Big Story Weather – January 24, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from January 23: The snow finally came to an end through the Northeast overnight, however the next system is already moving into the Northern Plains. The second big story again was the cold Arctic air that still covers a good portion of the Northern Plains. There was also some rain showers along the West Coast with a warm front near the coast of California.
Weather Outlook for January 24: High pressure over the Great Lakes will bring a nice day to the region and this will extend southward and into the Northeast, while the next clipper system moves into the Northern Plains this afternoon bringing snow to the Dakotas and Minnesota. High pressure over the Rockies will make for another nice day out in the West. While the warm front slides a bit further south today into Southern California bringing showers to the region. Below is the weather for a few select cities.
Buffalo NY: Mostly Cloudy: 15F
Atlanta GA: Partly Cloudy: 44F
Rapid City SD: Partly Cloudy: 45F
Billings MT: Partly Cloudy: 44F
Seattle WA: Cloudy/Evening Showers: 43F
International Weather Outlook for January 24: Low pressure to the Northwest of Japan will bring higher elevation snows to Central and Northern Japan. High pressure over Eastern China will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. High pressure over Tibet will bring partly cloudy skies all the way southward into India. Low pressure going through Central Europe will bring showers and higher elevation snows to the region. Partly Cloudy skies will dominate the Southern tip of South America. High pressure will bring partly cloudy skies to Western Europe while the remains of a tropical cyclone will bring heavy rains and winds to the Northeast part of Australia. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Beijing China: Partly Cloudy with a low near -2C
Hong Kong China: Partly Cloudy with a low near 18C
Singapore: Partly Cloudy with a low near 24C
London England: Cloudy with a low near 1C
Brisbane Australia: Cloudy with Showers and Breezy along with a low near 24C
January 24, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving thorough Central Europe will bring showers and higher elevation snows to the region. Another area of low pressure is moving towards England through the next 24hrs. A weak area of low pressure has just pulled off the East Coast of the US and will move eastward through the day.
Eastern Pacific: A clipper system is moving through Alberta this afternoon and will bring snow to the region. Low pressure moving towards the California coast will bring another day of showers to the region. Low pressure moving towards the Pacific Northwest will bring winds/seas to the area of for today.
Western Pacific: Low pressure is getting ready to push into the Western Gulf of Alaska over the next 24hrs. Another area of low pressure is to the Northwest of Japan bringing some snow showers to the higher elevation of the Japanese Alps. Another area of low pressure is moving through Western Russia and will push its way eastward over the next 24hrs.
Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough is slowly growing in intensity this morning, however it’s well over the open ocean not impacting anyone.
Southern Hemisphere: Tropical Cyclone Garry has winds around 60kts and a pressure of 978mb as it continues to pull away from the Fiji Islands towards the southeast. The remains of two tropical cyclones are impacting Northern Australia with showers and stronger winds for both the Northwest and Northeast sides of Australia. Other areas of low pressure are moving southeast of South America and another one Southeast of Africa.
Five Day Storm Index Outlook for January 24-28:
Buffalo NY: The next few days there will be on and off snow showers which will bring a slight impact to the region and then another chance on the 28th to see a slight impact.
Atlanta GA: The 25th is going to have severe impacts in the form of ice, snow and freezing rain which could all occur during the day and especially during rush hours. The remainder of the week will be impact free.
Rapid City SD: High pressure will keep the region impact free for the next five days.
Billings MT: The entire period will be dominated with high pressure and will be impact free.
Seattle WA: The period will start dry and then the showers will move in for the remainder of the forecast period creating a slight impact in the region.
Climate Watch for January 19-23:
Buffalo NY: The period started with temps around 17 degrees above normal followed by a cooling with temps dropping to around 11-20 degrees below normal.
Atlanta GA: The period started with temps above normal around 5-11 degrees followed by cooler air as temps fell to around 3-8 below normal then finished the period around 3 above normal.
Rapid City SD: The 19th was about 7 degrees above normal followed by cooler conditions as temps fell to around 5-18 degrees below normal for the remainder of the period.
Billings MT: The period started with temps around 3-5 degrees above normal and then fell to around 9 degrees below before warming one day to around 7 above and then finished the period about 5 degrees below normal.
Seattle WA: The entire period had temps around 3-14 degrees below normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for January 24, 2013:
Day 1-3: High pressure over the Great Lakes will bring a nicer day to the region and this will spread into the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. The Gulf Coast and Southeast will also enjoy nice weather today on the backside of the high which will make it a touch bit warmer across the region. The Alberta Clipper system will begin to move through the Northern Plains later this afternoon bringing some snow showers to the Dakotas and into Minnesota. High pressure over the Rockies will keep the region tranquil. Look for the warm front to approach the California coast creating some showers in the region, while another frontal boundary begins to approach the Pacific Northwest by this evening bringing showers and higher elevation snows to the region. The middle of this period the low pressure will move through the Great Lakes and into the Northeast bringing some moderate snowfall to the regions. High pressure will build in over the Northern Plains, while two separate systems impact the West Coast. The period will finish with a low moving out into the Southwest.
Day 4-7: The period will start with high pressure over the East Coast, while a frontal boundary will move through the Northern Plains and the Midwest bringing snow showers and rain to the region. Another area of low pressure will begin to develop over the Southwest. The middle of this period will have a significant storm system over the Central Plains with the frontal boundary extending into the Midwest and Ohio River Valley with rain and moderate amounts of snow on the north side. The period will end with a moderate storm system moving through the Great Lakes creating a heavy snow band over the Northern Plains, while heavy rain will form into the Midwest and the chance of seeing severe weather along the Gulf Coast is also possible.
Day 8-12: The period will begin with a secondary low forming over the Gulf Coast region creating another pocket of cold air and another snow band will begin to push northward. The storm system will exit the Northeast by day 10 and then high pressure will settle in over the majority of the country. The end of the period will have another Clipper system moving through the Great Lakes.
Day 13-15: The period will start with an area of moisture over Southern Florida that will create pockets of heavy rain and thunderstorms for the region. Another Clipper system will be moving through the Northern Plains and into the Great Lakes. The middle of the period will have a strong high pressure along the East Coast, while another piece of energy will begin to develop over the Gulf of Mexico and another frontal boundary will begin to push into the Northwest. The period will end with a very active weather pattern across the majority of the country with multiple low pressure systems moving from coast to coast.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Gulfport MS:
Thursday: Partly Cloudy and mild with a high near 70F, winds from the Southwest around 5-10mph, overnight lows will be around 60F.
Friday: Partly Cloudy and warm with a high near 72F, winds from the Southwest around 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 59F.
Saturday: Partly Cloudy and cooler with a high near 66F, winds from the Northeast around 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 52F.
Sunday: Partly Cloudy and cool with a high near 66F, winds from the Southeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 54F.
Monday: Partly Cloudy and warmer with a high near 70F, winds from the Southeast 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 65F.
Ask The Weatherman for January 24, 2013:
Question: What does the EF Scale stand for?
Answer: The EF scale is an upgrade to the Fujita Scale that is used to measure tornado intensities. Mr. Fujita is a Japanese scientist who first studied the tornado and came up with his scale which for a long time was known as the Fujita scale to measure tornadoes by size and strength based on their damage path. However within the last couple of years, they have modified the parameters a little bit and that is why now we have the Enhanced Fujita Scale also for short the EF Scale.
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Green Energy Weather Report for January 24, 2013:
Wave Energy: The West Coast will be the main focus for wave energy today as two frontal systems approach the area creating some nice wave energy.
Solar Energy: The Midwest into the Northeast will be under high pressure today creating a nice area of solar energy. The Gulf Coast will again today be under good solar conditions while this will spread into the Southern Plains and portions of the Rockies.
Wind Energy: The two big wind energy locations will be in the Northern Plains behind the frontal system and also along Southern California ahead of the warm front in the region.
Hydro-Energy: The Northern Plains will have some snow today which will add to the long term hydro energy. The second location will be along Southern California and then also later in the day up into the Pacific Northwest will begin to see showers move into the area.
January 24 Weather and Your Wallet (Portland OR):
Dining: This morning will be cold so make sure to have your heavy jacket on if you plan on going out. This afternoon the rain showers will move in making it a good day to take lunch from home.
Transportation: This morning should see no problem with the commute to work, however this afternoon as the showers begin to move into the region expect to see some slowdowns during the evening rush hour as ponding may start to occur on certain roads.
Shopping: Bundle up this morning before heading out to do that shopping. This afternoon you will want to also have an umbrella handy as the showers begin to move into the region.
Electricity: This morning there will be a high demand for heat as it’s colder than normal. This afternoon it will warm some lowering the heat requirement a little but, however by this evening a high demand will be needed again.
Yard Work: This morning you will need a heavy jacket to get some of that yard work done before the rain moves in this afternoon.
Construction: Working won’t be too bad on the outdoor projects as long as you bundle up, however by this afternoon once the rain moves in you might want to shift to the indoor construction projects to finish the day.
Outdoor Venues: Bundle up if you want to get a walk in this morning before the rain starts this afternoon. Once the rain starts you will be dealing with it for the next few days. So this morning might be the best time to reward the dog before the rain moves in.
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