Big Story Weather – February 20, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from February 19: Southern California dealt with some heavy mountain snows and also some severe weather along with heavy rainfall across the entire region yesterday. The Southeast and Gulf Coast enjoyed a nice day after the showers moved through in the early morning.
Weather Outlook for February 20: A few lake effect snow showers will be occurring across the Eastern Lakes today, while high pressure off the coast will bring partly cloudy skies to the Mid-Atlantic southward into the Southeast and Gulf Coast region. The next powerful storm system is beginning to take shape over the Southwest and will bring heavy snows to the Colorado Rockies and also the Southwest. Expect a nice day in the Pacific Northwest. Below is the weather for a few select cities.
New York NY: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 33F
Memphis TN: Partly Cloudy with areas of Freezing Rain this evening and a high near: 37F
Fargo ND: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 11F
Denver CO: Partly Cloudy with Snow Showers by evening and a high near: 39F
Los Angeles CA: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 55F
International Weather Outlook for February 20: High pressure over Eastern China will bring partly cloudy skies to the region and this will expand over into the Koreas and Japan. High pressure over Western Europe will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. A weak frontal boundary will be moving through the tip of South America creating a few showers over the area. High pressure will bring nice weather to Western Australia, but a frontal boundary to the Southeast will bring a few showers to Eastern Australia. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Seoul South Korea: Partly Cloudy with a low near 0C
Shanghai China: Partly Cloudy with a low near 3C
Malaysia: Partly Cloudy with a low near 25C
Brussels Germany: Mostly Cloudy with a low near 5C
Brisbane Australia: Cloudy with Showers and a low near 21C
February 20, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving out of Eastern Europe towards Russia will bring snow showers to the region. Low pressure moving towards England will begin to bring showers to the area later tomorrow. Another area of low pressure is moving off the Northeast US and will bring snow showers to Maine today. Another strong low pressure area is moving into the Southwest US today creating heavy snowfall across the region.
Eastern Pacific: A strong area of low pressure is pushing away from Hawaii and will make its way eastward through the day. Another area of low pressure is pushing into the Gulf of Alaska creating strong winds and seas for the region.
Western Pacific: Tropical Depression 2W is currently located near Manila with winds around 25kts and a pressure of 1006mb. This storm will continue to move westward over the next 24 hours and intensify. Another area of low pressure is moving across the dateline and should push into the Gulf of Alaska within the next 24 hours, while another area of low pressure is moving across Russia bringing with it snow to the region.
Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone Haruna is currently located between Madagascar and Africa with winds around 60kts and a pressure of 978mb. This storm will continue to impact both countries over the next 24-36 hours with strong winds and heavy rains. Another area of low pressure is moving along the monsoonal trough towards India.
Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure located southeast of the Fiji Islands is bringing moderate rainfall to the region along with stronger winds. An area of low pressure is moving south of Africa creating some strong winds and high seas through the region. Another area of low pressure is moving southeast of Australia creating a few showers over Eastern Australia for today.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for February 20-24:
New York NY: The next four days will remain impact free with a slight chance of impacts associated with rain on the 24th.
Memphis TN: The next three days will see slight impacts with the mix of sleet today, followed by moderate rain over the next two days and then becoming impact free by the 23rd and 24th.
Fargo ND: No impacts forecasted until the 22nd when some light snow moves into the area along with blowing snow which will create slight impacts for the area.
Denver CO: Heavy snow moving into the area will create moderate impacts over the next couple of days and then again on the 24th more snow will move back into the area creating slight impacts.
Los Angeles CA: A few showers this morning will create a slight impact followed by a nice remainder of the period impact free.
Climate Watch for February 15-February 19:
New York NY: The period started with temps around 11 degrees above followed by a cool down with temps around 8-9 degrees below normal and then warmed back up to around 4 degrees above normal.
Memphis TN: The period started with temps around 1-14 degrees below normal followed by a warm up with temps around 1-3 degrees above normal before falling back to around 6 below normal.
Fargo ND: The 15th and 16th saw temps around 8-12 degrees below normal before warming to around 5-7 degrees above normal and then getting very cold with temps falling to around 24 degrees below normal to finish the period.
Denver CO: The 15th saw temps around 8 below normal, then a warming trend pushed temps to around 12-17 degrees above normal before falling again on the 18th and 19th to around 1-5 below normal.
Los Angeles CA: The period started with temps around 1-16 degrees above normal before falling to around 3-7 below normal to finish the period.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for February 20, 2013:
Day 1-3: The Northeast will be dealing with some snowfall, while a good portion of the country deals with high pressure and nice weather. The only other big event of the day will be in the Southwest where a major winter storm is developing that will have a large area of impacts over the next couple of days. During the middle of the period low pressure will move in to the Plains creating blizzard like conditions for a good portion of the region, while thunderstorms some of which may be severe develop over the Gulf Coast region. Another frontal boundary will reach the Pacific Northwest. The period will end with high pressure over the Northern Plains, while a stationary boundary sets up over the Gulf Coast creating areas of heavy rainfall, and the storm system pushes on shore over the Pacific Northwest.
Day 4-7: The period starts with a strong storm system pushing up the East Coast, while high pressure builds in over the Gulf Coast, and another storm system pushes into the Southwest. Day five the storm system will move into the Northern Plains creating more heavy snowfall for the region, while another squall line pushes along the Gulf Coast, as strong high pressure builds in over the Rockies. A weak frontal boundary will approach the Pacific Northwest. A large storm system will move into the Western Great Lakes bringing very heavy snow to the Northern Plains and Western Lakes, while the East Coast gets some moderate rains and another storm system pushes into the Northwest. The period will finish with a storm system along the Northeast and high pressure over the Northern Plains, while another low pressure moves into the Southwest.
Day 8-12: The period will start with low pressure over the Northeast, while high pressure builds in over the Southeast and another storm system begins to push into the Midwest bringing more snow and rain to the region. High pressure will build in over the Western Rockies. The middle of the period will have a strong storm system extending from the Lakes southward along the Southeast bringing with it a wide variety of weather from snow in the north to severe weather in the Southeast. High pressure will be over the Western Rockies. By day ten a major storm system will be along the East Coast, while high pressure will be over the Plains and another low pressure system will be pushing in over the Northwest. The period will end with strong winds and snow over the Northeast, while high pressure will build into the Southeast as another storm system begins to push into the Northern Plains.
Day 13-15: The period will start with another major storm system in the Southeast creating a major snow storm for portions of the region along with moderate rainfall. A very strong and cold high pressure system will build in over the Northern Plains and will extend all the way to the West Coast creating cold conditions and also very strong winds for many places. The middle of the period will have a massive storm system along the East Coast with many places getting a lot of snow while the powerful high pressure over the Plains continues to impact a good portion of the region with cold air. A new storm system will begin to push into the West Coast. The period ends with the major snow storm up into the Northeast and the dominating high pressure over a good portion of the country as the new low pressure moves into the Rockies.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Omaha NE:
Wednesday: Mostly Cloudy and cool with a high near 27F, winds from the Southeast 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 22F.
Thursday: Snow and Blowing Snow with near Blizzard like conditions, the snow will become heavy with total snowfall amounts around 6-9inches. High temps will be around 23F, while low temps will be near 19F with winds from the Northeast 12-17mph.
Friday: Mostly Cloudy with periods of light snow in the morning, as high temps rise to around 25F, and overnight lows drop to around 8F along with Northwest winds 9-14mph.
Saturday: Partly Cloudy and mild with a high near 30F, winds from the Southeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 16F.
Sunday: Mostly Cloudy with light snow and the potential of seeing total snowfall amounts around 1-3inches as high temps rise to around 33F with overnight lows falling to 30F along with Southeast winds 7-12mph.
Ask The Weatherman for February 20, 2013:
Question: What are weather models used for?
Answer: Meteorologist use weather models to help guide them on storm tracks such as big winter storms. This gives meteorologists guidance on what the storm may do. We also use weather models to help us determine how fast weather systems are moving so that we can get an understanding of when the next weather maker may impact our forecast area.
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Green Energy Weather Report for February 20, 2013:
Wave Energy: The biggest source of wind energy today will be along the Northeast ahead of the frontal boundary.
Solar Energy: A good portion of the country from the Pacific Northwest into the Northern Plains and then down to the Southeast and Gulf Coast up to the Mid-Atlantic region will all enjoy nice solar energy today.
Wind Energy: The best wind energy will be in the Northeast behind the frontal boundary that is moving through the area.
Hydro-Energy: A large low pressure system moving through the Southwest will create plenty of long-term hydro energy along with some lower elevation rains. The Northeast will also be dealing with some long-term energy in the form of snowfall.
February 20 Weather and Your Wallet (Gulfport MS):
Dining: Cool this morning, otherwise a very nice day to get out and enjoy lunch at the park today.
Transportation: No issues today for any mode of transportation.
Shopping: You will need a jacket this morning, otherwise a very nice day to go shopping.
Electricity: There will be a need for some heating this morning and again overnight; looking at a total of 11.0HDD’s for the day.
Yard Work: A cool start to the morning, however by this afternoon the plants will be enjoying about 4GDD’s.
Construction: No problems today with any of the outside work as it will be a nice day with lighter winds as well for the high rise projects.
Outdoor Venues: An excellent day to get out and enjoy a walk on the boardwalk or taking the dog to the park.
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