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Big Story Weather – December 26, 2013

December 26, 2013

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather from December 25:

A few snow showers moved across the Great Lakes and extreme Northeast during the day, yesterday. Colder air pushed into the Southern Plains, Gulf Coast and Southeast behind the frontal boundary, while warmer air surged northward into the Rockies and portions of the Plains ahead of the next clipper system.

Big Story Weather Discussion for December 26:

Surface Map 11AM: High pressure settling in over the Arkansas region will bring partly cloudy skies to the Gulf Coast and Southeast. There will be pockets of freezing fog over the Southern Plains. A few snow squalls will develop downwind of the Great Lakes and a clipper system will begin to push through the Northern Rockies. High pressure will dominate the Rockies and the Western US.

Surface Map 11PM: High pressure will slide into the Southeast bringing partly cloudy skies to the entire East Coast, the Southeast and the Gulf Coast. High pressure will be over the Rockies and will keep the Southwest and also the Western US nice. A clipper system will push into the Northern Plains bringing a few snow showers to North Dakota.

Winter Weather: There is a freezing fog advisory in effect for Eastern Oklahoma to Western Arkansas as this region will see pockets of fog that may freeze some surfaces. A winter weather advisory is in effect for the mountains of Western North Carolina. We are also looking at winter weather advisories in effect for Southern Maine along with Western New York and Southern Michigan.

Flooding: There are pockets of flash flooding still over portions of Arkansas after the past few days of heavier rainfall.

Winds: There will be strong northerly winds over the lakes which will help in enhancing the snowfall.

72hr Westward Storm Watch: Storm 1 is pushing into the Gulf of Alaska bringing strong winds, heavy rains and heavy snowfall to Southern Alaska and Western Canada. Storm 2 is pushing into the Aleutian Islands and will bring gusty winds and heavy rainfall to the region. Storm 3 is now over Japan bringing heavy snowfall to Northern Japan and a few showers to Central Japan along with gusty winds and high seas. This storm will start a northeastward movement over the next 24 hours.

Today’s Spotlight Cities Forecast:

New York NY: Partly cloudy with high temps near 36F and overnight lows near 27F. Friday partly cloudy with a high near 34F and overnight lows near 28F. Saturday partly cloudy with a high near 41F and overnight lows near 36F. Sunday mostly cloudy with rain and snow. High temps around 39F and overnight lows near 36F. Total rainfall around 0.25 inches and total snowfall near 2 inches. Monday partly cloudy with a high near 41F and overnight lows near 18F.

Mobile AL: Partly cloudy with a high near 54F and overnight lows near 41F. Friday partly cloudy with a high near 50F and overnight lows near 45F. Saturday mostly cloudy with heavy rainfall. High temps near 45F and overnight lows near 40F. Total rainfall near 0.50 inches. Sunday partly cloudy with a high near 52F and overnight lows near 46F. Monday partly cloudy with a high near 50F and overnight lows near 27F.

Bismarck ND: Partly cloudy with a high near 37F and overnight lows near 30F. Friday partly cloudy with a high near 41F and overnight lows near 34F. Saturday mostly cloudy with snow. High temps near 28F and overnight lows near -6F. Total snowfall near 2 inches. Sunday partly cloudy with a high near 5F and overnight lows near -4F. Monday partly cloudy with a high near 19F and overnight lows near -2F.

Billings MT: Partly cloudy with a high near 45F and overnight lows near 40F. Friday partly cloudy with a high near 48F and overnight lows near 43F. Saturday mostly cloudy with light snow. High temps near 32F and overnight lows near 16F. Total snowfall near 3 inches. Sunday partly cloudy with a high near 30F and overnight lows near 20F. Monday partly cloudy with a high near 37F and overnight lows near 30F.

Seattle WA: Partly cloudy with high temps around 54F and overnight lows near 48F. Friday mostly cloudy with showers. High temps around 45F and overnight lows near 43F. Total rainfall near 0.25 inches. Saturday partly cloudy with a high near 46F and overnight lows near 43F. Sunday partly cloudy with a high near 45F and overnight lows near 40F. Monday partly cloudy with a high near 48F and overnight lows near 42F.

Ask The Weatherman for December 26, 2013:

Question: What is an MP air mass?

Answer: Today, we will look at MA air masses. These exist over the waters, which is why they are assigned an M as the first letter indicating that it is a marine-time air mass. This also lets us know that there will be moisture present with this air mass. The second letter P indicates that the air is cold – also known as Polar – so this air mass is known to be a moist and cold air mass. The most common places in the United States to find this is off the coast of Alaska and to the northwest of Washington over the Pacific Ocean region.

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December 26, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Right Image: Invest 95S near Australia.

Eastern Pacific Ocean: Low pressure moving into the Aleutian Islands will bring showers, gusty winds and high seas to the region. A second low pressure moving through the Gulf of Alaska will bring showers and snow showers along with gusty winds to the region. Low pressure moving towards SOCAL will bring increased winds and seas to the region. Low pressure moving into Alberta Canada will bring a few snow showers over the Northern Rockies and Plains.

Atlantic Ocean: Low pressure moving into Western Europe will bring rain, snow, very gusty winds and flooding to the region.

Western Pacific: Low pressure moving through Central China will bring snow to the region. A second low pressure over Japan will bring snow showers to Northern Japan, while Central and Southern Japan will see showers and cool weather.

Indian Ocean: No major weather impacts in the basin today.

Southern Hemisphere: A tropical wave over Northwest Australia is being watched for potential tropical development. It is currently bringing heavy rains and gusty winds to the region. Multiple other lows are moving through the basin. Impacts are being felt over Southern Argentina. Look for showers and thunderstorms in the region. Impacts will also be felt over Southern Africa with gusty southeast winds and a few showers. A third low is impacting Southeast Australia with showers and a few thunderstorms.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for December 26, 2013:

Day 1-3: There will be a few snow showers over the Great Lakes region, otherwise high pressure will keep most of the weather dry from the Plains into the Gulf Coast and the Southeast. High pressure over the Rockies will keep the region dry and this will extend into the West Coast as well. Day two high pressure will dominate most of the US, while an upper level trough will push into Southern Texas bringing showers to the region. The period will finish with high pressure along the East Coast, while a new low begins to develop in the Gulf of Mexico. This will bring heavy rainfall to the Gulf Coast region. A clipper system will move through the Northern Plains bringing some snowfall to the region.

Day 4-7: The period will start with a significant storm system moving up the Eastern US. This will bring heavy rains and snows to the region. Another Arctic High pressure will push into the Plains bringing another round of below zero weather and wind chills near -45F. High pressure over the West will keep the region nice. The period will end with another storm system pushing into the Northwest and Northern Rockies bringing showers and snow to the region.

Day 8-12: The period will start with a strong high pressure over most of the country. This will bring very cold air to many places from the Plains to the East Coast. Another storm system will begin to develop in the Western Gulf of Mexico. This will bring another round of showers to the Gulf Coast. Strong high pressure will dominate the entire West Coast. Day nine high pressure will dominate most of the country, while a new storm system pushes into the Pacific Northwest with showers and snow showers. Day ten high pressure will dominate all of the Eastern US, while a clipper system pushes through the Northern Plains bringing light snowfall to the region. A new storm system will push into Southwest Canada bringing showers and snow showers to the Northwest US. Day eleven will have high pressure over the Eastern US, while the clipper system pushes into the Great Lakes bringing snow showers to the region. Another storm system will bring rain and snow to the Pacific Northwest. This storm will push into the Northern Plains with more snowfall for the region. Another storm system will be developing over Southern Texas with showers forecast for the region. The period will finish with a major winter storm moving across the Plains with very heavy snowfall likely. Another strong Arctic outbreak will bring some very cold air southward. The storm over Texas will push into the Gulf of Mexico bringing rainfall to the region.

Long Range Outlook: The period will start with a storm system moving into the Eastern US which will bring heavy rains and snow to the region. Low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico will bring heavy rainfall to the Gulf Coast. Over the Tennessee River Valley the potential will be there for a possible ice storm. The bulk of the moisture over the Plains will bring more heavy snowfall to the Plains and the Great Lakes. The Arctic high will plunge into the Northern Plains bringing some very cold air to the region. During the middle of the period, another potent storm system will push out of Florida and head up the Eastern US bringing heavy rains and also heavy snowfall to the region. The period will finish very active with multiple storm systems moving through the United States along with another major Arctic outbreak.

Green Energy Report for December 26, 2013:

Wave Energy: There will be large amounts of wave energy along the entire West Coast ahead of the next two frontal systems. The Northern Gulf Coast will have slight amounts of energy as high pressure settles into the region. There will be moderate amounts of energy over the Southeast, while the Northeast will have large amounts of energy ahead of the low pressure.

Hydro Energy: The best place will be over the lakes in the form of long term snowfall. There will also be long term snowfall energy over portions of the Northeast.

Solar Energy: The best place for solar energy today will be from SOCAL to the Southwest. A second area will be over the Southern Plains into the Mid-Mississippi River Valley. A third region of good solar energy will be from the Gulf Coast to the Southeast and up towards the Mid-Atlantic.

Wind Energy: The best places for wind energy today will be over the Northern Rockies and also over the Lakes region.

Weather and Your Wallet for Biloxi MS:

High pressure to the north will keep the region partly cloudy and cool.

Dining: Today will be a cool day, however there will be plenty of sunshine to enjoy a day at the park for lunch.

Transportation: There will be no issues with travel today.

Shopping: No issues for today in regards to getting out and doing some shopping.

Electricity: The area is forecasted to have 17HDD’s today as high temps will rise to around 55F and lows will fall to around 42F.

Yard Work: Today will be cool, however not a bad day to get out and clean the leaves up.

Construction: A tad cool for the outdoor projects, however plenty of sunshine.

Outdoor Venues: There will be no issues with enjoying an outdoor adventure. Just make sure to take your jacket.


Source: redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

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