Big Story Weather – January 7, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from January 4-6: This past weekend brought some showers to the Texas area along with some light rain to the Northern Gulf Coast – including Florida – due to the low that pushed through the Northern Gulf. The majority of the country enjoyed high pressure.
Weather Outlook for January 7: High pressure along the East Coast will bring nice weather from Maine to Florida and will spread back westward into the Plains and the Gulf Coast. A developing low moving across Baja today will bring some showers to Southern Arizona and New Mexico. Most of the Rockies will be tranquil today with partly cloudy skies. And a warm front will begin to approach the West Coast creating a wide range of rainfall and higher elevation snows. Below is the weather for a few select cities.
New York NY: Partly Cloudy: 36F
Memphis TN: Partly Cloudy: 45F
Sioux Falls SD: Mostly Cloudy: 36F
Billings MT: Mostly Cloudy: 38F
Portland OR: Mostly Cloudy with Showers: 47F
International Weather Outlook for January 7: High pressure over Eastern China will bring partly cloudy skies to the region and this will expand into the Koreas and parts of Japan. The monsoonal trough will push further northward today over portions of Southeast Asia bringing periods of heavier showers. A warm front extending towards England will bring showers to the region, while the rest of Europe enjoys a fairly tranquil day. High pressure building in over the tip of South America will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. Rain showers will be moving through portions of Africa and a frontal boundary approaching Western Australia will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. Eastern Australia should see partly cloudy skies. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Sasebo Japan: Partly Cloudy with a low near 2C
Hong Kong China: Partly Cloudy with a low near 8C
Bangkok Thailand: Partly Cloudy with a few thunderstorms and a low near 25C
London England: Cloudy with periods of showers and a low near 6C
Sydney Australia: Partly Cloudy with a low near 20C
January 7, 2012 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: A broad area of low pressure is moving across the Mid-East and will bring showers and heavy snow to the region. Low pressure and the associated frontal boundary is approaching England which will bring showers to the region. Low pressure pushing off the East Coast will make its way towards Greenland over the next couple of days.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving through Central Canada will bring snow to the region. A developing area of low pressure will move across Baja today bringing showers to the extreme southwest portion of the United States. Low pressure is also moving in towards the Pacific Northwest which will bring showers to the region along with higher elevation snows. Low pressure pushing away from Hawaii will begin to push towards the Southern part of California over the next few days.
Western Pacific: Tropical Storm Sonamu continues to track through portions of Southeast Asia with winds near 35kts and a pressure of 996mb. It will bring heavy rains to Southeast Asia as it slowly gets absorbed into the monsoonal trough. There are other areas of low pressure along the monsoonal trough this morning. Two areas of low pressure are moving out of Russia and towards the Gulf of Alaska.
Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough will bring periods of heavy rain to the region.
Southern Hemisphere: An area of low pressure is just leaving the Fiji islands and making its way eastward across the Southern Pacific. Another area of low pressure is moving towards Western Australia which will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. Another tropical low is just to the Northwest of Australia with winds around 25kts and a pressure of 1003mb. It will continue to bring heavy rain to places along the Northwest shores of Australia.
Five Day Storm Index Outlook for January 7-11:
New York NY: A really nice week in store with no major impacts forecasted until the 11th when the region could see a mix of light rain and snow creating a slight impact.
Memphis TN: A nice start to the period followed by showers and a slight impact on the 9th and then thunderstorms on the 10th which will create a moderate impact.
Sioux Falls SD: No impacts forecasted for the week.
Billings MT: No impacts forecasted until the 10th when snow could begin to fly creating a moderate impact due to the amount of snow that could hit and then look for a slight impact on the 11th with a few lingering snow showers in the area.
Portland OR: Showers will start the week and bring a slight impact to the region followed by clearing skies and no impacts for the 10th and 11th.
Climate Watch for January 2-6:
New York NY: The period started with temps running about 1-6 degrees below normal followed by a warming period that included temps rising to around 3-7 degrees above normal.
Memphis TN: The period started with temps about 4-14 degrees below normal followed by the 4th when temps hit normal and then a slight warming on the 6th with temps about 3 degrees above.
Sioux Falls SD: Temps started about 5 degrees above and then fell to normal followed by a slight warming with temps around 2 degrees above.
Billings MT: The period started with temps about 2 degrees below followed by a warming trend with temps rising to around 2-4 degrees above normal to finish the period.
Portland OR: The entire period temps have been running around 3-7 degrees below normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for January 7, 2013:
Day 1-3: High pressure from the Rockies eastward will bring nice weather to a vast portion of the United States, while a low pressure moving through the Baja region will bring some showers to the Southern portion of the United States including Arizona and New Mexico. Low pressure and the associated frontal boundary moving along the West Coast will also bring showers and mountain snows to the region. The end of the period will have the low moving through Mexico bringing showers and thunderstorms to Texas. High pressure will be on both coasts with a few light snow showers moving through the Northern Plains.
Day 4-7: The period will start with a few lingering snow showers over the northern part of the lakes and a powerful storm system beginning to take shape over Texas will bring showers and strong thunderstorms to the region. A strong low will be moving through Canada however the frontal boundary will push showers and snow to the Northern Rockies and back into the Pacific Northwest. The end of the period will have a strong high pressure along the East Coast which will force the low pressure into the Western Great Lakes creating a wide area of showers and thunderstorms extending all the way to the Gulf Coast. Another low pressure will be moving into the Baja region during this time.
Day 8-12: The period will start with another strong low pressure area entering into Texas which will bring rain and thunderstorms along with some snow on the western portion. High pressure will be along the West Coast. The middle of the period will see low pressure move into the Northern Plains creating the potential for a big winter storm along with a frontal boundary extending into the Gulf Coast creating the chance for showers and thunderstorms. High pressure will be over the majority of the West Coast. The period will end with a secondary low forming over the Gulf of Mexico. This low will finish the time period pushing up the East Coast bringing a lot of rain and snow to the region.
Day 13-15: The period will start with another low forming in the Gulf and pushing northward towards the Northeast. High pressure will be over the majority of the West Coast. The middle of this period we will be watching one of the most powerful high pressures of the year pushing into the Northern Plains which will bring significant cold air into the United States. A trough will move through the lakes bringing a chance for snow to the region. The period will end with another frontal boundary approaching the West Coast as the cold air slowly starts to retreat northward.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Kansas City Missouri:
Monday: Partly Cloudy with a high near 40F, winds will be from the Southwest around 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around 31F.
Tuesday: Partly Cloudy and warmer with a high near 45F, winds from the Southwest around 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 32F.
Wednesday: Mostly Cloudy with periods of showers in the late afternoon as high temps rise to around 47F, winds will be from the Southeast around 7-12mph and overnight lows will fall to 37F.
Thursday: Mostly Cloudy with showers and a high near 47F, winds from the Southwest around 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 40F.
Friday: Partly Cloudy and warm with a high near 50F, winds will be from the Southwest around 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 40F.
Ask The Weatherman for January 7, 2013:
Question: Why does salt water not freeze at 32F or 0C?
Answer: great question from a Facebook fan! One of the biggest reasons is right in the name – “Salt Water”. Salt water has a higher threshold, which doesn’t allow it to freeze right away at the freezing point. A good rule of thumb for salt water is 27F for freezing to start occurring and that has to deal with the salt molecules inside the water. Fresh water doesn’t have that and can freeze closer to 32F. A second thing has to deal with the interaction with different water currents. So often along the east coast of places like the United States we have the Gulf Stream which pushes the warmer waters northward allowing for a mixing to occur a lot more than if you look at a land-locked lake.
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Green Energy Weather Report for January 7, 2013:
Wave Energy: Low pressure moving through the Baja will bring an increase to waves in the region. Also look for the approaching frontal boundary along the Northwest to again create some good wave energy.
Solar Energy: The Rockies and eastward will see really nice weather today which will be favorable for solar energy.
Wind Energy: The frontal boundary along the Northwest will create some stronger winds in the region and also along the low pressure over the Baja will be another good source of wind energy today.
Hydro-Energy: Showers and snow in the Pacific Northwest will fall today creating short and long term hydro energy. Also in the Baja region showers will fall creating a source of short term hydro power.
January 7 Weather and Your Wallet (San Diego CA):
Dining: This morning and evening will be a bit cool, otherwise the rest of the day will be nice.
Transportation: Should be no problems with transportation today as it will be partly cloudy.
Shopping: A good day to enjoy the outdoor malls, however the weather will be a tad cool so a light jacket might be needed.
Electricity: There will be about 9.5HDD’s today so expect to need the heater during the overnight hours.
Yard Work: No problems and should be a nice day to get out and do some yard work.
Construction: A good day for working in the construction industry.
Outdoor Venues: For any outdoor plans such as walking the pet or walking along the boardwalk you will want a light jacket.
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