Big Story Weather – January 29, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from January 28: The snow and ice that impacted the Northeast and Great Lakes region yesterday created large impacts for the region. The second big story was the heavy snow that started moving out of the Rockies through the Northern Plains with some places getting over 6 inches in South Dakota and North Dakota. The third story was the heat as some places along the Gulf Coast where back into the mid 70’s.
Weather Outlook for January 29: Low pressure moving through the Great Lakes will bring heavy rain and snow to the region. A second low pressure developing over the Southern Plains will be the focus for some severe weather today with the chance of seeing damaging winds and hail along with tornadoes from Eastern Texas into the Lower Mississippi River Valley. High pressure will build in over the Northern Rockies which will bring some very cold air to the East over the next few days. A warm front still along the West Coast will bring showers to the Pacific Northwest. Below is the weather for a few select cities.
Baltimore MD: Mostly Cloudy: 49F
Gulfport MS: Mostly Cloudy/Thunderstorms: 74F
St. Louis MO: Cloudy/Rain: 58F
Denver CO: Cloudy/ Snow: 27F
Portland OR: Showers: 45F
International Weather Outlook for January 29: High pressure over Eastern Russia will bring partly cloudy skies to the Koreas and Japan. High pressure over the Tibetan Plateau will bring partly cloudy skies to the majority of Southeast Asia. A frontal boundary moving through the Middle East will bring some showers to the region. A 974mb low pressure moving across England will bring heavy rain, very strong winds and high elevation snows to Northwest Europe and England. Low pressure moving along the southern tip of South America will bring showers to the region. High pressure will bring a fairly nice day to the majority of Australia. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Seoul South Korea: Partly Cloudy with a low near 0C
Taipei Taiwan: Partly Cloudy with a low near 19C
New Delhi India: Partly Cloudy with a low near 22C
Madrid Spain: Partly Cloudy with a low near 9C
Perth Australia: Partly Cloudy with a low near 26C
January 29, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: A powerful low pressure system is moving into England and bringing heavy snow along with strong winds and heavy rainfall to the region. Another area of low pressure is moving through Eastern Europe and into the Mid-East which is creating showers and high elevation snows. An area of low pressure has pushed of the East Coast of the US and will move towards Greenland.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure beginning to move out of the Rockies will bring a large array of weather today to the region from heavy snow in the North to severe weather in the South. An area of low pressure is moving through the Central Gulf of Alaska and will bring more heavy snow to the Southern portion of Alaska.
Western Pacific: Two areas of low pressure are now pushing away from Japan. Another area of low pressure is moving through Central China and will begin to impact Eastern Asia later in the week. A tropical wave is located over Manila.
Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone Felleng is moving off the coast of Madagascar with winds near 70kts and a pressure of 970mb. This storm will continue to gain strength as it slowly moves towards the Southeast.
Southern Hemisphere: The area of convection near the Fiji Islands will bring another day of heavy rain and thunderstorms to the islands. Low pressure moving through central portions of South America will bring heavy rain to the Amazon region. Low pressure to the Northeast of Australia will slowly begin to impact the region over the next 24hrs.
Five Day Storm Index Outlook for January 29- Feb 2:
Baltimore MD: Today will be impact free, however by the 30th there could be some rain showers moving through creating a slight impact. The remainder of the period will be impact free.
Gulfport MS: Moderate impacts are forecasted for the next 48hrs due to a frontal boundary moving through which will bring strong thunderstorms to the area. Then expect to see the remainder of the period impact free.
St. Louis MO: Slight impacts for today as showers move through the area, then tomorrow periods of snow will develop. The remainder of the week will be impact free.
Denver CO: Snowfall today will create a slight impact for the region, while the remainder of the week becomes impact free.
Portland OR: Today and tomorrow showers will bring a slight impact to the region, followed by an impact free period to the remainder of the week.
Climate Watch for January 24-28:
Baltimore MD: The period started with temps around 8 to 15 degrees below normal. The 27th returned to normal followed by another day with temps around 1 degree below normal.
Gulfport MS: The period has seen temps ranging from around 7 to 11 degrees above normal the entire period.
St. Louis MO: The period started around 12 degrees below normal then warmed to around 5 degrees above normal followed by another day with temps about 3 below normal and then really warmed to finish the period with temps around 11 to 27 degrees above normal.
Denver CO: The period has saw above normal temps ranging from around 9 to 22 degrees above.
Portland OR: The entire period was below with temps ranging from around 1 to 6 degrees below normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for January 29, 2013:
Day 1-3: Low pressure moving through the Great Lakes will bring showers on the east side of the front to places like St. Louis and Chicago. The backside of the front will have a heavy snow band that will move through places like Green Bay, Eastern Minnesota and Iowa. The other side of the front will have severe weather setup over the Southern Plains and then this will push into the Gulf Coast region. A cold Arctic High will begin to push in over the Northern Rockies bringing very cold air to the region. A warm front along the West Coast will bring showers to the region. The middle of the period will have this strong storm system pushing up the East Coast with showers and thunderstorms for places along the Eastern Seaboard. High pressure along with a snow band will push through the Northern Plains. High pressure will begin to develop over the Southwest. The period will end with high pressure over the majority of the country.
Day 4-7: The period will begin with high pressure over both of coasts and a small upper level feature moving through the Great Lakes which will bring snow to the region. The wave will push into the Northeast bringing areas of snowfall to the Northeast, while high pressure will be over the rest of the country. The period will end with high pressure over the East Coast and also the West Coast and another storm system will begin to develop over the Plains region.
Day 8-12: The period will start with a strong storm system moving through the Ohio River Valley extending southward into the Gulf Coast region bringing plenty of snow to the North and also strong thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast region. The storm will rapidly move up the East Coast allowing for high pressure to build back in over the majority of the country with a warm front approaching the Pacific Northwest. The middle of the period will have high pressure over the East Coast with another storm system developing over the Southwest. The period will end with a large area of low pressure over the Northern Plains bringing plenty of rain and snow on the northwest side of the low’s track.
Day 13-15: The period will begin with multiple areas of low pressure moving up from the Southern Plains into the Great Lakes region bringing plenty of rain and storms. On the northwest side of the storm look for some snowfall with this storm near the upper level cold pocket. The middle of the period will have the storm system move into the Northeast with the associated frontal boundary extending back into the Gulf Coast region where heavy rain and thunderstorms will develop. High pressure will build in over the West Coast. The period will end with high pressure over a good portion of the country along with an upper level low moving over Southern California.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Fargo ND:
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a few flurries along with blowing and drifting snow. The high temp will be this morning around 24F degrees. Winds will be from the Northwest at 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 6F.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and colder with a high near 6F. Winds will be from the Northwest 15-20mph creating dangerous wind chill values. Low temps will fall to around -12F.
Thursday: Partly cloudy and very cold with a high near -6F. Winds from the Northwest 10-15mph will create dangerous wind chill values. Overnight lows will fall to around -18F.
Friday: Partly cloudy and a tad bit warmer with a high near 5F. Winds will be light and variable. The overnight lows will fall to around -13F.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with periods of light snow and warmer as high temps rise to around 26F. Winds will be from the Southwest 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 12F.
Ask The Weatherman for January 29, 2013:
Question: What makes an Air Mass?
Answer: Excellent question today! The best way to describe an Air Mass is that you need a uniform or very flat terrain such as the oceans as this is where a Marine Air Mass comes from. The second place is flat land as this is what makes a Continental Air Mass. The second thing you need is temperature. There are three different types of temperatures from the Polar Region to the Arctic Region and the Tropical Region, so that when you combine them together you make an air mass.
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Green Energy Weather Report for January 29, 2013:
Wave Energy: The majority of the good productive wave energy will be found along the Pacific Northwest ahead of the next warm front.
Solar Energy: The Southeast will be today’s best choice for solar energy as one more day of sunshine forms over the region.
Wind Energy: The strongest wind energy locations today will be over the Northern Plains behind the cold front and also over the Southwest behind the other portion of the cold front.
Hydro-Energy: The entire Mississippi River Valley will see a strong push of rain, thunderstorms and moderate snowfall which will help fill the basin with plenty of hydro energy. Another area will develop over Western Texas; this will be short term hydro energy. The Pacific Northwest will collect more short term rainfall and also long term snow pack for the Cascades.
January 29 Weather and Your Wallet (Memphis TN):
Dining: This morning will be a good chance to get some breakfast and enjoy it on a nice walk to work. This afternoon the showers and thunderstorms will begin to move into the region.
Transportation: This morning’s commute should be good, however this afternoon and evening the commute could be slowed down by heavy rainfall and thunderstorms which could lead to ponding on the roads.
Shopping: This morning will be the best time to get the shopping done, otherwise you will need an umbrella by this afternoon.
Electricity: Should be a good day with no major heating needed. There will be a small window this evening after about 2AM where the HDD’s could rise to around 4HDD’s.
Yard Work: Today should get warm enough before the rain moves in to let your plants sit outside and get some heat to help them start their early growth season.
Construction: This morning will be the best time to get the outside jobs completed before the heavy rain and thunderstorms start to move in. Also there will be strong winds which could limit crane work today.
Outdoor Venues: Take the dog for a walk this morning before work because later this afternoon you will need an umbrella.
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