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Big Story Weather – October 29, 2013

October 29, 2013

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from October 28:

Severe weather was limited to wind gusts over Wyoming in the 60-70mph range along with a large hail report from Oklahoma at 1.75 inch. Winter weather made a big impact yesterday with many places getting heavy snowfall over the Rockies and into portions of the Northern Plains.

Big Story Weather Discussion for October 29:

Surface Map 11AM: High pressure over Southeast Canada will bring partly cloudy skies to the East Coast and this will extend into the Southeast and also over the Gulf Coast. Low pressure over Colorado will again bring another day of rain and snow to the Plains and heavy snowfall over the Rockies again today. There will also be an increase in severe weather over the Southern Plains.

Surface Map 11PM: High pressure over the Northeast will give way to partly cloudy skies along the Eastern US, the Southeast and Gulf Coast. Low pressure will move into Kansas and will create some snow showers over the Rockies again. The biggest threat will shift to the potential for severe weather over the Southern Plains.

Severe Weather: There will be an increase in severe weather potential over the Southern Plains. There also looks to be an increase threat of tornadoes over Kansas and Oklahoma along with large hail and damaging winds.

Winter Weather: There will be a few lingering pockets of heavy snowfall over the Rockies along with a rain/snow mix to push over the Northern Plains.

Flooding: No major flooding events today.

Tropical Weather: No impacts across the Atlantic Basin.

Winds: Strong winds will be found behind the cold front over the Rockies and pushing into the Northern Plains overnight with winds in the 30-50mph range possible.

Today’s Spotlight Cities Forecast:

Buffalo NY: Partly cloudy with high temps around 43F and overnight lows near 37F. Wednesday partly cloudy with a high near 54F and overnight lows near 43F. Thursday mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 59F and overnight lows near 55F. Slight impacts along with 0.25 inches of rainfall. Friday mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 64F and overnight lows near 50F. Total rainfall near 0.45 inches which will create slight impacts for the area. Saturday cloudy with showers. High temps around 57F and overnight lows near 45F. Total rainfall around 0.35 inches with slight impacts forecasted for the area.

Gulfport MS: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 80F and overnight lows near 68F. Wednesday partly cloudy with a high near 78F and overnight lows near 72F. Thursday mostly cloudy with severe thunderstorms likely. High temps around 80F and overnight lows near 70F. Total rainfall around 1.25 inches along with extreme impacts. Friday mostly cloudy with thunderstorms. High temps around 75F and overnight lows near 64F. Total rainfall around 0.25 inches with moderate impacts forecasted. Saturday partly cloudy with high temps around 70F and overnight lows near 54F.

Fargo ND: Mostly cloudy with rain and snow. High temps around 36F and overnight lows near 30F. Total rainfall around 0.04 inches and total snowfall less than 1 inch leading to slight impacts for the region. Wednesday mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 40F and overnight lows near 35F. Total rainfall near 0.15 inches with slight impacts for the region. Thursday partly cloudy with high temps around 46F and overnight lows near 36F. Friday partly cloudy with high temps around 46F and overnight lows near 33F. Saturday partly cloudy with high temps around 43F and overnight lows near 34F.

Denver CO: Mostly cloudy with light snowfall. High temps around 48F and overnight lows near 43F. Total snowfall less than 2 inches which will create slight impacts for the area. Wednesday partly cloudy with high temps around 48F and overnight lows near 39F. Thursday partly cloudy with high temps near 50F and overnight lows near 38F. Friday partly cloudy with high temps around 48F and overnight lows near 39F. Saturday partly cloudy 57F and overnight lows near 49F.

Portland OR: Partly cloudy with high temps around 54F and overnight lows near 50F. Wednesday partly cloudy with a high near 52F and overnight lows near 50F. Thursday mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 54F and overnight lows near 50F. Total rainfall near 0.25 inches leading to slight impacts for the area. Friday partly cloudy with high temps around 55F and overnight lows near 51F. Saturday mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 52F and overnight lows near 47F. Total rainfall around 0.25 inches leading to slight impacts for the area.

Ask The Weatherman for October 29, 2013:

Question: What is divergence?

Answer: The term divergence is used to explain when two air particles are separating apart from each other. The best place to see divergence is along the jet-stream where the winds are separating from each other. When looking at thunderstorms and the tops of the clouds, you see where the clouds separate at the top. This is known as divergence as well.

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October 29, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Raymond has winds around 50kts and pressure near 998mb and is continuing to track slowly towards the Baja. Low pressure is moving through the Gulf of Alaska again bringing rain and snow to the region. Low pressure moving into the Rockies will bring significant snows, heavy rains and severe weather to the Rockies and the Plains.

Atlantic Ocean: Low pressure moving towards Greenland will bring showers to the region. Strong low pressure moving through Europe will bring another day of strong winds, heavy rains and dangerous conditions.

Western Pacific: Tropical Depression 29W has developed to the east of Manila and will track slowly westward with winds around 30kts and pressure near 1004mb. Low pressure moving through China will bring rain and snow to the region.

Indian Ocean: Low pressures moving over the open ocean will bring no issues to land today.

Southern Hemisphere: Multiple low pressures moving through the basin. Argentina will be impacted with showers and gusty winds. Low pressure moving south of Africa will bring gusty winds to the region. A third area of low pressure will be moving towards Southeast Australia and will bring showers and gusty winds to the region.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for October 29, 2013:

Day 1-3: High pressure over Southeast Canada will bring partly cloudy skies to the Eastern US. This will extend into the Southeast and also over the Gulf Coast. Low pressure moving into the Colorado Rockies will bring showers to the Plains, along with rain/snow mix and even heavy snowfall to the higher elevations. We will be watching a line of storms develop as well from Kansas to Texas. This area will be the focus for severe weather today and tomorrow. The period will finish with high pressure still sitting along the Eastern US, while the strong low pressure moves into the Western Lakes creating a wide area of rain/snow across the lakes. Showers and thunderstorms will extend from the lakes to the Gulf Coast. There will even be severe weather over the Gulf Coast and into the Tennessee River Valley.

Day 4-7: The period will start with the strong low sitting over the Great Lakes bringing some snowfall to the Western Great lakes, heavy rainfall to the Eastern Lakes into the Northeast, and thunderstorms from the Mid-Atlantic to the Gulf Coast. Severe weather will be likely again from the Tennessee River Valley to the Gulf Coast. Day five the storm system will push off the East Coast, while a strong and cold area of high pressure slides into the Southern Plains. Another low pressure will be pushing into the Pacific Northwest during this time. The period will finish with high pressure along the East Coast extending into the Southeast and Gulf Coast and the next storm system will push into the Rockies with more rain and snowfall.

Day 8-12: The period will start with high pressure over the East Coast. The storm system will enter the Great Lakes bringing rain and snowfall to the region. This will extend back into the Northern Plains as well. Thunderstorms will extend from the Ohio River Valley to the Gulf Coast with some severe weather possible. Another frontal boundary will approach the Pacific Northwest bringing showers to the region. Day ten the storm system will push into the Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms over the Southern Plains with some severe weather possible. Another storm system will be entering the Pacific Northwest with another round of showers. Day eleven a storm system will be in the Great Lakes bringing rain and snow to the region. Another storm system will be over the Pacific Northwest with rain and snow. High pressure will dominate from the Plains into the Gulf Coast. The period will end with a strong storm system over the Northeast bringing rain and snow to the area. High pressure will extend from the Plains to the Great Lakes and southward to the Gulf Coast. The next storm system will push into the Rockies bringing rain and snow to the area.

Long Range Outlook: The period will start with heavy rains and snows over the extreme Northeast US, while high pressure extends from the Ohio River Valley to the Southeast. Low pressure will push into the Central Plains bringing showers, thunderstorms and some snowfall to the region again. A new storm system will be pushing towards the Pacific Northwest. The middle of the period will have the strong storm system extending from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast. There will be rain and snow over the lakes, showers and thunderstorms from the Ohio River Valley to the Tennessee River Valley, and thunderstorms will extend along the Gulf Coast with some severe weather possible along the Gulf Coast. The period will finish with a very strong East Coast storm. Expect to see flooding along the coast, severe weather over the Southeast. The potential will also exist for heavy snowfall for places north of New York and the higher elevations of the Mid-Atlantic.

Green Energy Report for October 29:

Wave Energy: There will be slight amounts of wave energy along the Eastern US today due to high pressure moving into the area. There will be moderate amounts of energy along the Gulf Coast as the onshore winds pick up today. There will be extreme amounts of energy over the Southwest ahead of Tropical Storm Raymond. The Pacific Northwest will have moderate amounts of energy.

Hydro Energy: There will be ample amounts of energy extending from the Northern Plains into the Rockies and into the Southern Plains as well. Most areas will see short term energy, however some long term energy is possible over the Rockies.

Solar Energy: The best place for solar energy today will be along the East Coast near the high pressure and also into the Southeast. There will be ample amounts of energy ahead of the warm front over the Great Lakes. There will also be ample amounts of energy over the Southwest and into the Pacific Northwest.

Wind Energy: The best place for wind energy today will be along the Plains. As the cold front passes winds will increase into the 30-40mph range for many locations.

Weather and Your Wallet for Oklahoma City OK:

A strong frontal boundary will move through the region. This will bring increased winds along with strong to severe thunderstorms throughout the day, especially this afternoon.

Dining: This morning a few showers and thunderstorms will impact any outdoor dining plans. This afternoon as the stronger thunderstorms move through the region expect to see impacts.

Transportation: There will be some delays this morning in the heavier showers. This afternoon look for delays both on the roads and at the airports.

Shopping: This morning and this afternoon you will want to take an umbrella if you have any shopping plans.

Electricity: This afternoon as temps warm to around 75F expect to see a small window of air conditioning needed. The forecast is for 5CDD’s in the area.

Yard Work: There will be some impacts this morning and again this afternoon as the showers and thunderstorms move through the region. This evening would be the best time to get out and clean up the yard right before sunset.

Construction: Today will be a good day to work on those indoor projects as the morning and afternoon thunderstorms will create impacts. Strong winds will also impact any outdoor projects today.

Outdoor Venues: This morning the showers and thunderstorms will impact any outdoor plans. This afternoon look for impacts to any outdoor plans you may have. This evening around sunset would be a good time to enjoy a walk in the park.


Source: redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

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