Big Story Weather – January 14, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from January 11-13: The biggest news from the weekend was the winter storm that pushed through the Northern Plains bringing blizzard conditions to the Dakotas along with bitterly cold air into the region. The second big story was along the Gulf Coast where they saw heavy rains along with some isolated severe weather such as a few tornadoes in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Weather Outlook for January 14: Low pressure moving into the Carolinas will bring a few showers to the region. The cold front and adjoining stationary front will bring showers to the Gulf Coast. Just to the north of the boundary we are looking at a very dangerous situation setting up with “ICE STORM WARNINGS” in effect for Eastern Texas, Northern Louisiana and portions of Central Mississippi. The Northeast will see partly cloudy skies today as high pressure builds in over the Northern Plains, expect to see partly cloudy skies and very cold air as temps will be in the single digits. High pressure over the Rockies will bring nice and cold weather to the region, while return flow will setup over the Pacific Northwest making it a tad bit warmer. Below is the weather for a few select cities.
New York NY: Partly Cloudy: 42F
Memphis TN: Cloudy with Rain/Snow: 30F
Kansas City MO: Partly Cloudy: 26F
Denver CO: Partly Cloudy: 19F
Seattle WA: Partly Cloudy: 37F
International Weather Outlook for January 14: A very deep area of low pressure will track just off the east coast of Japan bringing strong winds and periods of rain and snow to the higher elevations around the capital of Tokyo. High pressure will bring partly cloudy skies to the Koreas and Eastern China. High pressure over the Tibetan Plateau will push the monsoonal trough well off shore today. An area of low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring showers and higher elevation snows to the region. High pressure will bring partly cloudy skies to Spain and France. A tranquil day will be in place over the tip of South America. High pressure will bring nice weather to Eastern Australia, while a tropical cyclone moves down the West Coast bringing strong winds and heavy rain to places along the coast. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Seoul South Korea: Partly Cloudy with a low near -3C
Hong Kong China: Partly Cloudy with a low near 19C
Singapore: Partly Cloudy with a low near 18C
London England: Partly Cloudy with a low near 0C
Perth Australia: Partly Cloudy with strong winds and showers along with a low near 22C
January 14, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring showers and snow to the higher elevations. A stronger area of low pressure is moving through south of Iceland with strong winds and high seas. Another area of low pressure is moving off the east coast of Canada.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving into the Baja area will begin to bring showers to the region along with higher elevation snows. Another area of low pressure is pushing across Western Canada bringing showers and snow showers to the region. A strong area of low pressure is moving through the Central Gulf of Alaska bringing snow to Alaska.
Western Pacific: A powerful area of low pressure is pushing across the Eastern shores of Japan bringing some rain and snow back to Central Japan along with very high seas and winds. Another area of low pressure is beginning to push into Eastern Russia.
Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough is active but because of the Tibetan Plateau high it’s been pushed well offshore for today. Tropical Cyclone Emang is located to the south of Diego Garcia and has winds around 35kts and a pressure of 996mb.
Southern Hemisphere: Tropical Cyclone Narelle has winds around 45kts and a pressure of 989mb. This storm continues to move down the western coast of Australia bringing very heavy rains and strong winds to the region. Another area of low pressure is moving well south of Australia and will have no impacts on the region. A wave is moving well south of Africa and will continue to push eastward. An area of organized showers associated with a tropical low over the Fiji area will continue to bring showers to the region along with gusty winds.
Five Day Storm Index Outlook for January 14-18:
New York NY: The entire period will be quiet with no major weather impacts forecasted.
Memphis TN: Today periods of freezing rain could create very slick conditions and dangerous driving conditions. The 15th will see more rain mixing in with snow. The rest of the week will remain quiet.
Kansas City MO: High pressure will keep the region tranquil.
Denver CO: High pressure will keep the region impact free this week.
Seattle WA: No major impacts forecasted for the region this week.
Climate Watch for January 9-13:
New York NY: The period started with temps about 9-11 degrees above normal followed by the rest of the week seeing temps around 6-11 degrees above normal.
Memphis TN: The period started with temps around 8 degrees above normal followed by a very strong warming trend as temps rose to around 19-24 degrees above normal.
Kansas City MO: The period has seen temps around 10-24 degrees above normal followed by the 13th when temps fell to around 12 degrees below normal.
Denver CO: The period started with temps around 2-16 degrees above normal followed by a strong push of cold air as temps fell to around 30 plus degrees below normal.
Seattle WA: The period started with temps around 4 degrees above normal and then quickly cooled to around 9-11 degrees below normal to finish the period.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for January 14, 2013:
Day 1-3: High pressure over the Northern Plains will expand eastward into the East Coast creating a nice area of tranquil and cold weather. A frontal boundary along the Gulf Coast will lead to rain near the coast and inland we could be seeing a major ice storm setting up over Northern Louisiana and portions of Central Mississippi. An upper level feature over the Southwest will bring some light snow to the region, while high pressure over the Rockies will bring nice weather to the Rockies and the West Coast. The period will end with the frontal boundary moving up the East Coast and a very strong high pressure will dominate the majority of the rest of the country while a frontal boundary over the Northern Gulf which will create showers and cold weather in the region.
Day 4-7: The period will start with high pressure along the East Coast and back into the Northern Plains while a frontal boundary will be over the Northern Gulf of Mexico bringing showers to the region. High pressure will dominate the weather over the West Coast. During the middle of the period a clipper system will move through the Great Lakes bringing some moderate snowfall to the region. The period will finish with another strong shot of cold air arriving in from the Northern Plains with many places in the Dakotas seeing temps dropping into the -15F or colder range.
Day 8-12: Strong high pressure will be over the majority of the country to start with bringing some of the coldest air of the season. This will also a trigger a possible lake effect snow event because of all the cold air blowing over the warmer waters of the Great Lakes. The middle of the period will still have this dominating high pressure feature over the majority of the country, however as all this cold air plunges into the Gulf of Mexico it will develop an area of unsettled weather just off the coast of Texas. A rapid pulse of moisture will also move through the Dakotas which may drop a couple of inches of snow in the region. The end of the period will have high pressure along the East Coast, while a wave will push into the Gulf of Mexico developing another area of low pressure for the area. A frontal boundary will also begin to approach the West Coast.
Day 13-15: The period will start with high pressure over the Northeast, while an area of low pressure will be developing in the Gulf of Mexico bringing heavy rain and possible ice and snow to the region. High pressure over the Northern Plains will bring cold weather to the region. Another strong low pressure area will slowly push towards the West Coast. The middle of the period will see a low pressure moving over Florida along with high pressure over the Northern Plains and a strong low pressure system will push into the Pacific Northwest. The period will end with a very active weather pattern with multiple low pressure systems moving through the United States.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Greenville MS:
*The Region is under an Ice Storm Warning*
Monday: Cloudy with periods of moderate freezing rain, accumulation is expected. The high temps will be around 35F, winds from the Northeast 18-23mph as overnight lows fall to around 30F.
Tuesday: Cloudy with periods of moderate freezing rain, accumulation is expected. The high temps will be around 35F, winds from the Northeast 20-25mph as overnight lows fall to around 26F.
Wednesday: Mostly Cloudy with periods of rain and snow with little accumulation expected. The high temps will be around 38F, winds from the Northeast 20-25mph as overnight lows fall to around 30F.
Thursday: Mostly Cloudy with periods of light rain and snow with little accumulation expected. High temps will be around 39F, winds from the Northeast 15-20mph as overnight lows fall to around 26F.
Friday: Partly Cloudy and warmer with a high near 48F, winds from the Northeast 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around 30F.
Ask The Weatherman for January 14, 2013:
Question: How does freezing rain form?
Answer: Great Question today from our Facebook fans! Freezing rain is one of the hardest things to forecast and the reason is that the upper air pattern has to be just right. For example, the precipitation has to fall into a layer of temperatures that are below freezing just above the ground. This allows the precipitation to freeze into ice. Then if there is a warm layer on the surface it has to be shallow enough that the freezing rain will hit the ground ad be unable to melt creating a coating of ice on the roads and power lines and also the trees which can be a very dangerous situation with many car crashes and power outages.
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Green Energy Weather Report for January 14, 2013:
Wave Energy: The majority of the West Coast will see favorable conditions for wave energy. Also along the Northern Gulf of Mexico look for some favorable wave energy.
Solar Energy: The Northeast down into the Mid-Atlantic will be a good region for solar energy today. Another location will be back in the Northern Plains associated with the high pressure and another area of good solar energy will be back in the Rockies and the West Coast.
Wind Energy: The two biggest wind energy locations for today will be in the Southern Plains behind the cold front and then over the Great Lakes region.
Hydro-Energy: The Carolinas will see some rain today which will help create some short term hydro energy. Another place will be the Gulf Coast which will see heavy amounts of rainfall which will lead to some good short term hydro energy and then back in the Southwest a few areas will see some long term snowfall.
January 14 Weather and Your Wallet (Gulfport MS):
Dining: You might want to take your lunch to work today as there will be plenty of rain making any outdoor eating plans quite uncomfortable.
Transportation: Look for periods of heavier rain which could lead to ponding on the roads. Give yourself plenty of space from the car ahead of you allowing for extra braking room.
Shopping: Not a bad day to do some shopping, however make sure to take your umbrella as it will be a rainy day.
Electricity: A good day with not much needed in the way of heating except for a small window between 12AM-5AM of about 7 HDD’s.
Yard Work: Not a good day to do much outside work as it will be raining, however between 12PM-4PM there will be window to get your plants outside in the rain.
Construction: A wet day in store will make the construction work slow.
Outdoor Venues: Not a good day to be outside as the rain will be heavy at times so it will be a fast outside adventure with the pets today.
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