Big Story Weather – April 30, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from April 29: A very busy day with strong and severe storms hitting Iowa and parts of the Southern Plains. The biggest story was from Eastern Iowa where very large hail fell.
Big Story Weather Discussion for April 30: High pressure along the East Coast will bring nice weather to the region. This high pressure will also begin to block the weather pattern which will become a major impact to the middle of the United States. Low pressure moving out of Oklahoma will bring showers to Texas and parts of Oklahoma. The stationary boundary along the Gulf Coast will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida. A tranquil day will be found over the West.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Boston MA: Partly cloudy skies and mild with a high near 65F. Overnight lows will be around 48F.
Memphis TN: Partly cloudy skies and mild with a high near 77F. Overnight lows will fall to around 66F.
Chicago IL: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 72F. Overnight lows will be around 60F.
Denver CO: Mostly cloudy with showers moving in during the overnight hours. High temps will be around 66F and low temps near 39F. Total rainfall will be near 0.25 inches.
San Diego CA: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 67F. Overnight lows will be around 59F.
April 30, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Eastern Europe will bring showers to the region. Another area of low pressure moving through England will bring showers and cooler weather to the region. Low pressure moving towards Iceland will bring showers and a few snow showers to the island. Low pressure moving up the East Coast of the US will continue to move out to sea. Low pressure moving through Southern Canada will bring snow showers to the region. Another area of low pressure moving through the Southern Plains will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving through the Gulf of Alaska will bring showers to parts of Southern Alaska.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving through Central Russia will bring showers and snow showers to the region. Another area of low pressure moving through Northeast Russia will bring showers and snow showers to the region. Low pressure moving across Eastern China will bring showers to the region that will spread eastward into the Koreas and Japan. A tropical wave to the south of Guam is being watched for potential tropical development over the next couple of days.
Indian Ocean: Two areas of low pressure moving along the monsoonal trough will remain over the open waters, however a few showers may make it to Singapore and Sri Lanka.
Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure are moving through the basin. Impacts will be felt across parts of Argentina with a cold front moving through the area. Another low pressure will bring showers and thunderstorms to Southwest Australia. Tropical Cyclone Zane developed yesterday northeast of Australia and has winds this morning around 60kts and a pressure of 978mb. This storm will gain strength prior to making landfall over Northeast Australia.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for April 30-May 4:
Boston MA: The next five days will see high pressure and no impacts for the region.
Memphis TN: The period will start impact free, but May 1-4 the region will see slight to moderate impacts as strong to severe thunderstorms will impact the region for the period.
Chicago IL: The region will start impact free. On May 2 the area will see moderate impacts with strong thunderstorms, followed by two days of slight impacts with rain showers.
Denver CO: The region will have slight impacts today associated with light rain. Moderate impacts will move into the region by May 1 as an area of snow develops over the region. The remainder of the period will be impact free.
San Diego CA: The next five days the region will be impact free.
Climate Watch for April 25-29:
Boston MA: The period started with temps around 6 above normal before hitting a small cool down with temps falling to around 4-7 degrees below normal. The period finished with temps about 3-7 degrees above normal.
Memphis TN: The first four days of the period temps ranged from around 2-9 degrees below normal before warming to around 3 degrees above normal on the final day.
Chicago IL: The period started about 12 degrees below normal before warming the remainder of the period to around 1-10 degrees above normal.
Denver CO: The past five days the region enjoyed temps around 2-15 degrees above normal.
San Diego CA: The first four days the area enjoyed temps around 1-2 degrees above normal before finishing the period about 2 degrees below normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for April 30, 2013:
Day 1-3: High pressure along the East Coast will bring nice weather to the region. Showers will be found over the Southeast and thunderstorms will spread from Florida back towards Louisiana along the frontal boundary. Low pressure over Oklahoma will bring more showers and thunderstorms to Texas and Eastern Oklahoma. These showers will spread northward overnight. A nice day in store for the Northern Plains and back into the West. Day two will be dominated by the strong high pressure area over the Northern Plains bringing below normal temps to the region. This will interact with the low over Arkansas creating a shield of snowfall from Colorado into Iowa. There will also be showers from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast with strong thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast. High pressure will be over the Northeast and also the West Coast. The period will end with high pressure over the Northeast, and the storm system from Iowa to the Gulf Coast. Some snow will fall over the Western Great Lakes, while showers will fall from Chicago to the Gulf Coast with thunderstorms also possible along this cold front. High pressure will be over the Plains and also the West.
Day 4-7: The period will start with high pressure over the Northeast. The storm system will move into Illinois. Look for showers and thunderstorms from Chicago into Florida along the cold front and a few snow showers will still be possible over the Western Lakes. A new low pressure will begin to develop over the Baja. Day five the blocking high will push the low pressure towards Tennessee and Northern Mississippi. Look for showers and some snow showers over Arkansas. Rain and thunderstorms will be over Georgia to Florida. Rain showers will be over the Great Lakes as well. High pressure over the Northern Rockies, while a the storm over the Southwest moves slowly eastward. Day six the high pressure will finally push off the Northeast Coast, while the storm system moves into Illinois bringing rain and thunderstorms to the region. High pressure will be over the Plains. The low pressure over the Southwest will deepen a touch. The period will finish with the low pressure finally moving into the Mid-Atlantic region bringing plenty of rain to the region. High pressure will slide into Texas. The new low will push out of the Southwest and into Western Texas.
Day 8-12: The period will start with the low pressure moving out of the Mid-Atlantic towards the Northeast bringing rain to the region. High pressure will slide into the Mississippi River Valley, while low pressure pushes into Central Texas with showers and thunderstorms possible across Western Texas and Oklahoma. Day ten the low pressure will move into the Northeast, while the low pressure over Texas moves very slightly towards the Northeast. Expect to see rain and thunderstorms over the Southern Plains. The period will finish with the storm system over the Plains bringing rain and thunderstorms to the region.
Long Range Outlook: Low pressure over the Northeast will bring rain showers to the region. A stationary front will develop along the Gulf Coast and will bring moderate rain to the region. A strong cold front will move through the Northern Plains bringing showers to the region. The middle of the period the strong cold front will move into the Central Plains bringing rain and thunderstorms to the region, while the stationary boundary remains over the Gulf Coast. The period will end with the low pressure area moving into the Great Lakes with rain and thunderstorms through the region extending towards the Southeast.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for New Orleans LA:
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms. High temps will be around 78F and low temps will be near 68F. Winds will be from the southeast 7-12mph with total rainfall around 0.85 inches.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms. High temps will be around 78F and low temps will fall to around 70F. Winds will be from the southeast 10-15mph with total rainfall around 0.85 inches.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms with a high near 78F. Low temps will be near 68F. Winds will be from the southeast 7-12mph with total rainfall around 0.65 inches.
Friday: Mostly cloudy early with a few showers and thunderstorms becoming partly cloudy by afternoon. Winds will be from the northwest 12-17mph with total rainfall around 0.35 inches.
Saturday: Sunny skies with a high near 67F. Winds will be from the northwest 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around 55F.
Ask The Weatherman for April 30, 2013:
Question: What is meant by the term zonal flow?
Answer: When we talk about zonal flow, we are talking about the jet stream. The jet stream is found at between 20-30,000ft. When the jet stream is in a zonal flow pattern that means that it is flowing straight west to east across the sky, like from California to Kansas as an example.
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Green Energy Weather Report for April 30, 2013:
Wave Energy: The Northeast will have around 61mwh, while the Mid-Atlantic will see about 734mwh. The Southeast will be around 258mwh, while the Gulf Coast will be around 55mwh. The Southwest will have a range of around 499mwh and the Northwest will be around 2668mwh.
Solar Energy: The best places for solar energy today will be the Mid-Atlantic into the Northeast, the Northern Plains, the Ohio River Valley, and lastly back along the entire West Coast.
Wind Energy: The strongest winds today will be found mostly over the Rockies and into the Southwest behind the storm system over Oklahoma.
Hydro-Energy: The Southeast into Florida will enjoy plenty of short term hydro energy. The second place will be along the Gulf Coast back into the Southern Plains associated with a stationary boundary and also the new developing low pressure. Later tonight the region from Denver into Missouri will also see hydro energy begin to develop.
April 30 Weather and Your Wallet (Sioux City IA):
Cloudy skies will give way to rain showers overnight.
Dining: Today will be a nice day to enjoy lunch at the park with temps around 68F.
Transportation: There will be no issues until this evening when the rain showers move into the region.
Shopping: Today will be a nice day to get out and enjoy spring shopping.
Electricity: There will be a small demand for heating through the overnight around 11HDD’s.
Yard Work: This afternoon the region will see a small window of Growing Degree days with the forecast for around 4 GDD’s.
Construction: Today will be a nice day to work on those outdoor projects. The overnight hours will see a little bit of rain slowing progress down.
Outdoor Venues: Today will be a great day for a walk in the park or any other outdoor venue as the temps will be in the upper 60′s. Tonight will see a few showers to impacting the region.
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