Big Story Weather – November 22, 2013
redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Big Story Weather from November 21:
Cold air plunged across the Plains yesterday with temps in the single digits and wind chill values well below zero. Snowfall was limited to mostly the Rockies over the past 24 hours.
Big Story Weather Discussion for November 22:
Surface Map 11AM: Low pressure and the associated cold front will push through the Mid-Mississippi River Valley bringing rain, snow and thunderstorms to the region. High pressure pushing in over the Southern Plains will rapidly bring cold air into the Southern Plains overnight. Low pressure near the Baja will also begin to slowly move eastward and that will become the major weather impact for the next few days.
Surface Map 11PM: The cold front will push off the East Coast bringing showers to the region. High pressure over the Southern Plains will establish a rain/snow line over portions of the region ahead of the next low pressure that is near the Baja. The cold air will be over the Plains with many places not getting above 30F.
Severe Weather: There could be an isolated severe storm from Eastern Texas to the Gulf Coast ahead of the cold front. No major outbreaks forecasted.
Winter Weather: Lake effect snow potential over the Western Great Lakes – warnings and advisories have been posted. Winter weather watches and warnings are also in place over the Southern Plains and the Southwest ahead of the Baja low. There will be rain, snow and ice for many places throughout the region.
Tropical Weather: Tropical storm Melissa has winds around 50kts as it pushes away from land and into the open Atlantic.
Flooding: There is an elevated chance to see flooding over the Southwest US, especially in Arizona, as heavy rainfall hits the area over the next couple of days.
Winds: There will be strong winds over SOCAL behind the cold front. Winds will be in the 30-45mph range. There will also be strong winds over the lakes region behind the cold front; some places could see 30-40mph winds with higher gusts.
72hr Westward Storm Watch: Storm 1 is now in the Gulf of Alaska bringing heavy snowfall and gusty winds to Alaska with multiple winter storm an blizzard watches and warnings in place. Storm 2 is now pushing into the Aleutian Islands and will bring gusty winds and rain and snow the island chain.
Today’s Spotlight Cities Forecast:
New York NY: Mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 52F and overnight lows near 32F. Total rainfall around 0.25 inches. Saturday partly cloudy and breezy. High temps around 43F and overnight lows near 26F. Winds will be around 30mph. Sunday partly cloudy with a high near 30F and overnight lows near 19F. Monday partly cloudy with a high near 32F and overnight lows near 26F. Tuesday partly cloudy with a high near 39F and overnight lows near 30F.
Gulfport MS: Mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 73F and overnight lows near 60F. Total rainfall around 0.25 inches. Saturday partly cloudy and breezy with high temps around 55F and overnight lows near 34F. Winds will be around 35mph. Sunday partly cloudy and breezy with high temps around 50F and overnight lows near 34F. Winds will be around 30mph. Monday partly cloudy and breezy with high temps around 60F and overnight lows near 50F. Winds will be around 30mph. Tuesday cloudy with heavy rains and flooding is a potential. High temps around 60F and overnight lows near 51F. Rainfall totals around 3-5 inches will create EXTREME impacts for the area.
Omaha NE: Partly cloudy with a high near 27F and overnight lows near 16F. Saturday partly cloudy with a high near 19F and overnight lows near 14F. Sunday partly cloudy with a high near 32F and overnight lows near 18F. Monday partly cloudy with a high near 36F and overnight lows near 30F. Tuesday partly cloudy with a high near 36F and overnight lows near 19F.
Denver CO: Partly cloudy with a high near 32F and overnight lows near 26F. Saturday partly cloudy with a high near 36F and overnight lows near 30F. Sunday partly cloudy with a high near 46F and overnight lows near 37F. Monday partly cloudy with a high near 45F and overnight lows near 37F. Tuesday partly cloudy with a high near 46F and overnight lows near 40F.
Portland OR: Partly cloudy with a high near 46F and overnight lows near 36F. Saturday partly cloudy with a high near 48F and overnight lows near 39F. Sunday partly cloudy with a high near 55F and overnight lows near 50F. Monday partly cloudy with a high near 57F and overnight lows near 50F. Tuesday partly cloudy with a high near 55F and overnight lows near 43F.
Ask The Weatherman for November 22, 2013:
Question: What is found on a surface weather map?
Answer: Most surface weather maps will have temperatures, fronts, pressure systems and the latest radar images. Sometimes you may see them overlay a satellite image as well. The biggest purpose of a surface map is to provide the public with an idea of what is currently going on and what is forecasted to go on during the next few hours to days.
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November 22, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
SST Analysis (right Image): The ENSO Phase remains in neutral.
Eastern Pacific Ocean: Low pressure moving into the Gulf of Alaska is bringing heavy snowfall and strong winds to Alaska. Multiple winter weather watches/warnings have been issued. Low pressure over the Baja is being watched for the potential of creating a large winter storm in the Southern Plains. Low pressure moving into the Great Lakes has strong winds, heavy rain and snow associated with it.
Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Melissa continues tracking towards Europe with winds around 45kts and pressure of 983mb. The storm is forecasted to move towards Spain over the next couple of days. Low pressure moving through Eastern Europe will bring rain and snow to the Alps. Low pressure moving through the Middle East will bring another day of showers and thunderstorms to the region.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving away from the Kuril Islands will bring rain and snow to the islands one more day.
Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone Helen has winds around 35kts and pressure around 996mb and is currently making landfall over Eastern India with strong winds, storm surge and heavy rainfall.
Southern Hemisphere: Multiple low pressures moving through the basin with impacts being felt over Argentina with rain and thunderstorms. A second low is beginning to push towards South Africa which will bring an increase in winds and rainfall this weekend to Cape Town. A third low pressure and frontal boundary is moving through Southern Australia with strong winds and rainfall. Tropical Cyclone 2 has developed just to the northwest of Australia and is forecasted to bring heavy rainfall and strong winds to Northwest Australia.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for November 22, 2013:
Day 1-3: Today we will be watching a cold front extend across the Ohio River Valley back into Texas. Along this front look for rain and thunderstorms to impact the region. Behind the cold front the Arctic air is moving in which will lead to some rain and snow mix over the Southern Plains. The Northern Plains will see another day with temps in the teens. The Pacific Northwest will enjoy a nice day. Showers and thunderstorms will impact the Southwest associated with the low over the Baja. Day two high pressure will slide over Kansas at around 1045mb and will bring some very cold air to the region. This cold air will extend into Texas as well allowing for a rain and snow mix in the region. The low over the Baja will shift into Western Mexico and will bring an increase in moisture over Texas allowing for the setup of a wintry mess over Western Texas with heavy rain, ice and snow.
Day 4-7: The period will start with low pressure moving into the Southwest Gulf of Mexico which will bring heavy rains to the Gulf Coast. The potential will also be there for a rain/snow mix over Northern LA, MS and Arkansas. Lake effect snow will be possible over the Great Lakes as well. The cold high pressure will dominate the weather from the Plains to the West Coast. Day five the low pressure will move into Florida bringing heavy rains to the Gulf Coast and also the Southeast US. High pressure will dominate the rest of the Plains and the Western US. Day six the storm system will push up the Eastern US setting the stage for a big storm with strong winds, heavy rains and even heavy snow over the Northeast. High pressure will slide into the Great Lakes bringing another shot of cold air. This will extend over the Plains and the Gulf Coast as well. The period will end with most of the country under the influence of high pressure.
Day 8-12: The period will start with another storm system entering the Plains brining rain and snow to the region. This will extend into the Gulf Coast where showers will be possible. Day ten a storm system will push up the Eastern US with rain and snow, while high pressure dominates most of the country with another shot of cold air. A new storm system will enter the Pacific Northwest bringing showers and higher elevation snows. The period will end with a storm system moving through the Plains with snow and another storm system entering the Pacific Northwest.
Long Range Outlook: The period will start with a major storm system moving through the Plains bringing heavy snowfall to the region. Another storm will enter the Pacific Northwest. The period will end very active with multiple storm systems moving through the Northern Plains.
Green Energy Report for November 22, 2013:
Wave Energy: There will be ample amounts of energy along the entire West Coast again today. There will be moderate amounts of energy over the Gulf Coast ahead of the frontal boundary. Moderate amounts will be found over the Northeast ahead of the low pressure and the Southeast will see slight amounts of energy.
Hydro Energy: There will be ample amounts of hydro energy over the entire Southern Plains and the Southwest. This hydro energy will push into the Gulf Coast later this afternoon along the with the Great Lakes and the Northeast overnight.
Solar Energy: The best place for solar energy today will be over the Pacific Northwest. There will also be ample amounts of energy over the Northern Plains where high pressure will dominate the weather. The third will be during the early part of the day over the Northeast ahead of the warm front.
Wind Energy: There will be ample amounts of wind energy over the Great Lakes. There will also be higher amounts of energy over the Rockies and the Southwest behind the low pressure and cold front.
Weather and Your Wallet for Houston TX:
A strong cold front approaching from the west will bring rain to the region. Heavy rain will be possible along with gusty northwest winds and cooler temps.
Dining: Today will be a good day to take your lunch to work or hit the drive-thru as there will be plenty of rain falling along with colder temps and strong winds.
Transportation: There will be some delays on the roadways this afternoon as the heavier rainfall moves into the region. Expect to see some delays at the airports as well.
Shopping: If you have plans on shopping today, make sure to take the umbrella with you as it will be a very wet day.
Electricity: The metro area will see the increase in the need for heating overnight and into the early morning hours as temps fall into the upper 40’s overnight. This will lead the region to a forecasted 9 HDD’s for the day.
Yard Work: Today will be a great day to take a rain check on the yard work.
Construction: Expect to see delays on any outdoor projects today due to the rain and strong winds.
Outdoor Venues: Best to stay indoors today. However, if you do have plans, make sure to bundle up and take your umbrella.