Big Story Weather – February 7, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from February 6: A low pressure moved through the Eastern Lakes yesterday dropping accumulating snow in the region. Low pressure moved through Texas yesterday bringing with it moderate to heavy rain across most of state. During the overnight hours the system pushed eastward into the Gulf Coast.
Weather Outlook for February 7: Low pressure moving towards Chicago will bring heavy snow across the majority of the Great Lakes today. A secondary low pressure will form over the Northern Gulf of Mexico creating showers and thunderstorms along the front. High pressure over the West will keep the weather nice over the majority of the region for another day. The two low pressures are going to begin to pull together later tonight setting the stage for a huge snow storm and blizzard over the Northeast by Friday. Below is the weather for a few select cities.
Buffalo NY: Partly Cloudy/Light Snow: 33F
Memphis TN: Cloudy/Showers: 58F
Chicago IL: Cloudy/Moderate Snow: 30F
Salt Lake City UT: Partly Cloudy: 38F
Las Vegas NV: Partly Cloudy: 65F
International Weather Outlook for February 7: Low pressure moving through Northern Japan will bring snow to the region. High pressure over Eastern China will bring partly cloudy skies to the region and this will expand into the Koreas. High pressure over the Tibetan Plateau will push the monsoonal trough back over open waters throughout Southeast Asia. Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring showers and higher elevation snows to the region. High pressure will bring nice weather to the tip of South America. Low pressure moving through Northern Australia will bring showers to the region. High pressure will also bring partly cloudy skies to the Perth area. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Tokyo Japan: Partly Cloudy with a low near 5C
Hong Kong China: Partly Cloudy with a low near 18C
Singapore: Partly Cloudy with a low near 25C
London England: Partly Cloudy with a low near 3C
Sydney Australia: Partly Cloudy with a low near 20C
February 7, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring showers and higher elevation snows to the region. A second area of low pressure is moving towards England which will bring showers to the region by tomorrow. A newly forming low pressure is moving along the Northern Gulf of Mexico which is bringing heavy rain and some isolated thunderstorms to the region. Another powerful low pressure area is moving across the Midwest creating heavy snow in the Great Lakes region.
Eastern Pacific: An area of low pressure is moving on shore near Western Canada bringing showers and snow to the region. A powerful low pressure system is moving into Alaska bringing with is strong winds and heavy snow.
Western Pacific: Low pressure is moving towards the Western Gulf of Alaska. Another stronger low pressure system is moving through Northern Japan creating widespread snowfall. Another area of low pressure is moving through Central China.
Indian Ocean: One area of low pressure associated with the monsoonal trough will continue to push westward but should remain over open water.
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 South-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 7-11:
Buffalo NY: Look for snow showers today to bring a slight impact, however by the 8th anticipate seeing very heavy snowfall which will have severe impacts on the region. Another round of rain/snow will move in on the 11th bringing the area back into a slight impact.
Memphis TN: A few showers today will bring a slight impact to the region. Look for the 10th to see moderate impacts with a few thunderstorms and showers in the area.
Chicago IL: Heavy snow will develop across the area today leading to moderate impacts. On the 10th another area of showers will move through the area bringing a slight impact to the region.
Salt Lake City UT: A major snow storm will move into the area on the 9th creating severe impacts for the region. The impacts will remain slight for the remainder of the period.
Las Vegas NV: The 8th and 9th will bring slight impacts to the region as showers move into the area.
Climate Watch for February 2-February 6:
Buffalo NY: The past five days have seen temps around 4-13 degrees below normal.
Memphis TN: The period started with temps around 1 below followed by a warm up with temps running around 5-11 degrees above average.
Chicago IL: The period started with temps around 4-11 degrees below normal followed by a warm up with temps around 2-3 degrees above normal.
Salt Lake City UT: The entire period saw temps around 4-14 degrees below normal.
Las Vegas NV: The entire period has seen temps around 6-9 degrees above normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for February 7, 2013:
Day 1-3: Today will start out very active with one frontal boundary and low pressure moving across the Northern Gulf of Mexico creating heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms throughout the region. The second big event will be the low pressure that moves through the Great Lakes region creating an area with very heavy snowfall. High pressure will be along the West Coast. The middle of the period will have these two low pressures merging together over the Northeast creating a very dangerous and significant snowfall event with some places getting over one foot of snow. Another area of low pressure will be developing over the Southwest. The period will end with another significant winter storm moving into the Northern Plains with some places in the Eastern Dakotas seeing near one foot of snowfall.
Day 4-7: The period will start with a major winter storm moving through the Northern Plains and the Western Great Lakes with many places getting heavy snow and blizzard like conditions. The southern portion of this storm will have with it some strong to severe storms along the Gulf Coast. High pressure will be over the West. A new low pressure will form along the Northern Gulf of Mexico during this time and start moving towards the Northeast, while a very strong and cold area of high pressure builds in over the Rockies. The period will end with a frontal boundary along the East Coast, while the rest of the country will be under high pressure and colder conditions.
Day 8-12: The period will start with high pressure over the majority of the country, while a weak storm system will begin to develop over the Southwest. By day nine look for the storm system to push into the Southern Plains creating a wide swath of showers on the eastern side, while heavy snow will setup over the Rockies. High pressure will be along both coasts. Day ten will see a strong storm system across the Gulf Coast region with heavy rains and thunderstorms likely. Some snowfall could mix in with this as a strong high pressure system begins to build in from the Northern Plains. The period will end with another significant storm system along the East Coast which looks to bring heavy rain to the region. Inland places will see some very heavy snows along the Appalachian Mountains. Another area of low pressure will begin to develop over the Southwest.
Day 13-15: The period will start with a major storm system over the Northeast, along with a very strong and cold area of high pressure building in over the Southeast. Another significant low pressure system will be developing over the Southwest creating some heavy rain and snow. The middle of this period we will see a strong storm system move into the Northern Gulf of Mexico which will create a wide area of heavy rain and also some snow. Another major storm system will be pushing up the East Coast to end the period, while another low pressure area begins to move into the West Coast.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Boston MA:
Thursday: Mostly Cloudy and mild with a high near 30F, winds from the Northeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 19F.
Friday: Heavy Snow and Blizzard Conditions. Look for total snowfall accumulations around 10-14inches for the day, along with very strong winds Northeast 28-33mph with higher gust. High temps will be around 34F, as overnight lows fall to around 16F.
Saturday: Mostly Cloudy with AM Snow and blustery Northwest 15-20mph winds. Look for an additional 2-4inches of snowfall during the morning. High temps around 22F, with overnight lows dropping to around 2F.
Sunday: Partly Cloudy and cold with a high near 18F, winds from the Southwest 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 5F.
Monday: Mostly Cloudy with Rain and Snow mixing together as high temps rise to around 37F, winds from the Southwest 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 31F.
Ask The Weatherman for February 7, 2013:
Question: What things do you need to have a true blizzard?
Answer: Great question, because many times news agencies get this wrong. They will call many storms a blizzard but you need certain things to be occurring before you have a blizzard. First, you must have falling snow from the sky. Secondly you need strong winds to blow the snow around. Lastly these conditions must persist for a period of time; most of the time the NWS uses three hours for their definition. There is also another type of blizzard called a Ground Blizzard. This is strong winds blowing snow from the ground into the atmosphere creating visibility problems, however no snow is falling from the sky. Many times these types of blizzards occur when the sun is shining.
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Green Energy Weather Report for February 7, 2013:
Wave Energy: The winds moving across the Northern Gulf will bring some wave energy to the region. The approaching frontal boundaries along the West Coast will create wave energy for this region today.
Solar Energy: The best place for solar energy today will be throughout the Rockies.
Wind Energy: The two key areas for today are going to be along the Western Lakes behind the frontal boundary and over the Southern Plains behind the second low pressure system.
Hydro-Energy: The first place will be throughout the Eastern Great Lakes with some moderate snowfall in the region today creating long term hydro energy. The second will be over the Northern Gulf of Mexico ahead of the secondary low pressure system creating some heavy rainfall and short term hydro energy.
February 7 Weather and Your Wallet (Sioux Falls SD):
Dining: It will be a cold day is in store so you should think about taking your lunch to work.
Transportation: No issues forecasted for today’s travel during the rush hours.
Shopping: You will want a winter jacket before you head out to the malls today.
Electricity: The overnight hours will require a high amount of heating to keep up with the colder weather with the potential of seeing 39.5 HDD’s for the day.
Yard Work: Today will be a good day to prepare for that next big storm that will be moving in this weekend.
Construction: Not expecting any weather elements to get in the way other than a little cold, so just make sure to bundle up before heading to the outdoor construction projects.
Outdoor Venues: A nice day to get out and take the dog for a walk along the city boardwalk, just make sure to bundle up and also bundle the dog up with their nice winter shirts.
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