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Big Story Weather – January 11, 2013

Jan 11, 13 Big Story Weather – January 11, 2013

Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.

Big Story Weather from January 10: Yesterday was a significant day in the weather world. We saw a few tornadoes touch down in the Louisiana area along with very heavy rain from Louisiana into Mississippi with many places getting over 2 inches of rain. The second big story was the arrival of the strong winter storm into the Northern Rockies with places like Salt Lake City Utah getting well over 4 inches of snowfall and even more snow in the higher elevations.

Weather Outlook for January 11: A frontal boundary moving into the Northeast will bring showers to the region. Another area of low pressure over the Great Lakes will bring showers to the region. A frontal boundary along the Gulf Coast will be responsible for more showers in the region. A strong low pressure system moving into the Rockies will bring heavy snow to the region and this will begin to push into the Northern Plains where winter storm warnings are in effect already. The West Coast will see a fairly tranquil day with a few higher elevation snow showers for some places. Below is the weather for a few select cities.

Buffalo NY: Cloudy with Showers: 48F
Gulfport MS: Cloudy with Showers: 74F
Sioux Falls SD: Cloudy with Snow: 40F
Boise ID: Cloudy with Snow: 32F
Portland OR: Partly Cloudy: 39F

International Weather Outlook for January 11: High pressure over Eastern China will bring partly cloudy skies to the region and this will advance eastward into the Koreas and Japan. High pressure over the Tibetan Plateau will bring partly cloudy skies to the majority of Southeast Asia. A frontal boundary moving through Europe will bring showers and higher elevation snows to the region. Another area of low pressure will move in towards England bringing cloudy skies with a few showers likely. A strong low pressure moving near the Southern tip of South America will bring strong winds, showers and thunderstorms to the region. A tropical cyclone moving along the Northwest part of Australia will bring plenty of wind, high seas and heavy rain to the region. The remainder of Australia will see cloudy skies as well. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.

Shanghai China: Partly Cloudy with a low near 5C
Taipei Taiwan: Partly Cloudy with a low near 14C
Singapore: Partly Cloudy with a low near 18C
Brussels Germany: Partly Cloudy with a chance of light snow and a low near -2C
Perth Australia: Partly Cloudy with a low near 18C

January 11, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:

Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving towards England will bring showers to the region. Another area of low pressure is moving towards Iceland which will bring high winds and seas to the region. Low pressure moving through the Great Lakes will bring showers to the Northeast.

Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving towards Southern California will bring an increase in seas to the region. Another low pressure is moving out of the Gulf of Alaska and headed towards the West Coast of Canada. Another area of low pressure is beginning to move towards the Central Gulf of Alaska.

Western Pacific: Multiple areas of convection are along the monsoonal trough which is running through the Southeast portion of the region this morning.

Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough is off shore and well south of most of Southeast Asia due to the strong high pressure area over the Tibetan Plateau.

Southern Hemisphere: Tropical Cyclone Narelle has winds around 125mph and a pressure of 955mb. This storm continues to move down the Western Coast of Australia bringing very heavy rains and strong winds to the region. Also look for building seas to continue impacting the region as this storm slowly pushes southward. Areas of low pressure are also pushing across the tip of Africa and another one pushing southeast of South America. These two systems will bring high seas to their respective areas. Another area of low pressure continues to impact the Fiji islands.

Five Day Storm Index Outlook for January 11-15:

Buffalo NY: A slight chance of impacts today due to the rain and then again on the 13th another chance of rain will bring slight impacts to the region.

Gulfport MS: A slight chance of showers today will impact the region slightly and then again on the 13th through the 15th look for some slight impacts as another frontal boundary moves through.

Sioux Falls SD: A slight chance of impacts today will lead to a moderate impact tomorrow due to the periods of heavy snow and possible blizzard conditions.

Boise ID: Strong winds and heavy snow today will lead to moderate impacts for today followed by a tranquil rest of the week.

Portland OR: A nice week in store with high pressure expecting no impacts.

Climate Watch for January 6-10:

Buffalo NY: The period has been warm with temps ranging from 2-13 degrees above normal the entire past five days.

Gulfport MS: Temps started around 2-9 degrees below normal followed by a warming trend with temps going to about 5-11 degrees above normal.

Sioux Falls SD: The period has been dominated by a large warming trend with temps rising from 2-13 degrees above normal.

Boise ID: The period started with temps around 10 degrees below normal followed by a warming trend with temps rising to around 9 degrees above normal and then again dropped to around 2 below normal to finish the period.

Portland OR: The period started about 6 degrees below normal followed by a warming trend with temps rising to around 7-9 degrees above average and then finished the period around 6 degrees below average.

Major Weather Impacts Discussion for January 11, 2013:

Day 1-3: High pressure off the East Coast will bring a nice day to the region, while a low pressure moving through the Great Lakes will bring showers to the region. Another frontal boundary along the Gulf Coast will bring showers to the region. The significant winter storm will begin to push into the Rockies and overnight start to head into the Northern Plains region bringing heavy snow and blizzard like conditions to the region. Nice weather will be in place over the West Coast today. By the middle of the period another pulse low will develop over the Gulf Coast and push northward into the Ohio River Valley bringing showers and thunderstorms to both regions. The period will end with another area of low pressure pushing northward through the Gulf of Mexico.

Day 4-7: The period will start with a frontal boundary moving up the East Coast with the trailing cold front back over the Northern Gulf of Mexico. A weak Alberta Clipper system will push through the Northern Plains bringing some light snowfall to the region. A strong and cold high pressure will be installed over the West Coast bringing some of the coldest air of the season with the possibility of a freeze way down in Southern California. The period will end with the low pressure moving through the Great Lakes bringing some light snow to the region while the rest of the country will be enjoying high pressure along with very cold air.

Day 8-12: The period will start with some snow showers over Maine and another area of low pressure over the Great Lakes while the rest of the country is under high pressure. The middle of the period will have high pressure over the majority of the United States with a small clipper system moving through the Great Lakes region. The period will end with a low pressure moving up into the Northeast while high pressure impacts the rest of the United States.

Day 13-15: The period will begin with high pressure over the East Coast and also a clipper system moving through the Great Lakes which will bring some snow to the region. High pressure will be over the majority of the United States with a little return flow over Southern Florida associated with the Sub-tropical high. The middle of the period will have a low pressure area moving up the East Coast of the United States while a weak frontal boundary will move through the Northern Plains bringing the chance of some light snow to the region. High pressure will be over the West Coast. Around day 14 a strong low pressure system will begin to take shape over the Northern Plains bringing a large swath of moderate snow to the region. The period will end with this strong low pressure system moving into the Great Lakes bringing some heavy rain on the warm side and moderate snowfall on the back side for places like the Western Great Lakes region. High pressure will be over the West Coast and also into the Southern part of the United States both regions will see a tranquil period.

Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Fargo ND:

Friday: Mostly Cloudy with snow and some accumulation is possible. High temps will be around 35F, with winds from the Northeast 15-20mph along with overnight lows falling to near 2F.

Saturday: Mostly Cloudy with periods of snow and blowing snow along with additional accumulations. High temps will be around 4F as overnight lows fall to a very frigid -12F and winds will be strong from the Northwest at 20-25mph creating very dangerous wind-chills.

Sunday: Partly Cloudy and very cold with a high near 3F, winds will be from the Southwest around 10-15mph which will create blowing snow. Overnight lows will fall to around -12F creating again very dangerous wind-chills.

Monday: Cold and partly cloudy with a high near 2F, winds will be from the Northeast around 15-20mph as overnight low temps fall to around -5F again this will create dangerous wind-chills.

Tuesday: Partly Cloudy and warmer with a high near 13F, winds from the Southwest around 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around -2F again dangerous wind-chill values will be possible.

Ask The Weatherman for January 11, 2013:

Question: What does CA air stand for?

Answer: A great time to ask such as question. CA air stands for Continental Arctic air, which means the air has come from the Arctic region such as the North Pole. It is very frigid and dry and can lead to some dangerous conditions if you get stuck in it. This weekend we are going to see this type of air arrive into the Northern Plains where the low temps will be in the -20F range; very frigid and dry.

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Green Energy Weather Report for January 11, 2013:

Wave Energy: The storm system moving through the Gulf Coast region will bring some waves to the northern shores. Another area of wave development is forecasted along the Southern coast of California which will lead to good energy. The Pacific Northwest will also have some good wave energy today.

Solar Energy: The East Coast will be the best place to find solar energy today ahead of the next frontal system.

Wind Energy: A good area for wind energy today will be both in the Gulf Coast region and behind the frontal boundary in the Great Lakes and over the Rockies.

Hydro-Energy: A nice day for short term hydro energy in the Great Lakes region and also along the Gulf Coast. A long term hydro energy builder will be back in the Rockies with the heavy snow that is forecasted to fall leading to long term buildup.

January 11 Weather and Your Wallet (Billings MT):

Dining: A tough day to head outside for lunch. Best to take your lunch to work today.

Transportation: Major issues expected today with heavy snow and strong winds which will create very dangerous driving conditions with many roads becoming blocked with snow drifts. If you are driving today take your time and stay on the major roads.

Shopping: Not a good day to adventure out to do some shopping unless you need to get some needed supplies to get through the next couple of days of tougher weather.

Electricity: A huge electric day with the potential of seeing only a high near 16F and lows around 2F this will create a large demand for heating all day long with the total HDD’s around 54.0.

Yard Work: If you are going out to do work on the driveway or sidewalks to clear snow take it easy as this snow will be accumulating rapidly and also sometimes snow shoveling can lead to heart trouble so make sure to take it slow.

Construction: A good day to just stay home or if you have an indoor construction project enjoy that one for today.

Outdoor Venues: Not a good day to adventure out for a walk as it will be snowy and cold all day.

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