Big Story Weather – February 5, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from February 4: The clipper systems continued moving through the Northern Plains and Great Lakes bringing more snow to the region. A new area of low pressure also brought some moderate rain to the Southern Plains and Gulf Coast through the day yesterday, while the West Coast enjoyed nice weather.
Weather Outlook for February 5: Another clipper system will move through the Great Lakes today bringing more snow showers to the region. A weak area of low pressure will move into Northern Florida today creating an area of showers through the region. High pressure over the West will bring partly cloudy skies to the Rockies. An offshore flow will bring some showers to the Pacific Northwest ahead of the next warm front. Below is the weather for a few select cities.
Boston MA: Partly Cloudy: 27F
Gulfport MS: Partly Cloudy: 65F
Fargo ND: Partly Cloudy: 12F
Denver CO: Partly Cloudy: 50F
Seattle WA: Mostly Cloudy: 46F
International Weather Outlook for February 5: Low pressure will move along the Eastern Coast of Japan bringing rain to the coastal region and snow to the mountains. There will also be a region of snow that sets up over the Koreas. High pressure over Northern China will bring partly cloudy skies to Eastern China. High pressure over the Tibetan Plateau will bring partly cloudy skies to the majority of Southeast Asia. Low pressure moving through England will bring rain and snow to the region. This will spread eastward into Western Europe. A frontal boundary moving through the tip of South America will bring a few showers to the region. High pressure to the West and Southeast of Australia will bring partly cloudy skies to the majority of the region. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Shanghai China: Partly Cloudy with a low near 2C
Hong Kong China: Partly Cloudy with a low near 17C
Singapore: Partly Cloudy with a low near 24C
London England: Cloudy with a low near 3C
Sydney Australia: Partly Cloudy with a low near 20C
February 5, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring snow to the region. Low pressure moving towards England will bring showers and higher elevation snows to the area. Another weak area of low pressure off the Cape Verde Islands will bring some showers and stronger winds to the islands. Low pressure moving across the Great Lakes will bring more snow to the region today.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving onshore over the Canadian West Coast will bring showers to the Pacific Northwest. Another area of low pressure is moving into the Gulf of Alaska and this will bring some snow showers to Southern Alaska. A third area of low pressure continues to drift slowly towards the Southern part of California.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving off the coast of China will bring showers and higher elevation snows to the Koreas and Japan. Another strong area of low pressure is moving towards Central China this will bring heavy snow to parts of China. A third area of low pressure will bring moderate snows to Central Russia.
Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough is beginning to pick up action as an area of low pressure is developing along the trough and will bring showers to parts of Indonesia. The remainder of the Indian Ocean is quiet.
Southern Hemisphere: An area of disturbed weather remains near Fiji producing wide spread showers and moderate winds for the region. Multiple areas of low pressure are moving along the roaring 40’s towards Australia, however will remain over the open oceans today creating just a marine hazard.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for February 5-9:
Boston MA: Looking for some light snow to move in on the 6th which will lead to slight impacts for the area. On the 8th moderate snowfall is expected which will lead to moderate impacts for the area.
Gulfport MS: On the 7th a frontal boundary will move through bringing the chance of seeing some thunderstorms to the area creating a moderate impact.
Fargo ND: The 6th will bring the region some light snow with the next clipper system creating a slight impact to the region.
Denver CO: The next five days will be impact free.
Seattle WA: A chance of showers on the 6th and 7th will bring the region slight impacts.
Climate Watch for January 31-February 4:
Boston MA: The period started with temps around 24 degrees above normal followed by a cool down with temps ranging from 2-11 degrees below normal.
Gulfport MS: The period saw temps steadily between 2-4 above normal and to 2-4 below normal.
Fargo ND: The entire period saw temps around 1-25 degrees below normal.
Denver CO: The period started with temps around 2 degrees below normal followed by a warm up with temps around 5-14 degrees above normal.
Seattle WA: The period started with temps around 1-4 degrees above normal followed by two days with temps around 1-6 degrees below and then warming back to around 2 degrees above normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for February 5, 2013:
Day 1-3: A clipper system moving through the Great Lakes will bring snow showers to the region. Another weak area of low pressure over Northern Florida will bring a few showers to the region. High pressure over the Rockies will create partly cloudy skies and this will also spread into the Plains and portions of the Gulf Coast. A frontal boundary just off the West Coast will bring a few showers to the Pacific Northwest today. The middle of the period will have a frontal boundary along the West Coast producing showers and mountain snows in the area, while another weak clipper system begins to push across the Northern Plains. The period will end with the clipper system moving into the Great Lakes creating areas of moderate snow, while in the Southern Plains another low pressure area will develop bringing showers and thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast.
Day 4-7: The period will begin with some moderate snowfall from New York northward into Boston. High pressure will be over the Great Lakes, as another area of low pressure develops over the Southwest. This storm will bring snow to lower elevations throughout California. The middle of the period will have another clipper system moving out of the Plains towards the Great Lakes creating another snow swath. The low pressure over the Southwest will continue to develop bringing more snow to the higher elevations in Southern California. The period will end with the low pressure moving into Southern Texas spreading the showers to the Northeast into Oklahoma and Arkansas and portions of Kansas and Missouri, while moderate snow develops over the Colorado Rockies.
Day 8-12: The period will start with the low pressure area moving into Arkansas creating a wide array of weather from showers and thunderstorms over the Southern Mississippi River Valley and also a large band of moderate snow that will setup from Western Texas into Oklahoma and Kansas and Northwest Missouri. High pressure will be in control out West bringing a nice day to the region. The middle of the period will see the low pressure push into the Mid-Atlantic region. There will be areas of heavy rainfall along with thunderstorms from the Gulf Coast northward into the Carolinas. A heavy snow band will setup over the Ohio River Valley with some places getting around six inches or more of snow. High pressure will bring nice weather to the West. Towards day ten expect to see the frontal boundary clear the Northeast and high pressure to start building in over the majority of the country. The period will end with high pressure over the majority of the country with only a few clipper systems moving through the Northern Plains towards the Great Lakes again.
Day 13-15: The period will begin with the second clipper system moving into the Great Lakes. Behind that expect to see a very strong area of cold high pressure to build in over the Northern Plains which will drop the cold air all the way southward into Texas and the Gulf Coast. The middle of the period will have the clipper system exploding over the Northeast creating a large area of heavy snowfall for the big cities in the Northeast. The strong cold high pressure center will shift into the Ohio River Valley, while another area of low pressure begins to develop over the Southwest. The period will end with a Gulf Low forming and moving along the Northern Gulf with very cold air in place which may create a very interesting time period.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for New York NY:
Tuesday: Mostly Cloudy with a few light snow showers in the morning, no major accumulations expected. High temps will be around 34F, with Northeast winds 5-10mph along with overnight lows falling to around 30F.
Wednesday: Partly Cloudy and warmer with a high near 38F, winds from the Northwest 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 22F.
Thursday: Partly Cloudy and mild with a high near40F, winds from the Southeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 24F.
Friday: Mostly Cloudy with periods of rain, snow and sleet expect to see some accumulations during the day as high temps rise to 40F, winds will be from the Northeast 15-20mph as overnight lows fall to around 30F.
Saturday: Partly Cloudy and cooler with a high near 35F, winds will be from the Northeast around 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 30F.
Ask The Weatherman for February 5, 2013:
Question: What is significant about the Sub-tropical high pressure centers?
Answer: Yesterday, we looked at the Bermuda high pressure center, today we will look at its partner over in the Pacific Ocean called the Pacific High. This high pressure works the same way in that it is semi-permanent in its movement. During the summer this high pressure is over in the Western Pacific near Japan, while in the winter it shifts closer to the California coast. This brings mild winters to California and also creates the thick dense layers of fog over the marine waters off the coast during the summer. In the summer this system is what keeps the tropical systems for the most part in the Eastern Pacific moving westward instead of moving towards the north along the California coast.
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Green Energy Weather Report for February 5, 2013:
Wave Energy: The largest wave energy area will again be along the West Coast ahead of two frontal boundaries; one over the Pacific Northwest and the others approaching Southern California.
Solar Energy: High pressure over the Western Rockies will create a nice area of solar energy through the region and this will expand into the Plains and portions of the Gulf Coast region.
Wind Energy: The strongest winds look to be behind the clipper system in the Great Lakes today.
Hydro-Energy: A small area of showers will push across Northern Florida creating some short term energy, while the Great Lakes region will be dealing with more snow which will help the long term energy. Rain and snow will be falling out along the Pacific Northwest which will create both short term and long term hydro-energy.
February 5 Weather and Your Wallet (Omaha NE):
Dining: A cool day but should be no problem with enjoying lunch at the park, just make sure to throw the winter jacket on.
Transportation: A nice day for commuting with no major weather impacts forecasted.
Shopping: A cool day but again a nice day to get outside and enjoy some shopping at the mall.
Electricity: Looking for moderate use in power during the overnight hours, lowering during the afternoon hours as it gets a tad bit warmer.
Yard Work: Today is a good day to get out and get some yard work done.
Construction: There will be no issues with outdoor construction projects today, just make sure to bundle up during the morning hours.
Outdoor Venues: A excellent day to get out with the pets and take a walk through the park.
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