Big Story Weather – February 27, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from February 26: The winter storm was again the highlight of the day with plenty of snow falling from the Central Plains into the Great Lakes. The winds were also a problem on the back side of the front with places in Texas and the Gulf Coast dealing with winds over 30mph. The third big story was the tornado that hit Tampa Bay FL out in the warm sector of our storm system.
Weather Outlook for February 27: An occluded low pressure system near the Great Lakes will bring another day of heavy snow to the region. The newly developing low will push up the East Coast and have plenty of warm air for rain showers for New York and some light snow near Boston. High pressure, a very cold one at that, will begin to impact a good portion of the country with cold temperatures and dry conditions. Below is the weather for a few select cities.
Baltimore MD: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 50F
Atlanta GA: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 51F
Chicago IL: Cloudy with periods of snow and a high near: 34F
Denver CO: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 33F
San Diego CA: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 63F
International Weather Outlook for February 27: Low pressure moving along the East Coast of Japan will bring showers and higher elevation snows to the region, while high pressure builds in over Eastern China and the Koreas. A strong low pressure moving through Central Russia will bring some heavy snows to the region. High pressure over Western Europe will make for a nice day in the area. A frontal boundary will move across Southern tip of South America creating a few showers. Tropical Cyclone Rusty will again impact Northwest Australia with heavy rains and strong winds, while another area of low pressure will be moving over the Northern part of Australia bringing showers and thunderstorms to the area. The southern part of Australia will see high pressure building in slowly. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Tokyo Japan: Cloudy with Showers and a low near 3C
Guam USA: Partly Cloudy with a low near 25C
Malaysia: Partly Cloudy with a low near 24C
London England: Partly Cloudy with a low near 6C
Sydney Australia: Mostly Cloudy and warm with a low near 21C
February 27, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving into Iceland will bring strong winds and snow to the region. Another area of low pressure is pushing off the East Coast of the US bringing rain showers to some portions of the region and snow to the Northern section.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure now moving into Western Canada will bring snow to the region. A second area of low pressure is moving towards Southern California creating increased winds and seas over the area. Another low pressure system is moving out of the Gulf of Alaska and towards the West Coast.
Western Pacific: Low pressure is moving towards the Western Gulf of Alaska. Another area of low pressure is moving up the East Coast of Japan and will bring showers and mountain snows to the region. Two other areas of low pressure are moving across Central China and Russia this morning bringing plenty of snowfall to the regions.
Indian Ocean: A really tranquil day in the region, no major weather impacts expected.
Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure moving away from the Fiji Islands will bring increased winds and seas to the region. Another area of low pressure is moving southeast of South America and will bring showers and some thunderstorms to parts of Eastern South America. A third area of low pressure is moving well south of Africa and should have no impacts to land. A fourth area of low pressure is slowly moving towards Australia. A low pressure area located to the Northeast of Australia is bringing increased showers to the Northeast Region, while Tropical Cyclone Rusty is impacting the Northwest Section with winds around 80kts and a pressure around 963mb. Further to the west is Tropical Cyclone 18 which has winds around 30kts and a pressure of 1000mb.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for February 27-March 3:
Baltimore MD: The next five days will be impact free for the area as the frontal boundary passes and high pressure moves in.
Atlanta GA: High pressure will keep the area impact free for the next five days.
Chicago IL: A moderate impact is forecasted for today due to an additional 2-4 inches of snowfall, followed by cooler and drier weather which will bring no impacts to the remainder of the period.
Denver CO: The region will enjoy high pressure and be impact free.
San Diego CA: No impacts are forecasted for the next five days.
Climate Watch for February 22-February 26:
Baltimore MD: The period saw temps start about 14 degrees below normal followed by a slight warm up on the 24th with temps about 1-3 degrees above normal and then finished the period with temps again about 5degrees below normal.
Atlanta GA: The period started with temps around 6-8 degrees below normal and then warmed up to around 5 degrees above before falling back to around 1-9 degrees below normal.
Chicago IL: The period started with temps around 4-10 degrees below normal and then warmed to around 1-4 degrees above normal before finishing the period back below normal.
Denver CO: The entire period saw temps about 3-20 degrees below normal.
San Diego CA: The period started with temps around 3 degrees below normal followed by a slight warm up with temps about 1-4 degrees above normal and then finished the period with temps back below normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for February 27, 2013:
Day 1-3: The major winter storm will move into the Great Lakes today and have large impacts on the region. Some snow will also move into the Northeast around Boston and New York will see rainfall today from the storm. High pressure will bring colder weather to a good portion of the rest of the country. The period will finish with a large area of high pressure bringing tranquil weather to a good portion of the United States.
Day 4-7: The period will start with a few snow showers along the East. Strong high pressure builds in towards the Central Plains creating plenty of cold air. Another storm system will begin to approach the West Coast. The middle of the period will have snowfall over a good portion of the Northeast but it will be fairly light. High pressure will slide in over the Great Lakes and extend into the Gulf Coast. Another storm system will push into the Northern Plains bringing heavy snow to Northern Rockies. The period will end with high pressure along the East Coast, and some clipper snows moving through the Dakotas and Western Lakes. Another low pressure will approach the Northwest US.
Day 8-12: The period will start with a storm system along the Eastern Seaboard bringing some rain and snow to the region, while another strong cold high pressure area builds in over the Northern Plains and Western Lakes extending into the Gulf Coast. A new low pressure moves into the Northern Rockies. The middle of the period will have a blocking high set up over the Eastern Lakes and extend into the Southeast. Another storm system will spread from the Northern Plains into the Southwest. Another high pressure area will be along the West Coast. The period will end with a clipper system moving through the Great Lakes, while a major storm develops in the Northwest Gulf of Mexico and another clipper system moves across the Northern Plains.
Day 13-15: The period will start with a major storm system moving out of the Gulf of Mexico bringing some severe weather to the Gulf Coast and winter weather to the Southern Plains. This storm will migrate up the East Coast and bring a big storm system to finish the period and another strong high pressure area build in over the Southern Plains.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for New York NY:
Wednesday: Mostly Cloudy and mild with showers and a high near 50F, winds from the Southwest 9-14mph as overnight lows fall to around 38F.
Thursday: Partly Cloudy and cooler with a high near 45F, winds from the Northwest 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 34F.
Friday: Partly Cloud y with a high near 45F, winds from the Northwest 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 30F.
Saturday: Partly Cloudy and cooler with a high near 42F, winds from the Northwest 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 30F.
Sunday: Partly Cloudy with a high near 40F, winds from the Northwest 9-14mph as overnight lows drop to around 25F.
Ask The Weatherman for February 27, 2013:
Question: Why does it rain some days when it’s around freezing but others it snows?
Answer: To evaluate today’s question we have to look at what is known as the vertical structure of the atmosphere meaning we need to identify the temperatures at many levels. For example, if the temperature is 20F at 5,000ft that means the particle is frozen. However, when it falls to 3,000ft the temperatures is 36F allowing it to melt. When it hits the ground it does not have enough time to re-freeze back to snow so it falls as rain or freezing rain.
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Green Energy Weather Report for February 27, 2013:
Wave Energy: The approaching front will make the East Coast the best place for wave energy today.
Solar Energy: High pressure over the Rockies will bring nice weather from the Plains all the way across the Gulf Coast and into Florida, while the West Coast also enjoys a nice day as all of these places will be great areas for solar energy today.
Wind Energy: Behind the cold front over the upper Mississippi River Valley and over the Southeast will be the best place for wind energy today.
Hydro-Energy: The entire Great Lakes will be getting snow which will help the long-term hydro energy support. Portions of the Northeast will see rainfall which will help the short-term energy, and further north around Boston they will see more snow to help the long-term energy.
February 27 Weather and Your Wallet (Chicago IL):
Dining: Today is a great day to stay home if you can and eat indoors as the winds and snow will make it an unpleasant day.
Transportation: The moderate snow that has been falling and the additional snowfall today will make it very dangerous to be on the roads.
Shopping: Today is not a good day to head out to the malls, best to just stay home.
Electricity: There will be a moderate use of heating today as the low temps and high temps don’t move out of the 30’s expect to see the highest needs during the overnight hours around 33HDD’s for today.
Yard Work: If you have plans to shovel snow, remember to give yourself a break as many health problems can be started with the heart on days like today.
Construction: Today will be a good day to do indoor projects.
Outdoor Venues: Taking the dog for a walk in the park will have to be a fast and speedy process today as the winds and snow will make it an unpleasant day.
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