Big Story Weather – April 8, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from April 5-7: A very large spring time storm started to take shape over the Rockies this past weekend bringing very heavy snowfall to the Rockies and also the start of some severe weather over the Southern Plains.
Big Story Weather Discussion for April 8: High pressure over Canada will bring partly cloudy skies to the majority of the East Coast and westward back into the Ohio River Valley extending southward into the Gulf Coast region. The strong low pressure system will begin to push out of the Rockies today. Expect to see blizzard like conditions through Colorado. This will expand into the Northern Plains by this evening with many places getting over one foot of snow along with 0.5 inches of rainfall. Severe weather will also be on the increase today for the Southern Plains. Expect to see heavy rain and also some severe weather in the region.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
New York NY: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 55F. Low temps will drop to around 50F.
Gulfport MS: Partly cloudy and mild with a high near 73F. Overnight lows will fall to around 58F.
Fargo ND: Mostly cloudy with rain and snow moving in by this evening. Total snowfall will be around 1-2 inches along with about 0.25 inches of rainfall. High temps will be around 33F. Low temps tonight will be around 25F.
Denver CO: Mostly cloudy with periods of heavy snow and blizzard like conditions. High temps will be around 45F. Low temps will fall to around 34F. Total snowfall will be around 8-14 inches for the region with higher amounts to the west of the city.
Seattle WA: Partly cloudy with a high near 48F. Overnight lows will be near 39F.
April 8, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure will move over Central Europe bringing rain and a few thunderstorms in the region. Another area of low pressure is moving towards Western Europe. Expect to see rain showers and cloudy skies. Low pressure moving through the Atlantic will bring winds and seas to Iceland.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving into the Southern Rockies will bring blizzard-like conditions to the region along with heavy rains and severe weather to the region from the Northern Plains to the Rockies and the Southern Plains. Another area of low pressure will move towards the Canadian West Coast and will bring showers and higher elevation snows to the region. Low pressure moving through the Gulf of Alaska will bring snow showers to Southern Alaska along with strong winds and high seas.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving through Northeast Russia will bring showers and snow showers to the region. Another low pressure will be moving through Eastern Russia. Expect to see snow showers over the region. Low pressure will also be moving through Central Russia. Low pressure will be moving through the Middle East. Expect to see showers and strong winds which will lead to some dust storms.
Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough will bring showers and isolated thunderstorms through most of Southeast Asia. Tropical Cyclone Imelda has developed to the northeast of Madagascar with winds are around 40kts and surface pressure estimated around 993mb. This storm will move west-southwestward and should remain away from Madagascar.
Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure will be moving through the region with most of the showers and impacts remaining south of land.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for April 8-12:
New York NY: The region will see no impacts until April 12 when showers move into the region bringing a slight impact to the area.
Gulfport MS: The region will enjoy a nice start to the period with a chance of slight impacts on April 11 ahead of a cold front.
Fargo ND: The region will see moderate impacts today as the rain moves in and eventually mixes into freezing rain before turning to all snow overnight. On April 9 the region will see moderate impacts with heavy snow and blowing snow creating dangerous conditions.
Denver CO: The region will see moderate impacts for April 8-9 as heavy snow begins to move in and impact the region with snowfall totals over one foot in places. The remainder of the period will be impact free.
Seattle WA: The region will enjoy no impacts to start the period, however by April 10-11 rain showers will move in and bring slight impacts to the area.
Climate Watch for April 3- 7:
New York NY: The region started with temps around 7-9 degrees below normal and then warmed to around 4 above normal on April 5 before falling back to around 4-5 degrees below normal.
Gulfport MS: Over the past five days the region has seen temps around 2-9 degrees below normal.
Fargo ND: Over the past five days the temps have been around 5-14 degrees below normal.
Denver CO: The region has enjoyed five days of above normal temps around 4-13 degrees.
Seattle WA: The period started with temps around 1-6 degrees above normal before falling to around 1-10 degrees below normal to finish the period.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for April 8, 2013:
Day 1-3: High pressure over Eastern Canada will bring partly cloudy skies to the East Coast and westward back into the Great Lakes. We are also looking for partly cloudy skies across the Southeast and most of the Gulf Coast. The low pressure area will begin to move out of the Rockies this afternoon. Expect to see blizzard conditions spread across a good portion of Colorado as many places will get over one foot of snow. The rain and snow will also start to impact the Northern Plains later today. Expect to see rain changing to rain and snow and then turning to all snow overnight. The Southern Plains will experience rain and also some severe weather. By day two look for a weak area of low pressure to move into the Great Lakes region bringing some showers to the area. The major storm system will push into the Central Plains expect to see severe weather in the Southern Plains and blizzard like conditions across a good portion of the Northern Plains, while a strong cold area of high pressure builds in over the Northern Rockies and will bring below normal temps again to the region. High pressure will keep a good portion of the West Coast dry. The period will finish with the low pressure moving into the Mid-Mississippi River Valley. Expect to see strong to severe storms from Illinois southward to the Gulf Coast and heavy snowfall on the northwest side over the Dakotas. High pressure will be over the southwest.
Day 4-7: The period will start with a strong cold front moving through the Ohio River Valley to the Gulf Coast. Expect a high amount of severe weather along this front. On the northwest side we will be watching an area of heavy snowfall develop. A strong cold area of high pressure will slide into the Central Plains, while a new storm system pushes across the Pacific Northwest. Day five the storm system will push towards the East Coast bringing heavy amounts of rainfall and thunderstorms to the region from Maine southward to Florida. A new low pressure system will be developing over the Southern Rockies. Day six low pressure will be over Maine bringing showers and some snowfall to the region, while high pressure dominates the weather from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast. The new low pressure area will be developing over the Rockies. The period will end with high pressure along the East Coast and a storm system moving through the Plains, while another storm system will begin to impact the West Coast.
Day 8-12: The period will start with high pressure along the East Coast and a storm system moving through the Northern Plains. Day nine another potent storm will be over the Central Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the area, while the warm front will extend into the Great Lakes. Day ten the storm system will push into the Southern Plains. Expect to see moderate rainfall from the Southern Plains into the Great Lakes. Day eleven the storm system will push into the Mississippi River Valley bringing another round of winter weather over the Dakotas and severe weather to the Mississippi River Valley from the Gulf Coast to the Ohio River Valley. The period will end with a strong low pressure system extending from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast bringing areas of heavy rain, severe weather and also some snow to the northwest side of the low’s track.
Long Range Outlook: The period will start with a frontal boundary along the East Coast and extending into the Gulf Coast region. High pressure will slide into the Central Plains with a few snow showers from the Dakotas into the Great Lakes. The period will end with another strong storm system moving into the Plains.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Sioux Falls SD:
Monday: Mostly cloudy with showers in the afternoon, mixing to snow and then changing to all snow overnight. Total rainfall will be around 0.50 inches with around 0.15 inches of ice and 3-5 inches of snow. High temps will be around 53F, while low temps fall to near 28F. The winds will be from the northeast 9-14mph.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with heavy snow. High temps will be around 27F and lows around 20F. Total snowfall will be around 4-6 inches. The winds will be from the northeast 12-17mph.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with snow early. Total snowfall amounts will be around 1-3 inches. High temps will be near 32F and lows around 19F. The winds will be northeast 7-12mph.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with a high near 32F. Low temps will be around 16F. The winds will be from the northeast 9-14mph.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Total rainfall will be around 0.01-0.10 inches. The high temps will be around 39F and lows will be near 20F. The winds will be from the northwest 9-14mph.
Ask The Weatherman for April 8, 2013:
Question: Who is responsible for issuing hurricane watches and warnings?
Answer: In the United States, the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida is responsible for issuing the tropical watches and warnings for the Atlantic Ocean and the Eastern part of the Pacific Ocean.
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Green Energy Weather Report for April 8, 2013:
Wave Energy: The Northeast will see around 116mwh of energy, while a slight decrease occurs over the Mid-Atlantic with rates around 105mwh. The Southeast will see around 249mwh, and moving into the Northern Gulf of Mexico rates will be around 169mwh. The west will have some very high values today as the Southwest will be around 8731mwh, and the Northwest will be around 3654mwh.
Solar Energy: The majority of the East Coast westward into the Great Lakes and Ohio River Valley will enjoy plenty of solar energy today. This will also expand into the Southeast and Gulf Coast. The West Coast will also enjoy some good rates of solar energy, especially the Southwest.
Wind Energy: The best wind energy today will be found over the Rockies behind the storm system and also in the Northern Rockies.
Hydro-Energy: The Southern Plains will see a good amount of short term energy through moderate rain showers, while the Rockies will see moderate amounts of snowfall creating long term energy through the region. The Northern Plains will also see both short term and long term energy starting to develop later today.
April 8 Weather and Your Wallet (Sioux City IA):
Dining: This morning will be the best time to enjoy an outdoor breakfast. The remainder of the day will be difficult as the rain and eventually snow moves into the region.
Transportation: The morning commute will be fine. By lunch time expect to see some delays due to periods of heavy rain, and this evening expect to see moderate snow which could slow down traffic.
Shopping: This morning will be the best time to get your shopping done for the day.
Electricity: Looking at 5.5HDD’s for today and this will mostly occur during the overnight hours. Also the potential for seeing power outages will be possible due to the heavy snowfall.
Yard Work: This morning will be nice and the potential for 4.5GDD’s. This afternoon and evening problems will start to increase with ice and snow building up on the driveways and sidewalks.
Construction: This morning will be the best time to get those outdoor projects done.
Outdoor Venues: This morning will be ok, but by this afternoon the rain showers will bring a challenge to any outdoor venues. This evening will be very difficult as heavy snow moves into the region.
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