy: A good area to find solar energy today will be in the Mid-Atlantic to the Southeast north of Florida and then back along the Tennessee River Valley. Another area will be through the Northern Plains and then into the Southwest US.

Wind Energy: The first major wind energy area will be over the Eastern Great Lakes behind the low pressure area. The second will be over Central Texas and another location will be up along the Northwest near the boundary.

Hydro-Energy: Today multiple areas of energy will be created. First in the Northeast there will be long term snow energy falling. Secondly along the Gulf Coast we will see some showers which will create short term energy. The last place will be out West along the frontal boundary from Washington and Oregon where they will see rain and long term energy from the snowfall.

March 20 Weather and Your Wallet (Dallas TX):

High pressure will slowly build into the area today.

Dining: A nice afternoon to enjoy lunch at the park or outside as the high temps rise to around 66F.

Transportation: Today should be an impact free day on the roads as the weather will be nice.

Shopping: This afternoon will be a nice time to get out and enjoy those spring deals at the malls.

Electricity: There will be a small window during the overnight hours when the heat will be needed only forecasting for 9.5HDD´s today.

Yard Work: This afternoon will provide plenty of sunshine to let the plants get some fresh air as the forecast for today is 5.5GDD´s for the area.

Construction: Today will be a great day to work on those outdoor projects as the weather will be nice and the temps will make it feel great.

Outdoor Venues: Plan to head outdoors today and take the dog for a walk or just enjoy some time in the park.