Big Story Weather – April 29, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from April 26-28: This past weekend severe weather hit the South. Places in Tennessee dealt with severe weather. The severe weather hit Houston Texas really hard with large hail and rainfall rates of over six inches in some places leading to major flooding in the region. Heavy rainfall also spread across portions of the Gulf Coast.
Big Story Weather Discussion for April 29: Low pressure moving along the Mid-Atlantic with the trailing cold front will bring showers to the Southeast and even thunderstorms to Florida ahead of the cold front. A stationary boundary over the Gulf Coast will bring showers to the region today. A new developing low pressure area over Oklahoma will bring a few more showers to parts of Texas. High pressure over the Central Rockies will bring nice weather to the region. This will extend eastward into the Northern Plains. Another storm system moving out of the Northern Rockies will bring showers to Montana and back into Washington.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Buffalo NY: Partly cloudy with periods of light rain this evening. High temps around 63F and overnight lows will fall to near 50F. Total rainfall amounts will be around 0.15 inches.
Gulfport MS: Mostly cloudy with periods of rain today. High temps will be around 76F and overnight lows fall to around 68F. Total rainfall amounts will be around 0.45 inches.
Sioux City IA: Partly cloudy and mild today with a high near 68F. Overnight lows will be around 60F.
Billings MT: Mostly cloudy with light rain. High temps will be near 50F and overnight lows fall to near 40F. Total rainfall today will be around 0.25 inches.
Portland OR: Partly cloudy with a high near 52F and overnight lows will be near 45F.
April 29, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Europe will bring showers to the region today. Another area of low pressure moving through the Northern Atlantic will bring increased winds and seas to the region. A third area of low pressure beginning to move of the East Coast of the United States will bring showers to portions of the Southeast and thunderstorms to Florida. Low pressure near Oklahoma will bring showers to the region as well.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving through the Northern Rockies will bring rain to the region today. A potent low pressure area moving across the Gulf of Alaska will bring strong winds and rainfall to Southern Alaska.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving across Russia will bring showers to the region and some snowfall as well. Another area of low pressure over Eastern China will bring rain showers to the region. A third area of low pressure is moving across the Koreas and will bring rain to the region. An area of disturbed weather to the Southwest of Guam has a slight potential of becoming a tropical over the next 24hrs. Winds are around 15kts and pressure near 1009mb at this time.
Indian Ocean: An area of low pressure moving through the Central Indian Ocean will need to be watched for possible tropical development.
Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure are moving through the region this morning with one cold front impacting Southern South America with showers and higher elevation snows. A second impacting low pressure is over Southwest Australia bringing rain to Perth.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for April 29-May 3:
Buffalo NY: A slight impact this afternoon as showers move into the region. The remainder of the period will be impact free.
Gulfport MS: A slight impact today with showers likely. All will be tranquil until May 2 when another round of showers moves in bringing a slight impact to the area. The period will finish on May 3 with moderate impacts associated with strong thunderstorms.
Sioux City IA: The region will start out impact free, but by May 1 a slight impact will be possible associated with showers and then May 2 and 3 a moderate impact could be felt as moderate snowfall may become possible with accumulations possible.
Billings MT: A slight impact for today as showers will be in the region. The remainder of the period will be impact free.
Portland OR: No impacts forecasted for the period.
Climate Watch for April 24-28:
Buffalo NY: The period started with temps around 5 degrees above normal, followed by a brief cool down with temps falling to around 6-7 degrees below normal, and then the period finished with temps back to around 10-12 degrees above normal.
Gulfport MS: Over the past five days the region has seen temps around 1-6 degrees below normal.
Sioux City IA: The period started with temps around 10 degrees below normal, The remainder of the period temps rose to around 5-19 degrees above normal.
Billings MT: The period started about 3 degrees below normal and then warmed up to around 3-15 degrees above normal for the remainder of the period.
Portland OR: The period saw temps around 3-15 degrees above normal for the past five days.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for April 29, 2013:
Day 1-3: Low pressure moving along the East Coast will bring showers the Mid-Atlantic back into the Southeast and also a few thunderstorms through parts of Florida. The stationary boundary over the Gulf Coast will bring showers to the region today. A low pressure area will move through Montana. Expect to see showers extending back towards Seattle. Day two a frontal boundary will bring a few showers to Florida, while the next low pressure area over Oklahoma develops and pushes northeastward. This storm will bring showers, thunderstorms and even some snow to the Rockies. The period will end with a ridge over the Northeast, while showers will be along the Gulf Coast again with a few thunderstorms possible. The strong storm system will move towards the Great Lakes. Expect to see rain and snow with this storm. An unseasonably cold air mass will push into the Northern Plains.
Day 4-7: The period will start with a blocking high over the Northeast which will force the low pressure area to occlude over the Great Lakes. This will bring moderate rains and snow to the region. The cold front will extend to the Gulf Coast. Look for showers and thunderstorms along the front – some severe weather may be possible over the Gulf Coast. The cold high pressure area will build in over the entire Plains region by this time bringing unseasonably cold weather to the region. The West will remain dry. Day five will start with the blocking high still along the East Coast, while the storm system gets stuck into the Great Lakes bringing another day of rain and snow to the region. The cold front will push slightly eastward over the Eastern Gulf of Mexico bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. High pressure will keep the West dry. Day six the storm system will be well occluded bringing cold rain and snow to the Midwest – especially Iowa. A new storm system will begin to push in over the Southwest. The period will end with a new low pressure area moving into the Southwest and pushing moisture northward.
Day 8-12: The period will begin with the low pressure finally pushing into the Northeast bringing rain and a few thunderstorms to the region. The low pressure over the Southwest will push into Texas bringing showers to the area. Day nine the low pressure will be in Central Texas. Expect to see some showers in the region. By day ten the low pressure area will push into the Northern Plains while the cold front pushes along the Mid-Mississippi River Valley. Return flow will setup over the Gulf Coast behind the Sub-tropical high. Day eleven will move the storm system into Kansas and the warm front will extend across the entire Midwest. There will be showers and some thunderstorms along this boundary. Cold rain will fill in over the Montana region. The period will end with the low pressure moving into the Ohio River Valley with showers and thunderstorms, while a band of strong rain moves out of Montana and into the Western Dakotas.
Long Range Outlook: The period will start very active with one area of low pressure pushing into the Northeast bringing showers along with it. A second low will be developing over the Central Plains, while a third low moves towards the West Coast. The period will end with a potential severe weather outbreak over the Southern Plains.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Tulsa OK:
Monday: Partly cloudy and mild with a high near 84F. Winds will be from the southwest at 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around 59F.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy and mild with a high near 81F. Winds from the southeast 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around 59F.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms, some which may be severe. High temps will be around 80F and overnight lows near 40F. The winds will be from the northwest 12-17mph. Total rainfall will be near 0.65 inches.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with morning showers giving way to partly cloudy by afternoon. High temps will be around 50F and overnight lows near 30F. Winds will be from the northwest 12-17mph and total rainfall will be near 0.20 inches.
Friday: Partly cloudy and cool with a high near 60F. Winds from the northeast 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 36F.
Ask The Weatherman for April 29, 2013:
Question: What is meant by the term return flow?
Answer: When you hear the meteorologist on TV say the words ‘return flow,’ what they are talking about is that high pressure will shift to the east of your area in the Northern Hemisphere. This creates the winds to start blowing from the south. This wind direction in the Northern Hemisphere brings back northward the warm and moist air, also known as return flow.
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Green Energy Weather Report for April 29, 2013:
Wave Energy: The Northeast will have around 69mwh, while the Mid-Atlantic will see about 1404mwh. The Southeast will be around 319mwh, while the Gulf Coast will be around 61mwh. The Southwest will have a range of around 180mwh and the Northwest will be around 2518mwh.
Solar Energy: The Northern Plains and the far Northeast will both be good places for solar energy today. The majority of the Southwest will have a nice share of solar energy today.
Wind Energy: The biggest places for wind energy today will be back over Texas and also through parts of the Great Lakes.
Hydro-Energy: The Mid-Atlantic to the Southeast will enjoy moderate rainfalls which will bring short term energy to the region. Look for the stationary front along the Gulf Coast to bring short term energy to the region as well. A few showers over Texas and Oklahoma will also bring short term energy to the region. A few showers over parts of the Northwest will bring short term energy to the region.
April 29 Weather and Your Wallet (Minneapolis MN):
Partly cloudy skies will make for a nice day in the region.
Dining: Today will be a nice day to shed the winter blues and enjoy lunch at the park.
Transportation: There will be no weather impacts on the roads today.
Shopping: Today would be a great day to get out and catch those Spring sales.
Electricity: There will be a small need for some heating this evening and into the early morning hours tomorrow – around 3.5HDD’s.
Yard Work: This afternoon the grass should get a chance to finally start sprouting up as we are forecasting for 11.5GDD’s for the area.
Construction: A nice day to get out and do some outdoor projects as the weather will be great.
Outdoor Venues: This afternoon if you plan on hitting the park or taking a walk the weather will be excellent for doing just that.
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