Big Story Weather – February 4, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from February 1-3: This past weekend provided a couple of Alberta Clipper systems that moved through the Northern Plains and Great Lakes creating some significant snow bands off the lakes. The rest of the United States enjoyed a fairly nice weekend.
Weather Outlook for February 4: A clipper system will be moving through the Eastern Lakes today bringing some snow showers to the region. High pressure over the Southeast will bring nice weather to the region. A low pressure developing over Texas will bring showers to the region. A second clipper system will start to move into the Northern Plains this afternoon with a few snow showers for the region. High pressure along the West Coast will bring a nice day to the region. Below is the weather for a few select cities this afternoon.
Baltimore MD: Partly Cloudy: 33F
Atlanta GA: Partly Cloudy: 49F
Minneapolis MN: Cloudy with overnight Snow: 16F
Boise ID: Partly Cloudy: 46F
Portland OR: Partly Cloudy: 50F
International Weather Outlook for February 4: Low pressure moving through Northern Japan will bring some snow showers to the region. However, the capital will remain dry. A very strong and cold area of high pressure will begin to move into Eastern China. A powerful area of low pressure will move towards England bringing with it showers. High pressure near Spain will bring partly cloudy skies to the majority of Southeastern Europe. High pressure will bring partly cloudy skies to the tip of South America. Australia will be under high pressure today bringing nice weather to the majority of the country. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Tokyo Japan: Partly Cloudy with a low near 3C
Manila Philippines: Partly Cloudy with a low near 21C
Bangkok Thailand: Partly Cloudy with a low near 25C
Brussels Germany: Partly Cloudy with a low near 2C
Brisbane Australia: Partly Cloudy with a low near 23C
February 4, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through the northeast part of Europe which will bring snow showers to the region. Another area of low pressure well north of England will bring showers to the region today. A potent low-pressure system is moving away from the East Coast and towards Greenland. Another weak area of low pressure is moving towards the Cape Verde Islands.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving into Texas will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region, while another area of low pressure begins to move towards the Pacific Northwest. A third area of disturbed weather is just to the southwest of California.
Western Pacific: An area of low pressure will be moving towards northeast Japan bringing some snow to the region. Another low pressure located near Hong Kong will bring showers to Southeast China. Low pressure moving north of India will bring snow to the higher elevations.
Indian Ocean: The remains of the tropical cyclone will continue moving towards the southeast away from land and into the open ocean.
Southern Hemisphere: A low-pressure system is moving toward the southeast of South America and away from land. Another low-pressure system is located near the Fiji Islands bringing plenty of showers and thunderstorms to the region.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for February 4-8:
Baltimore MD: A nice start to the period with a chance of rain on the 8th which will create a slight impact to the area.
Atlanta GA: No impacts forecasted until the 8th when a few showers move into the region creating a slight impact.
Minneapolis MN: No impacts forecasted until the 5th and 6th when some light snow moves through the area creating a slight impact on the region.
Boise ID: A nice week ahead with no impacts forecasted.
Portland OR: Showers will move in on the 5th creating a slight impact followed by another slight impact on the 7th when showers again move back into the region.
Climate Watch for January, 30-February 3:
Baltimore MD: The period started with temps around 9-28 degrees above normal. Then colder air moved in on the 1st dropping temps to around 9-12 degrees below normal.
Atlanta GA: The 30th had temps around 17 degrees above normal followed by a cool down with temps running about 1-10 degrees below normal and then on the 3rd temps rose to around 4 degrees above normal.
Minneapolis MN: The first day had temps 1 degree above normal, followed by very cold air as temps fell to around 13-21 degrees below normal for the rest of the period.
Boise ID: The majority of the period had temps around 2-7 degrees above normal followed by the cold air on the 3rd when temps fell to around 9 degrees below normal.
Portland OR: The majority of the period had temps around 1-6 degrees above normal followed by a below normal day on the 3rd with temps about 3 degrees below.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for February 4, 2013:
Day 1-3: A clipper system moving through the Eastern Great Lakes will bring some moderate snow to the region. Another clipper system moving through the Northern Plains will bring some light snow to the region. High pressure over the Southeast will make for a nice day in the region, and this will spread into the Gulf Coast. A developing low pressure area over Central Texas will bring some showers to the region. High pressure over the West Coast will bring nice weather to the area. The period will end with an area of low pressure moving out of Texas and also a storm system approaching the Pacific Northwest.
Day 4-7: The period will begin with another clipper system moving through the Eastern Great Lakes bringing more snow to the region. Another area of low pressure will be moving up the Southeast Coast bringing showers to the Carolinas. A third area of low pressure will be moving into Central Texas creating showers over the region. Another area of low pressure will be pushing into the Southwest bringing snow levels down to lower elevations out West. High pressure will build in over the East Coast by the middle of this period. An area of low pressure will be pushing on shore near California creating rain and mountain snows. The period will end with high pressure along the East Coast and a powerful storm system moving into the Southern Plains, which will have rain, snow and strong thunderstorms with it. A cold core low-pressure system will begin to push into Southern California.
Day 8-12: The period will begin with a low-pressure area moving through the Tennessee River Valley creating a wide swath of snow to the north of it and also some showers and thunderstorms along the southern portion of the front over the Gulf Coast Region. High pressure will be building in over the Northern Plains and the West during this time. The middle of the period will begin with a strong low-pressure system in the Southern Plains which will have plenty of cold air wrapped in with it creating a wide snow swath on the Northwest side along with some strong to severe storms over the Gulf Coast region. High pressure will build in over the West Coast. This powerful low-pressure system by Day 11 will push into the Great Lakes creating a major storm over the region with severe weather on the east side and a powerful winter storm on the west side of its track. The period will end with the powerful storm system exiting the Northeast and another clipper system moving into the Northern Plains.
Day 13-15: The period will start with another clipper system moving through the Great Lakes bringing with it moderate snowfall to the region. High pressure will be along the East Coast. Another powerful low pressure area will begin to develop over the Southwest. The middle of the period will have the storm system from the Southwest moving into Northern Mexico during this time.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Dallas TX:
Monday: Mostly cloudy with showers, high temps will be around 67F, winds from the Southwest 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 54F.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy and cooler with a high near 64F, winds from the Southeast 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 49F.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms and a high near 65F, winds from the Southeast around 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 56F. Some storms could be strong to severe.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms as high temps rise to around 70F, winds will be from the Southeast 2-7mph, look for overnight lows to fall to near 54F. There is a chance to see some storms become strong to severe.
Friday: Partly cloudy and nice with a high near 67F, winds from the Southeast around 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 52F.
Ask The Weatherman for February 4, 2013:
Question: What is significant about Sub-tropical high pressure centers?
Answer: A great question today from a Facebook fan. To answer this we must first understand where these high pressure centers are located. There are two of them in the Northern Hemisphere. The first one is located in the Pacific Ocean and the second one is found in the Atlantic Ocean. For this we will examine the significance of the Atlantic High also known as the Bermuda-Azores High. The first thing that we need to understand is that these high pressures are known as semi-permanent, meaning that they move from coast to coast through the season. For example, in the summer the high pressure center is located near Bermuda, while in the winter it is further centered over by the Azores. The second thing is that this high pressure drives weather patterns that are coming off the United States coast. The third thing is the hurricanes in the summer that are driven by this high pressure center. If this high pressure center is close enough to the United States it will force the hurricane to go right up the East Coast.
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Green Energy Weather Report for February 4, 2013:
Wave Energy: The storm system approaching the Pacific Northwest will bring moderate area of wave energy to the region. A second area of wave energy will be in the Southwest along the California coast as a strong low pressure area is moving in from the southwest.
Solar Energy: The West Coast will have a nice area of high pressure creating great solar conditions. Another area will be found through the Southeast and Gulf Coast associated with the high over the Southeast Coast.
Wind Energy: The best wind energy will be found over the Great Lakes behind the clipper system, and a second area will develop over Northeast Montana behind yet another clipper system.
Hydro-Energy: The Eastern Great Lakes will see more lake effect snow today associated with the clipper system which will bring long-term energy. A low-pressure area over Central Texas will bring some short term hydro energy to the region. Another clipper system will bring some long-term energy to North Dakota in the form of snow.
February 4 Weather and Your Wallet (Chicago IL):
Dining: No major issues with dining out today, just relax on the roads as the snow will be piling up throughout the majority of the day.
Transportation: A very slow day on the roads today as moderate snowfall will impact the region with accumulations of 2-4 inches likely which will slow the traffic down during the rush hours.
Shopping: Today will be a good day to do some shopping. however take it easy on the roads as they will be slick.
Electricity: A large demand for heat will be needed during the overnight hours, and this will also be true throughout the day as a moderate demand for power will be needed between 8AM-7PM. Today’s total HDDs will be around 49.5.
Yard Work: When heading out to remove snow from the sidewalks take it easy as this snow will be heavy and wet putting extra pressure on your back.
Construction: Outside jobs will need to be approached with caution today as the snow will start to make the sidewalks slippery.
Outdoor Venues: A nice day to take the dog for a walk in the park and enjoy the snow as its falling today.
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