Big Story Weather – January 17, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from January 16: The frontal boundary pushing into the Southeast created a mix of rain and snow for the Southeast and into the Mid-Atlantic region, while an upper level low moved through Eastern Texas creating a cold pocket which has been responsible for some snow in the Deep South. A clipper system has moved through the Northern Plains bringing a period of light snow and stronger winds. High pressure over the West Coast and the Rockies kept the region tranquil throughout the day.
Weather Outlook for January 17: An upper level low will move across the Southeast today bringing showers and sleet and even snow to places like Jackson MS, Atlanta GA and Northern Alabama before it pushes over into the Mid-Atlantic later this afternoon. There will also be heavy snow bands that setup over the Appalachian Mountains. The Great Lakes and Northern Plains will see a very cold and dry day as temps struggle to get out of the single digits for places like Minneapolis MN. High pressure over the Western Rockies will keep the Rockies and the West Coast nice today. Below is the weather for a few select cities.
Baltimore MD: Partly Cloudy with Sleet: 38F
Jackson MS: Cloudy with Rain/Snow: 40F
Minneapolis MN: Partly Cloudy: 11F
Salt Lake City UT: Partly Cloudy: 31F
San Diego CA: Partly Cloudy: 63F
International Weather Outlook for January 17: An area of low pressure will develop off the coast of Japan bringing extensive cloud cover to the capital region. High pressure over Eastern China will bring partly cloudy skies to the region and this will extend eastward into the Koreas. High pressure over the Tibetan Plateau will keep Southeast Asia dry today. High pressure over Eastern Europe will bring partly cloudy skies to the region, while a frontal boundary will be moving through Western Europe bringing snow and rain. High pressure over the tip of South America will bring nice weather to the region. Low pressure moving through Northern Australia will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. An area of high pressure off to the west will begin to ridge into the Southwestern part of Australia bringing partly cloudy skies to the region. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Tokyo Japan: Cloudy with a low near -2C
Hong Kong China: Partly Cloudy with a low near 20C
Singapore: Partly Cloudy with a low near 21C
London England: Partly Cloudy with a low near 0C
Perth Australia: Partly Cloudy with a low near 14C
January 16, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving across the Northeast Atlantic will bring an increase to seas to the England area. Also an area of low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring rain and snow to the region. A third area of low pressure is off the coast of Africa this morning bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. An area of low pressure is beginning to move off the East Coast along with the upper level low which is back in the Southeast US this morning.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving towards Southern California will bring an increase in seas to the region. Low pressure moving through the Gulf of Alaska should move into Western Canada later today. A strong area of low pressure is moving through the Central Gulf of Alaska.
Western Pacific: A strong area of low pressure is pushing towards the Western Gulf of Alaska and should move into the region later today. A new developing low off the coast of Japan will bring clouds to the region. Another stronger low pressure system is moving through Eastern Russia bringing some snow to the region. A low pressure area is also moving through Central Russia bringing snow to the central part of the country.
Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone Emang is located to the south of Diego Garcia and has winds around 35kts and a pressure of 996mb.
Southern Hemisphere: An area of low pressure is moving through the Fiji Island area bringing plenty of clouds and rain to the region. A strong area of low pressure is moving along the Northern portion of Australia bringing rain, winds and thunderstorms to the region. Another area of low pressure has developed to the Northeast of Australia and is slowly moving towards the Southwest.
Five Day Storm Index Outlook for January 17-21:
Baltimore MD: There will be slight impacts today from a mix of rain and snow that moves through the region this morning and afternoon, followed by an impact free period as high pressure moves in.
Jackson MS: Severe impacts expected today as a winter storm is moving through with upwards to 4-inches of snowfall possible for the Metro area. High pressure will move in behind and the rest of the period will be impact free.
Minneapolis MN: No major weather impacts expected outside of the cold air for this period of time.
Salt Lake City UT: High pressure will keep the region impact free for the next five days.
San Diego CA: High pressure will keep the region impact free for the next five days.
Climate Watch for January 12-16:
Baltimore MD: The region saw temps start around 6-17 degrees above normal followed by a cool down on the 15th as temps fell to around 1-2 below average.
Jackson MS: The period started with temps about 19-22 degrees above average followed by a strong cool down as temps fell to around 13-20 degrees below normal.
Minneapolis MN: The period started with temps around 16 degrees above normal then fell to around 7-14 degrees below normal before warming back up to 7-13 degrees above normal.
Salt Lake City UT: The past five days have been very cold in the region averaging around 10-23 degrees below normal for the whole period.
San Diego CA: The period started about 9-10 degrees below average followed by a slight warming trend as temps were back to 1-6 below normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for January 17, 2013:
Day 1-3: A large upper level low is creating a large area of winter weather today from Mississippi all the way northeastward into the Mid-Atlantic with many places seeing accumulating snowfall. High pressure over the Great Lakes will bring a cold day to the region and this will extend back west into the Plains were temps will just barely get above zero today. High pressure over the Rockies will bring nice weather to the Rockies and into the West Coast. The middle of the period will have a strong high pressure building in over the Eastern United States, while another clipper system moves through the Northern Plains with some light snow. High pressure over the West will keep the region dry again.
Day 4-7: The period will start with high pressure covering all of the United States except for the Great Lakes where light snow will be possible. This will also lead to a major cool down across most of the country as the first wave of cold weather pushes in. The middle of the period will also be fairly dry across most of the country as a second push of Artic air begins to move in with a high pressure center of 1045mb over the Dakotas. This air will bring many place Sub Zero temps along with wind chill values near -50F. This cold will spread all the way into the South and east part of the US during this time as well.
Day 8-12: The period will start with more lake effect snow across the Great Lakes region as high pressure will be over a good portion of the rest of the country. The middle of the period will have low pressure moving through the Northern Plains and another area of low pressure approaching the West Coast. High pressure will be along the East Coast and the Southeast. The period will finish very active with multiple areas of low pressure moving through a good portion of the country.
Day 13-15: The period will start with high pressure along the East Coast and an area of low pressure moving through the Central part of the US, while another strong area of high pressure will move towards the West Coast. The period will continue on with a very strong low pressure area moving into the Ohio River Valley with the potential of some severe weather setting up. The end of the period will include a major storm system along the East Coast of the US and another clipper system moving through the Plains along with high pressure building in over the West Coast.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Jackson MS:
Thursday: Cloudy with periods of light snow, there is the potential of seeing 1-3in of accumulation in the region, as high temps rise to around 40F. Winds from the Northwest 10-15mph along with overnight lows falling to around 27F.
Friday: Partly Cloudy and cool with a high near 45F, winds will be from the Southeast around 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 30F.
Saturday: Partly Cloudy and warmer with a high near 55F, winds from the Southwest around 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to 35F.
Sunday: Partly Cloudy and mild with a high near 55F, winds from the Northeast around 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to 30F.
Monday: Partly Cloudy and colder with a high near 44F, winds from the Northeast at 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 27F.
Ask The Weatherman for January 17, 2013:
Question: What is an upper level low?
Answer: As you may notice this morning moving through the Southern States is an upper level low. An upper level low is a feature that forms above the surface of the earth. This feature draws in very cold air from the upper atmosphere and can make its own precipitation. Today on the weather map we are noticing that it is creating a snow band that is moving through Central Mississippi. The importance of knowing about these features is that they can create a forecast surprise at any time as people won’t plan for this feature to move into their area and then all the sudden it shows up and the weather completely changes for the worst.
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Green Energy Weather Report for January 17, 2013:
Wave Energy: The West Coast will have some moderate wave action in the area with a better chance towards Southern California as a storm system is moving towards the region. The Northern Gulf of Mexico will be another moderate area for wave energy today and moving into the Southeast.
Solar Energy: The best place for this is going to be the Western two-thirds of the country as high pressure will keep the clouds to a min. The Western Great Lakes may also be a good place for solar energy today.
Wind Energy: The Northern Plains behind the clipper system will have some good winds today and also behind the upper level low over the Gulf Coast and into the Southeast will see good winds today.
Hydro-Energy: The Gulf Coast up into the Mid-Atlantic will be the best place for hydro energy today with a lot of short term energy being created today and even some longer term snow fall for the Appalachians and back into Mississippi and up towards the Mid-Atlantic.
January 17 Weather and Your Wallet (Fargo ND):
Dining: The cold air will make it very uncomfortable for being outside for long periods of time. Dining indoors will be your best option today.
Transportation: No issues with traveling today, other than it will be cold.
Shopping: A cold day in store so make sure to bundle up well before heading to the stores.
Electricity: A large demand for heating today as the forecast is for 53.5HDD’s which will be needed all day long with the highest amounts during the overnight hours.
Yard Work: No issues with yard work today, just make sure to bundle up if you plan on doing any outdoor work as frost bite could occur in a short period of time.
Construction: A very cold day in store will make any outdoor work uncomfortable. It will be very important for outdoor workers to dress warm to avoid exposure to life threatening conditions.
Outdoor Venues: If you have plans to take the dog to the park you will want to put the winter clothes on the dog and yourself before heading outside.
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