Big Story Weather – December 3, 2013
redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly
Big Story Weather from December 2:
The potent winter storm has already started to deliver heavy snowfall over the Rockies and into the Plains. Some places have already seen 6+ inches. The other big story overnight was the fog. A large area from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast is seeing fog which is due to the southerly winds ahead of a very powerful winter storm.
Big Story Weather Discussion for December 3:
Surface Map 11AM: Low pressure moving into Wyoming will bring with it strong winds from the Southern Plains into the Great Lakes. There will be showers from the Southern Plains to the Great Lakes as well ahead of the storm. Behind the storm and to the north is where we find all the winter weather. Some places from the Rockies to the Northern Plains will see anywhere from 6-18 inches of snowfall along with gusty winds which will make blizzard-like conditions. A second low pressure is moving across the Baja and will bring showers to SOCAL along with higher elevation snows.
Surface Map 11PM: Low pressure will slide into Oklahoma during the evening. This will push the showers from Missouri to the Gulf Coast and into Eastern Texas. The snowfall will be from the Great Lakes back into the Rockies. Again, heavy snowfall is possible in this region along with strong winds which will create blowing and drifting snow. The second low pressure will push into the Southwest and will bring heavy rains and higher elevation snows to the region.
Severe Weather: No severe weather forecasted for the day.
Winter Weather: There are and will be winter storm watches/warnings in effect for a good portion of the country from the Great Lakes to the West Coast with two storms moving across the region. Snowfall amounts are going to be impressive. Snowfall totals could reach 18 inches over the Northern Plains. The second low will bring the heavy snowfall to the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada’s and also into the higher elevations of SOCAL overnight. Behind all of this will be one of the strongest Arctic chills of the season as temps in many places over the Northern Plains and Rockies will start to fall well below zero.
Winds: The strongest winds will be along the frontal boundary from the Great Lakes to the West Coast through the Plains and Rockies. Some places will get wind gusts to near 60mph in this region which will create drifting and blowing snow along with the potential for power outages.
72hr Westward Storm Watch: Storm 1 is near Hawaii bringing impacts to the island region. Storm 2 is just now leaving the Kuril Islands and will push towards the east over the next few days arriving into Western Alaska.
Today’s Spotlight Cities Forecast:
New York NY: Partly cloudy with a high near 48F and overnight lows near 37F. Wednesday partly cloudy and mild with a high near 50F and overnight lows near 45F. Thursday mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 57F and overnight lows near 50F. Total rainfall around 0.25 inches. Friday mostly cloudy with snowfall. High temps around 45F and overnight lows near 30F. Total snowfall around 1-3 inches. Saturday partly cloudy with a high near 37F and overnight lows near 30F.
Gulfport MS: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 75F and overnight lows near 70F. Wednesday partly cloudy and warm with a high near 75F and overnight lows near 70F. Thursday partly cloudy with a high near 75F and overnight lows near 70F. Friday cloudy with showers and thunderstorms. High temps near 75F and overnight lows near 45F. Total rainfall near 1 inch. Saturday mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 56F and overnight lows near 50F. Total rainfall around 0.25 inches.
Fargo ND: Mostly cloudy with heavy snow and blizzard-like conditions. High temps near 30F and overnight lows near 19F. Total snowfall near 14 inches which will create EXTREME weather conditions for the area. Wednesday cloudy with snow and blowing snow. High temps around 18F and overnight lows near 7F. Total snowfall around 2 inches. Thursday partly cloudy and cold with high temps around 7F and overnight lows near -9F. Wind chill values will be near -30F. Friday partly cloudy and cold with high temps around -4F and overnight lows near -15F. Wind chill values near -40F. Saturday COLD and partly cloudy with high temps around -4F and overnight lows near -19F. Wind chill values near -40F.
Billings MT: Mostly cloudy with snow. High temps near 18F and overnight lows near 7F. Total snowfall near 6 inches. Wednesday cloudy with snow. High temps around 7F and overnight lows near 1F. Total snowfall around 3 inches. Thursday partly cloudy with a high near 7F and overnight lows near -1F. Friday partly cloudy with a high near -6F and overnight lows near -12F. This will create moderate impacts as wind chill values fall to near -30F. Saturday partly cloudy with a high near 12F and overnight lows near -2F. Wind chill values near -20F.
Portland OR: Partly cloudy with a high near 41F and overnight lows near 30F. Wednesday partly cloudy with a high near 37F and overnight lows near 27F. Thursday partly cloudy with a high near 36F and overnight lows near 26F. Friday partly cloudy with a high near 32F and overnight lows near 21F. Saturday partly cloudy with a high near 30F and overnight lows near 26F.
Ask The Weatherman for December 3, 2013:
Question: What is the flow around a warm front?
Answer: The winds ahead of the warm front start out from the East. As the warm front gets closer, they will shift to the Southeast right at the warm front. Once the warm front passes, look for them to shift to the South-Southeast, eventually the South, and finally right before the cold front they will become Southwest.
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December 3, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
SST Analysis (right image): The ENSO Phase remains in the neutral phase.
Eastern Pacific Ocean: Low pressure moving into the Rockies is the focus point of a massive winter storm across much of the Central United States. Low pressure approaching the Southwest US will be the focus of another potent storm system that will push across the Southern US.
Atlantic Ocean: Low pressure to the north of Bermuda will continue to push out to sea bringing a few snow showers to Maine and Eastern Canada. Low pressure pushing towards England will bring gusty winds, cool weather and showers to the region. Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring rain and snows to the area.
Western Pacific: Low pressure in Western China will bring heavy snowfall to the region. Low pressure moving away from the Kuril Islands will bring one more day of rain and snow to the area.
Indian Ocean: A tropical wave pushing across Southeast Asia will need to be watched for potential tropical development.
Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure moving through Southern Australia has developed a nice line of showers and thunderstorms through Australia in the central zone. Low pressure to the south of South Africa will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region as well. Low pressure near Chile will bring showers and strong thunderstorms to Chile and Argentina.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for December 3, 2013:
Day 1-3: Low pressure moving out of the Rockies and into the Plains will be the focus of a major winter storm over the next 24-48 hours. Snowfall totals will range anywhere from 6-18 inches across a broad area from the Western Lakes back to the Rockies. Look for strong winds which will reduce visibilities and also create blowing and drifting snow and cold wind chill values. Low pressure pushing towards the SOCAL region will bring showers and higher elevation snows as well. Day two the first low will push into the Great Lakes bringing showers to the Eastern US. Heavy snowfall will extend from the Western Lakes back into the Plains. The low pressure from SOCAL will push into the Southern Rockies setting the stage for more heavy snows in the region. The Arctic high pressure will begin to push into the Northern Rockies where temps will fall to below zero. The period will end with a major storm system extending from the Eastern US back into the Gulf Coast. There will be showers, thunderstorms and heavy snowfall with this frontal boundary. The Arctic High will push into the Northern Plains bringing overnight lows into the -20F range. A weak low pressure will approach the Seattle area with showers and snow showers.
Day 4-7: The period will start with the frontal boundary extending from the Mid-Atlantic to the Gulf Coast. Showers, snow showers and thunderstorms will be possible along this frontal boundary. The Arctic High will push into the Central Plains bringing another day of subzero temps to many places. Low pressure over the Western US will bring another day of heavy rains and snows to the region. Day five a Gulf Low will begin to take shape and will push moisture northward. A potential rain/snow boundary could setup in the Southeast and Gulf Coast region along with heavy rainfall. The Arctic high will shift into the Great Lakes bringing another day of sub-zero temps to many in the region. Low pressure will also be pushing into Southwest Texas bringing rain and snow to the region. Day six the storm system will enter into the Ohio River Valley bringing showers, thunderstorms and snowfall to the region. A new high pressure area will settle in over the Rockies with another shot of cold air. The period will end with low pressure pushing up the Eastern US bringing rain and snow. Another Arctic High will push into the Northern Plains and will bring more sub-zero weather to many in the region. A new storm system will push into the Southwest bringing another round of snow and rain to the region.
Day 8-12: The period will start with high pressure over most of the Northern US. The Southwest low will push out of Texas and into the Gulf of Mexico and will bring another round of showers, thunderstorms and rain/snow mix to the Deep South. Day ten we will have a storm system along the Mid-Atlantic with the frontal boundary back into the Gulf Coast. This will bring rain, snow and a mix to may locations. High pressure over the Northern US will bring another round of cold weather, while another storm system enters the Pacific Northwest.
Long Range Outlook: The period will start with another major winter storm pushing into the Pacific Northwest. The middle of the period will have one storm along the Eastern US, high pressure through the Central US, and a new storm system pushing into the Pacific Northwest. The period will finish very active.
Green Energy Report for December 3, 2013:
Wave Energy: There will be ample amounts of energy along the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast behind the low pressure that is to the east of the area. The Southeast and Gulf Coast will have minimal amounts of energy today due to the lack of strong winds. The entire Western US will see large amounts of wind energy as storm systems continue to push into the region bringing plenty of winds to the area.
Hydro Energy: There will be ample amounts of long term energy from the Western Great Lakes through the Plains and back over the Rockies all the way pushing into portions of the Southwest. This will fall in the form of heavy snowfall for the majority of the region. Some showers will be found over Oklahoma and Texas as well.
Solar Energy: The best place for solar energy today will be along the Mississippi River Valley once the fog burns off for the day. There will also be larger amounts of solar energy over portions of the Eastern Lakes into the Ohio River Valley.
Wind Energy: The strongest wind energy is going to come from the Northern Plains back into the Rockies and pushing into the Southwest.
Weather and Your Wallet for Minneapolis MN:
Strong winter storm will push through the area, however the heavier snowfalls should remain to the north of the Metro area.
Dining: Today will be cold, blustery and snowy. A great day to take lunch to work.
Transportation: There will be delays on the roadways as snow and blowing snow will reduce visibility and also create some drifting snow. The airports will also have delays today as the snow and blowing snow and lower visibilities will slow the arrivals and departure process today.
Shopping: Today would be a great day to shop online.
Electricity: The area will see cold weather in place which will bring the potential for moderate heating needs. The forecast is for around 32HDD’s on the day.
Yard Work: Of you have plans to do yard work today, make sure to give yourself plenty of breaks in between shoveling the snow.
Construction: The best projects for the day will be the indoor projects.
Outdoor Venues: Today will be a great day to just stay inside and reschedule any outdoor plans that you may have had. If you’re walking the family pet, make sure to bundle up.