Big Story Weather – April 26, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from April 25: The warmer air finally started to return to the center of the United States as temps rose back into the 60’s and 70’s in many places. The flooding in the north has also started to increase and will become an impact over the weekend.
Big Story Weather Discussion for April 26: High pressure moving into the Great Lakes will bring a nice day to the East Coast and the Southeast. A new developing low pressure over Oklahoma and Texas will bring showers to the region. This will expand eastward overnight into the lower Mississippi River Valley. A nice day is in store for the West with an abundant amount of sunshine.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
New York NY: Partly cloudy skies today with a high near 59F and a low near 52F.
Memphis TN: Mostly cloudy with showers by this evening. High temps will be around 62F as low temps fall to around 57F. Total rainfall will be near 0.25 inches.
Sioux Falls SD: Partly cloudy skies and mild with a high near 59F,. Overnight lows will be around 47F.
Boise ID: Partly cloudy with a high near 66F. Overnight lows will be around 54F.
Seattle WA: Partly cloudy with a high near 62F. Overnight lows will fall to around 52F.
April 26, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring showers to the region and a few snow showers to the Alps. Another area of low pressure is moving towards England and will impact the region this weekend. A third area of low pressure is now moving along the East Coast of Canada bringing a few showers to the coast. An area of low pressure is developing over Oklahoma and will bring showers to the Southern Plains and Gulf Coast.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving onshore over the West Coast of Canada will bring showers to the region. A second area of low pressure is moving across the Gulf of Alaska. Expect strong winds and some showers in the area.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving away from Japan will bring winds and rain showers towards the Midway Island. Another area of low pressure is moving across Western China and the Middle East bringing some rain to the region.
Indian Ocean: Another tranquil day across the basin with no major impacts.
Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure moving across the basin will bring impacts to the tip of South America with showers for Argentina. Another low pressure will bring impacts to Southern Australia and portions of New Zealand.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for April 26-30:
New York NY: The period will begin impact free with a chance of showers on April 29 which will create a slight impact for the region.
Memphis TN: The period will begin with slight impacts for the next two days associated with showers moving through the area. The remainder of the period will remain impact free.
Sioux Falls SD: The period will begin impact free. By April 29 and 30 the region will have slight impacts associated with some light rain.
Boise ID: The period will begin impact free. Look for slight impacts around April 28-29 associated with some light rain that will move through the region.
Seattle WA: The period will see a mix of slight impacts as two storm systems move through the region bringing light rain to the region.
Climate Watch for April 21-25:
New York NY: The period started with temps around 8-11 degrees below normal followed by a warm up to finish the period with temps about 1-3 degrees above normal.
Memphis TN: The region started with temps about 1-5 degrees below normal followed by a brief warm up with temps around 2 degrees above normal and then fell to around 6-8 degrees below to finish the period.
Sioux Falls SD: The majority of the period temps ranged from around 8-26 degrees below normal, however the period finished with temps around 3 degrees above normal.
Boise ID: The period started with temps around 1-9 degrees below normal, but the period finished with temps around 6 degrees above normal.
Seattle WA: The period started with temps around 5 degrees below normal followed by a warm up with temps ranging from around 1-11 degrees above normal for the remainder of the period.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for April 26, 2013:
Day 1-3: High pressure over the Eastern Lakes will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. This will extend to the East Coast. A weak storm system moving through the Western Lakes will bring showers to the region. A second area of low pressure over the Southern Plains will bring showers to the region. This will spread east into the Gulf Coast by this evening. High pressure out West will keep the region nice again today. Day two the high pressure will slide into the East Coast, while the low pressure moves across the Southern Mississippi River Valley bringing showers and some thunderstorms to the region. A cold front associated with a clipper system in Canada will push across the Northern Plains. Moisture should be limited with this front. High pressure will be along the majority of the West Coast. The period will finish with the low pressure area moving into the Southeast, with the frontal boundary along the Gulf Coast. Expect to see showers along the front. Another storm system will be developing over the Southern Plains and also another clipper system moving through the Northern Plains.
Day 4-7: The period will start with the low pressure area along the Mid-Atlantic bringing showers and a few thunderstorms to the region. Another clipper system will move through the Northern Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the area. Low pressure will develop over the Southwestern part of the United States. High pressure will ridge in over the West Coast. Day five the frontal boundary will move through the Northern Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. High pressure will be over the Northwest, with another low developing in the Southwest. Day six will bring a strong frontal boundary across the Plains region with the chance for some moderate severe weather from Texas northward into the Great Lakes. High pressure will keep the Northern Plains back into the West Coast nice and dry. The period will finish with an area of low pressure along the East Coast bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region, while high pressure will dominate the Plains all the way back to the West Coast.
Day 8-12: The period will start with an area of low pressure over the East Coast extending back into the Great Lakes. High pressure will be over the Southeast and Gulf Coast, and a new storm system will be developing over the Southwest. The potential is setting up for a very unseasonable cold low pressure area to move through the Northern Plains and also the Ohio River Valley. There will be plenty of rain and the potential may be there for snow as well. High pressure will keep the West dry. Day ten the strong cold low pressure will be in the Ohio River Valley bringing a mix of rain and snow. The West will remain dry. Day eleven the strong storm system will continue to impact the Midwest and Ohio River Valley with plenty of rain and snow. A new low pressure area will try to develop along the Southern Gulf.
Long Range Outlook: The period will begin with a strong storm system stuck over the Great Lakes and also into the Ohio River Valley with snow and rain. A strong cold air mass will invade from the Northern Plains with a stationary front along the Gulf Coast bringing rain and thunderstorms to the region. Another storm system will be entering the West. The period will end with a storm system moving out of Florida northward along the East Coast, high pressure along the East Coast, and another storm system over the Northern Plains.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Dallas TX:
Friday: Mostly cloudy with showers. High temps will be around 75F and low temps will be near 64F. The winds will be from the southeast 10-15mph and total rainfall around 0.06 inches.
Saturday: Partly cloudy and nice with a high near 78F. Winds will be from the northeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 50F.
Sunday: Partly cloudy and warmer with a high near 80F. Winds will be from the southeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 57F.
Monday: Partly cloudy with a high near 85F. Winds will be from the southeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 60F.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 85F. Winds will be from the southeast 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to near 65F.
Ask The Weatherman for April 26, 2013:
Question: What is a sub-tropical high pressure center?
Answer: A sub-tropical high pressure center is a weather feature that is located over the center of the oceans. In the Pacific Ocean there is the Pacific High, while in the Atlantic it is called the Bermuda-Azores high. These two high pressures have a huge impact on weather patterns. The Pacific High causes most of the low pressures to move from Japan northward and then down into the Northwest Pacific. The Bermuda Azores high does the same thing and takes all the low pressures off the East Coast and sends them up northward and then back down into Europe. The weather pattern around these high pressures is the reason why California and Europe have cool weather, while Japan and the East Coast get warmer summers as these high pressures bring a lot of warm air northward.
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Green Energy Weather Report for April 26, 2013:
Wave Energy: The Northeast will have around 102mwh, while the Mid-Atlantic will see about 413mwh. The Southeast will be around 205mwh, while the Gulf Coast will be around 58mwh. The Southwest will have a range of around 219mwh and the Northwest will be around 244mwh.
Solar Energy: The East Coast will be a great solar energy location today with plenty of sunshine also extending into Florida. The second place will be back over the Northern Plains and also over the majority of the West.
Wind Energy: The strongest wind energy producing locations today will be over Northeast Minnesota behind the weak frontal boundary and also over the Southern Plains behind the newly developed low.
Hydro-Energy: There will be a broad area of showers over the Great Lakes which will bring a moderate inflow of short term energy. A second area of short term energy will be found over the Southern Plains from Oklahoma into Arkansas and back into Texas.
April 26 Weather and Your Wallet (Austin TX):
A frontal boundary moving through the region will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region.
Dining: Today will be a good day to have lunch at work or indoors as on and off rain showers will impact the region.
Transportation: The precipitation will be light and should not have a big impact on the region.
Shopping: Today you will want to carry an umbrella with you or try and get that close parking spot.
Electricity: There will be a need this afternoon for some cooling as the forecast is for 5.5 CDD’s for the area.
Yard Work: The light rain and warmer weather will be great for the flowers and gardens and we are looking at about 10.5GDD’s so some growth will happen.
Construction: There will be slight impacts on the outdoor jobs today as the rain showers move in and out throughout the day.
Outdoor Venues: Look for light rain throughout the day which would make a fast run with the dog through the park.
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