Big Story Weather – January 23, 2013
Big Story Weather from January 22: The lake effect snows were again the big story of the day as many locations such as Buffalo and Erie saw plenty of snow yesterday to go with the strong winds and colder air. The second story was the cold air that settled in over the Northern portion of the country but also started making its way further south as well.
Weather Outlook for January 23: Low pressure moving through the Great Lakes will bring another round of snow showers to the region today. High pressure over the Gulf Coast region will bring nice weather to the area and this will expand into the Southeast. High pressure over the Rockies will bring partly cloudy skies to most of the region with a few snow showers possible in Wyoming. A warm front approaching the California coast will bring some showers to the region. Look for the snow to expand into the Northeast overnight tonight. The frigid air will be in place over the Northern Plains again today with many places not even getting above zero. Below is the weather for a few select cities.
Baltimore MD: Partly Cloudy: 24F
Dallas TX: Partly Cloudy: 65F
Fargo ND: Partly Cloudy: -5F
Denver CO: Partly Cloudy: 58F
Portland OR: Cloudy: 45F
International Weather Outlook for January 23: A developing area of low pressure will move up the east coast of Japan bringing with it the chance of some light snow in the Tokyo Metro area and along the east coast of Japan. High pressure over Eastern China will bring dry and cold weather to the region and this will expand into the Koreas. High pressure over Tibet will keep Southeast Asia dry today as well. Low pressure moving through Western Europe will bring showers and higher elevation snows to the region. A frontal boundary moving through the tip of South America will bring some showers to the region. The remains of the tropical cyclone will bring showers to a good portion of eastern Australia, while another frontal boundary begins to approach from the west which will bring showers to the western portion of Australia. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Tokyo Japan: Cloudy with periods of light snow a low near 2C
Guam USA: Partly Cloudy with a low near 22C
Bangkok Thailand: Partly Cloudy with a low near 24C
London England: Cloudy with a low near 0C
Sydney Australia: Cloudy with a low near 20C
January 23, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Western Europe will bring showers and higher elevation snows to the region. An area of low pressure is moving through Central Africa bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. Low pressure moving towards Iceland will bring high winds and seas to the region. Low pressure moving across the Great Lakes will bring some moderate snows to the region.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure just off the coast of California will bring showers to the coast today. Another area of low pressure will be moving through the Central Gulf of Alaska today.
Western Pacific: Low pressure well east of Japan will move through the Northern Pacific. A newly developed low off the coast of Japan will run through some cold air and bring the chance of seeing snow into Tokyo today. Another area of low pressure is moving towards Central Russia.
Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough is slowly growing in intensity this morning, however it is well over the open ocean and not expected to impact anyone.
Southern Hemisphere: An area of low pressure is moving well east of Australia, however over the Northeastern portion of Australia there currently are the remains of Oswald with winds around 25kts and a pressure of 993mb bringing plenty of rain and wind to the region. The Northwest side of Australia is currently seeing Tropical Cyclone Peta move through the region with winds around 35kts and a pressure of 996mb. An area of low pressure is moving just to the east of Africa bringing higher seas to the region of Madagascar. Another area of low pressure is moving through the tip of South America bringing rain and wind to the region. Tropical Cyclone Garry has winds around 45kts and a pressure of 989mb is currently moving just east of Fiji.
Five Day Storm Index Outlook for January 23-27:
Baltimore MD: There is a chance for snow tonight which will bring a slight impact to the region, and then again a more significant snowfall for the 25th which will bring a moderate impact to the region.
Dallas TX: High pressure will keep the region impact free for the next five days.
Fargo ND: The period will start out cold and then a slight warming will bring snow to the region which will create a slight impact for the 24th and 25th in the region.
Denver CO: High pressure over the area will keep it impact free for the next five days.
Portland OR: A frontal boundary will approach the area bringing with it the chance of slight impacts by the 25th as showers move into the region.
Climate Watch for January 18-22:
Baltimore MD: The period started about 3 degrees below normal followed by a warm up with temps rising to around 13-17 degrees above normal and then cooled back down to around 1-12 degrees below normal for the remainder of the period.
Dallas TX: The period has been above normal with temps ranging from around 5-17 degrees above normal.
Fargo ND: The period started with temps around 9-18 degrees above normal followed by a cool down with temps falling to around 9-22 degrees below normal.
Denver CO: The entire period has been mild with temps averaging about 2-20 degrees above normal the entire period.
Portland OR: The period has been cool with temps around 1-10 degrees below normal the entire period.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for January 23, 2013:
Day 1-3: The storm moving through the Great Lakes will bring snow to the region expanding into the Northeast overnight tonight. High pressure along the Gulf Coast will bring nice weather to the region and also into the Southeast. Another push of Arctic air will begin to push into the Northern Plains as places won’t get above zero again today. High pressure along the Rockies will bring mild weather to places like Denver today. The next frontal boundary begins to push into Southern California. The period will end with a low moving across the Mid-Atlantic Region which will bring moderate snows along with high pressure building in over the Great Lakes. A weak area of moisture and lower pressure will push into the Southwest. Another frontal boundary will begin to impact the Pacific Northwest.
Day 4-7: The period will start with a huge area of high pressure along the majority of the East, while another frontal boundary will move into the Plains region bringing snow and rain to the area. A low will be moving near the Pacific Northwest also during this time. The middle of the period will have high pressure along the East Coast, while the next storm system moves northeast through the Great Lakes region. Another low pressure area will begin to develop over the Southwest. The period will end with a frontal boundary extending across the Southeast and Gulf Coast, while the surface low will be back in the Southern Plains.
Day 8-12: The period will start with a frontal boundary moving through the Mid-Atlantic region while a low will push through the Great Lakes. High pressure will be along the West. By the 9th day there will be a frontal boundary sweeping up the East Coast and a low pressure developing over the Western part of Texas, while an area of high pressure will begin to slide in from the Northern Plains again. Day 10 will bring the strong high pressure area out of the Plains and towards the Great Lakes while the low pressure moves into Central Texas and high pressure develops along the West Coast. By day 11 a strong area of low pressure will be moving across the Northern Gulf of Mexico bringing some very cold rain to the Southeast and Gulf Coast. The period will end with another large area of cold high pressure over a good portion of the country.
Day 13-15: The period will start with heavy snow up along Maine and then the strong high pressure will cover the majority of the East all the way back to the Rockies with another round of Cold weather. A frontal boundary will begin to approach the West Coast. The middle of the period will have another low pressure moving out of Texas and towards the Northeast. Another strong high pressure area will move into the Northern Plains with more cold air. A low will push onshore over the West Coast. The period will end with a significant storm system moving ashore over Southern California bringing snow to very low elevations in the region.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Los Angeles CA:
Wednesday: Mostly Cloudy with showers and a high near 70F, winds from the Northeast 5-10mph along with overnight lows near 56F.
Thursday: Mostly Cloudy with showers and a high near 62F, winds will be light and variable as overnight lows fall to around 57F.
Friday: Mostly Cloudy with periods of showers and a high near 60F, winds will be light and variable as overnight lows fall to around 50F.
Saturday: Partly Cloudy and cool with a high near 62F, winds will be Southeast 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 53F.
Sunday: Mostly Cloudy with periods of light showers as high temps rise to around 58F, winds will be light and variable as overnight lows fall to around 44F.
Ask The Weatherman for January 23, 2013:
Question: Which part of a thunderstorm is the worst part to be in?
Answer: Great question today! The worst part of the thunderstorm to be in is the right-back quadrant as this is where the rotation will come together which can form a tornado. Also this part of the storm is usually blocked and not visible from far away due to the rain and hail shafts that are ahead of this section of the storm making it that much more dangerous.
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Green Energy Weather Report for January 23, 2013:
Wave Energy: The Northeast will again see moderate wave energy potential as the frontal boundary moves into the region. The Pacific Northwest will also have good waves today as the warm front begins to approach the area.
Solar Energy: The best places for today will be the Southeast back into the Gulf Coast and into the Plains region along with portions of the Rockies.
Wind Energy: The winds will be moderate behind the frontal boundary that is moving through the lakes and a second area will be in Southwest California ahead of the warm front.
Hydro-Energy: The Eastern Great Lakes and into the Northeast will see the snow today which will bring a long term hydro energy source to the region. California will also see showers move into the region bringing with it a good short term amount of hydro energy.
January 23 Weather and Your Wallet (Aberdeen SD):
Dining: Any outdoor plans to eat lunch today should be kept to the office as it will be dangerously cold.
Transportation: No issues with the roads today, however make sure to have your winter survival kits in the car so that if you do run across trouble you have things to help such as warm blankets.
Shopping: Not a good day for shopping as the cold will be bitterly strong.
Electricity: A large day of electricity will be in demand over the region with a likely high demand all day long with a total of 71HDD’s.
Yard Work: Not a good day to be in the yard doing work – better day to stay inside.
Construction: A very dangerous day for outside work. Outside work should be kept to a minimum to avoid dangerous life threating conditions.
Outdoor Venues: Walking the dog should take a fast pace today as the cold air will not be good for the walker or the dog as the wind chill will make it even colder with values near -45F.
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