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Big Story Weather – December 2, 2013

December 2, 2013

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from November 30-December 1:

A potent winter storm was the big story of the weekend as it has been moving across the Pacific Northwest.

Big Story Weather Discussion for December 2:

Surface Map 11AM: Low pressure moving up along the Eastern US will bring a few snow showers over Maine. Low pressure moving into the Northern Rockies will bring a significant amount of snowfall along with freezing rain to the Rockies and the Northern Plains. Another area of low pressure will begin to approach the Southwest US bringing a few showers over Northern California.

Surface Map 11PM: Low pressure will push into the Mid-Atlantic bringing isolated snow showers to Maine. The massive winter storm will push into the Plains. Expect to see heavy snows, blowing snows and blizzard-like conditions for the area. Low pressure near the coast of California will bring showers to Northern California along with heavier mountain snows.

Severe Weather: No severe weather forecasted for the day.

Winter Weather: Winter weather advisories in place for portions of Maine for periods of heavy snow. Winter storm warnings/watches are in effect from Idaho to Minnesota. This area will be dealing with snowfall amounts in excess of 6 inches. Along with that there is a little pocket across the Dakotas that can expect freezing rain. Winter storm warnings/watches in effect for most of the Western US mountain ranges to include California, Utah and portions of Colorado.

Tropical Weather: The 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season has come to an end.

Flooding: No major areas expected.

Winds: There will be strong winds across the Northern Rockies and the Northern Plains around the low pressure and also off the coast of Southern California.

72hr Westward Storm Watch: Storm 1 is near Hawaii bringing impacts to the island region. Storm 2 is just leaving the Kuril Islands and will push towards the east over the next few days arriving into Western Alaska.

Today’s Spotlight Cities Forecast:

Boston MA: Partly cloudy with high temps around 41F and overnight lows near 37F. Tuesday partly cloudy with high temps near 41F and overnight lows near 30F. Wednesday mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 46F and overnight lows near 40F. Total rainfall around 0.25 inches. Thursday mostly cloudy with light snow. High temps near 41F and overnight lows near 30F. Total snowfall near 2 inches. Friday mostly cloudy with light snow. High temps around 36F and overnight lows near 30F. Total snowfall around 3 inches.

Atlanta GA: Partly cloudy with high temps near 54F and overnight lows near 50F. Tuesday partly cloudy with high temps near 61F and overnight lows near 57F. Wednesday partly cloudy high temps near 66F and overnight lows near 59F. Thursday mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 70F and overnight lows near 66F. Total rainfall around 0.35 inches. Friday mostly cloudy with showers. High temps near 70F and overnight lows near 48F. Total rainfall near 0.25 inches.

Sioux Falls SD: Mostly cloudy with a high near 45F and overnight lows near 37F. Tuesday mostly cloudy with light snow. High temps around 37F and overnight lows near 14F. Total snowfall near 2 inches. Wednesday partly cloudy with a high near 16F and overnight lows near 9F. Thursday partly cloudy with a high near 12F and overnight lows near 3F. Friday partly cloudy and cold with a high near 9F and overnight lows near -2F.

Boise ID: Mostly cloudy with showers. High temps near 46F and overnight lows near 30F. Total rainfall near 0.25 inches. Tuesday partly cloudy with a high near 30F and overnight lows near 23F. Wednesday partly cloudy with a high near 22F and overnight lows near 9F. Thursday partly cloudy with a high near 23F and overnight lows near 20F. Friday partly cloudy with a high near 23F and overnight lows near 16F.

Seattle WA: Mostly cloudy with showers. High temps near 41F and overnight lows near 30F. Total rainfall near 0.45 inches. Tuesday partly cloudy with a high near 36F and overnight lows near 30F. Wednesday partly cloudy with a high near 32F and overnight lows near 27F. Thursday partly cloudy with a high near 34F and overnight lows near 29F. Friday partly cloudy with a high near 30F and overnight lows near 20F.

Ask The Weatherman for December 2, 2013:

Question: What is the flow around a cold front?

Answer: The winds are from the southeast about 100 miles ahead of the cold front and then from around 0-100 miles the winds will shift to the southwest. Once the cold front passes the winds will then rapidly shift to the northwest and bring the cold air in.

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December 2, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

SST Analysis (right image): The ENSO Phase remains in the neutral phase.

Eastern Pacific Ocean: Low pressure near Southern California will bring rain and snow to portions of California. Low pressure moving into the Pacific Northwest will bring heavy rains and snows to the region. This will expand into the Northern Rockies overnight.

Atlantic Ocean: Low pressure moving along the Southeast US will track northward and then northeast bringing snow to portions of Maine. Low pressure over Western Europe will bring showers to London and snow showers over the Scandinavia region. Low pressure moving over Eastern Europe will bring showers to Italy and also into portions of the Middle East.

Western Pacific: Low pressure moving through Central China will bring showers and snow showers to the region. Low pressure moving out of the Kuril Islands will bring heavy rainfall and also gusty winds to the region.

Indian Ocean: There is one area of convection being watched over the Bay of Bengal for possible tropical development.

Southern Hemisphere: Multiple low pressures moving through will have impacts in Southern Chile and Argentina. Gusty winds and showers for Southern Africa. A third area of low pressure will be pushing towards Southwest Australia.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for December 2, 2013:

Day 1-3: Low pressure moving up the Eastern US will bring impacts to Maine with the potential for accumulating snowfall. High pressure over the Gulf of Mexico will bring a nice day to Florida and the Gulf Coast region. The major winter storm will push into the Rockies and the Northern Plains bringing heavy snowfall, freezing rain and strong winds leading to near blizzard-like conditions for the area. Low pressure near Southern California will bring showers to Northern California along with heavy snows to the mountains. Look for a few showers over Seattle and snowfall over the higher elevations. Day two heavy snowfall will still be possible over Maine. The major winter storm will push into the Plains. Expect to see strong winds, heavy snows, freezing rain and blizzard-like conditions across the region. Low pressure will also push into the Southwest US and will bring heavy rains along with higher elevation snows. The period will finish with low pressure moving into Southeast Canada bringing showers over most of the Northeast. Snow showers will extend back into the Great Lakes. A very cold high pressure will slide into the Northern Plains and low pressure will slide into the Colorado region bringing heavy snowfall to the area.

Day 4-7: The period will start with low pressure moving out of Texas bringing rain and some wintry mix from Texas to Tennessee. Showers will dominate the Southeast, Gulf Coast and the Mid-Atlantic region. The Arctic High will settle in over the Plains bringing some temperatures that will top out at 0 to 10 below zero. By day five the frontal boundary will extend from the Mid-Atlantic to Texas. Along this boundary there will be showers and a wintry mix impacting many areas. The Arctic High will continue to dominate the weather over the Northern Plains with temps again below zero. A new storm system will push into the West Coast. By day six high pressure will dominate the weather from the Plains to the East Coast with very cold temps. A storm system will push into the Southwest bringing rain and snow to the region. This will begin to extend into the Southern Plains as well. The period will end with a frontal boundary extending from the Mid-Atlantic to the Gulf Coast. Showers over the Gulf Coast with a wintry mix for the Mid-Atlantic. We will also be watching high pressure settle all the way into the Gulf Coast bringing another round of very cold weather southward. There will also be colder weather over the West Coast as a strong high pressure settles in over the Rockies.

Day 8-12: The period will start with a clipper system moving through the Great Lakes bringing snowfall to the region. A new storm system will push into the Southwest bringing rain and snow to the area. High pressure will dominate the weather from the Plains to the Northwest. Day ten high pressure will settle in over the Eastern US, while a storm system pushes into the Gulf Coast bringing showers to the region. A new storm system will enter the Pacific Northwest. The period will finish with a low over Texas and the associated warm front extending into the Mid-Atlantic. This will bring showers and thunderstorms for the Gulf Coast and rain showers for the Mid-Atlantic. High pressure will be over the Rockies, while a new storm system pushes into the Pacific Northwest.

Long Range Outlook: The period will start with the potential for a massive storm along the Eastern US with heavy rains, strong winds and heavy snowfall possible. Another shot of cold air will settle into the South and a new storm system will plunge into the Pacific Northwest. The middle of the period will have the strong low pushing into Maine with very strong winds, heavy snows and coastal flooding. High pressure will dominate the weather from Ohio to the Gulf Coast. The storm system will enter the Rockies bringing another round of heavy snowfall. The period will end with a storm system over the Great Lakes and also another storm over the Pacific Northwest.

Green Energy Report for December 2, 2013:

Wave Energy: There will be moderate amounts of energy along the entire East Coast associated with the low pressure moving up the coast. There will be slight amounts of energy over the Gulf of Mexico as high pressure dominates the Gulf. There will be extreme amounts of energy as multiple areas of low pressure impact the entire West Coast.

Hydro Energy: The best short term energy today will exist over the Western US. There will be ample amounts of long term energy stretching from the Rockies to the Great Lakes as heavy snowfall is possible in this region.

Solar Energy: The best place for solar energy today will extend from the Southwest to the Southeast. This region will enjoy ample amounts of sunshine.

Wind Energy: The strongest region for wind energy today will be along the cold front from the Northern Plains back into Southern California. This region will see winds in excess of 30mph.

Weather and Your Wallet for Fargo ND:

A strong winter storm will begin to impact the region. Look for heavy snowfall throughout the day along with gusty winds which will create blowing and drifting snow.

Dining: It would be best to take lunch to work today due to the inclement weather.

Transportation: There will be significant delays on the major roadways as snow piles up and begins to drift on the roads creating near zero visibilities. The airport will also have delays today as the combination of snow and strong winds will impact both arrivals and departures.

Shopping: Today will be a good day to stay indoors and enjoy the Cyber Monday deals.

Electricity; There will be a large demand for heating today as high temps only hit 32F and low temps fall to around 27F. This will bring the region around 36HDD’s on the day.

Yard Work: There will be plenty of yard work to do from cleaning the sidewalks and the driveways off. Make sure to take it slowly as heart attacks often occur when moving large amounts of snow.

Construction: Today will be a good day to work on those indoor projects.

Outdoor Venues: Take a rain check until Monday as the weather will not be very favorable for outdoor activities in and around the Metro area.


Source: redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

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