Big Story Weather – October 21, 2013
redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Big Story Weather from October 18-20:
Severe weather was very limited over this weekend. There was some snow in the Northern Rockies. There were also some frost/freeze reports all the way down into the northern part of Alabama and Mississippi.
Big Story Weather Discussion for October 21:
Surface Map: Low pressure moving through the Great Lakes will bring rain showers to places like Chicago and around the lakes. Behind it a brisk area of high pressure extends from Texas northward into Minnesota. This area of high pressure is responsible for some very cold air. A new low pressure area will be pushing out of the Rockies and into the Plains. This area will bring rain and snow to the Northern Plains. High pressure will dominate the weather over the West Coast. A strong temperature gradient along the Gulf Coast will produce a few showers today.
Severe Weather: No severe weather for today.
Winter Weather: There will be rain and snow over the Northern Plains. Snowfall accumulations should remain below 3 inches. Frost/freeze warnings will be in effect for the Great Lakes. Another area of frost/freeze warnings will extend from Northern Mississippi to Maryland.
Flooding: No flooding expected today across the country.
Tropical Weather: No forecasted impacts today.
Winds: Strong gradient winds will be over the Great Lakes today with winds around 40-50mph very possible for some locations.
Today’s Spotlight Cities Forecast:
Cleveland OH: Cloudy skies with showers. High temps around 60F and overnight lows near 39F. Total rainfall around 0.45 inches. Tuesday cloudy with showers. High temps near 49F and overnight lows near 42F. Total rainfall near 0.25 inches. Wednesday rain and snow with a high near 46F and overnight lows near 36F. Total rainfall around 0.15 inches and total snowfall near 1 inch. Thursday rain and snow. High temps around 44F and overnight lows near 33F. Total rainfall around 0.25 inches and total snowfall around 1 inch. Friday partly cloudy with a high near 44F and overnight lows near 34F.
Atlanta GA: Partly cloudy with a high near 68F and overnight lows near 49F. Tuesday partly cloudy with a high near 72F and overnight lows near 46F. Wednesday partly cloudy and cold with a high near 59F and overnight lows near 39F. Thursday partly cloudy with a high near 64F and overnight lows near 30F. Friday partly cloudy and cold with high near 52F and overnight lows near 29F. This week the region could see its first freeze.
Austin TX: Mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 71F and overnight lows near 50F. Total rainfall around 0.15 inches. Tuesday partly cloudy with a high near 70F and overnight lows near 49F. Wednesday partly cloudy with a high near 75F and overnight lows near 51F. Thursday partly cloudy high temps around 75F and overnight lows near 48F. Friday partly cloudy with high temps near 67F and overnight lows near 47F.
Ask The Weatherman for October 21, 2013:
Question: What is a blocking high?
Answer: When you hear the meteorologist use the term “blocking high,” what they are referring to is a high pressure center that has been cut off from the jet stream pattern causing the high pressure to stall in the area it’s at. This can lead to significant weather issues for the region that has the high pressure center such as very warm or cold and dry weather. The regions to the west of the blocking high will see ample amounts of moisture as the rainfall or snowfall gets stuck.
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October 21, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Latest Image: Typhoon Francisco has winds around 115kts and is moving northwest. The bottom image is Hurricane Raymond which is drifting slowly off the coast of Mexico.
Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Raymond has winds around 65kts and pressure near 989mb and will continue to bring heavy rain and strong winds to Western Mexico. Low pressure moving into Alaska will bring rain and snow showers to the region. Low pressure to the southwest of Hawaii will bring increased winds to the islands. Low pressure moving through the Northern Rockies will bring rain and snow showers to the region and also the Northern Plains.
Atlantic Ocean: An area of low pressure to the southeast of Bermuda is being watched for possible tropical development. Low pressure moving through the Great Lakes will bring showers to the region. Low pressure moving towards England will bring showers to the region. Low pressure moving across Eastern Europe will bring showers and higher elevation snows to the area.
Western Pacific: Typhoon Francisco has winds around 115kts and pressure near 937mb as it continues to track towards the north-northwest and heads towards landfall in Japan. Tropical Depression 27W has winds around 20kts and is bringing showers to parts of Japan today. Tropical Storm Lekima has winds around 35kts and pressure of 1000mb as it tracks away from Guam and towards the northwest. A new area is also being watched to the east of Guam for possible tropical development.
Indian Ocean: There is an area of lower pressure to the south of India which is being watched for possible tropical development.
Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure tracking through Southern Argentina will bring showers to the region. A second area of low pressure will bring showers to South Africa. A third area of low pressure will bring showers and thunderstorms to Southern Australia around Sydney. There is also an area of low pressure to the northwest of Australia that is being watched for possible tropical development.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for October 21-25:
Baltimore MD: The region will have showers on the 23rd bringing a slight impact. The remainder of the period will be impact free.
Memphis TN: The area will have slight impacts today. The remainder of the period will be impact free.
Fargo ND: There will be some moderate impacts today associated with rain and snow showers. The remainder of the period will be impact free.
Denver CO: The area will enjoy five days of impact free weather.
Portland OR: There are no impacts forecasted over the next five days for the region.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for October 21, 2013:
Day 1-3: High pressure along the East Coast will keep most of the region dry from Florida to New York. To the west of that a low pressure area moving over the Great Lakes will bring snow showers to parts of the lakes. High pressure over Texas will bring a cool but sunny day to the region. A few showers will be along the Gulf Coast as well. A new low pressure area moving into the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains will bring rain and snow showers to the region. The West Coast will enjoy high pressure. Day two a few showers will remain along the Gulf Coast. A potent high pressure area will bring another round of cold weather to the Plains and also the Mississippi River Valley and over to the Ohio River Valley. The period will end with a few snow showers over the Western Great Lakes. High pressure over the Southeast will keep the region dry and cool. This will extend into the Eastern US as well. Another shot of cold Arctic air will push southward with the next high pressure center over the Northern Plains bringing another round of cold weather. The West will remain dry and mild.
Day 4-7: The period will start with a few snow showers over portions of the Mid-Atlantic region. High pressure will dominate the weather from the Plains to the Gulf Coast with more cool to cold weather. The West will enjoy another day of high pressure and mild weather. Day six high pressure will slide into the Southeast allowing for a shot of cold air and snow showers to move into the Great Lakes again. The West will remain dry and mild.
Day 8-12: The period will start with high pressure along the East Coast and into the Gulf Coast. A powerful storm system will arrive into the Northern Plains bringing rain and snow to the region. Some snowfall could become heavy. Day nine low pressure will extend from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast. Look for rain and snow over the Great Lakes becoming rain over the Mid-Mississippi River Valley and even a few thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast. Strong high pressure will bring the Rockies another shot of cooler air. Day ten heavy rainfall will be along the Gulf Coast and another clipper system bringing snow showers to the Great Lakes. Day eleven a strong storm system will be over the Northeast with heavy rainfall and a few places getting some snowfall as well. A new clipper system will be pushing into the Northern Plains with rain and snow showers.
Long Range Outlook: The period will start with high pressure over the Eastern US, while another weak clipper system moves through the Western Lakes with rain and snow showers. A tropical feature will be moving towards the Baja bringing rain showers to the region. The middle of the period will have high pressure over both coasts. A storm system will move through the Plains bringing rain and snow showers to the region. This will extend into the Northern Rockies as well. The period will finish very active with multiple storm systems moving through the country.
The Green Energy Report for October 21:
Wave Energy: There will be moderate amounts of energy along the entire East Coast. The Gulf Coast has very little wave energy today. The West Coast will see moderate to extreme amounts of energy.
Hydro Energy: There will be ample amounts of energy over portions of the Great Lakes. There will also be lesser amounts of energy over the Gulf Coast. The Northern Plains will have both short and long term energy.
Solar Energy: The best solar energy for today will be from the Northeast to the Southeast and over the Mid-Mississippi River Valley. There will also be ample amounts of energy over the Southwest and the entire West Coast.
Wind Energy: There will be ample amounts of energy over all the Great Lakes today.
Weather and Your Wallet for Minneapolis MN:
The area will enjoy one more day of high pressure which will lead to another cool day in the area with plenty of sunshine.
Dining: There will be no issues with dining outdoors, just make sure to have a coat.
Transportation: The roads and airports will be impact free today.
Shopping: There will be no issues with shopping today.
Electricity: The colder weather will bring around 31HDD’s to the area today. This will be mostly during the overnight and into the early morning hours Tuesday.
Yard Work: Today will be a nice day to get out and clean up those leaves and get the yard ready for winter.
Construction: There will be no issues with working on the roads today, however the winds could get tad bit strong for any crane operations.
Outdoor Venues: A perfect day to take a walk at the river or at the park.