Big Story Weather – February 19, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from February 18: The mini blizzard that struck the Northern Plains yesterday was one of the top stories of the day, as well as the short lived severe weather outbreak that occurred over Eastern Texas and parts of Arkansas along with Western Louisiana.
Weather Outlook for February 19: Low pressure will begin to push onshore over the Southwest United States today which will lead to moderate rains and also heavy snowfall for the higher elevations of the region. There are already many winter advisories are out for this storm. Another frontal boundary moving through the Great Lakes region will bring heavy rain and thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast and Southeast. The Midwest is dealing with some moderate snowfall and winds from the storm. High pressure is trying to build in over the Northern Rockies, however it will be short lived. Below is the weather for a few select cities.
Boston MA: Cloudy with light rain towards evening and a high near: 42F
Gulfport MS: Showers this morning becoming Partly Cloudy with a high near: 64F
Omaha NE: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 20F
Boise ID: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 37F
Portland OR: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 48F
International Weather Outlook for February 19: Low pressure moving away from Japan will leave cloudy skies over the region and this will also influence the Koreas with cloudy skies. High pressure will bring partly cloudy skies to the majority of Southeast Asia today. A weak frontal boundary moving through Northwest Europe will bring a few snow showers to the region, while the rest of Europe enjoys a nice day. High pressure moving towards the tip of South America will bring nice weather to the region. A storm system to the Southeast of Australia will bring showers to the majority of the east. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Tokyo Japan: Cloudy with a low near 2C
Hong Kong China: Partly Cloudy with a low near 18C
Singapore: Partly Cloudy with a low near 24C
London England: Mostly Cloudy with a low near 5C
Sydney Australia: Cloudy with Showers and a low near 16C
February 19, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving towards Northwest Europe will bring a few snow showers to the region. Low pressure moving towards Iceland will create high winds and seas through the region. Another area of low pressure is moving through the Great Lakes this morning bringing with it showers and snow showers to the Northern part, while the Southeast deals with showers and thunderstorms.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving onshore over Western Canada will bring snow showers to the higher elevations and rain showers to the lower coastal cities. Another powerful low pressure system is moving towards Southern California. This storm will bring with it very heavy rains and higher elevation snows. Low pressure moving through the Gulf of Alaska will bring some snow to the Southern part of Alaska along with strong winds.
Western Pacific: Low pressure is moving towards the dateline and should clear the area by this afternoon, while another area of low pressure is just moving away from Japan bringing a few showers to the region this morning. Another tropical low is pushing across Manila bringing showers and thunderstorms to the area. A third wave is moving southeast of Guam generating strong winds and rain showers over the open Pacific.
Indian Ocean: Low pressure moving along the monsoonal trough towards India will bring increased chance of showers to the region later today and into tomorrow. Another area of low pressure is moving across Madagascar this morning bringing moderate rainfall to the area.
Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure to the Southeast of Fiji continues to move over open waters, while another area of low pressure is pushing Southeast of South America and will impact marine interests in the area. A third area of low pressure is moving to the Southeast of Australia bringing showers and isolated thunderstorms to Eastern Australia.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for February 19-23:
Boston MA: A nice week in store with no impacts forecasted over the next five days.
Gulfport MS: A few showers this morning will bring a slight impact to the area, then a moderate impact moves in on the 21st with the arrival of some severe weather possible, then slight impacts will be possible for the 22nd and 23rd due to some remaining showers in the area.
Omaha NE: The 20th the region will see the start of some snowfall which will create a slight impact, followed by the 21st when a major blizzard hits the area creating severe impacts for the area. The impacts will become slight again on the 22nd before clearing out on the 23rd to no impacts.
Boise ID: No impacts forecasted until the 23rd when some light snow will move into the area creating a slight impact for the region.
Portland OR: No impacts forecasted until the 22nd and 23rd when some light showers move into the area creating a slight impact for the region.
Climate Watch for February 14-February 18:
Boston MA: The period started with temps around 3-8 degrees above normal followed by a cool down with temps falling to around 1-7 degrees below normal.
Gulfport MS: The past five days temps have been averaging around 1-9 degrees below normal.
Omaha NE: The 14th saw temps around 8 degrees above normal, followed by temps falling to around 5 degrees below normal, before a large warm up with temps around 5-14 degrees above normal.
Boise ID: The first part of the period temps were running about 4-12 degrees above average before falling to just near normal slightly above and below.
Portland OR: The majority of the period saw temps around 1-6 degrees below normal, with the exception being the 15th when temps rose to around 10 above normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for February 19, 2013:
Day 1-3: Low pressure moving through the Great Lakes will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Southeast and the potential for moderate snowfall over the Western Lakes. High pressure over the Northern Rockies and Plains will bring cold air into the region. Another powerful storm system will begin to impact the Southwest part of California today. The middle of the period will have high pressure along the East Coast bringing nice weather to the area, while the powerful storm system begins to move into the Rockies and Plains starting the process of a major winter storm. The period will end with the low pressure system moving towards the Mississippi River Valley creating a large area for severe weather along the Gulf Coast and moderate snows over the Northern Plains and Western Lakes. High pressure will begin to build back in over the West.
Day 4-7: The period will start with a low pressure area developing along the Gulf Coast bringing moderate rains to the region, while high pressure builds in over the Southern Plains. Another storm system will begin to move onshore over the Pacific Northwest. By day six there will be low pressure areas both off the Mid-Atlantic coast and another one developing in the Gulf of Mexico creating a large area of moderate rainfall. Another storm system will move into the Southern Rockies. The end of the period will have a storm system moving through the Northern Plains bringing moderate snowfall to the region.
Day 8-12: The period will start with a storm system along the East Coast extending back into the Great Lakes bringing moderate snows and rains to the region, while high pressure tries to build in over the Midwest and Gulf Coast. Another storm system will be moving into the Southwest during this time. By day ten there will be a storm system moving through the Gulf of Mexico, while a strong cold high pressure center builds in over the Northern Plains. The period will end with another storm system building in over the Southwest, while high pressure remains over the Northern Plains.
Day 13-15: The period will start with the high pressure over the Northern Plains and a storm system moving through Central Mexico towards the Gulf. The middle of the period will have the strong high pressure center still over the Northern Plains and Great Lakes, while the storm system moves into the Gulf of Mexico. The period will end with a major area of high pressure impacting the majority of the country with cold conditions and some minor snow throughout the East.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Sioux Falls SD:
Tuesday: Mostly Cloudy and cold with a high near 8F, winds from the Northwest 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 0F.
Wednesday Mostly Cloudy and warmer with a high near 20F, winds from the Southeast 9-14mph as overnight lows fall to around 12F.
Thursday: Cloudy with periods of snow which may become heavy along with blowing and drifting snow. Blizzard conditions are likely with a high near 17F, winds from the Northeast 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 12F. Total snowfall amounts around 6-9inches.
Friday: Partly Cloudy and warmer with a high near 22F, winds from the Northwest 9-14mph as overnight lows fall to around 10F.
Saturday: Partly Cloudy and mild with a high near 30F, winds from the Southeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 25F.
Ask The Weatherman for February 19, 2013:
Question: Which quadrant of the hurricane is the worst part of the storm?
Answer: Today, we continue our coverage of tropical weather and look inside a hurricane to see which side is the worst. The answer to this lies in the Northeast quadrant as this is where the most storm surge occurs from the onshore flow of the water during the storm and also the most spinning of the storm which can lead to tornado formation with very little warning.
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Green Energy Weather Report for February 19, 2013:
Wave Energy: The winds behind the front over the Northern Gulf will bring a nice bit of moderate wave energy. A second area of wave energy will develop off the southwest coast of California in association with the next frontal boundary.
Solar Energy: The best places today for solar energy will be along the Mid-Atlantic and parts of the Northeast and also back over the Northern Plains and Rockies where the next high pressure center is building in. Another area of solar energy will develop over Southern Florida.
Wind Energy: The biggest wind energy locations of the day will be over The Mississippi River Valley right behind the strong cold front that is moving through the region.
Hydro-Energy: The Ohio River Valley southward into the Gulf Coast and Southeast will be today’s best area for short term hydro-energy, while the Western Great Lakes will see some snowfall creating a long term hydro-energy. A third spot for both short term and long term energy will be over Southwest California along the next frontal boundary.
February 19 Weather and Your Wallet (San Diego CA):
Dining: Today will be very windy and rainy. Best to take your lunch to work today.
Transportation: The heavy rains along with strong winds will create dangerous driving conditions along the high rise bridges and higher elevation roads, along with the chance of having ponding on the roads.
Shopping: The wind and rain will make it a challenge today, but the diehard shoppers will find their way.
Electricity: There will be the need for some electricity use during the overnight hours; around 13HDD’s is forecasted for today.
Yard Work: The rain and mild temps will make for a great day to sneak your plants outside and let them enjoy the rain and also the 2.0GDD’s that are forecasted for the day.
Construction: The wind and rain will make any outdoor construction project a challenge and also dangerous for any high rise construction work because of the strong winds. Best for today would be the indoor projects.
Outdoor Venues: Not the best day for any outdoor plans. Walking the dog will be a challenge today with the heavy rains and also the strong winds that will be in the area.
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