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Big Story Weather – April 16, 2013

April 16, 2013

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

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from April 15: The new storm system moving through the Southwest and Rockies has been dropping snow and rain in this region, with some places getting over six inches of snow and near one inch of rainfall. The second story was the strong thunderstorms that moved across South Florida yesterday. Last night the severe weather that started across the Southern Plains kept the evening busy.

Big Story Weather Discussion for April 16: Low pressure moving through Southeast Canada will bring a cold front through the Northeast and Great Lakes. Expect to see moderate rains and even some thunderstorms along this frontal boundary over Oklahoma and Missouri. The new storm system moving into the Rockies will bring snow to the north and more moisture to the Southern Plains helping fuel another round of severe weather for the area. The West Coast will enjoy another nice day.

Here is the weather for a few select cities:

New York NY: Mostly cloudy with showers by evening, a high temp around 59F and overnight lows will be near 50F. Rainfall totals will be around 0.25 inches this evening.

Houston TX: A nice day in store with partly cloudy skies and a high near 75F, overnight lows will fall to around 70F.

Omaha NE: Mostly cloudy with showers developing this evening. High temps will be around 44F and low temps near 40F. Rainfall totals will be around 0.15 inches.

Denver CO: Mostly cloudy with periods of light snow by this evening as high temps rise to around 45F, the overnight lows will be near 38F. The total snowfall will be less than 2 inches.

Seattle WA: Partly cloudy today with a high near 50F, while low temps drop to around 45F.

April 16, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving towards the Middle East will bring light rain and dust storms to the region. Another area of low pressure moving across Europe will bring cloudy skies and showers to the region. A third area of low pressure moving towards England will bring showers to the region by later today. Low pressure moving along the Northeast coast of Canada will bring some rain and snow to the region. Low pressure developing over the Southwest United States will bring rain, snow and some severe weather to the area.

Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving through the Southern Gulf of Alaska will bring moderate rain and snow to Southern Alaska, while showers start to expand eastward towards the West Coast of Canada.

Western Pacific: Low pressure moving into Western China will bring moderate snows to the region. Low pressure moving through Japan today will bring clouds and rain to the region. Another area of low pressure near the Kuril Islands will bring showers to the region. A fourth area of low pressure is moving towards Midway Island and will bring rain and winds to the island by this evening.

Indian Ocean: Low pressure moving southeast of India will bring thunderstorms to the open waters and parts of Sri Lanka. Tropical Cyclone Imelda has winds around 45kts and a pressure near 980mb and will continue to weaken as it moves southward.

Southern Hemisphere: Another busy day with many storm systems moving across the basin. Impacts will be felt today along the coast of Argentina with moderate rains and cool temps. Another low pressure will bring showers to South Africa. Low pressure to the south of Australia will bring showers to Perth.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for April 16-20:

New York NY: Showers today will bring a slight impact to the region, followed by two days being impact free before another round of showers on April 19 brings a slight impact to the region again.

Houston TX: The region will start out impact free before April 17-18 when the region will see moderate impacts with heavy rain and thunderstorms. The period will finish impact free.

Omaha NE: The period will have slight impacts today with showers, however expect moderate impacts for April 17-18 when periods of heavier snow move through the region.

Denver CO: The region will have slight impacts today with showers in the area, followed by moderate impacts on April 17-18 due to moderate snowfall. The period will finish impact free.

Seattle WA: The period will have slight impacts by April 19 as light rain moves into the region.

Climate Watch for April 11-15:

New York NY: The period started with temps around 2 degrees above normal before falling to around 3-12 degrees below for the remainder of the period.

Houston TX: The period started with temps around 1-10 degrees below normal before warming to around 4 degrees above normal to finish the period.

Omaha NE: The period started with temps around 10-25 degrees below normal before warming to around 5 degrees above normal on April 14, then finishing the period back around 17 degrees below normal.

Denver CO: The period started with temps running about 1-10 degrees below normal before warming on April 13 to about 7 degrees above normal followed by two days of temps running 12-24 degrees below normal.

Seattle WA: The past five days the region has seen temps around 1-12 degrees below normal.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for April 16, 2013:

Day 1-3: Low pressure moving through Southeast Canada and the associated cold front will bring showers to the Ohio River Valley and push eastward overnight towards New York and Boston. A few storms may become severe along the front in Oklahoma. Another storm system will be winding up over the Southwest and Rockies bringing moderate rains and snows to the region. A nice day in store for the Gulf Coast and the West Coast. The storm system will move out into the Northern Plains by day two bringing severe weather to the Southern Plains and very heavy snowfall to the Dakotas – some places could get over one foot. A few showers will move into the Northwest. The period will finish with the storm system into the Great Lakes. Expect to see showers and thunderstorms along the cold front and some severe weather along the Gulf Coast. Moderate snowfall will be possible back into Minnesota. High pressure will build in over the Rockies to finish the period out.

Day 4-7: The period will start with the cold front along the East Coast bringing rain and thunderstorms to the region, while high pressure builds into Texas. Another clipper system will be moving across the Northern Rockies with some rain and snow for the region. Day five high pressure will slide into the Ohio River Valley, while the storm system moves into the Rockies bringing some rain and snow. Day six the high pressure will be in the Northeast with the low pressure over the Southern Plains bringing some rain and snow to the Great Lakes. The period will finish with high pressure along the East Coast. A frontal boundary will be in the Plains and the Mississippi River Valley. Expect to see rain and snow along this front as a very strong and cold area of high pressure builds in fast behind the front. The West Coast will enjoy a nice day.

Day 8-12: The period will start with the cold front extending from the Great Lakes all the way to the Gulf Coast with the strong area of high pressure over the Southern Plains. Expect to see some severe weather along the Gulf Coast. High pressure will keep the West nice during this time. Day nine the frontal boundary will extend from the East Coast back to the Gulf Coast with showers and thunderstorms likely along the front. High pressure will dominate the Plains as another clipper system moves into Southwest Canada. Day ten a major storm system will be moving up the East Coast with rain and snow likely, while high pressure builds in over the Ohio River Valley. Behind that another storm system will be moving into the Plains, while the gradient will be strong creating some very strong winds across the Midwest and Eastern Plains. Day eleven the storm system will move into the Great Lakes and another storm will begin to develop over the southwest. The period will finish with a low pressure area over the Southern Plains.

Long Range Outlook: The long range will remain very active with multiple storm systems moving across the United States during this time.

Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Chicago IL:

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with high temps around 52F. Overnight lows will be around 40F. Winds from the northeast 9-14mph.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with periods of heavy rain. High temps will be near 62F and overnight lows will fall to around 45F. The winds will be from the southeast 12-17mph along with 0.45-0.60 inches of rainfall.

Thursday: Cloudy with heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms. High temps will be around 64F and overnight lows will be around 46F. The winds will be southwest 12-17mph as total rainfall amounts will be around 0.65-1.15 inches.

Friday: Cloudy with periods of rain and snow. Total accumulations of mix will be around 0.08 inches. High temps will be near 40F and overnight lows will be near 30F. The winds will be from the northwest 15-20mph.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with a high near 46F. Overnight lows will fall to around 35F with southeast winds 5-10mph.

Ask The Weatherman for April 16, 2013:

Question: What is the big dip in the jet stream over the center of the United States?

Answer: When you are watching the news and they show the jet stream and it’s making the large dip through the center of the United States, this is called a trough. With this trough we have been seeing lots of winter storms move through the center of the United States and also very cold weather. Now the trough is also starting to activate the severe weather along the Southern Plains.

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Green Energy Weather Report for April 16, 2013:

Wave Energy: The Northeast will have around 86mwh, while the Mid-Atlantic will see about 767mwh. The Southeast will be around 155mwh, while the Gulf Coast will be around 202mwh. The Southwest will have a range of around 1759mwh and the Northwest will be around 1025mwh.

Solar Energy: The extreme northeast around Maine and then the southeast and also the Gulf Coast will enjoy plenty of solar energy this afternoon. This will stretch back into Texas and along the West Coast.

Wind Energy: The strongest wind energy will be found across Minnesota and also back over the Rockies behind the next frontal system.

Hydro-Energy: The Ohio River Valley back to the Mississippi River Valley will see an area of moderate rains which will create short term hydro energy for the region. The second long term energy will be over the Rockies with moderate snowfall expected in this region.

April 16 Weather and Your Wallet (Orlando FL):

A nice day with plenty of sunshine and warm temps.

Dining: There will be no issues with heading out to eat lunch at the park.

Transportation: Today will be a good day on the roads, no weather impacts forecasted.

Shopping: Today will be a great day to get out and enjoy some shopping over at Disney World.

Electricity: The region will see about 11CDD´s for this afternoon. The air conditioners will be needed for a good portion of the afternoon as temps rise to around 85F.

Yard Work: The region will have plenty of sunshine and warmth which will be great for yard work and also for plant growth today as the forecast is for 26GDD´s.

Construction: A nice day for outdoor projects, no weather impacts forecasted for the region.

Outdoor Venues:  Today will be a nice day to enjoy the parks, Lego Land or Disney World.


Source: redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

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