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Big Story Weather – November 4, 2013

November 4, 2013

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from October 1-3:

Another fairly quiet weekend. There were some snowfall reports in the Rockies. No major severe weather outbreaks were reported and another shot of cold air plunged southward.

Big Story Weather Discussion for November 4:

Surface Map 11AM: High pressure over the Eastern Great Lakes will bring a cool and dry day to the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic. The Southeast and Gulf Coast will slowly start to see southerly flow pick back up and warm things up. A clipper system moving through the Northern Plains will bring a few showers to the region. The next major winter storm system will take shape over the Southwest bringing rain and snow to the region.

Surface Map 11PM: High pressure will slide into Maine overnight keeping the East Coast cool and dry. The low pressure system will push into Arizona and New Mexico. It will also be picking up moisture from the tropical over the Baja. A new storm system will begin to push into the Pacific Northwest bringing a few showers to the region.

Severe Weather: There are no real impact areas today, however a few strong thunderstorms can be expected over Western Texas and Oklahoma ahead of the next storm system.

Winter Weather: A potent low pressure system kicking out of the Southwest is going to set the stage for a significant snow storm over a good portion of the Plains and Western Great Lakes over the next couple of days.

Flooding: No major flooding threats.

Tropical Weather: No impacts across the Atlantic Basin.

Winds: There will be strong winds over the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains behind the clipper system.

Today’s Spotlight Cities Forecast:

Baltimore MD: Partly cloudy with high temps around 41F and overnight lows near 37F. Tuesday partly cloudy with a high near 54F and overnight lows near 48F. Wednesday partly cloudy with high temps around 61F and overnight lows near 57F. Thursday mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 61F and overnight lows near 39F. Total rainfall around 0.25 inches with slight impacts expected. Friday partly cloudy with a high near 48F and overnight lows near 39F.

New Orleans LA: Partly cloudy with a high near 68 and overnight lows near 60F. Tuesday partly cloudy with a high near 70F and overnight lows near 64F. Wednesday mostly cloudy with a few thunderstorms. High temps around 81F and overnight lows near 66F. Total rainfall around 0.25 inches creating slight impacts in the area. Thursday partly cloudy with high temps around 73F and overnight lows near 63F. Friday partly cloudy and cool with high temps around 63F and overnight lows near 46F.

Minneapolis MN: Mostly cloudy with light rain showers. High temps around 46F and overnight lows near 40F. Total rainfall around 0.45 inches creating slight impacts for the area. Tuesday mostly cloudy with periods of heavy snow. High temps around 39F and overnight lows near 30F. Total snowfall around 2-5 inches creating moderate impacts for the area. Wednesday partly cloudy with high temps near 36F and overnight lows near 30F. Thursday partly cloudy with high temps near 39F and overnight lows near 30F. Friday partly cloudy with high temps near 41F and overnight lows near 34F.

Denver CO: Partly cloudy with a high near 45F and overnight lows near 36F. Tuesday mostly cloudy with periods of snow. High temps around 37F and overnight lows near 25F. Total snowfall around 2-4 inches creating slight impacts for the area. Wednesday partly cloudy with high temps around 48F and overnight lows near 36F. Thursday partly cloudy with high temps around 57F and overnight lows near 43F. Friday partly cloudy with high temps around 57F and overnight lows near 41F.

Portland OR: Mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 50F and overnight lows near 46F. Total rainfall around 0.25 inches creating slight impacts for the area. Tuesday mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 54F and overnight lows near 48F. Total rainfall around 0.50 inches creating slight impacts for the area. Wednesday partly cloudy with high temps around 52F and overnight lows near 48F. Thursday mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 52F and overnight lows near 48F. Total rainfall around 0.25 inches creating slight impacts for the area. Friday mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 52F and overnight lows near 46F. Total rainfall around 0.45 inches creating slight impacts for the area.

Ask The Weatherman for November 4, 2013:

Question: What are the three levels of clouds?

Answer: When you are looking at the clouds in the sky, there are so many different types of clouds to see. There are around 27 different states of the sky. However, when we classify clouds, they fall into three groups. The first are the low clouds that are generally from the surface (FOG) to around 6,500ft above the ground. Then we have the mid-level clouds that extend from 6,500ft to around 18,500ft. The high clouds are above 18,500ft and can extend to the top of the troposphere.

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November 4, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Latest Right Image: Tropical Storm Haiyan is tracking southeast of Guam and moving westward.

Eastern Pacific Ocean: Low pressure near Hawaii will bring showers and a few thunderstorms to the region. Low pressure moving over Canada will bring showers to the Northern Plains. The remains of Sonia will push onshore over the Baja and will develop into a significant storm system for the Southern Plains.

Atlantic Ocean: Low pressure near Greenland will bring showers to the area. Low pressure moving into Western Europe will bring another day of showers and thunderstorms to the region.

Western Pacific: Tropical Depression Krosa is moving into Vietnam with winds around 25kts and pressure near 1004mb and will bring heavy rainfall to the region. Tropical Depression 30W is moving south of Manila with winds around 25kts and pressure near 1004mb. This tropical depression will become a storm later in the period. Tropical Storm Haiyan currently has winds around 40kts and pressure near 993mb. This storm will gain strength as it moves towards Manila. Low pressure to the east of Japan will bring a few showers and snow showers to Northern Japan.

Indian Ocean: Two areas of low pressure moving through the basin will bring a few showers to portions of the Southeast Asia.

Southern Hemisphere: Multiple low pressures moving through the basin. Impacts are being felt across Southern Argentina. Impacts are also being felt across South Africa along with strong winds. A third area of low pressure is bringing showers and thunderstorms to Perth and Southwest Australia.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for November 4, 2013:

Day 1-3: Strong high pressure will dominate the weather over the Eastern Great Lakes and into the Northeast and the entire East Coast. A weak frontal boundary will clip through the Northern Plains bringing a few showers to the region. A new and powerful storm system will develop over the Southwest US and will interact with the remains of the tropical storm over Mexico. High pressure will keep the Western US nice and cool today, especially along the Pacific Northwest. The storm system will move into the Plains. Look for periods of heavy rainfall and also a swath of heavy snowfall over portions of Minnesota in the colder air. High pressure will slide into the Rockies. The period will end with showers extending from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast. Thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast could become strong to slightly severe. High pressure will dominate the entire Western US with dry and cool conditions.

Day 4-7: The period will start with high pressure over the Southern Plains and Gulf Coast. A new storm system will arrive into the Pacific Northwest bringing showers and snow showers to the region. Day five high pressure will slide into the Northeast. A weak frontal boundary will push into the Northern Plains with rain and snow showers. A strong upper level disturbance will push through the Northern Rockies bringing snowfall to the region. The period will end with a new storm system pushing into the Northwest.

Day 8-12: The period will start with a blocking high over Southeast Canada extending into the Northeast. Another storm system will push into the Northern Plains bringing rain and snow to the region. This will extend into the Southern Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the area. Another storm system will push into the Pacific Northwest. Day ten a major winter storm will be unfolding over the Northern Plains, Great Lakes and Gulf Coast. Expect to see heavy rainfall and some severe weather along the Gulf Coast. Look for heavy rainfall in the Ohio River Valley region. Heavy snowfall will hit parts of the Northern Plains and the Western Lakes. The period will end with the major storm system entering the Northeast bringing heavy snowfall to the Great Lakes and heavy rainfall to the Northeast. High pressure will slide into the Plains, while another storm system enters the Pacific Northwest.

Long Range Outlook: The period will start with high pressure dominating most of the country. The Pacific Northwest and West Coast will be dealing with the next major storm system which is expected to bring strong winds, heavy rains and large amounts of mountain snows. The period will finish with a Nor’easter fashion storm moving up the Eastern US bringing mostly rain, however, from Boston northward snowfall will mix in with it. High pressure will dominate the middle of the US, while a new storm system enters the Pacific Northwest.

Green Energy Report for November 4, 2013:

Wave Energy: There will be light to moderate amounts of wave energy over the entire East Coast and this will extend back into the Gulf Coast as well. There will be extreme amounts of energy over the Southwest due to the approaching tropical feature. The Pacific Northwest will see moderate amounts of energy as the next storm system begins to move into the region.

Hydro Energy: There will be short term energy over the Northern Plains today ahead of the cold front. There will also be short term energy over the Southwest along the tropical feature. The higher elevations will even see long term energy in the form of snowfall.

Solar Energy: Ample amounts of solar energy will be found over the Pacific Northwest. This will also be the case for the Great Lakes extending into the Northeast. There will also be ample amounts of solar energy available for the Southeast and Gulf Coast.

Wind Energy: The two big focus points for today’s wind energy will be over the Southwest where the tropical is evolving into a new storm system. There will also be ample amounts of wind energy over the Northern Rockies behind the cold front.

Weather and Your Wallet for Rapid City SD:

Storm system coming out of the Southwest will begin to bring snow showers to the area during the overnight hours and into Tuesday. Some heavy snowfall will be possible for tonight looking at around a Trace to 1 inch.

Dining: There will be no issues through the day, however overnight expect to see some light snowfall start to fly.

Transportation: There should be no issues through the day at either the airport or on the roadways, however watch for slick spots on the roadways overnight.

Shopping: Today will be a nice cool day to get some shopping done. You might want to make sure to get into the grocery store as the next couple of days could be limited with the potential for some heavier snowfall possible.

Electricity: Today will be a cool day. The forecast is for high temps around 44F. This will bring an increase into heating through the entire day with the max heating going to be overnight and into early tomorrow. The forecast is for 28HDD’s on the day.

Yard Work: There will be no issues with getting out and cleaning up the yards today.

Construction: There will be no issues with working outdoors today, however any overnight road projects could see some snowfall interacting with the work load that may slow projects down.

Outdoor Venues: Today will be a nice day to get out and enjoy the parks. Overnight there will be some minor impacts to any outdoor activities.


Source: redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

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