Big Story Weather – April 3, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from April 2: The first big story from yesterday was the severe weather that broke out over Texas in the late night hours with many places seeing very large hail. The second big story was the colder weather that has settled back in over the Northern Plains and Great Lakes associated with another cold high pressure center. The third story was the heavy rainfall along the Gulf Coast.
Big Story Weather Discussion for April 3: High pressure over the Great Lakes will bring a cool but nice day to the region. This weather will extend into the East Coast. A strong low pressure system has pushed into the Northern Gulf of Mexico bringing with it a lot of rain for the Northern Gulf Coast region. Many places are forecasted to get over 2 inches of rainfall. High pressure out west will keep the region dry and mild.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Baltimore MD: Partly cloudy and cool with high temps around 46F. Overnight lows will be around 27F.
Dallas TX: Cloudy with rain showers – some heavy rain is possible. High temps will be around 46F with low temps near 41F. Total rainfall may be around 1.5 inches.
Chicago IL: Sunny skies and cool with a high near 37F. Overnight lows will fall to around 32F.
Denver CO: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 54F. Overnight lows will be around 44F.
Seattle WA: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 55F. Overnight lows will be around 50F.
April 3, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring areas of heavy rain and also higher elevation snows. Another area of low pressure moving towards England will bring cloudy skies and showers to the region. This will expand into France and Spain today as well. A third area of low pressure is now moving towards Iceland and will bring strong winds and high seas to the region. A new low pressure area is forming over the Northern Gulf of Mexico. This storm is going to be responsible for very heavy rain and flooding conditions along the Northern Gulf Coast region.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving towards the West Coast will bring strong winds and high seas to the open Pacific today, while another area of low pressure moves towards Alaska. Expect to see snow with this storm for Southern Alaska.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving away from Japan will bring strong winds and high seas to the Northern Pacific, while another storm system begins to develop over Eastern China bringing rain to the region. A third area of low pressure is moving through Central Russia and will bring rain and snow to the area.
Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough will be very active today across a good portion of the basin. Expect to see some showers and thunderstorms impact India and eastward towards Southeast Asia.
Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure moving southeast of South America will bring showers to portions of Argentina, while another low moving towards Australia will bring showers and thunderstorms to Western Australia later today. Multiple other low pressure systems are moving across the ocean creating winds and seas for mariners.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for April 3-7:
Baltimore MD: There will be a chance for slight impacts on April 5 as showers move into the region.
Dallas TX: Today and tomorrow the region will be dealing with slight impacts as showers dominate the weather pattern. On April 7 another round of showers will move into the region creating a slight impact.
Chicago IL: The region will enjoy a few days of high pressure before the next round of showers moves in on April 6 bringing a slight impact to the region.
Denver CO: The period will start out impact free, however April 4-5 the region will see light rain which will create slight impacts for the area.
Seattle WA: The region will be impact free today followed by a long period of rain showers which will bring a slight impact to the area over the next few days.
Climate Watch for March 29- April 2:
A warmer period has taken hold over the United States, however another shot of cold air is inbound and will impact the Northern part of the country over the next few days.
Baltimore MD: The period started with temps around 2 below normal and then warmed to about 1 degree above normal before falling back to 5 below normal. The period ended with April 1 being about 6 degrees above normal and then 12 below normal on April 2.
Dallas TX: The period started with temps around 1-6 degrees above normal and the period finished with temps about 4 below normal.
Chicago IL: The period started with temps around 3-7 degrees above normal before falling to around 9-12 degrees below normal for the remainder of the period.
Denver CO: The region enjoyed temperatures about 1-10 degrees above normal before finishing the period with temps around 19 degrees below normal to cool things off.
Seattle WA: The entire period saw temps about 1-13 degrees above normal for the region.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for April 3, 2013:
Day 1-3: High pressure over the Great Lakes will make for a nice day throughout the region and this will also be the case for the Northeast – the temps will be cooler than normal however. A low pressure area over the Gulf of Mexico will bring heavy rain to the Gulf Coast today with places seeing over two inches of rainfall. A few areas of light snow will develop over the Panhandle of Texas this evening as well. High pressure will bring nice weather to the Rockies and back to the west, while a few showers develop along a cold front that is moving through the Northern Plains. Day two the storm system will move over Florida bringing heavy rainfall to the Southeast. High pressure will build in over the Northern Plains, while another storm system pushes rainfall and snow across the Pacific Northwest. The period will end with high pressure over the Ohio River Valley, and the storm system moving into the Plains region bringing rain and snow to the area. Another storm system is expected to move on shore over the Pacific Northwest.
Day 4-7: The period will start with a low pressure area in the Great Lakes creating rain and snow for the region, while another storm system begins to take shape in the Plains and Eastern Rockies. A third storm system will push towards the Pacific Northwest. Day five will have an area of low pressure over Maine bringing rain and snow to the region, with another low pressure area over the Western Great Lakes which will bring rain and snow to the region. A third area of low pressure will be developing near Nevada bringing rain and snow to the region. By day six there will be a low pressure area moving into the Northeast which will bring rain and snow to the region, while the low from Nevada moves into the Southwest creating heavy rain and thunderstorms across the region extending into the Plains. The period will finish with a strong storm system in the Plains region. Expect to see thunderstorms and some severe weather with this.
Day 8-12: The period will start with a low pressure area moving towards the Ohio River Valley which will bring rain and thunderstorms to the region. A frontal boundary will extend to the Gulf Coast bringing rain and thunderstorms to the region as well. High pressure will be out west. Day nine will have the low pressure area moving into the Northeast, while the trailing cold front will extend over the Gulf Coast bringing more rain to the region. Day ten we will have a major storm system along the Gulf Coast which will bring heavy rainfall to the region. Another storm system will be clipping through the Northern Plains. The period will end with a low pressure area moving up the East Coast and another storm system moving into the Rockies.
Long Range Outlook: The long range will begin very active with multiple storm systems moving through the United States. The period will end with a large storm system along the East Coast and another storm system pushing onshore over the Pacific Northwest.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Minneapolis MN:
Wednesday: Partly cloudy and mild with a high near 44F. Winds will be from the southwest 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 33F.
Thursday: Partly cloudy and cooler with a high near 40F. Winds will be from the northwest 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 27F.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with showers. High temps will be around 45F while low temps fall to around 40F. The winds will be from the southeast 7-12mph and total rainfall will be around 0.2-0.4 inches.
Saturday: Partly cloudy with a few showers early. High temps will be around 42F while overnight lows fall to around 24F. The winds will be from the northwest 7-12mph and total rainfall will be around 0.05-0.15 inches.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with periods of rain and snow. High temps will be around 45F while overnight lows fall to around 30F. The winds will be from the southeast 5-10mph and total rainfall will be around 0.05 inches and a trace amount of snowfall.
Ask The Weatherman for April 3, 2013:
Question: Where do most of the severe storms form ahead of the front?
Answer: There are two major spots that have to be watched for severe thunderstorms. The first is the squall line which usually forms 50-150 miles ahead of the main cold front. These storms are called super cell storms. The second place is at and ahead of the cold front. Here these storms are more capable of creating winds damage and large hail with a few isolated tornadoes.
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Green Energy Weather Report for April 3, 2013:
Wave Energy: The Northeast will see ranges around 58mwh, while the Mid-Atlantic will be around 30mwh. The Southeast will have an increase to around 133mwh, while the Northern Gulf of Mexico will see about 66mwh. The Southwest will be around 152mwh and the Northwest will be at about 222mwh.
Solar Energy: Solar energy will be the best from the Great Lakes into the Northeast around the area of high pressure. The West Coast and portions of the Rockies will also enjoy a good solar day.
Wind Energy: The best places for wind power today will be over New Mexico into Western Texas behind the front. Another band will develop over Eastern Montana behind another cold front.
Hydro-Energy: A large area of short term heavy rain will bring some much needed hydro energy to the Southern Mississippi River Valley and the Gulf Coast region. This will also expand back towards Texas. Northwest Texas may also see some long term energy in the form of snowfall, however it should mostly melt before accumulating. A pocket of short term energy will also be found over the Northern Plains along the cold front.
April 3 Weather and Your Wallet (Biloxi MS):
Low pressure to the south will bring very heavy rain to the area all day today.
Dining: Today will be a good day to take your lunch to work or hit the drive through as the heavy rain will not make it a favorable outdoor lunch day.
Transportation: This morning the region is going to deal with periods of very heavy rain which will lead to ponding on the roads and dangerous driving conditions. This afternoon and evening conditions will improve slightly.
Shopping: Today will be a great day to hit the indoor malls, just make sure to take your umbrella.
Electricity: There will be a small window of heating needed during the overnight hours as the forecast is for 1.5HDD’s for the day.
Yard Work: Today will be a day to sit inside and let the rain water the yard and your garden. There will be enough heat that the gardens will see upwards to 8.5GDD’s.
Construction: Today will be a great day for those indoor projects to advance further as the outdoor work will be limited due to the heavy rains.
Outdoor Venues: The rain today will make all outdoor activities limited.
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