Big Story Weather – January 8, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from January 7: The approaching frontal boundary from Mexico brought some light rain to the Southwest, while the warm front along the Northwest also brought coastal showers along with higher elevation snows to the region. The majority of the United States enjoyed calm weather with high pressure in control.
Weather Outlook for January 8: High pressure off the East Coast will bring partly cloudy skies to the region, while a low pressure and cold front will move through the Northern Plains bringing a few snow showers to the Dakotas. Another area of low pressure will be moving through Southern Texas today bringing showers during the morning and some heavier rain as the evening begins. High pressure over the Central Rockies will create partly cloudy skies in the region. The warm front will push further north into the Northwest today bringing showers to the coast and higher elevation snows. Below is the weather for a few select cities.
Baltimore MD: Partly Cloudy: 42F
Atlanta GA: Partly Cloudy: 47F
Omaha NE: Partly Cloudy: 38F
Denver CO: Mostly Cloudy: 44F
San Diego CA: Partly Cloudy: 60F
International Weather Outlook for January 8: Low pressure moving towards Japan will bring an increase in clouds with a few showers to the region. High pressure over the east coast of China will bring partly cloudy skies to the region and this will spread into the Koreas. The monsoonal trough will again today bring showers to Southeast Asia. High pressure over Eastern Europe will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. A frontal boundary moving through Western Europe will bring showers and higher elevation snows. High pressure will bring partly cloudy skies to the tip of South America. High pressure will bring warm and dry weather to the majority of Africa. Low pressure moving into Western Australia will bring cloudy skies and showers to the region. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Seoul South Korea: Partly Cloudy with a low near 2C
Guam USA: Partly Cloudy with a low near 21C
Singapore: Partly Cloudy with a few thunderstorms and a low near 20C
Madrid Spain: Partly Cloudy with a low near 5C
Sydney Australia: Partly Cloudy with a low near 20C
January 8, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving towards Western Russia will bring snow to the region. An area of low pressure with the associated frontal boundary is approaching Western Europe and will bring showers along with snow to higher elevations. Low pressure moving towards Greenland and Iceland will bring snow to the region along with high seas and strong winds. Low pressure moving into Texas today will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving through Central Canada along with the associated frontal boundary will bring snow showers to the Northern Plains. Low pressure moving towards the Pacific Northwest will bring showers to the coast along with higher elevation snows. A broad area of low pressure to the east of Hawaii will continue to track towards Southern California. Low pressure is now pushing into the Western Gulf of Alaska.
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. One area of low pressure is pushing away from Russia and making its way towards the Gulf of Alaska.
Indian Ocean: The monsoonal trough will bring periods of heavy rain to the region along with one area of low pressure to the Southeast of India which has winds around 15kts and a pressure of 1010mb.
Southern Hemisphere: Tropical Cyclone Narelle this morning is tracking along the Northwest side of Australia with winds around 35kts and a pressure of 996mb. Other areas of low pressure are tracking to the south of Australia with moderate winds and bringing showers to the region. An area of low pressure is moving through the Fiji Islands this morning bringing showers to the region.
Five Day Storm Index Outlook for January 8-12:
Baltimore MD: The period will start impact free, however by the 11th an area of showers will move through the region creating slight impacts.
Atlanta GA: Looking for showers on the 10th and 11th which will create slight impacts on the region.
Omaha NE: A tranquil start to the period with a chance for rain/snow on the 10th will create slight impacts for the region.
Denver CO: A nice start to the period with a chance of snow on the 11th which will create slight impacts in the region.
San Diego CA: A nice next five days with no impacts forecasted for the region.
Climate Watch for January 3-7:
Baltimore MD: The period started with temps about 4 below normal followed by a warming trend as temps finished the period around 5-10 degrees above normal.
Atlanta GA: The temps started about 1-6 degrees below normal followed by a slight warming at the end of the period with temps running 3 degrees above normal.
Omaha NE: The period started with temps about 1 degree below followed by a brief warm up as temps rose to around 3 degrees above normal and then another short below normal period followed by a 2-7 degree above normal finish to the period.
Denver CO: Temps started about 9 degrees below followed by a warming trend with temps 4 degrees above and then fell back to 6 below and finished the period 3-7 above normal.
San Diego CA: Temps started slightly above followed by a cooling with temps running about 1-7 degrees below normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for January 8, 2013:
Day 1-3: High pressure along the East Coast will bring partly cloudy skies to the entire region. The developing low pressure over Southern Texas will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region, while another clipper system brings a few snow showers to the Dakotas. High pressure in the Rockies will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. A warm front moving through the Pacific Northwest will bring showers and mountain snows to the region. The middle of the period will see the low pressure push northward into the Central Plains creating a wide swath of rain and also strong thunderstorms in the region. The northern end will see snow showers develop. The period will end with another storm system developing in the Rockies.
Day 4-7: The period will begin with the low moving into the Central Plains creating a wide swath of heavy snow over the Dakotas. A few snow showers will be present in the Northeast during this time as well. The middle of this period will have the frontal boundary extending from the Great Lakes into the Gulf Coast region along with a strong high pressure system building into the Rockies which will bring some of the coldest air in a while to the region. The end of the period will have another low developing along the boundary in the Gulf of Mexico which will push another round of moisture towards the north while the strong high begins to build into the Northern Plains.
Day 8-12: The period will begin with the frontal boundary extending from the Northeast back into the Southeast behind that will be a strong high over Texas that will bring cold weather to the region. A clipper system will push through the Northern Plains bringing some light snow to the region. High pressure will be along the West Coast. The middle of the period will have another low developing in the Gulf of Mexico and pushing northeastward which will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region. A strong high pressure area will be pushing through the Northern Plains. And a weak frontal boundary will begin to push into the Pacific Northwest. The end of the period will have the low up in the Northeast with the frontal boundary extending all the way back into the Gulf Coast. There will be heavy rain on the front side of this storm and even the possibility of seeing snow make it down into Mississippi and Alabama on the backside of it as the cold air surges in rapidly. Another low pressure system will push into the Northern Plains bringing more snow to the region while high pressure will be along the west coast.
Day 13-15: The period will start with the low pressure pushing up and off the East Coast, while a potent high pressure system will advance into the country bringing another shot of very cold air to the region from the Plains to the Southeast. The middle of the period will be fairly tranquil as high pressures will be along both coast. The period will end with low pressures moving along both coasts.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Sioux Falls SD:
Tuesday: Partly Cloudy and mild with a high near 34F, winds will be from the Northwest 10-15mph as overnight lows fall to around 26F.
Wednesday: Partly Cloudy and mild with a high near 35F, winds will be from the South around 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 30F.
Thursday: Mostly Cloudy with periods of rain as the high hits 36F, winds will be from the Southeast around 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 30F.
Friday: Cloudy with periods of snow as high temps hit 30F, winds will shift to the Northwest around 15-20mph as overnight lows fall to around 9F. There is the possibility of snow accumulations around 1-3in for the day.
Saturday: Partly Cloudy and bitterly cold with a high near 10F, winds will be gusty from the Northwest around 10-15mph creating wind chills well below zero. The overnight lows will fall to around 0F.
Ask The Weatherman for January 8, 2013:
Question: Are there warm ocean currents in the Southern Hemisphere?
Answer: Excellent question! We don’t talk much about the Southern Hemisphere, but here is a good chance to do just that. Yes, the Southern Hemisphere is just like the Northern Hemisphere in that it also has warm and cold currents. The only difference is that the warm ocean currents flow from north to south as the warmer equator waters flow southward towards the South Pole. The Southern Hemisphere has complete ocean gyres as well which is made up of one warm current and once cold current along with two neutral currents that flow to make a complete gyre.
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Green Energy Weather Report for January 8, 2013:
Wave Energy: A low pressure moving into Central Mexico and Southern Texas will create wave energy in the Western Gulf of Mexico. The frontal boundary along the Pacific Northwest will continue to bring a good area of wave energy.
Solar Energy: The majority of the East Coast will be a good place for solar energy today and also back into the Midwest and portions of the Rockies.
Wind Energy: The low approaching Texas will create a good place for wind energy today and also up in the Pacific Northwest along the warm front in the region.
Hydro-Energy: The low pressure moving into Texas is going to create a large area of hydro energy for the short term, also looking at some snow in the Northern Plains which will add to the base and also the long term hydro energy. The Pacific Northwest will see rain and snow today which will create short term and long term hydro energy.
January 8 Weather and Your Wallet (Dallas TX):
Dining: Should be a cold yet dry morning if you want to catch some breakfast outside before work or if you plan on heading to the park during lunch. A heavy jacket may be needed however.
Transportation: A good start to the morning, followed by an afternoon and evening that will start getting slick as the rain starts to fall and could be heavy.
Shopping: This morning will be the best time to get out and do that shopping as this evening the rain is going to move in and will be heavy.
Electricity: A moderate use of heat will be needed today as it remains cloudy and cool and then expect a higher use this evening as the HDD’s will be around 19.0.
Yard Work: If you have yard work it will be best to get it finished this morning before the rain starts to move in.
Construction: A cold morning but dry will make the best time for work to be this morning as this afternoon and evening the rain will move into the area.
Outdoor Venues: This morning is the best time to get out and get your pets for their walks before it gets cold and rainy.
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