Big Story Weather – April 2, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from April 1: The big news for the past 24 hours was the showers that pushed through the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast region. Another area was also back over Texas and parts of Oklahoma where showers and thunderstorms started to develop.
Big Story Weather Discussion for April 2: High pressure in the Great Lakes will bring partly cloudy skies to the region and partly cloudy skies to the East Coast. Expect to see below normal temps in this region as well. Low pressure over southwest Texas will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region, although severe weather will be low for today. A dry day will be found from the Rockies westward to the West Coast.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
New York NY: Partly cloudy skies with high temps around 43F. Overnight lows will be around 32F.
Atlanta GA: Partly cloudy skies and cool with a high near 62F. Overnight lows will be around 44F.
Omaha NE: Partly cloudy skies and cool with a high near 40F. Overnight lows will drop to around 33F.
Boise ID: Partly cloudy skies with high temps around 60F. Overnight lows will be around 51F.
San Diego CA: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 68F. Overnight lows will be around 60F.
April 2, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring showers to the region. Another area of low pressure moving towards England will bring showers and clouds to western Europe. Low pressure to the east of the United States will move towards the northeast over the next couple of days towards Iceland and Greenland. Another area of low pressure has developed over the Southern Plains of the United States and will move eastward bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving through the Central Pacific will slowly work its way towards the West Coast of Canada and the Pacific Northwest. A second area of low pressure is now moving into the Western Gulf of Alaska. Expect to see snow showers in the region along with moderate winds.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving across the dateline will eventually push into the Gulf of Alaska over the next day or so. A second area of low pressure is now over Japan and will bring clouds and showers to the region. A third area of low pressure is moving through Northeast Russia and will bring showers and snow showers to the region. This will slowly push towards Northern Japan over the next day or so. Another area of low pressure has now entered into Western Russia and will bring snow showers to the region.
Indian Ocean: A large area of low pressure along the monsoonal trough will bring heavy rains to Southern India and Sri Lanka today. Also look for the showers to expand eastward back to around Singapore.
Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure are pushing across the southern ocean today, however most of them are far enough away from land that they are not creating impacts to land and are more of a hazard to the shipping routes. There will be a few showers in the southern portion of South America associated with a cold front.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for April 2-6:
New York NY: The period will start out impact free, but by April 5 a few showers will move into the region which will create a slight impact for the area.
Atlanta GA: The period will start impact free, but by April 4-5 the region will see rain showers which may be heavy at times. This will cause the region to see slight to moderate impacts for those days.
Omaha NE: The period will start impact free, but showers will move into the region on April 6. This will bring a slight impact to the region.
Boise ID: The period will start with no impacts, but rain showers will move in by April 5-6. This will bring the region a slight impact.
San Diego CA: The region will enjoy five nice days with no weather impacts forecasted.
Climate Watch for March 28- April 1:
A slow warming trend has been short lived across the United States but it has allowed for places to get back above normal for the past few days.
New York NY: The period started with temps around 5 below normal and then warmed for the remainder of the period with temps around 1-7 degrees above normal.
Atlanta GA: The period started with temps around 6 degrees below normal, but the remainder of the period saw temps around 1-4 degrees above normal.
Omaha NE: The period started with temps around 1-12 degrees above normal, however yesterday as the high pressure area built in and the temps fell to around 17 degrees below normal.
Boise ID: The region saw temps around 9-15 degrees above normal for the entire five day period.
San Diego CA: The period started with temps around 1-5 degrees above normal and then yesterday temps fell to around 1 degree below normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for April 2, 2013:
Day 1-3: High pressure over the Great Lakes will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. This will expand eastward to most of the East Coast. A low pressure area over western Texas will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. Severe weather should be low for today, however a few storms could become severe. The Rockies and westward will enjoy a tranquil day today with partly cloudy skies for the majority of the region. Day two high pressure will slide into the Mid-Atlantic region, while the low pressure area pushes out over the Gulf of Mexico and will bring very heavy rains to the Gulf Coast region with some places getting over two inches of rain. High pressure over the Rockies will keep the west dry as well. The period will finish with low pressure over Florida bringing heavy rains to the region. High pressure will slide in over the Northern Plains and bring another round of cooler weather to the area. A new storm system will push on shore and bring rain to a good portion of the West.
Day 4-7: The period will start with a strong low pressure area moving up the East Coast bringing plenty of rainfall, while high pressure will be over the Great Lakes bringing partly cloudy skies to the region. The storm from the west will move into the Plains during this time period bringing rain and some snow to the area. Another storm system will enter the Pacific Northwest. Day five high pressure will be over the Mid-Atlantic region, while the storm system pushes into the Southern Plains bringing rain and thunderstorms to the area. Another area of low pressure will still be over the Pacific Northwest with moderate rains for the region. Day six the storm will be over the Plains, with the extended warm front over the Ohio River Valley which will bring showers to the region. A powerful storm system will move into the inner mountain west bringing rains and heavy snows to the west. The period will finish with a few showers over the East Coast, and high pressure over the Northern Great Lakes which will extend into the Ohio River Valley. The powerful storm system will push into the Southwest bringing rain and snows to the region.
Day 8-12: The period will start with high pressure over the Great and the storm system pushing into Arizona bringing rain and snows to the Southwest. High pressure will build in over the West Coast. Day nine will have a strong storm system over the Southern Plains bringing heavy rains and a moderate chance for severe weather to the region. This will expand into the Mississippi River Valley as well. High pressure will keep the West dry. Day ten a major low pressure area will extend from the Northeast to the Gulf Coast where another low pressure will be developing. Expect to see heavy rains from the Northeast all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. High pressure will be over the West. The period will finish with a strong low pressure area over the Great Lakes with the associated frontal boundary extending to the Gulf of Mexico. Expect to see heavy rains and severe weather possible with this front.
Long Range Outlook: The period will start with another low pressure area over the West. The period will finish very active with multiple areas of low pressure moving through the United States.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Denver CO:
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with periods of showers during the afternoon. High temps will be around 51F. Look for low temps to be near 33F. Total rainfall amounts will be around 0.03-0.07 inches. The winds will be from the northeast 5-10mph.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy and mild with a high near 60F. Winds will be from the southwest 2-7mph as overnight lows fall near 38F.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy and warm with a high near 66F. Winds will be from the southwest 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 44F.
Friday: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 70F. Winds will be from the southwest 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 40F.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with showers likely. High temps will be around 63F. Look for overnight lows to fall to around 40F. The winds will be from the southeast 5-10mph with total rainfall around 0.25-0.45 inches.
Ask The Weatherman for April 2, 2013:
Question: What is the wind flow around a high pressure center?
Answer: Today we will look at the counterpart to a low pressure which is the high pressure center. In the Northern Hemisphere, high pressure centers flow with the clock meaning that the northerly winds will be on the east side of the high, while the southerly winds will be on the west side of the high.
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Green Energy Weather Report for April 2, 2013:
Wave Energy: Looking at about 274mwh for the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic will see around 94mwh. The Southeast will have a range around 58mwh and the Northern Gulf of Mexico will be around 17mwh. The Southwest United States will see around 172mwh and the Northwest will be closer to 1019mwh.
Solar Energy: The entire East Coast will be favorable for solar energy today and also back towards the Southeast and portions of the Gulf Coast. The Northern Plains will also enjoy a good push of solar energy today as high pressure is in the region. This will expand into the Great Lakes. A good portion of the West will also have good solar energy chances today.
Wind Energy: A small area of stronger winds will develop behind the low pressure area over Texas today.
Hydro-Energy: The southwest and portions of Texas and Oklahoma will see some rainfall impact the region today which will lead to short term energy.
April 2 Weather and Your Wallet (Houston TX):
Low pressure to the west will bring showers to the region by later this evening.
Dining: Today should be a good day to enjoy an outdoor lunch at the park. Expect showers to move in later this evening.
Transportation: No issues expected this morning or evening with the commute. If you have plans to be on the roads during the overnight hours you may start to see ponding develop on the roads.
Shopping: Today will be a nice day to get out and enjoy the spring sales. The rain should hold off until late tonight and overnight.
Electricity: There will be a small window this afternoon that the air conditioning will be needed with the forecast of 4.5CDD’s for today.
Yard Work: Today will provide a great day for growth of the yard and garden and flowers as the forecast is for 19.5GDD’s for the area. This evening showers will move in and give the region a nice drink.
Construction: There will be no issues through the day with outdoor projects. The overnight hours there will be showers that will have an impact on any overnight projects.
Outdoor Venues: Today will be a great day to get out and take the dog for a walk or to visit the museums.
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