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Big Story Weather – April 5, 2013

Apr 05, 13 Big Story Weather – April 5, 2013

Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.

Big Story Weather from April 3-4: The big story over the past couple of days has been the strong storm system that moved through the eastern half of the United States dumping heavy rainfall amounts along the Gulf Coast and also severe weather into Florida. The second story has been the below normal temps moving across the northern United States again associated with the cold high pressure center.

Big Story Weather Discussion for April 5: A low pressure system and the associated cold front will bring showers to portions of Maine and also thunderstorms to Southern Florida today. High pressure over the Great Lakes will bring another dry and cool day to the region. A cold front draping across the Northern Plains will bring rain and snow showers to the region. Onshore flow will bring showers from the West Coast eastward into the Rockies.

Here is the weather for a few select cities:

Boston MA: Partly cloudy and not so cold. Highs will be around 52F and overnight lows will fall to around 29F.

Mobile AL: Partly cloudy and cool with a high around 59F. Overnight lows will fall to around 50F.

Minneapolis MN: Look for partly cloudy skies early giving way to a chance of light snow this evening. High temps will be around 36F and low temps near 30F. Total snowfall accumulations will be around a trace to 1 inch.

Rapid City SD: Partly cloudy this morning giving way to showers this afternoon> High temps will be around 61F and low temps will fall to near 46F. Total rainfall will be around 0.20 inches.

Salt Lake City UT: Mostly cloudy with showers today. High temps will be around 54F and overnight lows will be near 49F. Total rainfall will be around 0.30 inches.

April 5, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Central Russia will bring rain and snow to the region. Another area of low pressure moving through portions of the Middle East will bring showers and also increasing chances of dust storms to the area today. A third area of low pressure is now moving through Central Europe and will bring showers and higher elevation snows to the region. An area of low pressure moving between Iceland and Greenland will bring rain and snow to the region along with gusty winds. Another area of low pressure moving along the Northeast part of the United States will bring a few showers to the Northeast and some thunderstorms to Southern Florida.

Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving along the West Coast of Canada and the United States will bring showers and snow showers to the region. This will expand eastward through the weekend. A second area of low pressure is moving out of the Gulf of Alaska and towards the West Coast of Canada. Another area of low pressure is developing in the Gulf of Alaska and will bring snow showers to the region.

Western Pacific: Low pressure moving over Northeast Russia will bring snow showers and cold weather to the region. Another area of low pressure moving over Japan will bring rain showers to the region. This will extend westward back to the Koreas and also Eastern China. A third area of low pressure is moving through Northern Russia, and will bring snow showers 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: Multiple areas of low pressure will be moving across the region with one area of low pressure impacting Argentina to Brazil with showers and thunderstorms. A second low pressure and associated cold front will bring showers and isolated thunderstorms to Central Australia today.

Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for April 5-9:

Boston MA: The period will start impact free. By April 7 there will be slight impacts with some periods of light rain. On April 9 look for more areas of light rain.

Mobile AL: The next five days should remain impact free.

Minneapolis MN: The region will start with slight to moderate impacts for some accumulating snows. On April 8-9 the region will see slight to moderate impacts from more rain and snow mix.

Rapid City SD: The period will have a slight impact today for some developing showers and then slight to moderate impacts on April 8-9 for rain turning to snow.

Salt Lake City UT: The period will start with slight impacts from some rain and then again on April 7 there will be slight impacts for more rain showers in the area.

Climate Watch for March 31- April 4:

Boston MA: The region started with temps around 2-12 degrees above normal before falling to around 4-9 below normal and then finished the period with temps around 5 above normal.

Mobile AL: The period started with temps around 1-4 degrees above normal and then cooled to around 4-11 degrees below normal to finish the period.

Minneapolis MN: The region started with temps around 3-14 degrees below normal followed by a slight warm up on the final day with temps around 1 above normal.

Rapid City SD: The period started with temps around 2-4 degrees below normal before warming up nicely with temps running about 1-18 degrees above normal.

Salt Lake City UT: The past five days the region has enjoyed temps running about 1-14 degrees above normal for this time of year.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for April 5, 2013:

Day 1-3: A frontal boundary along the East Coast will bring some light rain to Maine and also the possibility of some thunderstorms to Southern Florida. High pressure over the Great Lakes will bring sunny and cool weather for the region. This will extend southward into the Gulf Coast region as well. A new storm system moving onshore over the West and the combination of a frontal boundary over the Northern Plains will bring showers and snow showers to this region today. A nice day will be in store for the Southwest. Day two will have high pressure along the East Coast with the storm system moving into the Great Lakes bringing some rain and snows to the region. A new storm system will be moving onshore over the Pacific Northwest. The period will end with a large storm system over the Northern Plains bringing rain and snow to the region. A warm front will also bring showers across portions of the Midwest. More moisture will be moving onshore over the Pacific Northwest.

Day 4-7: The significant low pressure will slide into the Southern Plains setting the stage for strong to severe weather across the Southern Plains and moderate rainfall with a few snow showers for the Northern Plains. High pressure will dominate both coasts. Day five we will have a huge severe weather event unfolding from the Southern Plains northward towards the Great Lakes. There will be a potential for some moderate snows over the Northern Plains on the backside of the storm. By day six the storm moves into the Great Lakes and southward to the Gulf Coast region. Expect to see rain and snow for the Great Lakes and the chance of severe weather along the Gulf Coast. The period will finish with the frontal boundary along the East Coast bringing rain and thunderstorms to the region. High pressure will be over the Southern Plains and also along the West Coast.

Day 8-12: The period will start with a few showers along the East Coast, while high pressure dominates a good portion of the country. By day nine the high pressure will slide into the Great Lakes and Southeast, while a new clipper system moves through the Northern Rockies and Plains bringing some rain showers to the region. Day ten will bring another storm system into the Plains region. There could be limited severe weather with this one, however mostly a rain event. Day eleven will have high pressure along the East Coast and the storm system moving into the Plains region bringing moderate rainfall to the area along with some snow over the Rockies. The period will finish with a storm system in the Great Lakes and another one developing over the Southwest.

Long Range Outlook: The long range will start with a storm system over the Northeast and a trailing frontal boundary back towards the Midwest which will be providing the region with moderate rainfall. The new storm system will move into the Rockies during this time bringing rain and snow to the area. We could also have snow along the West Coast at higher elevations. The period will end with another potent storm system in the Plains region bringing another round of severe weather possibly.

Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Kansas City MO:

Friday: Partly cloudy and mild with a high near 68F. Winds will be from the south 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 51F.

Saturday: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 70F. Winds will be from the southwest 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 46F.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with periods of rain and thunderstorms. High temps will be around 67F as overnight lows fall to near 54F. Winds will be from the southeast 7-12mph and total rainfall amounts will be around 0.15-0.30 inches.

Monday: Mostly cloudy with showers as high temps rise to around 67F. Overnight lows will be around 60F along with winds from the southeast 9-14mph. Total rainfall will be around 0.05-0.15 inches.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a few showers. High temps will be around 68F as overnight lows fall to around 38F. Winds will be from the northwest 9-14mph as total rainfall amounts will be around 0.01-0.10 inches.

Ask The Weatherman for April 5, 2013:

Question: What type of conditions do you need to make a tornado?

Answer: For a tornado to form you need these things. You need cold air in the upper levels mixing down to the surface, followed by warm dry air mixing in at the mid-levels and then warm moist air moving in along the surface. This is why tornado alley is so potent during the spring time. A second place to see tornadoes is the right front quadrant of a hurricane.

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Green Energy Weather Report for April 5, 2013:

Wave Energy: The Northeast will be looking at 42mwh on average while the Mid-Atlantic will see ranges around the 961mwh. The Southeast will have an average of 233mwh, while the Northern Gulf of Mexico will be around 64mwh. The Southwest will see ranges in the 573mwh, and the Northwest will have large values in the 6108mwh range.

Solar Energy: The best places for solar energy today will include the Great Lakes southward to the Gulf Coast and then portions of the Southeast behind the cold front. There will also be pockets in the Southwest that will have good energy levels today.

Wind Energy: The two best places today for wind energy will be the Southern Plains and also over the Northern Rockies along the frontal boundary.

Hydro-Energy: The Northeast will see a few showers around Maine which will provide some short term energy along with thunderstorms in Southern Florida. There will be a combination of short term and long term energy for The Rockies and Northern Plains and also extending into the West Coast where these places will see mostly rain, however snow may mix in for the Eastern Rockies and the Northern Plains.

April 5 Weather and Your Wallet (Austin TX):

Dining: The area should enjoy a nice day to get out and have lunch at the park. If you dine out this evening you will want to take a jacket.

Transportation: There will be no weather-related issues on the roads today.

Shopping: Today will be a nice day to get out and do some spring shopping, but this evening you will want to take a light jacket.

Electricity: There will be the need for some heating during the overnight hours as the forecast is for 6HDD’s.

Yard Work: No major issues today. This afternoon the heating will provide the area with 9GDD’s.

Construction: Today will be a nice day to do the outdoor work projects. This evening you will want a jacket.

Outdoor Venues: Today will be a nice day to get out and enjoy the park or take the dog for a walk. If you have plans to be outside this evening make sure to prepare for a cool night.

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