Big Story Weather – February 14, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from February 13: A frontal boundary pushed off the Gulf Coast yesterday finally allowing for all the heavy rain to leave the region as some places have gotten over three inches of rainfall over the past couple of days. A clipper system pushed through the Northern Plains bringing more light snow to the area, while the West enjoyed high pressure.
Weather Outlook for February 14: Low pressure moving through the Great Lakes will bring some snow to the region today. High pressure builds in over the Gulf Coast which will bring a much needed break to the area with plenty of sunshine. High pressure will bring partly cloudy skies from the Northern Plains westward into the Rockies and over along the majority of the West Coast. Below is the weather for a few select cities.
Boston MA: Partly Cloudy and cool with a high near: 37F
Gulfport MS: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 55F
Omaha NE: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 40F
Billings MT: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 31F
Seattle WA: Cloudy with a few showers and a high near: 41F
International Weather Outlook for February 14: High pressure building in over Eastern China will bring partly cloudy skies to the region; this will extend eastward into the Koreas and Japan. High pressure over the Tibetan Plateau will bring partly cloudy skies to the majority of Southeast Asia. Low pressure moving towards England will bring showers and higher elevation snows to England and Western Europe. Low pressure moving near the tip of South America will bring showers to the region. High pressure will bring partly cloudy skies to Southeast Australia, while Northern Australia will see rain showers. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Tokyo Japan: Partly Cloudy with a low near 2C
Guam USA: Partly Cloudy with a low near 25C and very strong Northeast winds around 30mph
Singapore: Partly Cloudy with a low near 24C
London England: Mostly Cloudy with a low near 4C
Perth Australia: Partly Cloudy with a low near 17C
February 14, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure over Europe will bring showers and snow showers to the region. Another area of low pressure approaching England will bring showers to the region. A low pressure system will push off the East Coast of the US today. Low pressure will move through the Great Lakes bringing snow to the region.
Eastern Pacific: A potent low pressure system is over the open Pacific pushing away from Hawaii and will slowly start to move eastward. A low pressure area is pushing out of the Gulf of Alaska and towards the Canadian West Coast.
Western Pacific: Low pressure is pushing away from Japan and will begin to move over into the Western Gulf of Alaska by Friday. Another area of low pressure is developing over Central China which will bring snow showers to the region.
Indian Ocean: An area of low pressure associated with the monsoonal trough will push towards India today. Tropical Cyclone Gino is moving towards the south with winds this morning around 85kts and a pressure of 959mb.
Southern Hemisphere: An area of low pressure is located in the tropical region to the Northeast of Australia. Another area of low pressure is moving well south of Australia and should extend a frontal boundary over Western Australia.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for February 14-18:
Boston MA: A nice next five days with a slight impact on the 16th with some light snow moving through the region.
Gulfport MS: No impacts forecasted until the 18th when showers move back into the area bringing a slight impact to the region.
Omaha NE: No impacts forecasted until the 18th when some snow moves into the region creating a slight impact for the area.
Billings MT: No impacts forecasted until the 17th when a few snow showers move through the area creating a slight impact for the region.
Seattle WA: A few showers this afternoon will create a slight impact and then again on the 16th more showers will move in bringing another chance of a slight impact for the area.
Climate Watch for February 9-February 13:
Boston MA: The period started with temps around 2-18 degrees below, then warmed to around 4-7 degrees above for the remainder of the period.
Gulfport MS: The period saw temps around 3-10 degrees above normal.
Omaha NE: The period started with temps around 12-13 degrees above normal followed by a brief cool down with temps 1 degree below, then the period finished with temps back about 12-18 degrees above normal.
Billings MT: Temps started about 2 above normal, then fell to around 9-10 degrees below normal before warming back up to around 11 degrees above normal.
Seattle WA: The period started with temps around 1-3 degrees below normal then warmed to around 2 degrees above normal before falling back to around 1 degree below.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for February 14, 2013:
Day 1-3: The period will start with some snow showers over the Great Lakes region, while a good portion of the United States enjoys sunshine and dry weather. There will be a few showers over the Northwest. The middle of the period will have a low pressure system moving up the East Coast, while a strong and cold area of high pressure moves in from the Northern Plains and expands southeastward and also into the Rockies. The period will end with the chance of seeing some significant snows in the Northeast again as the low pressure area passes just east of the region. High pressure will move into the Northern Gulf of Mexico, while another Clipper System moves across the Northern Plains bringing a few snow showers to the area. High pressure will be over the West Coast.
Day 4-7: A very strong gradient will be over the Northeast which will lead to some very strong winds for the region, while the Clipper system moves towards the Great Lakes. A new low pressure area will begin to develop over Western Texas. The middle of the period we will see another strong storm system begin to develop over the Great Lakes and bring moderate snows and rains to the region. Along with that there will also be some heavier rains into the Gulf Coast region. Another strong and cold high pressure center will push in over the Northern Plains. A low pressure system will also begin to approach the West Coast. The period will end with High pressure over the Great Lakes extending into the Southeast. A very powerful storm system will be taking shape over the Central Plains. This storm will create a wide spread heavy snowfall event for the Northern Plains and also a few strong storms along the southern portion of the front over the Southern Plains.
Day 8-12: The period will start with the powerful storm system moving into the Great Lakes region bringing a very heavy snowfall band to the west of its track and more strong to severe storms over the Gulf Coast region. An upper level trough will approach the West Coast. By day ten the storm system will move into the Northeast setting the stage for another big snow event and also some heavier rains for the Mid-Atlantic Region. High pressure will build in over the Northern Plains. Towards the end of the period another powerful storm system will begin to develop over the Southwest US, bringing heavy snows to the Rockies.
Day 13-15: The period will begin with another Low pressure area pushing into the Gulf of Mexico bringing heavy rains and thunderstorms to the region, while heavy snow will again develop over the Northern Plains. The middle of the period will have the low pressure area moving up the East Coast bringing another round of heavy rains for the Mid-Atlantic and moderate snows to the Northeast. Another storm system will be developing over the Southwest. The period will end with another powerful storm system moving into the Great Lakes bringing heavy snows and moderate rains to the region. Severe weather might be possible along the Gulf Coast again. Another area of low pressure will be moving towards the Pacific Northwest.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Baltimore MD:
Thursday: Mostly Cloudy and mild with a high near 45F, winds from the Southwest 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 33F.
Friday: Mostly Cloudy with periods of snow, high temps will be around 45F, and overnight lows will fall to around 29F Snowfall amounts of one to three inches is likely. Winds will be from the Northeast 7-12mph.
Saturday: Partly Cloudy with periods of light snow early, winds from the Northwest 10-15mph as high temps rise to around 31F, overnight lows will fall to around 19F. Snowfall amounts of a trace to one inch are possible.
Sunday: Partly Cloudy and cold with a high near 28F, winds from the Northwest 18-23mph will create wind chill values around zero. Low temps will fall to around 20F.
Monday: Partly Cloudy and warmer with a high near 34F, winds from the South 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 27F.
Ask The Weatherman for February 14, 2013:
Question: What is the air flow around a high pressure center?
Answer: Great Question today! A high pressure center has air flow that moves clockwise. This results in northerly winds on the eastern side of the high which creates colder air. The western side of the high the winds are from the south. This is why this side of the high is referred to as the return flow and warmer side of the high pressure center.
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Green Energy Weather Report for February 14, 2013:
Wave Energy: The best places today will include the Northwest ahead of another frontal boundary and then over the Northern Gulf of Mexico behind a frontal boundary.
Solar Energy: A good portion of the United States will be enjoying sunshine and solar energy from the Mid-Atlantic region southward into the Southeast and back into the Plains and then over a good portion of the West Coast.
Wind Energy: The best wind energy will be behind the frontal system over the Great Lakes.
Hydro-Energy: A few showers over the Pacific Northwest will create some short term hydro-energy, while the snowfall over the Great Lakes will bring some long term energy to the region.
February 14 Weather and Your Wallet (Detroit MI):
*** Moderate snowfall is possible during the late morning and early afternoon hours. There is the chance of seeing one to three inches of total snow.
Dining: A very chilly day. The stronger winds will make it a challenge to get out and eat during your lunch hour. Best to pack a lunch today.
Transportation: Today will be a slow moving day as the winds create blowing and drifting snow on the major roadways. Look for the potential of some accumulating snowfall to occur during the late morning and early afternoon.
Shopping: You will want to take it easy on the roads today. Walking on the sidewalks to the store may get slippery during the afternoon so be safe.
Electricity: A pretty consistent day of heating will be needed for the region as the high temps will only get into the mid 30’s while overnight lows fall into the lower 20’s. This translates into a 36HDD day for the region.
Yard Work: This afternoon as you begin to start clearing the snow off your sidewalk remember to take it easy as most winter related injuries occur during this time period. Make sure to take breaks often while clearing away that snow.
Construction: Today would be a day to plan the indoor projects as the snow will accumulate creating some extra work on the outdoor projects. Also road construction projects will be a slow go today due to the snow and blowing snow in the region.
Outdoor Venues: A very cold day in store for the region along with some snowfall will impact the outdoor venues today.
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