Big Story Weather – April 10, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Big Story Weather from April 9: Yesterday was a very active day with our storm in the Plains. We had hail falling with snow at the same time from thundersnow across parts of Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and with Nebraska. We actually at one time had a winter storm warning and tornado warning for the same county in Nebraska. A few snowfall totals so far. One comes from Western South Dakota where snowfall amounts reached around 13 inches. Another comes from Western Nebraska where snow drifts reached over 6 feet tall. Freezing rain was another problem with this storm. Places like Sioux Falls South Dakota picked up about 0.5 inches of freezing rain, damaging trees and making travel impossible. Severe weather reports included hail from Texas to Minnesota and also wind damage in Iowa.
Big Story Weather Discussion for April 10: High pressure in Southern Canada will bring partly cloudy skies to the Northeast. The low pressure area will move out towards Missouri. There will be another day of rain from Chicago to Cleveland and thunderstorms from Southern Illinois all the way to the Gulf Coast. Some severe weather is expected along the southern portion of the front. More heavy snow will be found on the back side across the Rockies, Northern Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and the Northern Plains spreading into Minnesota and the Western Lakes. A few showers will also be possible over the Northwest.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Cleveland OH: Mostly cloudy with showers by evening. High temps will be around 54F and overnight lows will fall to around 42F. Total rainfall will be around 0.25 inches.
Memphis TN: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms, some of which may be severe. High temps will be around 73F and overnight will lows fall to near 68F. Total rainfall will be near 1 inch.
Omaha NE: Mostly cloudy with rain and snow mixing together, turning to all snow by this evening. High temps will be around 37F and overnight lows will fall to near 30F. Total snowfall amounts of 2-5 inches possible.
Boise ID: Mostly cloudy with showers by evening and a high temp around 54F. Low temps are expected to drop to near 50F. Total rainfall around 0.25 inches.
San Diego CA: Sunny skies and mild with high temps around 68F. Low temps will drop to near 60F.
April 10, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through the Middle East will bring a few showers and strong winds which could lead to dust storms. Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring showers and higher elevation snows. Low pressure moving towards England will bring showers to the area. Another area of low pressure east of Canada will bring strong winds and high seas to the region.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving through the Central Plains will bring another day of heavy rains, thunderstorms, severe weather and blizzard-like conditions to the middle of the United States. Low pressure moving through Western Canada will bring showers to the region and some of these will spread into Northwestern United States. Low pressure moving through the Gulf of Alaska will bring snow showers to Southern Alaska.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving through Central Russia will bring snow showers to the region. Another area of low pressure will be moving across Northern Japan bringing a few snow showers to the area. A third area of low pressure will be moving out over the open North Pacific.
Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough will bring showers and isolated thunderstorms through most of Southeast Asia. Tropical Cyclone Imelda now has winds around 70kts and a pressure of 970mb. This storm will slowly start to weaken as it moves further southward out of warmer waters.
Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure will be tracking across the region with a frontal boundary impacting parts of Argentina with showers and also another frontal boundary moving across South Africa which will bring showers to the area. A third frontal boundary will bring showers to Southern Australia. Tropical Cyclone Victoria currently located to the northwest of Australia has winds around 75kts and a pressure of 967mb. This storm will continue to move southward and gain some strength over the next 24 hours.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for April 10-14:
Cleveland OH: The region will be dealing with showers today which will create a slight impact on the area. Rain and snow tomorrow will bring a moderate impact to the area. On April 12 showers will bring another day of slight impacts to the area.
Memphis TN: Moderate impacts expected today as some severe thunderstorms move through the region. There will also be slight impacts for April 11 as showers move through the area on the back side of the cold front. On April 14 there will be another chance for showers and slight impacts for the region.
Omaha NE: Moderate impacts for today and tomorrow as heavy snow moves through the region leading to travel troubles. On April 14 the region will see another slight impact as more snow moves into the area.
Boise ID: The region will have slight impacts today with showers and then again on April 13 the region will see another round of showers with some impacts expected.
San Diego CA: The next five days will be impact free.
Climate Watch for April 5- 9:
Cleveland OH: The period started with temps around 10 degrees below normal before warming to around 1-27 degrees above normal for the remainder of the period.
Memphis TN: The period started with temps around 1-4 degrees above normal before falling to around 1 degree below normal and the finished the period with temps about 8-13 degrees above.
Omaha NE: The past five days the region has enjoyed temperatures about 3-15 degrees above normal.
Boise ID: The period started with temps around 4 above normal before falling to around 2-5 degrees below normal and then finished the period with temps around 1 degree above normal.
San Diego CA: The period started with temps about 1-4 degrees below normal and then finished the period around 1-2 degrees above normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for April 10, 2013:
Day 1-3: Low pressure moving through the Central Plains will bring showers to the Great Lakes, severe thunderstorms to the Mid-Mississippi River Valley all the way to the Gulf Coast, and another day of snow over the Plains back into the Eastern Rockies and also towards the Southern Plains. By day two the storm system will push into the Great Lakes bringing a wide array of rain and snow for the region and also thunderstorms extending to the Gulf Coast. High pressure will build out West. The period will finish with the storm system moving along the East Coast and high pressure building in over the Plains. A weak frontal boundary will clip the Northwest.
Day 4-7: The period will start with the storm system over the Northeast bringing rain and snow to Maine. High pressure will slide into the Ohio River Valley bringing partly cloudy skies and cool weather to the area. The clipper system will be moving through the Northern Rockies bringing rain and snow to the area. Day five high pressure builds in over the East Coast, while the next storm system moves into the Northern Plains bringing another round of rain and snow to the Dakotas. High pressure will settle in over the Southwest. Day six the storm enters the Great Lakes and brings rain and snow to the area, while the cold front brings another round of showers and thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast region. The period ends with another powerful storm system pushing into the Rockies.
Day 8-12: The period starts with high pressure along the East Coast and a powerful storm system moving into the Plains which will bring heavy snow and rain to the area. Day nine we will see the low pressure move into the Dakotas. Expect to see moderate snow, rain and even thunderstorms in the region. The thunderstorms will also extend back towards the Gulf Coast. Day ten the storm system will push into the Great Lakes with snow and rain, while the strong squall line will push through the South again. High pressure will build in over the West. Day eleven the storm system will move into the Northeast with the cold front extending all the way back to the Gulf Coast. Expect to see showers and thunderstorms along this front. The period will finish with a high pressure center over the Midwest and another storm system developing in the West.
Long Range Outlook: The period will start with high pressure along the East Coast and another powerful storm system moving into the Plains. There will be a strong area of high pressure building in from Canada which could set the stage for yet another winter storm over the Northern Plains. The middle of the period will have a blocking high over the East which will lead to another warm spell along the coast, while the powerful storm system hits the Northern Plains with more winter-like weather. A new low pressure area will be developing over Texas at this time. The period will finish with a strong storm system impacting a good portion of the Eastern United States with snow and rain and severe weather.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Baltimore MD:
Wednesday: Partly cloudy and hot with high temps around 88F. Winds will be from the southwest 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 60F.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a few strong thunderstorms. High temps will be around 70F and low temps will fall to near 60F. Winds will be from the southeast 10-15mph and total rainfall will be around 0.4-0.6 inches.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with a few showers. High temps will be around 74F and overnight lows will drop to near 47F. Winds will shift to the northwest 7-12mph and look for total rainfall around 0.4-0.5 inches.
Saturday: Partly cloudy and cool high temps around 64F and overnight lows near 40F. Winds will be from the northwest 5-10mph.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with periods of showers. High temps will be around 57F and overnight lows near 44F. The winds will be from the southeast 2-7mph and total rainfall will be around 0.1-0.2 inches.
Ask The Weatherman for April 10, 2013:
Question: What is a Tropical Cyclone?
Answer: A tropical cyclone is the name given to a storm in the Indian Ocean and Southern Pacific around Australia. They are the same as hurricanes in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific. They can create the same type of damage with strong winds, flooding rains, storm surge and tornadoes.
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Green Energy Weather Report for April 10, 2013:
Wave Energy: The Northeast will be looking at rates around 155mwh, while the Mid-Atlantic will have rates around 86mhw. The Southeast will have rates around 330mwh, while the Gulf of Mexico will be around 499mwh. The Southwest will have rates around 1759mwh and the Northwest will be around 1903mwh.
Solar Energy: Today´s solar energy will be highest in the Northeast and also the Southeast. Parts of Southern California will also enjoy plenty of solar energy.
Wind Energy: The best wind energy will be around Eastern Texas and Western Louisiana and also over the Northern Plains behind the cold front.
Hydro-Energy: A large area of short term energy will develop from Iowa eastward into Chicago and eventually over towards Cleveland. Another area of short term energy will be from Southern Illinois to the Gulf Coast with the thunderstorms. Long term energy from snowfall will continue over the Dakotas and Eastern Rockies and also into the Southern Plains.
April 10 Weather and Your Wallet (Chicago IL):
Dining: Look for moderate rain to impact the region today. Best to eat lunch indoors
Transportation: The heavy rain will have some impact on the roads today as ponding becomes an issue.
Shopping: If you have plans to go shopping today you will want to take your umbrella.
Electricity: There will be a moderate need during the overnight hours and also a need throughout the day as it will be cool today. Total HDD´s around 24 for today.
Yard Work: Today is not a good day for yard work as the rain will make it hard to accomplish anything.
Construction: Today will be a good day for those indoor projects.
Outdoor Venues: The rain showers will make an outdoor adventures miserable today.