Big Story Weather – February 6, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from February 5: Another Clipper system pushed through the Great Lakes yesterday bringing more snow to the region. A weak frontal boundary pushed through Northern Florida yesterday which brought some showers to the region. Another frontal boundary pushed away from the Pacific Northwest after bringing a few showers and mountain snows.
Weather Outlook for February 6: Low pressure moving through the Northeast will create a few lake effect snow showers along the Eastern Lakes. High pressure over the Great Lakes will extend southward into the Mid-Atlantic region. Low pressure developing over the Colorado Rockies will push showers all the way up into Nebraska overnight and also eastward along the Gulf Coast. High pressure over the West Coast will bring nice weather to the region. Below is the weather for a few select cities.
New York NY: Partly Cloudy: 35F
Mobile AL: Cloudy/Evening Showers: 67F
Omaha NE: Cloudy/Evening Showers: 45F
Billings MT: Partly Cloudy: 42F
San Diego CA: Partly Cloudy: 58F
International Weather Outlook for February 6: Low pressure moving towards Southern Japan will bring showers to the region. Low pressure over Northern India will bring the monsoonal trough further north today creating showers throughout Southeast Asia. Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring showers and snow showers to the region. High pressure to the West of Spain will bring partly cloudy skies to England and Western Europe. High pressure will make for a nice day along the Southern tip of South America. Low pressure moving through Northern Australia will bring showers to the region, while high pressure will bring partly cloudy skies to both the west and east Coasts. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Tokyo Japan: Partly Cloudy with a low near 3C
Guam USA: Partly Cloudy with a low near 24C
New Delhi India: Cloudy with a few showers and thunderstorms with a low near 25C
Madrid Spain: Partly Cloudy with a low near 8C
Perth Australia: Partly Cloudy with a low near 21C
February 6, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring showers and snow showers to the region, while another area of low pressure is moving across the Eastern Atlantic and will bring high seas to England. A third area of low pressure is impacting Western Africa near the Cape Verde Islands with showers. Low pressure just pushed off the East Coast of the US and is headed towards Iceland.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure is moving through Central Texas today bringing showers to the region. Another clipper system is moving through the Northern Plains which will bring snow to the Northern Plains. An area of low pressure is pushing towards the West Coast of Canada with snow showers for the region. A powerful low pressure area is pushing across the Gulf of Alaska bringing very strong winds, high seas and snow to Southern Alaska.
Western Pacific: Low pressure is moving through Central Russia bringing snow to the region around Moscow. Another area of low pressure is moving towards the Tibetan Plateau which will bring moderate snowfall to the region. A third area of low pressure is now moving through Southern Japan bringing showers to the area.
Indian Ocean: An area of low pressure is moving through the monsoonal trough towards India which will increase the showers and thunderstorms throughout Southeast Asia today.
Southern Hemisphere: An area of low pressure is located well to the Northeast of Australia. Another area of low pressure moving south of Australia will bring a few thunderstorms to central Australia. Low pressure moving away from the Fiji Islands will keep the showers active around the islands.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for February 6-10:
New York NY: A quiet start to the period followed by a severe impact on the 8th as the region could be dealing with significant snows around six to nine inches and even some isolated higher amounts. The 9th will have a slight impact as the crews have to clear all the roads off.
Mobile AL: The start of the period is going to see showers in the area which will bring slight impacts. Another chance for showers and thunderstorms on the 10th will create a slight impact again.
Omaha NE: The period will start with some light rain showers. There will be a moderate impact on the 10th as some significant snows will begin to move into the region around four to six inches.
Billings MT: A nice next four days followed by a slight impact on the 10th as some light snow moves through the area.
San Diego CA: The 8th will see some showers move through the region creating a slight impact.
Climate Watch for February 1 – February 5:
New York NY: The entire period temps have been running between 8-10 degrees below normal.
Mobile AL: The entire period the region has seen temps running about 1-6 degrees above normal.
Omaha NE: The period started with temps around 7 degrees below normal followed by a warm up with temps running about 2-15 degrees above normal.
Billings MT: The entire period saw temps around 8-14 degrees above normal.
San Diego CA: The period started with temps around 6-9 degrees above normal followed by a cool down with temps running around 3-6 degrees below normal to finish the period.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for February 6, 2013:
Day 1-3: A low pressure area moving through the Northeast will bring some northwesterly winds over the Eastern Lakes creating some snow bands in the region. Another clipper system will be moving through Minnesota and the Western Lakes creating another snow band through the region. A developing low pressure system over Central Texas will bring showers to the region and these showers will expand eastward overnight to the Gulf Coast. High pressure will bring nice weather to the West Coast. The middle of the period will see the low pressure move up the East Coast and it will merge with the clipper system coming in from the West setting the stage for a very powerful storm system along the East Coast. There could be some places in the Northeast dealing with over one foot of snow and possibly near two feet near the Boston Metro. High pressure will be over the West. The period will end with the heavy snow still falling over the Northeast. High pressure will move into the Great Lakes region. A new low will be developing over the Southwest.
Day 4-7: The period will start with high pressure along the East Coast, while another powerful storm system moves into the Northern Plains creating a wide spread area of rainfall and a band of heavy snow over the Dakotas. The middle of the period will have the low pressure system moving into the Western Great Lakes setting the stage for a very heavy snowfall over the Plains region and also some heavy rain will be over the Mississippi River Valley and the potential for some severe weather along the Gulf Coast. A cold area of high pressure will be over the West. The period will end with the storm system moving into Canada, while the frontal boundary will bring showers and thunderstorms over the Eastern US and Gulf Coast region. A cold Arctic high will build in behind this storm system creating a very cold air mass over the West Coast and into the Plains.
Day 8-12: The period will start with a low pressure area moving through the Gulf Coast bringing heavy showers to the region, while a cold pocket will develop back over Kanas where some heavy snow will fall in this pocket. Cold air will be in place over the West and Northern Plains associated with the high pressure area. Looking around Day 9 we will be watching another powerful storm system moving up the East Coast creating showers and heavy rain along the Coast and back west there could be significant snows again. High pressure over the Rockies will start to push the colder air southeastward into the Gulf Coast. Another upper level low will hit Northern California possibly bringing some snow to the region. The middle of the period will have another storm system moving out of the Southwest into Texas bringing showers to Texas and the Gulf Coast along with another pocket of heavy snowfall over the Northern Plains.
Day 13-15: This final period will start with a very powerful low pressure system moving into Arkansas with plenty of rainfall on the eastern side and a very heavy snow band setting up over the Southern Plains. The middle of the period the low pressure will move into Kentucky with heavy rain ahead of it and moderate snowfall on the West Side extending into parts of the Gulf Coast. The period will end with another powerful storm system moving up the East Coast.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Atlanta GA:
Wednesday: Mostly Cloudy and mild with a high near 63F, winds from the Northeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to 46F.
Thursday: Mostly Cloudy with showers and a high near 44F, winds from the Northeast 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to 36F.
Friday: Partly Cloudy and cool with a high near 59F, winds from the Northwest 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to 33F.
Saturday: Partly Cloudy and cool with a high near 56F, winds from the Southeast 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 34F.
Sunday: Mostly Cloudy with showers as high temps will be near 54F, winds from the Southeast 15-20mph as overnight lows fall to around 31F.
Ask The Weatherman for February 6, 2013:
Question: How do jet contrails form?
Answer: Have you ever looked up in the sky and seen a jet contrail one day and then the next day no contrail? There needs to be a few things in place for a contrail to form and the first one is there must be enough moisture at the level of the airplane. When the airplane releases its exhaust it sticks to a cloud condensation nuclei forming the contrail behind the jet.
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Green Energy Weather Report for February 6, 2013:
Wave Energy: The frontal boundary approaching the Pacific Northwest will create some moderate wave energy. An upper level low moving across the Southern Portion of California will bring some moderate wave energy to the area. The approaching of a cold front into Eastern Texas will also create some wave energy along the Western Gulf.
Solar Energy: High pressure over the Rockies will bring nice solar conditions to the West Coast and also parts of the Northern Plains.
Wind Energy: A stronger Northwest wind behind the frontal boundary moving through North Dakota will create some moderate wind energy in the region. Another area of wind energy for today will be over Western Texas behind the frontal boundary.
Hydro-Energy: Snow showers moving through the Eastern Great Lakes will create some long term hydro energy today. The clipper system moving through the Northern Plains will bring some long term snowfall to the region. Showers moving along the frontal boundary over Eastern Texas and the Gulf Coast will create some short term hydro energy.
February 6 Weather and Your Wallet (Gulfport MS):
Dining: The rain should hold off until after lunch making a nice, mild day to hit the park for lunch.
Transportation: This evening’s rush hour may be slower than normal as the heavier rains start to move into the region creating ponding on the roads.
Shopping: A nice afternoon to enjoy some shopping, but you may need the umbrella this evening as the heavy rains start to move in.
Electricity: Today the region will actually see 1.5CDD’s, meaning this afternoon you will want to open the windows and let the fresh air in the house.
Yard Work: Today will be a nice day to set the plants outside and let them enjoy the nice weather. The potential is there for 16.5GDD’s today.
Construction: This afternoon as the showers start to move in the outdoor construction may need to halt.
Outdoor Venues: This morning and afternoon will be a great chance to get out and walk the bridge or the boardwalk before the rain moves in tonight.
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