Big Story Weather – February 1, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from January 31: The big stories from yesterday included the heavy rainfall that fell along the Northeast and on the Eastern Lakes it was the heavy snowfall. The second major news from yesterday was the Arctic air mass that moved through the Northern Plains. There were some places that saw wind chill values as low as -50F along with high temps only getting to -10F.
Weather Outlook for February 1: A few lingering lake effect snow showers over the Eastern Lakes, otherwise high pressure will dominate the weather from the Plains to the East Coast with some very cold air in place as frost and freeze warnings are issued for Florida. A few light snow showers will move through North Dakota with the next Clipper system. High pressure over the Northern Rockies will also keep the West Coast dry and cool for the most part. A few snow showers will be found in the Northern Rockies. Below is the weather for a few select cities this afternoon.
Boston MA: Partly Cloudy: 31F
Gulfport MS: Partly Cloudy: 60F
Fargo ND: Partly Cloudy: 2F
Denver CO: Partly Cloudy: 45F
Seattle WA: Partly Cloudy: 45F
International Weather Outlook for February 1: Low pressure moving through Northern Japan will bring snow to the north and showers to the Central and Southern parts of the country. High pressure over Eastern China will bring partly cloudy skies to the Koreas and Eastern China. Low pressure over Southeast Asia will bring increased clouds to the region. Low pressure moving through Sweden will bring snow showers to the region. A frontal boundary moving through the tip of South America will bring showers to the region. Tropical Cyclone along the Madagascar coast will bring heavy rain to the region and some of this will spread westward into Africa. High pressure will bring nice weather to Western Australia, while a frontal boundary will bring some showers to the Southeast portion of the country. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Sapporo Japan: Cloudy with snow and a low near -2C
Hong Kong China: Partly Cloudy with a low near 18C
New Delhi India: Partly Cloudy with a low near 25C
London England: Partly Cloudy with a low near 2C
Sydney Australia: Cloudy with showers and a low near 22C
February 1, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Western Europe will bring snow showers to places like Sweden. Another area of low pressure is moving towards Iceland. A small swirl of low pressure has developed just west of the Cape Verde Islands.
Eastern Pacific: A very strong area of low pressure is sitting southwest of California. This system will continue to move towards the Northeast. Low pressure moving into the Canadian West Coast will bring showers to the region. Another area of low pressure is moving through the Gulf of Alaska which will bring snow to Southern Alaska.
Western Pacific: An area of low pressure will be moving through Northern Japan bringing showers to the south and snow to the northern parts of Japan. Another potent low pressure system is moving into Western China. The monsoonal trough is very inactive today.
Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone Felleng continues to track southward into colder waters as it weakens with pressure around 978mb today along with winds around 60kts. The rest of the basin remains quiet.
Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure is finally pulling away from the Fiji Islands. Another area of low pressure is moving through the tip of South America and will bring showers to the region. Another potent low pressure system is moving south of the tip of Africa and will bring showers to the region along with high seas. A third area of low pressure is moving through the Southeast portion of Australia and will bring showers and thunderstorms to places like Sydney.
Five Day Storm Index Outlook for February 1-5:
Boston MA: The next five days will be impact free.
Gulfport MS: No impacts forecasted until the 5th when showers move into the area bringing a slight chance of impacts.
Fargo ND: Snow showers will move through today and tomorrow creating a slight impact. On the 4th another period of light snow will move in creating another slight impact for the region.
Denver CO: High pressure will keep the region impact free for the next five days.
Seattle WA: High pressure will impact the region leaving the next five days impact free.
Climate Watch for January 27-31:
Boston MA: The period started with temps around 2-5 degrees below normal, followed by a warm up with temps rising to around 24 degrees above normal.
Gulfport MS: The period started with temps around 7-9 degrees above normal followed by a cool down with temps falling to around 2 below normal on the 31st.
Fargo ND: The first part of the period had temps around 6-14 degrees above normal followed by temps cooling to around 5-25 degrees below normal.
Denver CO: The first two days had temps around 13 degrees above normal, followed by temps that fell to 1-14 degrees below normal for the remainder of the period.
Seattle WA: The entire period saw temps ranging from 1-6 degrees below normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for January 31, 2013:
Day 1-3: Lake Effect snows will continue along the Eastern Lakes today. A clipper system moving through the Northern Plains will bring some light snow to the region. The majority of the country will be under high pressure and fairly cold. The clipper system will push to the Northeast bringing some light snow to the region, while the remainder of the country remains quiet during the middle of the period. The period will end with a significant snow event over Maine and back into Boston, while high pressure will be over the Southeast and into the Ohio River Valley. A weak frontal boundary will be moving through the Northern Plains with some light snow. High pressure will be over the West Coast bringing nice weather to the region.
Day 4-7: The period will start with multiple low pressures extending from the Northeast back into the Northern Plains and then another area of low pressure developing over Eastern Texas. The middle of the period will have high pressure over the Plains and spreading into the Missouri and Tennessee Region, while a low pressure area will bring showers to the Northern Gulf Coast region. High pressure will bring partly cloudy skies to the majority of the West. The period will end with high pressure on both coasts and another developing low pressure over Texas during this time will bring showers to the region.
Day 8-12: The period will start with high pressure and colder weather over the East Coast, while a weak area of low pressure will be over Texas bringing showers to the Gulf Coast region. High pressure will be over the Rockies. A strong storm system will be moving into the West Coast with some very cold air associated with it that may bring the snow levels down quite low once it moves on shore. The middle of the period will put the low into the Plains region with heavy rain and also a heavy snow band developing while high pressure will be over both coasts. Towards day eleven there will be a major storm system over the Great Lakes region with a large field of severe weather possible from the Gulf Coast into the Ohio River Valley along with a significant snow storm on the northwest side back in the Northern Plains. The period will end with a significant storm system moving into the Northeast with heavy rain on the eastern side of the storm, along with severe weather into the Gulf Coast and a very heavy snowfall on the northwest side of the storm over the Northern Plains.
Day 13-15: The period is going to start with the first low pressure exiting the Northeast, however another area of low pressure is going to develop over the Northern Gulf of Mexico and move northeastward, this will also bring a strong area of cold high pressure southward into Texas. This storm system will bring the freezing line well south creating the potential for another significant southern winter storm. The period will end with the possibility of seeing a significant storm system moving up the East Coast with many larger cities getting some significant snows.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Orlando FL:
Friday: Partly cloudy and cool with high temps around 64F, winds will be from the North 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 46F.
Saturday: Partly cloudy and warmer with high temps near 68F, winds will be from the Northwest 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 45F.
Sunday: Partly cloudy with a high near 68F, winds will be from the Northwest around 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 44F.
Monday: Partly cloudy and cooler with a high near 67F, winds will be light and variable as overnight lows fall to around 48F.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy and warmer with a high near 71F, winds again light and variable with overnight lows falling to around 52F.
Ask The Weatherman for February 1, 2013:
Question: How does living by the ocean impact your weather?
Answer: Today’s question comes from our Facebook Fan Page. To answer this question we have to first identify if the water is warm or cold. The reason is that warm water and cold water have different climate impacts. The second thing is that bodies of water such as the Gulf of Mexico are warm during the summer and can create their own weather feature known as the Sea and Land Breeze which is a frontal boundary with showers and thunderstorms along it. Another reason is that living by a warmer ocean current you can see much warmer winters. If you live by cooler ocean currents your winter won’t get cold, however it will not get warm either. These are just a few impacts that oceans can have on weather.
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Green Energy Weather Report for February 1, 2013:
Wave Energy: The low pressure area to the southwest of California will continue to impact the region with plenty of wave energy. Look for the stronger northwest winds behind the cold front to bring some wave energy to the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast region just offshore.
Solar Energy: The best places today will be the Southeast and Gulf Coast as high pressure builds in over the region and also back into the Southwest and throughout the West Coast as high pressure controls the weather for the majority of the country.
Wind Energy: The best places for wind energy today will be the Great Lakes behind the lake effect clipper system an also along the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic where there will be stronger northwest winds behind the cold front.
Hydro-Energy: The Great Lakes will be getting plenty of snowfall again today which will help create some long term hydro energy. A clipper system moving through the Northern Plains will also bring some long term snow pack to the region and then a small area over the Northern Rockies.
February 1 Weather and Your Wallet (Mobile AL):
Dining: Cool conditions this morning will give way to a nice afternoon to enjoy lunch at the park.
Transportation: No issues expected today as the sun will be shining and the roads will remain dry.
Shopping: No major issues expected today. It will be a tad cool this morning but that will give way to a nice afternoon for enjoying the outdoor shopping centers.
Electricity: There will be a small window this morning and tonight that the heater will be needed as the HDD’s will be around 15.5 for the day.
Yard Work: No issues with getting out in the yard and raking some of those leaves, however it will be a tad bit too cold for your plants.
Construction: The morning will be chilly but that will give way to a nice afternoon to work on the outdoor projects.
Outdoor Venues: Today will be a nice day to get out and go for a walk or a run along the boardwalk. Also a nice afternoon to get the pets out and let them enjoy some time at the park.
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