Big Story Weather – January 22, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from January 21: The first big story of the day was the lake effect snows that began to kick in over the Eastern Great Lakes. This event is one of the biggest in a while for this region to see such heavy snowfalls, especially after last year’s warm winter. The second thing was the cold air that hit from the Northern Plains into parts of the Midwest. Yesterday, there were places that had temps around -20F along with wind chill values near -55F. Now that is cold!
Weather Outlook for January 22: Low pressure moving into the Northeast will continue to bring heavy snow to Maine and Vermont, while the lake effect snows will still be over the Eastern Lakes today. High pressure over the Northern Plains will bring yet another day of cold weather to the region. High pressure will bring one more nice day to the Rockies and Southwest. The arrival of a frontal boundary into the Pacific Northwest will bring increasing clouds to the region. Below is the weather for a few select cities.
Boston MA: Partly Cloudy/Morning Snow: 28F
Memphis TN: Partly Cloudy: 40F
Sioux Falls SD: Mostly Cloudy: 16F
Boise ID: Mostly Cloudy: 25F
Seattle WA: Cloudy: 48F
International Weather Outlook for January 22: Low pressure to the east of Japan will keep cloudy skies in the region. High pressure over Eastern China and the Tibetan Plateau will keep most of China and Southeast Asia dry today. An area of low pressure moving onshore over Spain will bring cloudy skies and a few showers to the region. High pressure over the majority of the Southern part of South America will keep the area nice for today. High pressure over Southern Australia will bring nice weather to the region, while the Tropical Cyclone will bring showers and gusty winds to the north. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Seoul South Korea: Cloudy with a low near -3C
Manila PI: Partly Cloudy with a low near 22C
Singapore: Partly Cloudy with a low near 26C
Madrid Spain: Cloudy with Showers and a low near 6C
Brisbane Australia: Cloudy with Showers and a low near 22C
January 22, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving towards Greenland will bring wind and snow to the region. A weaker low pressure is moving across Western Europe and will bring clouds and showers to Spain. Another area of low pressure is moving off the East Coast of the US today.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving towards California will bring increased winds and seas to the region. Another area of low pressure moving out of the Gulf of Alaska will begin to push towards the West Coast. A strong frontal boundary is now approaching the West Coast and will start to bring showers to the region over the next 24hrs.
Western Pacific: Low pressure area moving to the East of Japan today will keep the clouds in the region.
Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough is slowly growing in intensity this morning however its well over the open ocean.
Southern Hemisphere: Tropical Cyclone Garry has winds near 45kts and a pressure of 989mb and is moving east of the Fiji Islands through the Southern Pacific. Multiple areas of low pressure are also moving through the Pacific towards South America. Another area of low pressure is moving just south of Africa bringing with it stronger winds and seas. A weak area of low pressure is moving south of Australia and the remains of Tropical Cyclone Oswald are now pushing through the Northern tip of Australia this morning.
Five Day Storm Index Outlook for January 22-26:
Boston MA: Periods of moderate snow will keep the region in a slight impact for most of the day today, then another chance for snow on the 25th will put the area back into a slight impact.
Memphis TN: The region will see a chance of impacts on the 24th as a few showers move through the area bringing with it slight impacts.
Sioux Falls SD: A nice next five days with no impacts forecasted for the area.
Boise ID: The region should remain under high pressure keeping it impact free for the next five days.
Seattle WA: The region will see some showers on the 23rd creating a slight impact for the area and the again on the 26th more light rain will move in bringing the area another chance of slight impacts.
Climate Watch for January 17-21:
Boston MA: The region started about 7 degrees above normal and then fell to around 5 degrees below before warming back up to around 14-19 degrees above normal followed by 5 below yesterday.
Memphis TN: The period started 2 degrees below normal followed by a warming trend with temps running about 4-11 degrees above normal and then finished the period about 5 degrees below normal.
Sioux Falls SD: The region started out warmer than normal around 7-20 degrees, followed by a cool down on the 20th when temps fell to around 16-24 degrees below normal.
Boise ID: The entire period has seen temps around 20-21 degrees below normal.
Seattle WA: The period started about 8 degrees below normal and then got colder with temps around 10-14 degrees below normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for January 22, 2013:
Day 1-3 The frontal boundary will push through the Northeast today bringing with it moderate amounts of snowfall to the region and also the lake effect snows will still be impacting the Eastern Lakes today. High pressure over the Northern Plains will bring another day of cold weather to the region while increased clouds will develop both along the Gulf Coast and over the Pacific Northwest. The Rockies and Southwest will enjoy nice weather again today. The strong high pressure from the Northern Plains will bring that push of cold air to the majority of the East Coast by the middle of the period. The period will end with a clipper system moving through the Dakotas and another weak low pressure moving into the Pacific Northwest.
Day 4-7: The period will start with high pressure along the East Coast, a low pressure moving through the Great Lakes, and the associated frontal boundary extending down towards the Gulf Coast.. This storm will bring a mix of snow for the north and showers for the south. High pressure will again build in over the Northern Plains bringing another round of cold air to the region, while another frontal boundary forms over the Pacific Northwest. The middle of the period will have high pressure taking control of a good portion of the country again while another area of low pressure moves in over the West Coast. The period will end with a low pressure system moving into the Southern Plains bringing with it plenty of showers and even some snow to the northern part of the front.
Day 8-12: The period will start with a frontal boundary along the East Coast that will trail back into the Gulf Coast region bringing showers and thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast while it should bring mostly cold rain to the North. High pressure will slide in over the Northern Plains again creating another cold day for the region. A new low will begin to develop over the Southwest during this time as well. The middle of the period will have high pressure along the East Coast with a frontal boundary moving along the Gulf Coast and Southeast with showers and thunderstorms. High pressure will build back in over the majority of the West with the exception being the Northwest were another frontal boundary will start to push inland. The period will end with a significant storm system spreading across the entire East Coast with areas of heavy rain, and also areas of heavy snowfall and the frontal boundary will be along the Gulf Coast creating thunderstorms for the region. Another clipper system will push more cold air and snow into the Northern Plains. High pressure will build over the West.
Day 13-15: The period will begin with most of the country under high pressure and a not so active weather pattern. The middle of the period will have a weak frontal boundary pushing up the East Coast bringing showers and snow to the region while another strong area of high pressure pushes into the Northern Plains bringing more cold air to the region. The period will end with a busy pattern with multiple lows pushing across the country again and the cold air spilling in from the North again.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Minneapolis MN:
Tuesday: Partly Cloudy and cool with a high near 7F, winds will be from the West 5-10mph along with overnight lows near 0F.
Wednesday Sunny skies and a tad bit warmer with a high near 13F, winds from the West-Northwest around 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to -5F.
Thursday: Mostly Cloudy with a high near 11F, winds from the Southeast 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to 9F.
Friday: Partly Cloudy and cool with a high near 12F, winds from the Northwest 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around -4F.
Saturday: Partly Cloudy and warmer with a high near 20F, winds from the South 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 17F.
Ask The Weatherman for January 21, 2013:
Question: Does the saying “fish bite the best when the winds are out of the west” have any truth?
Answer: Interesting question today. There is some logic behind this saying in that the air pressure plays a bigger role with it as well. The winds out of the east are always before a warm front and at that time the pressure is steady or slightly rising sometimes which creates an imbalance with the fish. However, when the winds switch more to the Southwest, the air pressure starts to rapidly fall ahead of the cold front. This is when the fish will do most of their feeding. That is why right before a cold front is about to move through you will probably find some of the best fishing on the lakes for sure.
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Green Energy Weather Report for January 22, 2013:
Wave Energy: The Pacific Northwest and the entire West Coast will see an increase in wave action today. The second location will be along the Northeast as the next frontal boundary starts to make its way into the region.
Solar Energy: The best place today will be from the Gulf Coast Region back into the Central Plains and then into the Southwest along with the Rocky Mountains and portions of the West Coast.
Wind Energy: An area of stronger winds will develop over the Western Great Lakes and another region of stronger winds will be forming over the Southwest into Southern California.
Hydro-Energy: The largest concentration of hydro energy today will be from the Eastern Great Lakes into the Northeast with the frontal boundary which will bring moderate amounts of snow to the region which will create long term hydro energy.
January 22 Weather and Your Wallet (New York NY):
Dining: A bitterly cold day is going to make it uncomfortable for outdoor eating venues.
Transportation: Should not be too bad except for the high-rise bridges that may be impacted with the winds.
Shopping: A good day to bundle up before heading out to the malls or doing any shopping.
Electricity: A very powerful day of heating is going to be needed with the highest demands during the overnight hours with the potential of seeing 45HDD’s on the day.
Yard Work: If you have plans in the yard today make sure to bundle up as it will be very cold.
Construction: There will be impacts to the construction industry today for anyone that is doing high rise work, and the buildings will only add to this in the form of funneling winds.
Outdoor Venues: If you have plans to head out to the park for a walk with the dog make sure to bundle up.
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