Big Story Weather – January 28, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from January 25-27: This past weekend was very active with weather systems stretching from the Pacific Northwest all the way into the Northeast and Midwest. We had everything from avalanche warnings in the cascades to freezing rain in the Midwest and snow in the Northeast, while mild conditions where over the Southeast and Gulf Coast region with some places getting close to 75F for high temps over the weekend.
Weather Outlook for January 28: Low pressure moving through the Great Lakes will bring snow and freezing rain to the region. This will spread into the Northeast by this evening. High pressure along the Southeast Coast will bring a nice day to the Southeast and Gulf Coast. Another area of low pressure moving out of the Southwest will start to bring showers and snow showers to the region and this will push into the Northern Plains by this evening. High pressure over the Canadian Prairies will bring frigid air back to the Northern US by later this week. A warm front along the West Coast will bring showers to the region. Below is the weather for a few select cities.
New York NY: Mostly Cloudy/Snow: 36F
Houston TX: Mostly Cloudy: 74F
Sioux Falls SD: Cloudy/Evening Snow: 40F
Boise ID: Cloudy/Evening Snow: 34F
San Diego CA: Sunny: 59F
International Weather Outlook for January 28: Low pressure near the Koreas will bring cloudy skies along with some snow to the region and will spread into Western Japan overnight. High pressure over the Tibetan Plateau will bring partly cloudy skies to the region and this will extend into Southeast Asia. A series of low pressures will be moving into England and Western Europe creating strong winds and also heavy rains and higher elevation snows for the entire region. High pressure over Central South America will bring nice weather to the tip of South America. High pressure will bring partly cloudy skies to Western Australia, while an area of low pressure will bring a few scattered showers to Southeast Australia through the evening tonight. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Tokyo Japan: Partly Cloudy with a low near 2C
Hong Kong China: Partly Cloudy with a low near 15C
New Delhi India: Partly Cloudy with a low near 23C
London England: Cloudy and breezy with periods of rain and a low near 6C
Sydney Australia: Mostly Cloudy with a low near 25C
January 28, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving over the Middle East will bring showers and higher elevation snows to the region. Another powerful storm system is impacting England and Western Europe with very heavy rain and also snow in the mountains. Low pressure moving through the Great Lakes today will bring snow showers along with freezing rain to the Great Lakes and Northeast today.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving into the Southwest US will bring showers and mountain snows to the region. This system will push out towards the Central Plains overnight. Low pressure moving through the Central Gulf of Alaska is bringing very strong winds and seas along with snow to Southern Alaska.
Western Pacific: Two areas of low pressure are moving through Central Russia and China and will make their way towards Eastern Asia by the middle of the week. Low pressure moving to the East of Japan will bring high winds and seas to the North Pacific. A tropical wave is now moving towards the Southern PI.
Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough is not very active today, however Tropical Cyclone Felleng is moving off the coast of Madagascar with winds near 40kts and a pressure of 993mb. This storm will continue to gain strength as it slowly moves towards the Southeast.
Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure near the Fiji Islands will continue to bring showers to the region. Another wave of low pressure will move well south of Africa creating a marine hazard of large seas and strong winds. Another area of low pressure over Southeast Australia will bring showers to the region with some isolated thunderstorms.
Five Day Storm Index Outlook for January 28-Feb 1:
New York NY: Periods of snow will create a slight impact for the region today and then again on the 30th through the 1st of February.
Houston TX: A chance for showers and thunderstorms on the 29th will create a slight impact for the region.
Sioux Falls SD: Light freezing rain and snow will move through the area today and tomorrow creating a slight impact for the region.
Boise ID: Light snow over the next three days will create slight impacts for the region.
San Diego CA: The week should have nice weather with no weather impacts forecasted.
Climate Watch for January 23-27:
New York NY: The period has seen temps anywhere from 4 to 19 degrees below normal.
Houston TX: The entire period has had temps about 12 to 16 degrees above normal.
Sioux Falls SD: The period started with temps around 10 to 13 degrees below normal followed by a normal day and then finished the period with temps around 7 degrees above normal.
Boise ID: The period started with temps about 2 to 19 degrees below normal followed by a neutral day and then back to around 5 below normal.
San Diego CA: Temps started about 4 to 8 degrees above normal and then cooled to normal and further cooled to about 4 to 7 degrees below normal to finish the period.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for January 28, 2013:
Day 1-3: Low pressure moving through the Great Lakes will bring moderate snowfall to the Eastern Lakes region and this will push into the Northeast by evening. A second area of low pressure moving out of the Southwest will bring snow and rain to the region and likewise this feature will move into the Northern Plains by later this evening. A warm front along the Pacific Northwest will bring showers to the region. An Arctic high pressure will begin to push into the Northern Rockies this evening bringing some very cold air back into the region. The period will end with low pressure moving through the Western Lakes which will bring rain and snow to the region. It will also bring the chance for showers and thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast region. Another area of low pressure will be over the Western Rockies bringing moderate snowfall to the region.
Day 4-7: A very strong low pressure system will be moving through the Lakes region and the cold front will extend all the way down to the Gulf Coast region creating an area of widespread showers and thunderstorms and a heavy snow band on the western side of the low. There is also the chance of seeing severe weather near the Southern part of the front. A cold Arctic high pressure system will be building in over the Dakotas creating overnight lows in the -20F range. The period will end with high pressure and colder weather over a good portion of the country.
Day 8-12: The period will start with a clipper system moving through the Great Lakes creating some wide spread snowfall for the region, while the rest of the country will see nice weather with high pressure in control. The middle of the period will have high pressure along the East Coast and a developing low pressure moving into the Southwest which will create showers and higher elevation snows. Another brisk system will enter the Pacific Northwest with high elevation snows and coastal rains. The period will end with a very strong storm system pushing across the Southern part of the United States from the Southwest into the Gulf Coast region bringing plenty of rain and even embedded thunderstorms to the region; the northern side will see some moderate snowfall. High pressure will dominate the West.
Day 13-15: The period will begin with showers moving through the Gulf Coast and the Southeast Coast, while high pressure builds in over the Central Plains and the Rockies. The period will end with another low pressure system developing over the Southeast coast of Texas creating very heavy rain in the region and also an upper level cold pocket may develop creating the potential of a significant snow event over Western Texas.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Watertown SD:
Monday: Cloudy with periods of freezing rain and snow; accumulations near one to three inches likely. Winds from the Southwest 5-10 mph along with high temps near 34F; overnight lows will fall to around 22F.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a few lingering snow flurries and a high near 24F. Winds will shift to the Northwest along with high temps near 18-23F; overnight lows will drop to around 3F. Wind Chill values will be near -20F.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy and cold with a high near 5F. Strong Northwest winds 15-20mph will create very dangerous wind chill values all day long as overnight lows fall to around -23F.
Thursday: Arctic air will be in place with partly cloudy skies and a high near -6F. Winds will be from the Southwest around 7-12mph which will create bitterly cold wind chill values and overnight lows will again fall to near -17F.
Friday: Partly cloudy and warmer with a high near 18F. Winds from the Southwest 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 2F.
Ask The Weatherman for January 28, 2013:
Question: What does CA air stand for?
Answer: CA air stands for Continental Arctic air mass. This type of air mass is represented by very dry and frigid air meaning that there is no moisture and the air temps can plunge to well below zero. Just like the forecast we see above where they are going to be impacted by Continental Arctic air.
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Green Energy Weather Report for January 28, 2013:
Wave Energy: The majority of the productive wave energy today will be found along the Pacific Northwest ahead of the next warm front.
Solar Energy: The best places today for solar energy production will be in the Gulf Coast region and also the Southeast around the backside of the Sub-Tropical High.
Wind Energy: There will be multiple places of good wind energy today including the Great Lakes region behind the cold front and also back into the Northern Plains where another cold front is moving through. The third location will be in the Southwest behind another frontal system.
Hydro-Energy: A very active weather pattern will provide plenty of hydro energy to the Pacific Northwest and also in the Southwest. Long term hydro energy in the form of snow will develop over the Cascades, the Southern Rockies and into the Northern Plains. There will also be plenty of snowfall in the Great Lakes and Northeast regions which will help the long term hydro energy process.
January 28 Weather and Your Wallet (New Orleans LA):
Dining: A very nice day in store which will make for excellent outdoor dining opportunities.
Transportation: No issues expected as it will remain dry and nice all day.
Shopping: Today will be a nice day for hitting the outdoor shopping plazas.
Electricity: We are looking for a small window this afternoon of possibly using the Air Conditioning with a 4.5CDD forecasted.
Yard Work: The conditions will be favorable if you want to put your plants outside as we are looking for a 19.5GDD day for the region.
Construction: No issues expected; should be a nice day for outdoor construction work.
Outdoor Venues: Today will be an excellent day to take the dog for a walk or head to the park to enjoy the nice weather.
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