Big Story Weather – April 25, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from April 24: Another day of light snow across the Northern Plains. Severe weather was seen in Louisiana and Mississippi. Another area of cold air moved over the Southern Plains with more frost and freeze warnings issued.
Big Story Weather Discussion for April 25: An area of low pressure will move across the Great Lakes today bringing a few snow showers to the area. A weak upper level feature is moving over the Carolinas today and will bring a few showers with it. High pressure sliding into Mississippi will bring partly cloudy skies to the Gulf Coast and back towards the Southern Plains. Onshore flow near Houston will bring a few showers to the area. The West will remain dry and mild again today especially in the Pacific Northwest where temps will be above normal.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Baltimore MD: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 57F. Overnight low will be around 39F.
Houston TX: Mostly cloudy with a few showers possible. High temps will be around 68F and low temps near 53F. Total rainfall will be near 0.25 inches.
Omaha NE: Partly cloudy skies and warm with a high near 60F. Overnight lows will fall to around 36F.
Billings MT: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 64F. Overnight lows will be near 43F.
Portland OR: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 71F. Overnight lows will fall to around 52F.
April 25, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring showers to Italy and parts of Germany. A second area of low pressure moving towards England will bring a few showers and stronger winds to the region. A third area of low pressure will merge with another area of low pressure over the East Coast of Canada. Expect to see moderate snowfall within this region.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving across the Northern Pacific will slowly push towards the West Coast over the next few days. Another area of low pressure is headed towards the Gulf of Alaska. Expect to see increasing winds and also some snow showers for the region.
Western Pacific: A strong area of low pressure is now pulling away from Japan. Expect a few wrap around showers for parts of Northern Japan. Another area of low pressure is moving through Central China and will bring snow and rain to the region.
Indian Ocean: A tranquil day in store for the basin.
Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure are moving through the basin with an area impacting parts of Western South America with increased winds and seas and another one beginning to impact Perth Australia with showers and thunderstorms. A third low pressure will bring clouds and showers to Sydney later in the day.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for April 25-29:
Baltimore MD: The region will start the period out with no impacts expected. By April 29 a slight chance of showers will bring a slight impact into the region.
Houston TX: The region will see slight impacts today associated with showers. On April 27 another round of showers will move through bringing a slight impact to the region.
Omaha NE: The region will begin the period impact free. By April 29 the region will see slight impacts associated with some showers moving into the region.
Billings MT: The period will start out impact free. A chance of impacts on April 29 as showers move through the region.
Portland OR: The region will be impact free for the next four days with a chance of slight impacts on April 29 associated with a few showers moving through the area.
Climate Watch for April 20-24:
Baltimore MD: The region started with temps around 5-13 degrees below normal and then rose to around 5 degrees above normal for April 24.
Houston TX: The past five days the region has seen temps ranging from 2-12 degrees below normal.
Omaha NE: The period started with temps around 14 degrees below normal, however on April 21 temps rose to around 3 degrees above normal and then finished the period with temps again around 6-25 degrees below normal.
Billings MT: The period started with temps around 3 degrees above normal before falling to around 3-26 degrees below normal for the remainder of the period.
Portland OR: The period started with temps around 3-7 degrees below normal and then finished the period with temps warming to around 2-12 degrees above normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for April 25, 2013:
Day 1-3: A weak upper level trough will bring a few showers to the Carolinas. The rest of the East Coast will enjoy a nice day. High pressure over the Gulf Coast will bring nice weather to the region. This will extend northwestward into the Plains as well. A surface low moving through the Great Lakes will bring a few snow showers to the region. High pressure will bring nice weather to the West. By day two high pressure will be over both coasts, while a weak surface low develops near Oklahoma and brings a few showers to the region. This will extend into Arkansas as well. The period will end with high pressure on both coasts, while the surface low moves through Mississippi bringing a few showers and thunderstorms to the region.
Day 4-7: The period will start with high pressure over the East Coast. A weak surface low will push into the Carolinas with a trailing front over the Southeast and Gulf Coast which will bring showers and thunderstorms to the area. A clipper system will bring a few showers to the Northern Plains and Great Lakes during this time as well. A new storm system will begin to enter the Pacific Northwest. By day five the surface low will move out over the Atlantic, while the cold front and stationary front extend along the Southeast and Gulf Coast. Expect to see showers and thunderstorms in this region. The clipper will bring a few showers to the Great Lakes while the new storm system moves into the Northern Rockies bringing rain and snow to the area. By day six the high pressure area will be over New England with a storm system moving into the Plains area bringing showers to the Northern Plains. Another low will develop over the Southwest and bring showers and thunderstorms to Texas. High pressure will nudge into the Pacific Northwest. The period will finish with high pressure over the Northeast and West Coast, while a storm system moves into the Great Lakes and the associated frontal boundary extends to the Gulf Coast. This front will provide the grounds for showers and thunderstorms; some strong thunderstorms may be possible in the south.
Day 8-12: The period will start with the low pressure moving up into Southeast Canada, however the cold front will extend form the Ohio River Valley to the Gulf Coast. This front will bring showers and thunderstorms to the area. High pressure will build into the Northern Plains and West Coast. By day ten low pressure will move into Florida bringing showers to the region, while another low pressure area moves into the West bringing rain to the region. By day eleven a strong storm system will move into the Plains bringing rain and thunderstorms to the region. The period will end with a low pressure area over the Great Lakes and another over the southwest.
Long Range Outlook: The period will start with a low pressure area developing over the Southwest which will bring showers to the region. During the middle of the period the low pressure will push into Colorado with a strong cold front developing over the Southern Plains which could spawn some severe weather. The period will end with a significant storm system moving through the Plains bringing plenty of rain and thunderstorms to the region.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Orlando FL:
Thursday: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 86F. Winds will be light and variable. Low temps will fall to around 68F.
Friday: Partly cloudy with a few passing showers. High temps will be around 78F. Winds will be from the northeast 5-10mph. Overnight lows will fall to 66F. Total rainfall will be around 0.05 inches.
Saturday: Partly cloudy and nice with a high near 78F. Winds will be from the northeast 5-10mph. Overnight lows will fall to around 67F.
Sunday: Partly cloudy with a few showers. High temps will be around 82F. Winds will be from the southeast 2-7mph. Overnight lows will drop to around 68F. Total rainfall will be around 0.10 inches.
Monday: Partly cloudy with a few thunderstorms. High temps will be around 84F and low temps will drop to near 69F. Winds will be from the southeast 2-7mph. Total rainfall reaches near 0.40 inches.
Ask The Weatherman for April 25, 2013:
Question: What is an ocean gyre?
Answer: An ocean gyre is the flow of the water in the ocean. Looking at the Pacific Ocean you will notice that there are four ocean currents that flow in the Northern Pacific. The first is the California Current which flows along the West Coast of the United States. This flows southward into the Equatorial Current that flows from east to west. This runs into the Kuroshio Current which flows along the coast of Japan from the south to the north and then is met by the Northern Current which flows from west to east towards the Polar Current. These four currents make up the North Pacific Gyre.
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Green Energy Weather Report for April 25, 2013:
Wave Energy: The Northeast will have around 102mwh, while the Mid-Atlantic will see about 457mwh. The Southeast will be around 116mwh, while the Gulf Coast will be around 61mwh. The Southwest will have a range of around 357mwh and the Northwest will be around 127mwh.
Solar Energy: The majority of the East Coast will see good solar energy today. Also the Southern Plains into the Gulf Coast as high pressure settles into the region will see good solar energy. The Northern Plains back into the West will also enjoy plenty of solar energy.
Wind Energy: The region from the Great Lakes behind the surface low and also over the Southeast behind an upper level trough that is moving through the Carolinas today.
Hydro-Energy: A small region of short term energy will develop over the Carolinas today with some light rain. A second region of short term energy will be over the Great Lakes as some snow falls, however it should melt right away leading to short term energy.
April 25 Weather and Your Wallet (Chicago IL):
The region is in store for a nice day with partly cloudy skies. High temps will be around 53F and lows near 39F. The winds will be from the southwest around 8-13mph.
Dining: There will be no issues with going out and enjoying lunch in the park today. This evening if you are dining out you will want a jacket as it will be cool.
Transportation: There will be no issues with the weather and the commutes today as partly cloudy skies will keep the roads dry.
Shopping: Today will be a good day to go out and get some of that spring shopping done.
Electricity: There will be the need for some heat today, especially between midnight and 5am when the low temp hits around 39F. The forecasted HDD’s for the day stand at 19.
Yard Work: Today will be a nice day to get out and enjoy cleaning the yard up, however there is no forecasted GDD’s for the day.
Construction: A nice day for outdoor projects to be completed, but this evening if you are out working on the outdoor projects make sure to take your winter jacket as it will still be cold.
Outdoor Venues: A great afternoon to head out and enjoy a walk with your family pet. This evening make sure to take a jacket as it will be cool.
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