Big Story Weather – April 22, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from April 19-21: Major flooding continues to impact cities in the north as the snow melt and past heavy rain enters the river basins. Another storm system developed over the Southwest and is now moving out to the Rockies and towards the Plains.
Big Story Weather Discussion for April 22: High pressure along the East Coast will bring a nice day to the region with mild temps and plenty of sunshine. An area of low pressure over Florida will bring showers and thunderstorms to the state today. The new storm system moving out of the Southwest will bring showers to Kansas and parts of Oklahoma. A heavy band of snow will move through the Central Plains. Some places could get up to five inches of snowfall today. A nice day is in store for the West Coast.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
New York NY: Partly cloudy and cool today with a high near 46F. Overnight lows will drop to around 40F.
Memphis TN: Partly cloudy skies and warmer today with a high near 68F. Overnight lows will fall to around 59F.
Sioux Falls SD: Cloudy with periods of snow today. High temps around 34F and overnight lows near 30F. Total snowfall amounts will be around 3-5 inches.
Billings MT: Mostly cloudy with periods of snow. High temps will be around 30F and overnight lows will drop to near 25F. Total snowfall will be around 1-3 inches.
Portland OR: Partly cloudy with a high near 64F. Overnight lows will fall to around 47F.
April 22, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through the Central Atlantic will bring some showers towards the Cape Verde Islands. A second area of low pressure developing near Florida will bring showers and thunderstorms to most of Florida. A third area of low pressure moving through the Plains today will bring rain and snow to the region.
Eastern Pacific: An area of low pressure moving through the Central Gulf of Alaska will bring snow and rain to parts of Alaska.
Western Pacific: Low pressure to the northeast of Japan will bring winds and seas to the Northern Pacific. Another area of low pressure moving across Eastern China will bring showers and some snow showers to the region. This will expand eastward towards the Koreas. An area of low pressure moving out of the Middle East will begin to impact portions of Western China with rain and snow showers for the higher elevations.
Indian Ocean: One area of stronger convection along the monsoonal trough will persist through parts of Southeast Asia near Thailand and Singapore.
Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure are transiting through the region. One area of low pressure will impact parts of Southeast Africa with showers. A second area of low pressure will bring showers to the Sydney region and cooler temps to the area.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for April 22-26:
New York NY: The region will enjoy no weather impacts to the area over the next five days.
Memphis TN: The region will start impact free. By April 24 moderate impacts will be in the region associated with stronger thunderstorms. There will also be a chance of slight impacts on April 26 with another round of thunderstorms.
Sioux Falls SD: The region will have moderate impacts today with the periods of heavy snowfall. The remainder of the week will be impact free.
Billings MT: The region will have moderate impacts today associated with the snowfall. No impacts for the remainder of the period.
Portland OR: No impacts expected over the next five days.
Climate Watch for April 17-21:
New York NY: The period started with temps around 7 degrees above normal and then fell around 1 degree below normal before warming back up to around 8 degrees above normal and then finished the period with temps around 3-10 degrees below normal.
Memphis TN: The period started with temps around 6-12 degrees above normal before falling to around 5-18 degrees below normal for the remainder of the period.
Sioux Falls SD: The past five days have seen temps ranging from around 8-28 degrees below normal.
Billings MT: The region seen temps ranging from around 1-25 degrees below normal before warming to around 3 above and then finished the period with temps around 17 degrees below normal.
Portland OR: The past five days the region has seen temps around 2-7 degrees below normal for the area.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for April 22, 2013:
Day 1-3: High pressure along the East Coast will bring nice weather to the region, a developing low pressure area over Florida will bring showers and thunderstorms to the area. A strong low pressure system moving through the Rockies and Plains will bring rain and snow to the region along with some blizzard-like conditions. A nice day in store for the Gulf Coast and West Coast. On day two an area of low pressure will be moving up the East Coast bringing some showers to portions of the Mid-Atlantic. Low pressure will move north of the Great Lakes bringing a strong cold front all the way southward which will bring showers and thunderstorms from Ohio to the Gulf Coast. High pressure will build over the Northern Plains, while another low develops over the Southwest. The period will finish with a frontal boundary extending from the Northeast to the Gulf Coast. Expect to see showers and thunderstorms along this frontal boundary.
Day 4-7: The period will start with high pressure over the Midwest which will bring partly cloudy skies to the Gulf Coast all the way into the Northeast. Low pressure will be in the Southwest and also moving across the Northern Rockies. On day five high pressure will shift to the East Coast, while a storm system kicks out into the Central Plains. Expect to see showers and thunderstorms with this low. Another storm system will be pushing into the Canadian West Coast. By day six the high pressure will be over Maine and a frontal boundary will be found from the Ohio River Valley to the Gulf Coast. This boundary will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. The clipper system will move into the Northern Plains bringing a few showers to the area. The period will end with a frontal boundary extending across a good portion of the East.
Day 8-12: The period will start with a significant cold front extending from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast. Expect to see a good amount of rain and thunderstorms along this frontal boundary. On day nine the frontal boundary will extend from the Northeast all the way to the Gulf Coast. There will be plenty of rain and thunderstorms along this frontal boundary. High pressure will be building into the Great Lakes at the same time. Another low pressure area will make its way towards the Pacific Northwest. Day ten a stationary boundary will be along the Gulf Coast, while strong high pressure will be over the Great Lakes to the Tennessee River Valley. A strong area of low pressure and the associated cold front will be moving into the Rockies. Expect to see moderate rainfall along this frontal boundary. Day eleven will have high pressure along both the West and East Coasts along with a frontal boundary moving through the Northern and Central Plains.
Long Range Outlook: The period will start with a low pressure moving through the Great Lakes and the associated frontal boundary will be back into the Plains. The middle of the period a new low will begin to develop over the Southern Plains and the Western Gulf of Mexico. The period will finish with a possible severe weather outbreak and heavy rainfall along the Gulf Coast.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Dallas TX:
Monday: Partly cloudy with a high near 78F. Winds from the southeast 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around 60F.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with periods of thunderstorms. High temps will be around 66F and overnight lows will fall to near 40F. Winds will be from the northwest 10-15mph and total rainfall will be around 0.15 inches.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and cool with a high near 65F. Winds will be from the northeast 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 46F.
Thursday: Partly cloudy and cool with a high near 66F. Winds will be from the southeast 10-15mph as overnight lows drop to near 54F.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with scattered thunderstorms. High temps will be around 76F and overnight lows will fall to around 60F. Winds will be from the south 10-15mph along with total rainfall near 0.05 inches.
Ask The Weatherman for April 22, 2013:
Question: What is famous about 23.5N and 23.5S?
Answer: This latitude both north and south is important because this is where our tropical weather starts and goes all the way to the tropics. This region is known as the Tropic of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere and the Tropic of Capricorn for the Southern Hemisphere. This is the region where we start to watch more of an east to west flow as tropical moisture flows around the globe. This is also where we start to watch for tropical systems to form anywhere from this latitude and closer to the equator.
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Green Energy Weather Report for April 22, 2013:
Wave Energy: The Northeast will have around 252mwh, while the Mid-Atlantic will see about 3116mwh. The Southeast will be around 2294mwh, while the Gulf Coast will be around 139mwh. The Southwest will have a range of around 147mwh and the Northwest will be around 277mwh.
Solar Energy: Today’s best solar energy will be from the East Coast back into the Gulf Coast and also from the Southwest into the West Coast.
Wind Energy: The best wind energy for today will be across the Rockies on the backside of the storm system that is moving through the region.
Hydro-Energy: Looking at most of the hydro energy falling across the Plains region. The Southern Plains will get short term energy through rainfall, while the Northern Plains will be dealing with long term energy in the form of snowfall. Florida will be another area with short term energy today due to an area of low pressure trying to develop which will bring showers and thunderstorms to the area.
April 22 Weather and Your Wallet (Sioux City IA):
A strong area of low pressure will move south of the region. This will keep the region in the colder air to the north allowing for moderate snowfall today.
Dining: Today will see periods of heavy, blowing snow which will make it a good day to just eat lunch at work or at home.
Transportation: Today will not be the best day for driving as the conditions will become harder as the day goes on and the snow begins to accumulate on the roadways. Also expect to see some ice develop underneath the first portion of the snowfall due to the warmer road surfaces. This will make today a very tricky day for commuting.
Shopping: Best to wait a few days before venturing out to shop.
Electricity: There will be a high demand for heating today as the colder air will be in place with the region seeing temps around 20-30 degrees below normal. This will bring the heating demand to around 33.5 HDD’s for the day, with the highest demand during the overnight hours.
Yard Work: If you have plans to go out and move snow, make sure to take it easy and in stride as this type of heavy, wet snow is responsible for the most winter injuries. Also remember that a thin layer of ice may develop below the snow due to the warmer surfaces.
Construction: If you must work today, the best jobs will be the indoor jobs and also be careful working the indoor projects as the heating you will need inside could spark fires around the work place.
Outdoor Venues: Plans for outdoor venues today will be best rescheduled until the snow moves out. If you need to walk the dog, you might want to remain close to home today just because of the snow and the winds.
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