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Big Story Weather – December 4, 2013

December 4, 2013

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from December 3:

The major winter storm continued to wreak havoc across a good portion of the US from the Rockies to the Plains. Snowfall totals over the Northern Plains and Rockies have ranged from 4-15 inches with some locally higher amounts. The other story was the arrival of the Arctic Air. Temps have been plunging to below zero over the Rockies and this air is going to begin spilling southward.

Big Story Weather Discussion for December 4:

Surface Map 11AM: Low pressure will move into Illinois this morning. This will bring rain showers from Illinois to the Texas region. Behind it there will be a pocket of heavy snowfall from the Western Lakes to the Northern Plains with some places getting an additional 2-5 inches of snowfall. Snowfall will also develop over the Southwest around the second low. This region will see around 6 inches on average, while showers will extend over SOCAL. High pressure over Northwest Canada will start to bring some of the coldest air in recent years to the Northern Rockies where temps will likely fall to below zero.

Surface Map 11PM: Low pressure will slide into the Great Lakes. This will put showers over the Eastern Lakes back into Texas. Snowfall will extend from the Western Lakes back into the Southern Rockies. Heavy snowfall will still be possible for this region. Cold air will plunge southward with many places over Montana and Wyoming falling to near -20F, while the Dakota’s will fall into the -10F range.

Winter Weather: There are a line of winter storm watches and warnings extending from the Great Lakes all the way back into the Southwest for areas of heavy snowfall. There are wind chill advisories over Montana for wind chill values approaching -50F. There are frost and freeze warnings in place for SOCAL as the area is dealing with some of the coldest air they have seen in a very long time. A second group of winter storm watches and warnings have been issued from Southern Illinois to Western Texas. This area is also looking at the potential for significant winter weather over the next couple of days.

Winds: The strongest winds will be over the Plains extending back into the Rockies some places will see wind gusts around 45mph.

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:

Buffalo NY: Partly cloudy with a high near 52F and overnight lows near 46F. Thursday mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 55F and overnight lows near 32F. Total rainfall around 0.25 inches. Friday mostly cloudy with light snow. High temps around 32F and overnight lows near 26F. Total snowfall near 2 inches. Saturday partly cloudy with a high near 28F and overnight lows near 20F. Sunday mostly cloudy with light snow. High temps near 31F and overnight lows near 22F. Total snowfall near 2 inches.

Houston TX: Partly cloudy with a high near 75F and overnight lows near 70F. Thursday mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 68F and overnight lows near 43F. Rainfall totals will be around 0.50 inches. Friday mostly cloudy with rain and snow. High temps around 41F and overnight lows near 30F. Total rainfall around 0.25 inches and snowfall around 1 inch. Saturday mostly cloudy with rain and snow. High temps around 32F and overnight lows near 27F. Total rainfall around 0.25 inches and total snowfall around 2 inches. Sunday partly cloudy with a high near 41F and overnight lows near 30F.

Watertown SD: Mostly cloudy and breezy with snow. High temps around 18F and overnight lows near 1F. The region will see around 4 inches of snow. Thursday partly cloudy and cold. High temps around 5 and overnight lows near -6F. Wind chill values near -30F. Friday partly cloudy and cold. High temps around 0 and overnight lows near -6F. Wind chill values near -30F. Saturday partly cloudy and cold with high temps near 3F and overnight lows near -13F. Wind chill values near -35F. Sunday partly cloudy and cold high temps around 9F and overnight lows near -6F. Wind chill values near -25F.

Denver CO: Mostly cloudy with moderate snowfall. High temps around 5F and overnight lows near 0F. Total snowfall near 4 inches. Thursday partly cloudy with a high near 14F and overnight lows near 2F. Friday partly cloudy with a high near 18F and overnight lows near 10F. Saturday mostly cloudy with snow. High temps near 16F and overnight lows near 9F. Total snowfall near 3 inches. Sunday partly cloudy with high temps near 16F and overnight lows near 3F.

San Diego CA: Partly cloudy with a high near 55F and overnight lows near 50F. Thursday partly cloudy with a high near 54F and overnight lows near 49F. Friday mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 54F and overnight lows near 48F. Total rainfall near 0.15 inches. Saturday partly cloudy with a high near 52F and overnight lows near 46F. Sunday partly cloudy with a high near 55F and overnight lows near 45F.

Ask The Weatherman for December 4, 2013:

Question: What creates Sun Dogs?

Answer: The sky has this awesome potential to create small rainbows high in the upper atmosphere. These rainbows are created when ice crystals are present in the atmosphere along with very cold air. These sun dogs create small looking rainbows that could be present for short amount of times. Sun dogs do occur throughout the globe as long as the cold air and ice crystals are present along with the sun to reflect off of them.

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December 4, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

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

Eastern Pacific Ocean: Low pressure moving towards Southwest Alaska will bring gale force winds over the islands. Low pressure to the northeast of Hawaii will bring high surf to the region. Low pressure moving towards the Southwest US will bring rain, snow and gusty winds along with cold weather. Low pressure moving into the Plains is creating cold winter weather.

Atlantic Ocean: Low pressure off the East Coast of Canada will bring gusty winds and snowfall to the region. Low pressure moving towards the Cape Verde Islands will bring showers to the region. Low pressure moving through Eastern Europe will bring snow, rain and thunderstorms to the Middle East.

Western Pacific: Tropical Depression 33W has winds near 25kts and pressure of 1004mb. The storm is located west-northwest of Guam and should turn to the northeast over the next 24 hours.

Indian Ocean: A tropical wave to the east of India is being watched for possible tropical development.

Southern Hemisphere: There are three major lows moving through the basin. The first is bringing showers and thunderstorms to Argentina. The second is bringing gusty winds and showers to South Africa. A third is bringing showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds to Southwest Australia. There is also one tropical wave to the northeast of Australia that is being watched for possible tropical development.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for December 4, 2013:

Day 1-3: Low pressure near the Great Lakes will bring showers from Illinois to Texas. On the north side of the front look for heavy snowfall from the Western Lakes to the Plains back into the Rockies and the Southwest. Snowfall totals will range from 3-15 inches along with gusty winds. Cold air is pushing in over the Northern Rockies. Look for temps to fall into the 10-20 degree range below zero for this region. The cold air will also push temps below zero into the Plains. SOCAL will see colder air as well as the higher elevations will have the chance to see a frost/freeze. By day two the low pressure will move into Southeast Canada. Look for rain along the Eastern US giving way to snow over the lakes. Behind all that will be cold air with temps falling over the Plains and Rockies to around -10 to -20F and wind chill values near -50F. The second low will develop over the Southwest US. This will bring rain/snow to Texas and into Arkansas as well, while rain and snow could extend into LA/MS. The period will end with the frontal boundary along the East Coast. The frontal boundary will extend into the Gulf Coast. The Arctic high pressure will be over the Mid-Mississippi River Valley.

Day 4-7 The period will start with the cold air from the Plains to the Northeast. Temps will be below zero for a large region. A new storm system will push into the Southwest bringing rain and snow to the region. Day five will have the storm system pushing across the Gulf Coast into the Ohio River Valley bringing rain and snow to the region. High pressure will be building back in over the Rockies and the Northern Plains with another round of cold weather. The period will finish with strong cold high pressure dominating the weather from the Rockies to the East Coast. A new low pressure will also push into the Northwest with showers and snow during this time.

Day 8-12: The period will start with an area of low pressure developing in the Gulf of Mexico which will bring showers to the region. The Pacific Northwest storm will bring another day of showers and snow to the region. The period will finish with multiple lows moving across the Northern United States with showers and more snow.

Long Range Outlook: The period will start with high pressure along the Eastern US extending back towards the Gulf Coast. A new storm system will push into the Northwest with more rain and snow. The middle of the period will have high pressure dominating most of the US. There will be a storm system off the West Coast that will bring high surf and some showers and snow showers. The period will finish with the storm system pushing into the Pacific Northwest.

Green Energy Report for December 4, 2013:

Wave Energy: There will be ample amounts of energy along the Northeast US behind the cold front. The Southeast and Gulf Coast will see limited amounts of energy. The entire West Coast will have extreme amounts of energy.

Hydro Energy: There will be ample amounts of short term energy from Illinois to Texas. The Western Lakes all the way back to the Southwest will see long term energy in the form of heavy snowfall.

Solar Energy: The best places for solar energy will be over the East Coast ahead of the next storm system. This will extend into the Southeast and the Gulf Coast as well. There will also be some breaks of sunshine over the Pacific Northwest that will create small amounts of solar energy.

Wind Energy: The best places for energy today will be from the Plains back into the Rockies and over the Southwest along the frontal boundaries.

Weather and Your Wallet for Seattle WA:

High pressure to the west is going to bring some of the coldest air to the Seattle Metro Area.

Dining: There will be no issues with enjoying lunch at the park, however you might want to make sure you have your winter jacket.

Transportation: There will be no weather-related delays on the roads or at the airports.

Shopping: A cold day but not bad to get out and enjoy some holiday shopping.

Electricity: There will be a large demand for heating for the Metro area as the forecast is for 35HDD’s.

Yard Work: Today will be cold but dry. If you have any leaves left that you need to clean up, today will be good for that.

Construction: Expect no impacts outside of the colder weather for the region.

Outdoor Venues: The region will enjoy a nice day to get out and go for a walk or a jog. Just make sure to throw on the winter jacket.


Source: redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

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