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Big Story Weather – April 15, 2013

April 15, 2013

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from April 12-14: Another very busy weekend as another storm system pushed through the Plains bringing ice, snow and strong winds to the north and another round of severe weather to the Gulf Coast. Wind damage was sporadic across the Gulf Coast with wind gusts near 65-70mph along the MS Gulf Coast during this event. Snowfall amounts around 6+ inches occurred through North Dakota and an ice storm in South Dakota.

Big Story Weather Discussion for April 15: High pressure pushing off the East Coast will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. A frontal boundary along Florida will bring thunderstorms to the region. A storm system will push into the Great Lakes bringing rain and snow to the region. A new storm system is starting to take shape over the Southwest and is expected to bring rain and snow to Colorado, while the West Coast will enjoy a nice day.

Here is the weather for a few select cities:

Buffalo NY: Partly cloudy with a high near 44F, overnight lows will fall to around 37F.

Memphis TN: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 73F, overnight lows will drop to around 65F.

Rapid City SD: Partly cloudy and cold with a high near 30F, the overnight lows will fall to around 25F.

Salt Lake City UT: Partly cloudy and cold with a high near 41F, the overnight lows will fall to around 38F.

San Diego CA: Partly cloudy and mild with a high near 60F, the overnight lows will fall to around 54F.

April 15, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Northern Europe will bring snow showers to Sweden and Finland and parts of Denmark. A second area of low pressure will be moving towards England. Expect to see increased clouds and a few afternoon showers in the area. Low pressure moving off the East Coast of the US will bring a few thunderstorms to Florida. Another area of low pressure moving into the Great Lakes will bring rain and snow to the region.

Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving through the Central Gulf of Alaska will bring a few rain and snow showers to Alaska.

Western Pacific: Low pressure moving into Western China will bring showers and snow showers to the area. Another area of low pressure developing in Eastern China will bring showers to the area. A third area of low pressure near Northeast Russia will bring snow to the area. The fourth area of low pressure is developing to the southeast of Japan and will move through Iwo To today bringing showers and thunderstorms to the area. A couple of low pressure areas are also moving along the tropical convergence zone.

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 also Singapore. Tropical Cyclone Imelda has winds around 65kts and a pressure of 974mb and is continuing to track southward after surprising everyone after re-gaining strength this weekend.

Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure moving through the region with one low pressure and associated frontal boundary impacting South America with showers for places in Argentina. Another strong low headed towards South Africa will bring strong winds and showers to the area. Low pressure near Perth Australia will also bring showers to the region, while a cold front extending back towards Sydney will bring showers to the area with a few isolated thunderstorms also possible.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for April 15-19:

Buffalo NY: A chance for showers on April 16 will bring a slight impact to the area and on April 18-19 another round of showers and slight impacts.

Memphis TN: The region will see thunderstorms from April 16-18 with the chance of seeing moderate impacts on April 17 as some storms become severe.

Rapid City SD: The region will have moderate impacts on April 16-17 due to heavy snow and blowing snow which will lead to blizzard-like conditions.

Salt Lake City UT: There will be some rain showers on April 16-17 bringing the area a slight impact during the time.

Portland OR: The next five days will be impact free.

Climate Watch for April 10-14:

Buffalo NY: The past five days the region saw temps around 1-13 degrees below normal.

Memphis TN: The region started with temps about 12 degrees above before falling to around 4 degrees below and then went about 2 degrees above again on April 13 before finishing the period 3 degrees below normal.

Rapid City SD: The past five days the region saw temps in the range of 18-31 degrees below normal.

Salt Lake City UT: The period started with temps around 2-6 degrees below normal before warming to around 1-2 degrees above and then finished the period with temps around 1-12 degrees below normal.

San Diego CA: The period started with temps around 5 degrees above before falling to 1-11 degrees below normal for the remainder of the period.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for April 15, 2013:

Day 1-3: High pressure along the East Coast will bring a nice day to the region, while a few thunderstorms will be possible over Florida associated with a frontal boundary over the region. Look for snow and rain to impact the Great Lakes associated with a storm system. The Southwest United States will also be looking at rain and snow associated with a new low pressure area that is developing. Day two the cold front will extend across most of the Ohio River Valley bringing showers to the region. The low pressure will remain in the Southwest bringing rain and snow to the region. The period will finish with the low pressure moving into Colorado while the warm front extends across the Midwest bringing showers to the area. Also look for snow to start developing across the Northern Plains as blizzard conditions will be possible again.

Day 4-7: The period will start with a significant storm system moving through the Plains region. Expect to see heavy snowfall across the Dakotas turning to heavy rain across Iowa and thunderstorms will develop along the cold front from Missouri to Texas. Some severe weather will be possible with this front. Day five the storm system will move into the Great Lakes and the associated cold front will extend southward to the Gulf Coast. Expect to see another day of showers and thunderstorms with some severe weather possible along the Gulf Coast. Day six the storm system will move along the East Coast. Expect to see showers and thunderstorms across the region. Some severe weather may be possible from the Carolinas into Florida. High pressure will build in over the Northern Plains. A weak frontal boundary will approach the Northwest. The period will end with high pressure dominating a good portion of the country.

Day 8-12: A strong area of high pressure will be over the Great Lakes to start the period, while a new storm system begins to take shape over the Southwest. Day ten will have high pressure over the East Coast, a weak clipper system moving through the Northern Plains, and also a new developing low over the Southwest. Day eleven a storm system will move into Maine bringing areas of heavy precipitation, while high pressure will be over the Northern Plains as another weak storm system enters the Northwest.

Long Range Outlook: The period will start with multiple areas of low pressure extending from the Northeast back into the Northern Plains, while high pressure will be over the West. The middle of the period a clipper system will slide through Central Canada and the associated frontal boundary will be along the Northern Plains. The period will end with the clipper system sliding through the Great Lakes.

Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Fargo ND:

Monday: Mostly cloudy with periods of light snow, high temps around 33F, with the low temps near 20F. The winds will be from the northwest 9-14mph with total snowfall around a Trace-1 inch.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy and cool with a high near 31F, winds from the northeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 25F.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with heavy snow and blowing snow. Blizzard conditions likely. High temps around 33F, with low temps near 26F. The winds will be from the northeast 8-13mph along with total snowfall near 3-5 inches.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with periods of snow and blowing snow. Blizzard conditions likely, high temps around 31F, the low temps will be near 15F. Winds from the northwest 15-20mph along with another 1-2 inches of snowfall.

Friday: Partly cloudy and cool with a high near 32F, the winds will be from the southeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to near 26F.

Ask The Weatherman for April 15, 2013:

Question: What is bringing all of this cold weather to the Northern Hemisphere so late in April ?

Answer: If you remember last spring by this time we had 70´s all the way through this country. However, due to a shift in the jet stream and the deep troughing that continues to head towards the south, it is creating this area across the Northern Plains that refuses to budge and instead creates very cold air and all of this snow that is starting to push late into Spring.

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Green Energy Weather Report for April 15, 2013:

Wave Energy: The Northeast will have around 72mwh, while the Mid-Atlantic will see about 399mwh. The Southeast will be around 122mwh, while the Gulf Coast will be around 233mwh. The Southwest will have a range of around 3258mwh and the Northwest will be around 1150mwh.

Solar Energy: The Northeast and extending all the way southward along the East Coast will enjoy a nice day of solar energy. Also back into the Gulf Coast and the Southern Plains we will see good solar output. The majority of the West Coast will see a good amount of solar energy.

Wind Energy: The strongest wind energy will be found over the Rockies and also over the Northern Plains behind the cold front.

Hydro-Energy: The Colorado Rockies will see a good amount of long term energy with snowfall expected in the region. The Great Lakes and parts of the Northern Plains will also see long term snowfall energy. The Eastern lakes will see short term energy as rainfall spreads across the region today.

April 15 Weather and Your Wallet (Houston TX):

Today will be warm with clouds increasing along with a moderate southeasterly wind.

Dining: Today will be a nice day to get out and enjoy lunch at the park as high temps rise to the upper 80´s.

Transportation: There will be no weather-related issues along the roads today.

Shopping: Today will be a nice day to get out and start buying those summer clothing items as the temps rise well into the 80´s.

Electricity: There will be a moderate demand for air conditioning today as the high temp is forecasted for 87F. This will bring an afternoon Cooling Degree Day range of about 13CDD´s for the area.

Yard Work: Today is a great day for yard work as the heat will be in place creating a prime environment for plant growth. An estimated 28GDD´s forecasted for the area.

Construction: No issues forecasted for construction work today, but you may need to take periodic water breaks if you are working outdoors today as the heat index will be in the 90´s.

Outdoor Venues: Today will be a nice day to hit the parks or other outdoor venues to help you get rid of any last minute winter blues.


Source: redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

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