Big Story Weather – January 31, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from January 30: The severe weather was the biggest story from yesterday with over five tornadoes touching down in Northwest Georgia. There were numerous injuries and even a few deaths that occurred because of these storms. On the other side of the storm was the heavy snowfall which occurred in the Western Great Lakes with some places picking up over six inches. The third story was the temperature rollercoaster that many places saw. For example, in the Gulf Coast region temperatures started in the 70’s and by evening had fallen into the 30’s. The last story of the day was the Arctic air that plunged into the Northern Plains where temps fell overnight into the double digits below zero with wind chill values near -45F.
Weather Outlook for January 31: The cold front will move into the Northeast today bringing periods of snow to many locations and some lake effect snow will also be possible. Showers will be ahead of the front for places like Boston. The Southeast and Gulf Coast will enjoy a nice day today. The Northern Plains will begin to shiver with high temps in some places not even getting above zero and wind chill values near -50F. The West will be dry and cool today with partly cloudy skies for many places. Below is the weather for a few select cities this afternoon.
Cleveland OH: Cloudy/Snow: 26F
Orlando FL: Partly Cloudy: 57F
Chicago IL: Partly Cloudy: 10F
Salt Lake City UT: Cloudy: 39F
San Francisco CA: Sunny: 55F
International Weather Outlook for January 31: High pressure over Japan will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. An area of low pressure will move through Northeast China bringing a few showers and snow showers to the region; this will extend into the Koreas. High pressure over the Tibetan Plateau will bring partly cloudy skies to Southeast Asia. A low pressure area moving through Northern Europe will bring snow to the region. High pressure over Spain will bring partly cloudy skies to Western Europe. Low pressure moving through the southern tip of South America will bring showers to the region. High pressure to the west of Australia will bring partly cloudy skies to the majority of the country. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Tokyo Japan: Partly Cloudy with a low near 3C
Guam USA: Partly Cloudy with a low near 25C
Singapore: Partly Cloudy with a low near 24C
Madrid Spain: Partly Cloudy with a low near 8C
Perth Australia: Partly Cloudy with a low near 18C
January 31, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Eastern Europe will push into Russia later today with showers and snow showers. Another area of low pressure is moving into England which will bring cloudy skies and showers to the region. An area of low pressure is leaving the East Coast of the US and pushing towards Iceland.
Eastern Pacific: A large area of low pressure is moving northerly towards Southern California; this area will have high winds and seas in the area. Low pressure moving towards the West Coast of Canada will bring snow and rain to the region. A second area of low pressure is moving through the Southern portion of the Gulf of Alaska.
Western Pacific: Low pressure is moving across the dateline this morning towards the Western Gulf of Alaska. A second area of low pressure is moving through Northeast China which will bring snow to the region; this will expand into the Koreas overnight. An area of low pressure is moving towards Southeast Asia which will bring stronger winds along the monsoonal trough.
Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone Felleng is moving along towards the south away from Madagascar with winds near 85kts and a pressure of 959mb; this storm will continue to weaken over the next 24hrs as it enters colder waters.
Southern Hemisphere: An area of convection is finally starting to pull away from the Fiji Islands; however they will see another day of showers and thunderstorms. Another area of low pressure is moving through the Southern Ocean towards the tip of Africa.
Five Day Storm Index Outlook for January 31- Feb 4:
Cleveland OH: Today periods of heavy lake effect snow will leave the region with moderate impacts. The remainder of the week will see snow coming off the Lakes which will bring slight impacts to the region through the 4th.
Orlando FL: The next five days will see the area under high pressure and impact free.
Chicago IL: The next five days will be nice with the exception of the 2nd when some light snow could move into the area creating slight impacts for the region.
Salt Lake City UT: High pressure will keep the region impact free for the next five days.
San Francisco CA: High pressure will also keep this region impact free for the next five days.
Climate Watch for January 26-30:
Cleveland OH: The period started with temps around 4-11 degrees below normal, followed by a warm-up with temps running about 14-30 degrees above normal for the remainder of the period.
Orlando FL: The period saw temps around 4-13 degrees above normal the entire period.
Chicago IL: On the 26th temps were about 3 degrees below normal and then warmed to around 6-32 degrees above normal for the remainder of the period.
Salt Lake City UT: The entire period saw temps around 1-9 degrees below normal.
San Francisco CA: The 26th through the 29th the region saw temps running about 1-3 degrees below normal and then on the 30th temps rose to around 3 degrees above normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for January 31, 2013:
Day 1-3: The period will begin with the frontal boundary moving through the Northeast which will bring rain and snow to the region. Behind it an Arctic high pressure center will move into the Northern Plains creating widespread cold air from the Plains all the way down to the Gulf Coast region. High pressure over the Rockies will keep the West dry. The period will end with high pressure over the Southeast and Northeast. A weak upper level feature will move through the Western Great Lakes bringing some snow showers to the area. High pressure will bring nice weather to the West.
Day 4-7: High pressure will be along the Southeast and Gulf Coast region. A weak frontal boundary will be pushing towards the Northeast with some snow showers in the region. Another low pressure area will be moving into the Northern Plains with some snow as well. High pressure will be along the West Coast. A significant low pressure area will be moving towards the Northeast and with it we will see moderate snows from Boston to New York and into the D.C. area. Towards the end of the period there will high pressure over the Gulf Coast and Southeast working into the Northeast, while another clipper system pushes through the Great Lakes creating a widespread snow event for the region. Another clipper system will be sliding towards the Northern Plains, while high pressure will be out West. The period will end with a clipper system moving through the Great Lakes again and high pressure over the Southeast allowing for some return flow moisture to setup over Texas during this time period. High pressure will be in control of the weather out West again.
Day 8-12: A few snow showers will be in the Northeast as this period begins, while high pressure will be over the Ohio River Valley and a new storm system will be developing in the Southwest with some moderate rainfall in parts of Texas. A frontal boundary will also begin to approach the Pacific Northwest bringing some showers and mountain snows to the region. The middle of the period will have high pressure along the East Coast. A frontal system will move through the Plains and Great Lakes extending southward into the Gulf Coast. There will be some snow in the North along with showers and thunderstorms along the Southern portion of the front. High pressure will be over the Rockies, while another frontal boundary approaches the West. Towards the end of the period there will be another storm system approaching the Ohio River Valley with showers and thunderstorms to the south along the Gulf Coast. Another low pressure will be developing in the Western US during this time period. The period will end with a powerful low pressure in Oklahoma that will spread a large band of showers and thunderstorms to the east. On the backside of this storm a heavy snow band will begin to develop over the Rockies and into the Northern Plains.
Day 13-15: The period will begin with low pressure moving towards the Hudson Bay and the associated frontal boundary will extend all the way into the Gulf Coast region making for more showers and thunderstorms along the front from New Orleans into the Northeast. A moderate snow band will set up along the Western Great Lakes during this time. Strong high pressure will begin to push into the Northern Plains. The middle of this period will see a new low pressure system beginning to develop over Mexico and plenty of moisture will be pushing northward all the way to the Northeast US, there will also be colder air filtering in behind this system which may lead to some snow over Western Texas. The period will end with a major storm system on our hands with plenty of snow and storms associated with it.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Boston MA:
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with showers during the morning and very mild as high temps will be near 55F. Winds will be strong from Southwest at 22-27mph. Behind the front it will become partly cloudy and cold by night with a low near 28F.
Friday: Partly cloudy and near normal with temps around 30F. Winds from the Northwest 18-23mph as overnight lows fall to around 17F.
Saturday: Partly cloudy and colder with a high near 25F. Winds from the Southwest 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 19F.
Sunday: Cloudy and periods of heavy snow likely with snowfall amounts near three to five inches. Winds will be from the Northeast 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around 23F.
Monday: Partly cloudy and colder with a high near 26F. Winds from the Northwest 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 13F. Wind Chill values could be near zero.
Ask The Weatherman for January 31, 2013:
Question: What are frontal thunderstorms?
Answer: Excellent question today from Facebook. Frontal thunderstorms are like the ones that we have seen this past week. They form ahead of a cold front into what is called a squall line. Once they form they can be responsible for straight line wind damage as sometimes winds can get as high as 80mph with these storms. Also these storms can bring very heavy rain in a short amount of time. Generally these are strong storms that form along a cold front.
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Green Energy Weather Report for January 31, 2013:
Wave Energy: The strong area of low pressure that is well south of California will start to push some wave energy into the region. The frontal boundary over the Northern Gulf of Mexico will bring this region moderate wave energy today.
Solar Energy: The best places today for solar energy will be out in the West where high pressure will bring a nice day and also in the Northern Plains where it will be sunny and cold.
Wind Energy: The Mississippi River Valley will be the best place to find wind energy today right behind the cold front.
Hydro-Energy: The biggest area of hydro energy for today will occur through the Great Lakes into the Northeast with all the rain and snow that will be moving through the region.
January 31 Weather and Your Wallet (Fargo ND):
Dining: A cold day so you may want to take lunch to work in order to avoid having to be outside for long periods of time.
Transportation: No major issues for today, however make sure to have your winter survival kit in the car in case you get stranded or run into car trouble. Make sure to stay with the car and call for help.
Shopping: Indoor shopping would be best today.
Electricity: This will be one of the largest heating days in many winters for this region as the forecast is for 81HDD’s and the heaters will be running all day long.
Yard Work: Not recommended for today as the danger of getting frost bite is high.
Construction: Not a good day to have any outdoor projects.
Outdoor Venues: Reschedule anything that was dealing with the outdoors for today until this weekend when the cold air begins to move out of the region.
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