Big Story Weather – April 9, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from April 8: The big news from yesterday was the arrival of the monster snow storm in the Rockies and Northern Plains as places already started measuring snowfall in the feet through the Rockies. This will continue today along with some severe weather that setup from Nebraska to Texas.
Big Story Weather Discussion for April 9: Low pressure moving out over the Northeast will bring a few showers to Maine. Low pressure moving into the Oklahoma panhandle today will be the big story with severe weather expected from Texas to Arkansas and blizzard conditions from Colorado to South Dakota. Places in this area will see snowfall totals in the 1-2 ft range with some places event getting near 30 inches of snowfall. High pressure building in over the Northern Rockies will provide more cold air to the region. A nice day forecasted for the West Coast.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Baltimore MD: Partly cloudy today with a high near 74F. Tonight look for showers to move into the region with low temps around 66F. Total rainfall will be around 0.3 inches.
Mobile AL: Partly cloudy skies today with a nice warm day as high temps rise to around 76F. This evening partly cloudy with low temps around 66F.
Rapid City SD: Heavy snow and blizzard-like conditions as high temps rise to around 18F. Tonight cloudy with heavy snow and blizzard like conditions as low temps fall to around 15F. Total snowfall amounts around 20 inches possible today for the area.
Billings MT: Partly cloudy today with high temps around 24F. This evening partly cloudy as low temps fall to around 21F.
Portland OR: Partly cloudy with a high near 55F. This evening expect partly cloudy skies as low temps fall to around 49F.
April 9, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving across Central Europe will bring showers to the region. A strong area of low pressure over Northern Africa is bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. Low pressure moving across the Northern Atlantic will bring high seas to the area. Low pressure moving up the Northeast coast of the United States will bring a few showers to Maine.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure pushing into the Southern Plains will be the site of severe weather from Texas to Arkansas and Oklahoma, while blizzard conditions will impact places from Denver to Rapid City and towards eastern South Dakota and parts of Nebraska and Iowa. Another area of low pressure will bring showers to the West Coast of Canada today along with higher elevation snows. Low pressure moving through the Gulf of Alaska will bring some snow to parts of Alaska.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving into Western Russia and the Middle East will bring snow to the north and rain and blowing dust to the Middle East. Low pressure moving through the South China Sea will bring showers to Manila, while another area of low pressure is moving through Northern Japan and will bring snow to the region. Another area of low pressure is moving across the Western Pacific.
Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough will bring showers and isolated thunderstorms through most of Southeast Asia, while Tropical Cyclone Imelda continues to strengthen with winds around 50kts and estimated pressure around 985mb. This storm will continue to move southward over the next 24 hours and get stronger.
Southern Hemisphere: Multiple areas of low pressure are moving through the Southern Hemisphere, however no impacts are forecasted outside of high seas and strong open ocean winds. A new storm has developed since yesterday. Tropical Cyclone 22S is located northwest of Australia and currently has winds around 35kts and an estimated pressure of 996mb. This storm will gain strength as it moves southward. It should remain off the coast of Australia at this time.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for April 9-13:
Baltimore MD: The period will start with slight impacts as showers move into the region. On April 12 the region will have another round of slight impacts as thunderstorms move into the region.
Mobile AL: The period will start out impact free, followed by moderate impacts on April 11 due to the chance of severe thunderstorms. The period will then finish impact free.
Rapid City SD: Extreme impacts expected today and tomorrow due to heavy snow and blizzard-like conditions impacting the region. Another round of slight impacts will be possible around April 12-13 due to light rain showers.
Billings MT: The region will see slight impacts on April 11 and again on April 13 from some light rain showers .
Portland OR: The region will see slight impacts on April 10 from rain showers and then again on April 13 as more light rain moves into the region.
Climate Watch for April 4- 8:
Baltimore MD: The region started with temps about 11 below normal then warmed to about 4 above normal. Temps fell below normal again on April 6 with temps about 13 degrees below normal then the period finished with temps running about 6-16 degrees above normal.
Mobile AL: The period started with temps running about 2-6 degrees below normal followed by temps rising to around 1-3 degrees above normal to finish the period.
Rapid City SD: The region saw temps about 1-13 degree above normal followed by April 8 when temps fell to around 10 degrees below normal.
Billings MT: The area saw temps running around 2-14 degrees above normal and then on April 8 temps fell to around 13 degrees below normal.
Portland OR: The period started with temps around 1-3 degrees above normal before falling to around 3-7 degrees below normal for the remainder of the period.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for April 9, 2013:
Day 1-3: An area of low pressure moving off the Northeast will bring a few showers to Maine. Look for a potent spring storm to bring rainfall from Texas northward into Chicago. Snow will be flying from Minnesota and the Dakotas back to Colorado. Some places will be dealing with 1-2 feet and higher amounts. In South Dakota some places could see around 30 inches. A nice day in store for places along the West Coast. By day two look for the storm system to push towards the Mississippi River Valley bringing heavy snow to the north side of the system, while the east and south portions of the storm will bring rain and even thunderstorms to the south. Some of these storms will become severe. Another clipper system will be moving through Montana with a few showers possible in the region. The period will finish with the storm system pushing into the Northeast. Expect to see showers and thunderstorms from New York into Florida, with the stronger storms around the Carolinas into Florida. High pressure will be over the West keeping it dry.
Day 4-7: The period will start with the low pressure in Maine bringing a few showers to the Northeast. High pressure will slide into the Northern Plains, while a new storm system approaches the Pacific Northwest. Day five will bring another storm system to the Northern Plains. Expect to see some snow and more rain with this storm. Isolated thunderstorms will be possible across Nebraska and Iowa. Day six will put the low into the Great Lakes bringing showers from the Great Lakes all the way to the Gulf Coast. A new storm system will be taking shape in the Southwest. The period will finish with a strong storm system over the Northeast bringing showers and some snow to Maine and Vermont. High pressure will ridge across the Great Lakes, while the new storm system pushes into the Rockies bringing another round of rain and heavy snow.
Day 8-12: The period will start with ridges along both coasts and a strong storm system in the Northern Plains. Expect to see rain and some snow with this storm. Isolated thunderstorms will develop along the southern portion of the front over Nebraska. Day nine will push the ridge further along the East Coast, while the powerful storm system continues to hit the Northern Plains with heavy snow for the Western Dakotas, along with heavy rain and thunderstorms across the eastern part of the Plains. A warm front will push across the Pacific Northwest during this time. A very strong storm system will push into the Great Lakes around April 20 bringing snow to the north, rain showers from the Great Lakes to the Ohio river Valley, and strong thunderstorms towards the Gulf Coast. By day eleven the storm will push into the Northeast. Expect to see heavy rain, some snow over Maine, and possibly some severe weather in the Mid-Atlantic region extending into the Southeast. High pressure will be over the Plains bringing another shot of below normal temps. The period will finish with high pressure along the East Coast and another storm system moving into the Rockies that will bring another round of snow.
Long Range Outlook: The period will start with another strong storm system moving through the Northern Plains with snow and rain, while another low develops near Texas which will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast region. The period will finish with plenty of storm systems moving across the country.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Watertown SD:
Tuesday: Cloudy with heavy snow and blizzard-like conditions. High temps will be around 25F and low temps near 20F. The winds will be from the northeast 18-23mph and total snowfall around 8-10 inches.
Wednesday: Cloudy with heavy snow and blizzard-like conditions. High temps will be around 28F and low temps near 24F. The winds will be from the northeast 10-15mph along with total snowfall amounts near 4-6 inches.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with periods of light snow. High temps around 30F and overnight lows near 11F. The winds will be from the northeast 7-12mph and total snowfall around 1-2 inches.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with a few light snow showers. High temps around 30F and overnight lows around 22F. The winds will be from the southwest 5-10mph with total snowfall around a trace-1 inch.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with periods of moderate rain. High temps around 38F and overnight lows will be near 25F. The winds will be from the southeast 12-17mph and total rainfall amounts around 0.25-0.50 inches.
Ask The Weatherman for April 9, 2013:
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Green Energy Weather Report for April 9, 2013:
Wave Energy: The Northeast will see about 382mwh, while the Mid-Atlantic will have around 177mwh. The Southeast will be around 360mwh, and the Northern Gulf Coast will have high rates around 515mwh. Looking at the Southwest rates will be around 2690mwh, while the Northwest will be around 626mwh.
Solar Energy: The best solar energy today will be from the East Coast southward into the Southeast and Gulf Coast region and the West Coast.
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: There will be a lot of short term energy from Texas to Illinois associated with a cold front. Expect to see showers and thunderstorms in this region. The Rockies and Northern Plains will also be generating a long term base with high amounts of snowfall forecasted for the area.
April 9 Weather and Your Wallet (Sioux Falls SD):
Dining: Today will be a good day to stay inside and have dinner at home watching the snow pile up.
Transportation: Today will be a “NO TRAVEL” day as the snow begins to fall heavily and pile up fast on the roads. Blowing winds and drifting snow will close roads fast today.
Shopping: Today if you need to do some shopping the internet will be your best chance.
Electricity: Today the cold weather will create a large need for heating as the forecast is for 34.5HDD’s. The chances of seeing power outages will be very high.
Yard Work: If you decide to start moving snow this evening, make sure to take it in stride as snow removal is one of America’s most dangerous winter health risks.
Construction: A good day to take off from any construction projects.
Outdoor Venues: There will be no outdoor venue opportunities today. If you need to walk the pet, make sure to stay near the house to avoid being lost in blizzard-like conditions.
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