Big Story Weather – February 15, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from February 14: The clipper system moved through the Great Lakes yesterday leaving in its path a swath of snowfall from around one to three inches for many with some places even seeing slightly more. The second big story was the arrival of the colder air into the Gulf Coast region where some places saw temps last night drop into the upper 30’s. The final story of the day was the dry and warmer conditions out West.
Weather Outlook for February 15: Low pressure is moving through the Northeast today bringing a few snow showers to the Maine region. A second low pressure system is beginning to take shape off the coast of Florida. This storm will begin to move northeastward over the next day and will bring some winter precipitation to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. High pressure over Texas is creating nice weather for the Southern Plains and Gulf Coast, while another area of high pressure is moving through the Northern Plains bringing frigid air to the region. High pressure over the Rockies will bring a nice day to the West Coast. Below is the weather for a few select cities.
Baltimore MD: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 44F
Atlanta GA: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 48F
Sioux Falls SD: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 22F
Boise ID: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 36F
San Diego CA: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 64F
International Weather Outlook for February 15: Low pressure moving along the coast of Japan will bring showers and higher elevation snows to the region. High pressure over Eastern China will bring partly cloudy skies to the region and this will spread into the Koreas. An area of low pressure will move along the Western coast of India bringing a few showers to the area. High pressure over Central Europe will bring partly cloudy skies to a good portion of the country. High pressure over the Western part of Australia will bring partly cloudy skies, while showers will develop over Southeastern Australia and will spread into the northern section. Below is the weather for a few select international cities.
Shanghai China: Partly Cloudy with a low near 3C
Hong Kong China: Partly Cloudy with a low near 24C
Bangkok Thailand: Partly Cloudy with a low near 25C
Athens Greece: Mostly Cloudy with a low near 7C
Brisbane Australia: Cloudy with Showers and a low near 19C
February 15, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving towards England will increase the winds and seas over the open Atlantic today. Low pressure moving up the East Coast of the US will bring showers and some snow to the Mid-Atlantic, while another low moves through Maine.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving towards the Baja will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region along with higher elevation snows in Mexico. A second low pressure system is moving onshore over the Western Canada region bringing coastal rains and higher elevation snows. A third area of low pressure has just pushed across the dateline and will bring increasing winds and seas to the Gulf of Alaska today.
Western Pacific: Low pressure will be moving towards the dateline bringing increased winds and seas to the Pacific. A second low pressure area will be moving east of Japan today bringing showers to the capitol and also higher elevation snows. Another area of low pressure is developing over Southwest China and will begin to push northeastward.
Indian Ocean: An area of low pressure will start to impact Western India with showers throughout the day. While Tropical Cyclone Gino continues moving southeastward and weakening with winds around 45kts and pressure of 989mb.
Southern Hemisphere: An area of low pressure is moving through Southeastern Australia and will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for February 15-19:
Baltimore MD: Look for a chance of seeing slight impacts on the 16th and 17th with light snow moving into the area, and another chance of slight impacts on the 19th with a few showers.
Atlanta GA: A nice next few days as high pressure will keep the region impact free. A chance of showers on the 19th which will bring a slight impact to the region.
Sioux Falls SD: High pressure over the area for the next five days will keep the region impact free.
Boise ID: Impacts for light snow are expected on the 17th and again on the 19th – both days should be a slight impact.
San Diego CA: A nice next four days with a chance of slight impacts on the 19th with the next storm system moving through the region.
Climate Watch for February 10-February 14:
Baltimore MD: The period started with temps around 1 below normal followed by two days of temps around 10 above normal before falling to around 1 below normal again on the 13th and then warming back to about 4 degrees above normal to finish the period.
Atlanta GA: The period started with temps around 5-6 degrees above normal before cooling to around 2-3 degrees below normal and then finished the period around 1 degree above.
Sioux Falls SD: The 10th saw temps around 4 degrees above normal before falling to around 5 degrees below normal and then slightly warming to around 1-8 degrees above normal for the remainder of the period.
Boise ID: The majority of the period saw temps around 1-7 degrees above normal with the exception of the 11th when temps were about 1 degree below normal.
San Diego CA: The 10th through the 13th temps were about 3-7 degrees below normal, and then warmed to around 4 degrees above normal for the 14th.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for February 15, 2013:
Day 1-3: The majority of the country will enjoy high pressure today, while a few spots in Southern Florida will see some showers and also some snow showers over the Cascades and into Northern Maine. The middle of the period will have a frontal boundary moving up the East Coast that may provide some showers and snow showers to the Mid-Atlantic and also Northeast over the weekend. The period will end with another clipper system moving through the Northern Plains and also a Southern Plains low developing.
Day 4-7: The period will start with a significant low pressure system moving through the Midwest and Great Lakes, while high pressure will build in over the Rockies and another low pressure system moves towards the Pacific Northwest. By day five we will be watching the storm system move up the East Coast bringing more rain and snow to the region, while high pressure builds in over the Great Lakes bringing some very cold air to the region. Another powerful low pressure system will begin to push into the Southwest. Day six will have the strong storm system moving into the Plains region creating wide spread heavy snow and also some severe weather around the Gulf Coast. The period will end with the storm system moving into the Great Lakes producing heavy snow over the Lakes and severe weather along the Gulf Coast and Southeast. High pressure will build in over the West.
Day 8-12: The period will start with some significant snows over the Great Lakes region and also moving into the Northeast, while the Mid-Atlantic could be dealing with some moderate rains. The remainder of the country will be under high pressure. By day nine we will be watching another storm system develop over Southwest Texas. By day ten the storm system will move into Eastern Texas and set the stage for some heavy rains and severe weather along the Gulf Coast, while over Western Texas some places could be dealing with significant snows. Towards the end of the period the low pressure system will move into the Gulf of Mexico creating a heavy rain band along the Gulf Coast and also some moderate snows over the Mid-Mississippi River Valley. Another clipper system will be moving into the Northern Plains. By day 12 we will have another potent storm system moving up the East Coast creating significant weather problems from rain and snow. Another low pressure area will be developing over the Southwest during this time.
Day 13-15: The period will begin with low pressure over the Northeast bringing heavy snow to places in Maine and Boston. High pressure will try to build over the Great Lakes, while the storm system over the Southwest slowly pushes eastward bringing heavy rains and higher elevation snows. The middle of the period will have a low pressure area off the Southeast Coast moving towards the Northeast, high pressure will build in over the Central United States, while another low pressure area moves towards Southern California.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Omaha NE:
Friday: Mostly Cloudy and mild with a high near 31F, winds from the Northwest 8-13mph. Overnight lows will fall to around 22F.
Saturday: Partly Cloudy and mild with a high near 37F, winds from the Southwest 8-13mph. Overnight lows will fall to around 30F.
Sunday: Partly Cloudy and warm with a high near 48F, winds from the Southeast 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 34F.
Monday: Partly Cloudy and mild with a high near 37F, winds from the Northwest 18-23mph as overnight lows fall to around 20F.
Tuesday: Partly Cloudy and cooler with a high near 26F, winds from the Northwest 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 10F.
Ask The Weatherman for February 15, 2013:
Question: When is Severe Weather Season?
Answer: We can best describe Severe Weather Season as having multiple seasons. The first season occurs from February to early April and this season happens along the Gulf Coast of the US. The second season occurs from May to early July and this happens over the Plains section of the US. A third season develops in November and this season is again along the Gulf Coast region.
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Green Energy Weather Report for February 15, 2013:
Wave Energy: A storm system moving through the Pacific Northwest may support some wave energy today, while the biggest area will be along the Florida Gulf Coast behind the next frontal system.
Solar Energy: A good portion of the United States from West to East will enjoy good solar energy today, with the exception being the southern part of Florida, Maine and higher elevations of Washington.
Wind Energy: The highest wind potential will be behind the frontal system over the Northeast.
Hydro-Energy: A few snow showers in the higher elevations of the Cascades will create some long term hydro energy, while a few showers over Southern Florida will make for some short term energy in the region. The light snow moving through the Northeast will also provide some long term energy to Maine.
February 15 Weather and Your Wallet (Mobile AL):
Dining: A cool morning and overnight, but it should be nice to catch some lunch at the park.
Transportation: No problems expected today as the weather will be very nice in the area.
Shopping: A cool start to the morning will lead to a nice day of shopping by this afternoon.
Electricity: A small period during the overnight hours will require about 12.5HDD’s for the region.
Yard Work: A nice day to get out and clean the yard from all the winter kill and also get the flowers out as they could get upwards to 2.5GDD’s.
Construction: No problems expected for the industry today as it will be a nice day with light winds.
Outdoor Venues: A cold start to this morning and again this evening, however a nice afternoon to take the dog for a walk in the park.
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