Big Story Weather – January 3, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story weather from January 2: Yesterday’s big stories were the light snow that fell across the Northern Plains and also the moderate rainfall that fell across the Gulf Coast. There were even a few reports of sleet along the LA and MS Gulf Coast overnight as the freezing level fell to near 9,5000ft. The other top stories were the colder air that has begun to filter into the United States over the past couple of days.
Big Story Discussion for January 3: Low pressure moving through the Great Lakes will bring a few areas of snow showers to places like Detroit and Buffalo, while the majority of the Northeast will be partly cloudy. A weak area of low pressure will move across Florida today bringing some cold rain to the southeast. High pressure over Arkansas will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. A developing low pressure over Northern Mexico will begin to push a warm front towards Southwest Texas and will be the site of our next big weather event over the next 24 hours. High pressure over the Rockies will bring a nice day to the region, while the Pacific Northwest will see some rain begin to move in over the evening hours. Below is the weather for a few select cities.
Baltimore MD: Partly Cloudy: 32F
Memphis TN: Partly Cloudy: 36F
Dallas TX: Partly Cloudy: 41F
Denver CO: Partly Cloudy: 28F
Portland OR: Partly Cloudy/Evening Showers: 38F
Big Story International Weather: A low pressure system moving through Northern Japan will bring a few snow showers to the region. High pressure over Eastern China will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. The monsoonal trough will push northward today bringing some showers to India and portions of Southeast Asia. High pressure over Spain will bring partly cloudy skies to most of Western Europe, while a frontal boundary moving through Sweden will be responsible for snow showers in that region and rain showers will extend back into England. A strong area of low pressure is moving towards the Southern tip of South America and it will bring strong winds/seas along with showers to the coast. High pressure will influence most of Australia with partly cloudy skies. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Tokyo Japan: Partly Cloudy with a low near 1C
Guam USA: Partly Cloudy with a low near 25C
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia: Partly Cloudy with a few thunderstorms and a low near 22C
London England: Cloudy with showers and a low near 5C
Sydney Australia: Partly Cloudy with a low near 18C
January 3, 2012 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving towards England will bring showers to the region along with snow into Northern Europe. Another area of low pressure is about to move off the coast of Florida later today towards the Atlantic.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving onshore over Western Canada will bring showers to the region along with mountain snows. A second low is moving through the Southern Gulf of Alaska and will make its way towards the US West Coast over the next few days. An area of low pressure to the Northeast of Hawaii is also making its way eastward over the next 24hrs.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving towards the Northeast of Japan is bringing a few snow showers to the north. A tropical area of low pressure is moving through the Philippines this morning with winds around 25kts and a pressure of 1004mb. Another area of low pressure is moving towards Eastern Russia which will begin to impact Eastern China over the next couple of days.
Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough is again very active as it is now pushing northward today bringing showers to India and back into Southeast Asia. Another area of low pressure is located towards the East of Diego Garcia and has a pressure of 1000mb and winds around 30kts.
Southern Hemisphere: Tropical Cyclone Freda continues to weaken with winds around 45kts and a pressure of 989mb as it continues to push southeastward. Also Tropical Cyclone Dumile is moving east of Madagascar rapidly towards the southeast with winds around 65kts and a pressure of 974mb. Another area of low pressure is moving over towards the Fiji Islands.
Five Day Storm Index Outlook for January 3-7:
Baltimore MD: The entire five day outlook will be impact free as the area sees high pressure slowly taking over the weather pattern.
Memphis TN: High pressure over the region will keep this area impact free for the next five days.
Dallas TX: The area will see an increase in cloud cover, however, it should remain impact free for the next five days.
Denver CO: High pressure over the Rockies will keep the region impact free for the next five days.
Portland OR: A few showers this evening will bring a slight chance of impacts and then again on the 6th and 7th showers will move into the region bringing a few impacts to the area.
Climate Watch for December 29 – January 2:
Baltimore MD: The period started out with temps around 1-3 degrees below average followed by 1 degree above average on the 1st and then quickly dropping back to around 5 degrees below average.
Memphis TN: The region has been dealing with temps around 2-7 degrees below average and then finished the period with temps near 14 degrees below average.
Dallas TX: The period has seen nothing but below average temps ranging from 7-14 degrees below average.
Denver CO: The period has seen temps around 4-12 degrees below average with a few days approaching 12-20 degrees below average.
Portland OR: The entire past five days the temps have been running about 1-9 degrees below average.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for January 3, 2013:
Day 1-3: An area of low pressure and an associated frontal boundary moving through Florida and the Southeast will bring showers to the region. High pressure over the Central Plains will bring partly cloudy skies to the region, while another low begins to develop over Southwest Texas increasing the clouds and creating snow and rain by this evening for some areas. A frontal boundary will begin pushing moisture into the Pacific Northwest by this evening. The period will finish with high pressure over the majority of the United States bringing a quiet pattern, although a few showers may develop along the Gulf Coast region.
Day 4-7: The period will start with a few lake effect snow showers in the Northeast along with some showers pushing across Florida. The middle of the United States will see high pressure while the West Coast will have another frontal boundary approaching the area. The middle of the period will have high pressure along the East Coast, while a low pressure will begin to push into the Southern Plains bringing showers and thunderstorms to the region. The West Coast will also be under high pressure. The period will end with the potential of seeing some severe weather along the Gulf Coast and also a significant storm system moving through the Ohio River Valley.
Day 8-12: A strong low pressure will be in the Northeast with the associated frontal boundary all the way down the East Coast, while the Central part of the United States will be under high pressure and another frontal boundary will be moving through the Pacific Northwest. The period will end with a significant storm system pushing up the East Coast, while high pressure will be over the majority of the Western US. We will also be watching a new developing low start to push into the Southern Plains and also the Northern Plains; it will be a split flow with two lows.
Day 13-15: The period will start with a low pushing off the Texas coast bringing showers to the Gulf Coast, while the East and West Coast are both mostly under high pressure. The middle of the period will have a strong low moving up the East Coast, while high pressure will be building in over the majority of the west. The period will end with a fairly tranquil weather pattern in place outside of a few pockets of snow showers along the Great Lakes and the Pacific Northwest.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Austin TX:
Thursday: Partly Cloudy becoming mostly cloudy be evening with a high near 48F, winds will be Northeast around 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 40F.
Friday: Mostly Cloudy with periods of rain mixing with sleet as the high temp hits around 40F, winds will be from the Northeast around 5-10mph, overnight lows will fall to around 34F.
Saturday: Partly Cloudy and warmer with a high near 55F, winds will be from the North around 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 42F.
Sunday: Partly Cloudy and warmer with a high near 56F, winds from the Northeast around 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 34F.
Monday: Mostly Cloudy with periods of showers as the high temp hits 54F, winds will be from the Southeast around 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 48F.
Ask The Weatherman for January 3, 2013:
Question: What does Zonal Flow mean on the weather map?
Answer: Have you ever been listening to the weather report and the weatherman says that the flow is zonal? What does this mean? Zonal flow means that the air flow in the upper levels – usually around 30,000ft – is flowing straight West to East. This is important because when we have this type of flow it means our weather systems will move very fast and will not have enough time to make significant weather impacts such as big storms, meaning the storms will be a lot weaker and move faster. So you may see a low bring only 1-2 inches of snow instead of a big storm that brings 1 foot of snow.
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Green Energy Weather Report for January 3, 2013:
Wave Energy: The frontal boundary that will begin to push on shore over the Pacific Northwest will bring some increased wave energy to the region. The frontal boundary pushing across Florida today will bring some moderate wave energy to the Northern Gulf and also off the East Coast of Florida.
Solar Energy: The Northeast will be a good place for solar energy today along with the Plains and also out in the Rockies.
Wind Energy: The Pacific Northwest will see some higher elevation winds in the Cascades. Stronger Northwest winds back in the Plains will also make for a good wind energy region today.
Hydro-Energy: The Southeast United States will be big hydro area today with moderate rain showers moving through the area. The Southwest portion of Texas will also begin to see rain and snow start creating some good short term and long term hydro energy sources. The Pacific Northwest will begin to see some rain this evening and mountain snows which will provide short term and long term hydro energy.
January 3 Weather and Your Wallet (New York City NY):
Dining: Today will be a cold day to eat outdoors, so you might want to take your lunch to work.
Transportation: No issues today with transportation from taking the taxi or the mass transit system.
Shopping: You will want to bundle up before heading out on that shopping spree as its going to be quite cold today.
Electricity: There will be a high demand for heating today and tonight as high temps will only get to around 31 while the overnight lows will fall to the upper 20’s. There will be a moderate need all day long with a high need overnight and early in the morning with a total of HDD’s around 36.5.
Yard Work: No problems other than you will want to bundle up before heading out to do some outside work.
Construction: There will be some slight impacts and its both to personal working outdoors for long periods of time and also with a stronger wind, any high rise construction work may be impacted slightly today.
Outdoor Venues: If you have plans to attend any outdoor venue you will want to be wearing your winter jacket.
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