Big Story Weather – February 28, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from February 27: The snow started to finally wind down in the Northeast as the low began to push outwards towards sea. High pressure sliding into the country has started its cool down effects with some places running 10-15 degrees below normal.
Weather Outlook for February 28: Low pressure pushing out to sea over the Northeast will bring a few wrap around snow showers to Maine. The rest of the country should watch out…high pressure is building in over the Rockies but will be felt all the way to the East Coast with colder weather over the next few days. Many places will drop to below freezing during the night all the way down into Florida. A few showers along a frontal boundary out West will bring showers to the Northwest. Below is the weather for a few select cities.
Boston MA: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 46F
Gulfport MS: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 51F
Sioux Falls SD: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 27F
Boise ID: Mostly Cloudy with a few evening showers and a high near: 47F
Salt Lake City UT Partly Cloudy with a high near: 38F
International Weather Outlook for February 28: Low pressure to the east of the Koreas will bring some light snow to the region, while mostly cloudy skies will prevail over Japan. A few showers will extend over Eastern China along the frontal boundary. High pressure over the Nepal will bring partly cloudy skies to the majority of Southeast Asia. Low pressure moving through Scandinavia will bring snow showers to the region. High pressure near England will bring partly cloudy skies to the region and this will extend into Western Europe as well. High pressure moving towards the tip of South America will make for nice weather in the region. High pressure will bring partly cloudy skies to Southeast Australia, while the remains of Rusty bring strong winds and showers to Western Australia. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Seoul South Korea: Cloudy with Showers and a low near 4C
Guam USA: Partly Cloudy with a low near 26C
Singapore: Partly Cloudy with a low near 24C
Madrid Spain: Partly Cloudy with a low near 8C
Perth Australia: Mostly Cloudy with Showers and a low near 19C
February 28, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving out of Greenland will make its way towards Europe this weekend. Another area of low pressure leaving the Northeast United States will push towards Iceland.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving over the Canadian Rockies will bring snow showers to the region and a few showers to the Northwest US. A secondary low pressure area is moving out of the Gulf of Alaska and towards the West Coast of Canada. A third area of low pressure is slowly moving towards the Baja.
Western Pacific: Low pressure is moving away from Japan and towards the North Central Pacific. Another low pressure system is moving towards the Koreas today bringing with it showers and snow showers to the region. A third area of low pressure is moving through Northern Russia bringing snow showers to the region.
Indian Ocean: A really tranquil day in the region, no major weather impacts expected.
Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure is pushing away from the Fiji Islands and headed towards the open South Pacific Ocean. Another low pressure area is moving towards the southwest coast of Africa with its trailing frontal boundary still back near South America. A third area of low pressure is moving towards the tip of Africa bringing showers to the Cape. Tropical Depression 18 is still trying to hold together however, this morning it has become very weak with winds around 25kts and a pressure of 1004mb. The remains of Rusty are now over Northwest Australia.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for February 28-March 4:
Boston MA: A very nice week in store with no impacts forecasted.
Gulfport MS: The next five days with high pressure in control will leave the region impact free.
Sioux Falls SD: A nice start to the forecast, followed by a chance of moderate impacts on the 4th when some heavier snow moves into the area.
Boise ID: A few showers this evening will make for a slight impact on elevated roads and then again on the 3rd a few snow showers will bring a slight impact to the region.
Salt Lake City UT: No impacts forecasted until the 3rd when some light snow moves into the area creating a slight impact.
Climate Watch for February 23-February 27:
Boston MA: The period started with temps about 2-3 degrees below normal followed by a period of normal temps and then on the 27th temps fell about 1 below normal again.
Gulfport MS: The 23rd had temps about 5 below normal and then a slight warm up with temps around 1-3 above normal and then a strong push of colder air to finish the period with temps about 5-6 below normal.
Sioux Falls SD: The majority of the period saw temps around 5-11 degrees below normal and then the 27th temps returned to normal.
Boise ID: A very cold past five days with temps around 2-9 degrees below normal for the entire period.
Salt Lake City UT: A very cold past five days with temps around 9-16 degrees below normal the entire period.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for February 28, 2013:
Day 1-3: The low pressure will push off shore over the Northeast today bringing a few snow showers to Maine and parts of the Northeast. High pressure over the Rockies will impact a vast amount of the country from the Rockies eastward. This high pressure will also be responsible for some very cold air that is expected to impact many places. A weak frontal boundary will impact the Pacific Northwest with a few showers and higher elevation snow showers. The period will end with a few wrap around snow showers over the Northeast, while the remainder of the country enjoys high pressure and colder weather. A weak area of low pressure will push into the Northwest during this time.
Day 4-7: The period will start with snow showers still impacting Maine. High pressure will extend from the Great Lakes southward to the Gulf Coast and Southeast bringing some very cold air to the south. Another storm system will begin to take shape over the Northern Plains with snow showers moving into the area. A second low will develop over the Southwest. By day five the storm system will move into the Great Lakes with the associated frontal boundary moving towards the Gulf Coast. High pressure will be over the Rockies again. By the end of the period a low pressure area will push across the Gulf Coast and towards the Southeast US, while a very strong high pressure center builds in over the Plains and another storm system enters the Pacific Northwest.
Day 8-12: The period will start with a large storm system moving along the East Coast, however it may take an open sea route having no impact on the East Coast as the very strong high pressure center builds in very fast over the Great Lakes which will bring cold weather to a good portion of the East again. Another storm system enters the Northern Plains bringing some moderate snow to the Rockies. Looking at day ten the storm system slides southward into the Southern Plains and sets the stage for some moderate snow over Western Texas and possibly some severe weather along the Gulf Coast. High pressure will impact the weather along both coasts. The end of this period will have a major storm system moving through the Great Lakes with heavy snow towards the Lakes and even some severe weather along the Gulf Coast.
Day 13-15: The period will start with a major winter storm moving through the Eastern Lakes bringing heavy snow to the area, while the East Coast stays warm and gets rain. Another ridge builds in over the Northern Plains. while another storm system moves in over the extreme Northwest US. The middle of the period will have heavy wrap around snows over the Northeast again, while a strong high pressure center builds in over the Northern Plains. Another storm system takes shape over the West. The period will finish very active with multiple storms on the map.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Dallas TX:
Thursday: Partly Cloudy and cool with a high near 50F, winds from the Northwest 9-14mph as overnight lows fall to around 35F.
Friday: Partly Cloudy and cool with a high near 52F, winds from the Northwest 9-14mph as overnight lows drop to around 30F.
Saturday: Partly Cloudy with a high near 53F, winds from the Southeast 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 34F.
Sunday: Partly Cloudy and warmer with a high near 65F, winds from the Southeast 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 50F.
Monday: Partly Cloudy and nice with a high near 70F, winds from the Northwest 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 44F.
Ask The Weatherman for February 28, 2013:
Question: Is global warming caused by man?
Answer: This is a pretty potent question to be asked. A quick answer is that we will never be able to point directly to human causes because there is too much evidence that points to it being from natural causes. So, in short, the answer would be “no” in my own opinion as a Meteorologist. But remember, this is just my belief.
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Green Energy Weather Report for February 28, 2013:
Wave Energy: The best place will be along the Northeast today near the frontal boundary.
Solar Energy: Solar energy today will be effective in about 90% of the country with the Northeast and Northwest being the only two places that will not have good solar energy.
Wind Energy: The winds behind the cold front over the Northeast will be the best location for wind energy today.
Hydro-Energy: The Northeast will have some long-term snow fall which will help, the Northwest will have both showers and snow showers creating a short-term and long-term energy output.
February 28 Weather and Your Wallet (Portland OR):
Dining Today will be a nice day to take lunch to work as it will be cloudy and rainy for the majority of today.
Transportation: No major issues expected however, with the rain showers you will find your ponding on the roads a good day to take public transportation and an umbrella.
Shopping: The weather today will make it best for indoor shopping. If you plan to go out, make sure to take an umbrella.
Electricity: There will be a higher demand for heating during the overnight hours, however there will be a demand for the entire day today as high temps only get to 49F, the total HDD’s for today is around 19.
Yard Work: Today looks like a good day to just let the rain showers water the yard and help it become greener.
Construction: No major impacts outside of the rain which may slow things down, however, if you are doing any indoor projects they will not be impacted by the weather today.
Outdoor Venues: If you need to take the dog out for a walk today make sure to take your umbrella as it will be a rainy day.
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