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April 11, 2013

Big Story Weather – April 11, 2013

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from April 10: Another busy day across the middle of the United States with this large and powerful low pressure system moving across the region. The winter weather included snowfall amounts around 8-12 inches through Eastern South Dakota and also 3-5 inches for Minnesota. Parts of Texas and Oklahoma also saw ice and some minor accumulation. Severe weather was also present with the storm yesterday as we had reports of 4 tornadoes in Arkansas along with 2 in Missouri. There was also a reported wind gust of 101mph in Southern Missouri.

Big Story Weather Discussion for April 11: The strong area of low pressure will move into the Great Lakes today bringing rain and snow to the region. Also look for showers to spread along the warm front into the Northeast. The cold front will be the line for another round of strong to severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall. Snow will still be found on the backside of the low over the Northern Plains where places could easily see another 2-4 inches of snow. High pressure over Texas is bringing some unseasonably cold air to the region. A nice day for most of the West.

Here is the weather for a few select cities:

New York NY: Partly cloudy with afternoon showers. High temps will be around 54F. This evening low temps will fall to around 40F. Total rainfall will be around 0.30 inches.

Gulfport MS: Mostly cloudy with areas of strong-severe thunderstorms as high temps rise to around 75F and the overnight lows drop to near 51F. Total rainfall will be around 1.25 inches.

Fargo ND: Cloudy with areas of snow and blowing snow. High temps will be around 28F and low temps tonight drop to near 24F. Total snowfall accumulations of around 2-4 inches possible.

Billings MT: Partly cloudy with high temps around 45F. Overnight lows will drop to near 39F.

Seattle WA: Partly cloudy today with high temps around 48F. Overnight lows will drop near 40F.

April 11, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving over England will bring showers and cloud cover to a good portion of Western Europe today. Low pressure moving south of Iceland will bring showers and strong winds to the area. Another area of strong low pressure will move into the Great Lakes and will bring snow, rain and severe weather to a large part of the region.

Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving through Central Canada will bring showers and snow showers to the region. Another low pressure area moving into the Gulf of Alaska will bring snow showers to Southern Alaska.

Western Pacific: Low pressure moving away from Japan will bring increased winds and seas towards Midway Island. Another low pressure area will move into Eastern Russia bringing snow showers to the region. A potent low pressure system now moving into Central Russia will bring snow showers to the region. An area of low pressure is also forming to the southwest of Guam. This region will see stronger winds and showers over the open ocean.

Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough will be active again today with areas of low pressure moving across bringing enhanced showers and thunderstorms to Indonesia and Singapore. Tropical Cyclone Imelda has winds today around 75kts and an estimated pressure of 967mb and will continue to track slowly southward towards colder waters.

Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure moving towards South America and another area of low pressure pushing away from the Fiji Islands. Low pressure south of Africa will bring a few showers to the tip of Africa, while another area of low pressure brings cloudy skies to Sydney and showers to New Zealand. There are two areas of tropical concern. The first it Tropical Cyclone Victoria which has winds around 65kts and an estimated pressure of 974mb. This storm will continue to move west of Australia. A new tropical wave is located to the northeast of Australia with winds around 15kts and pressure of 1010mb. This area does have a slight chance of getting stronger over the next 24hrs.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for April 11-15:

New York NY: The period will start with slight to moderate impacts associated with the rain over the next couple of days and then the remainder of the period should be impact free.

Gulfport MS: The region will have moderate impacts today with some severe weather possible, then another round of slight impacts for April 14 associated with more rain showers.

Fargo ND: The area will see moderate impacts today due to heavy snow and blowing snow, then another chance for slight to moderate impacts on April 14 as another round of snow moves into the region.

Billings MT: The period will start impact free and then a chance of rain showers on April 13-14 will bring the region a slight impact.

Seattle WA: The period will start impact free, however by April 13-14, expect to see slight impacts associated with rain showers moving through the region.

Climate Watch for April 6-10:

New York NY: The region started with temps about 4-5 degrees below normal then warmed greatly to around 12-21 degrees above normal for the remainder of the period.

Gulfport MS: The region started the period with temps about 2-4 degrees below normal before warming to around 2-6 degrees above normal for the rest of the period.

Fargo ND: The region has been dealing with below normal temps for the past five days around 10-23 degrees below normal.

Billings MT: The period started about 4-12 degrees above normal before hitting a sharp cool down with temps falling to around 8-25 degrees below normal.

Seattle WA: The period started with temps running around 1-10 degrees below normal and then finished the period with temps about 2 degrees above normal.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for April 11, 2013:

Day 1-3: The warm front will extend into the Northeast and bring rain and thunderstorms to the region, while the cold front extends to the Gulf Coast bringing rain from Ohio to the Gulf Coast with some severe weather possible in this region. Moderate snows from the Western Lakes back into the Northern Plains again today. High pressure will be along the West Coast. Day two the storm system will move into the Northeast and the associated cold front will begin to push off the coast, however a few showers will still be possible from the Mid-Atlantic southward to Florida. High pressure will be over the Southern Plains while a new storm system pushes on shore over the Pacific Northwest. The period will end with high pressure over the Ohio River Valley and another storm system bringing rain and snow to the Northern Plains. High pressure will also build in over the Southwest.

Day 4-7: The period will start with the storm system moving into the Great Lakes bringing rain and snow to the region, while another piece of energy develops along the Northern Gulf of Mexico bringing some showers to the Gulf Coast. Day five a frontal boundary will be over the Northeast with rain and thunderstorms possible for the area, while a new low develops in the Southwest. By day six the storm will have pushed into the Southern Plains. Expect to see rain, thunderstorms and also more snow on the north side over the Northern Plains and Rockies with this storm. High pressure builds in over the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest. The period will finish with a strong storm system from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast. Expect to see snow, rain and severe weather along this front. High pressure will be over Colorado and a new storm system will be entering the Pacific Northwest.

Day 8-12: A powerful storm system will be spinning over the Hudson Bay, wrap around moisture will be over the Great Lakes in the form of snow. Strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible along the East Coast and the Northeast will see heavy rainfall. High pressure will be over Eastern Texas, while another storm system moves into the Northern Plains with rain and snow. Day nine the storm system moves into the Dakotas setting the stage for more rain and snow in the region. Day ten will have a storm system exiting the Northeast with showers and thunderstorms along the coast, while high pressure slides into the Northern Plains and another storm system develops in the Southwest. Day eleven a strong blocking high will setup over the Great lakes forcing a new low to travel out of the Southwest and into the Southern Plains setting the stage for thunderstorms and severe weather. The period will finish with a major low pressure area moving through the Tennessee River Valley creating another round of severe weather.

Long Range Outlook: The period will start with the powerful low pressure system over the East Coast. The period will end with a strong high pressure center over the Great Lakes extending into the Gulf Coast with another storm system moving into the Northern Plains and Southern Canada.

Today's Spotlight Forecast is for Dallas TX:

Thursday: Partly cloudy and cool with a high near 60F, winds from the southwest 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 40F.

Friday: Partly cloudy and warmer with a high near 72F, winds from the southeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 46F.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with showers as high temps rise to 75F, and overnight lows drop to around 50F. The winds will be from the southeast 7-12mph, with total rainfall around 0.02-0.05 inches.

Sunday: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 80F, winds from the southeast 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around 63F.

Monday: Partly cloudy and hot with a high near 86F, winds will be from the southeast 12-17mph as overnight lows drop to near 68F.

Ask The Weatherman for April 11, 2013:

Question: What is the second largest country to have tornadoes behind the United States ?

Answer: Interesting question today. For the answer we will travel to the Land Down Under. That is right...Australia has the next highest amount of tornadoes each season right behind the United States and that is because Australia is able to see the same types of setups as the United States gets.

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Green Energy Weather Report for April 11, 2013:

Wave Energy: The Northeast will see around 99mwh along with the Mid-Atlantic, while the Southeast will be around 72mwh. The northern Gulf of Mexico will be around 712mwh. Looking at the Southwest we will see huge numbers around 12,307mwh and also the Northwest will have numbers around 4,100mwh for the day.

Solar Energy: The West Coast extending into the Southwest will be a good spot for solar energy. Another location will be along Southern Florida. The extreme Northeast part of Maine will also see some solar energy before the clouds move in later today.

Wind Energy: There will be three locations with good energy. The first will be ahead of the cold front through a good portion of the Southeast. The second location will be back over Texas behind the cold front. The third will be over the Northern Plains around the upper level low.

Hydro-Energy: Short term energy will be found through rain and thunderstorms for places from the Northeast all the way to the Southeast back into the Gulf Coast and northward through the Ohio River Valley. Long term snow energy will be present from Nebraska, Iowa and back into the Dakota´s along with the Western Lakes.

April 11 Weather and Your Wallet (Mobile AL):

A strong cold front moving into the region will bring strong to severe thunderstorms.

Dining: A good morning to have your breakfast outside before the storms move into the region.

Transportation: No problems with the morning commute, however tonight expect to see delays from heavy rain and ponding on the roads.

Shopping: This morning will be your best chance to hit the outlet malls, otherwise this afternoon you will want the umbrellas.

Electricity: There will be a small need for heating this evening behind the cold front.

Yard Work: This morning the plants will get some sunshine before the rain moves in, there is the chance of seeing 11GDD´s for the area today.

Construction: This morning will be the best for the outdoor projects and this afternoon the indoor projects will be the best.

Outdoor Venues: This morning will be the best time for you and the dog to hit the park or boardwalk before the rain moves in this afternoon.