Big Story Weather – March 1, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from February 28: The Northeast saw snow showers and very strong winds around the Maine area, while the majority of the country saw partly cloudy skies and colder conditions, and the Northwest saw some showers yesterday.
Weather Outlook for March 1: An upper level trough will move through the Tennessee River Valley bringing with it some light snow and light mix precipitation to the area. High pressure over the Rockies will set the stage for a nice day over the Plains and Gulf Coast, but it will be cooler than normal for these regions. A few showers will linger in the extreme Northwest US. Below is the weather for a few select cities.
New York NY: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 45F
Houston TX: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 54F
Omaha NE: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 28F
Billings MT: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 48F
Portland OR: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 59F
International Weather Outlook for March 1: Low pressure moving through Japan today will bring showers and snow showers to the majority of Japan. High pressure over Eastern China will bring partly cloudy skies to the region and this will also spread into the Koreas. High pressure over the Middle East will keep the region dry and warm. High pressure over Southern China will keep the monsoonal trough offshore for Southeast Asia. An area of high pressure will begin to push in towards England and Spain this evening. High pressure to the Southwest of the tip of South America will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. High pressure will bring partly cloudy skies to Southern Australia, while the remains of tropical moisture will impact Southwest Australia with strong winds and heavy rains. Here is the forecast for a few select international cities.
Tokyo Japan: Cloudy with Showers and a low near 4C
Hong Kong China: Partly Cloudy with a low near 12C
Singapore: Partly Cloudy with a low near 24C
Athens Greece: Partly Cloudy with a low near 15C
Brisbane Australia: Mostly Cloudy with Showers and a low near 22C
March 1, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring showers and snow showers to the region, while another low pressure system moves away from Greenland towards the southeast. Low pressure pushing away from the Northeast US will make its way towards Iceland. Another low pressure area traveling through Central Canada will continue to push eastward.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving towards the West Coast of Canada will bring showers and snow showers to the region. Another area of low pressure is moving slowly towards the Baja of California.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving towards the dateline will bring increased winds and seas to the region. Another area of low pressure is moving across Japan today bringing snow showers and rain showers to the region. Low pressure system moving through Central Russia is also bringing snow showers to the region.
Indian Ocean: A really tranquil day in the region, no major weather impacts expected.
Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure southeast of the Fiji Islands will continue to bring increased winds and seas to the open Pacific. Another area of low pressure is moving towards the Southwest coast of Africa and will remain over open water for today. Low pressure to the Southeast of Africa is bringing a few showers to the Southern tip of Africa today. The remains of the tropical system will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Perth Australia area. The remains of TD 18 are still drifting slowly towards Australia. Two tropical waves are located to the Northeast of Australia at this time.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for March 1-5:
New York NY: A nice week in store with no impacts forecasted for the region.
Houston TX: High pressure will keep the region impact free for the next five days.
Omaha NE: On March 4th there will be a chance of seeing some heavier snowfall move through the region putting a moderate impact in place for the day.
Billings MT: Light snow on the 3rd will bring a slight impact to the region, otherwise the rest of the period will be impact free.
Portland OR: A nice start to the period with no impacts forecasted until Mar 5th when a slight impact will be in place for some showers.
Climate Watch for February 24-February 28:
New York NY: The period started with temps around 2 degree above normal followed by a slight cool down of temps to just below normal, then a moderate warming finished the period with temps rising to around 3-8 degrees above normal.
Houston TX: The 24th and 25th saw temps around 2-8 degrees above normal, followed by a cooling trend with temps running about 1-10 degrees below normal for the remainder of the period.
Omaha NE: The 24th saw temps slightly above normal followed by four days of below normal temps ranging from 6-11 degrees below normal.
Billings MT: The 24th saw temps running around 2 degrees below normal then warming for the remainder of the period with temps about 1-5 degrees above.
Portland OR: The first four days of the period saw temps around 1-4 degrees below normal then a warmer day five with temp about 3 degrees above normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for March 1, 2013:
Day 1-3: An upper level trough moving through the Mid-Tennessee Valley will bring a few snow showers and also rain showers to the South; nothing major expected outside of the higher elevations. High pressure and colder weather will be experienced by a good portion of the United States for the next few days. The middle of the period will have a small area of low pressure impacting the Northwest US. The end of the period will have the storm system moving into the Dakotas bringing with it some moderate snowfall to the region.
Day 4-7: The period will start with the low pressure area moving into the Gulf Coast and Southeast region. Behind it there will be some snowfall, while ahead of it there will be mostly rain showers. The middle of the period will have this storm system exiting near the Carolinas, while high pressure builds in over the Northern Plains bringing another shot of colder weather. A second storm system will be pushing on shore over the West Coast. The period will end with a possible storm system along the East Coast and another storm system moving into the Plains.
Day 8-12: The period will start with high pressure along the East Coast, a storm system in the Southwest US, and another area of high pressure along the West Coast. By day ten we could have a major snow storm for the Plains region along with the potential for severe weather along the Gulf Coast. High pressure will be along both coasts. The period will finish with a major storm system moving up the Great Lakes bringing some moderate snowfall to the Great Lakes and possibly some heavy rain to the East Coast along with the trailing edge of the frontal boundary over the Gulf Coast.
Day 13-15: The period will start with a significant storm system in the Northeast bringing lots of rain and snow to the region, while high pressure will be in place over the Great Lakes extending southward into the Gulf Coast region. Another storm system will be moving into the Rockies. The period will end very active with multiple storm systems impacting the United States from West to East. This active pattern will increase the chances of seeing a few big snow storms over the Plains of the United States and also increase the chance for severe weather.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Denver CO:
Friday: Mostly Cloudy and mild with a high near 42F, winds from the Southwest 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 29F.
Saturday: Partly Cloudy and warm with a high near 52F, winds from the Southwest 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 32F.
Sunday: Partly Cloudy and warm with a high near 54F, winds from the Southwest 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 31F.
Monday: Partly Cloudy and cooler with a high near 41F, winds from the Northwest 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 24F.
Tuesday: Partly Cloudy and warm with a high near 54F, winds from the Southwest 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 34F.
Ask The Weatherman for March 1, 2013:
Question: What is the difference between rain and rain showers?
Answer: Have you ever noticed the weatherman one day says that it will rain, while another day they say it will be rain showers? This is due to the fact that rain showers and rain occur at two different parts of a frontal system. Rain showers occur ahead of a warm front, while rain occurs ahead of a cold front. Rain showers are continuous, while rain comes and goes with no set pattern.
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Green Energy Weather Report for March 1, 2013:
Wave Energy: No major wave energy locations forecasted for today outside of the normal local breeze impacts.
Solar Energy: A vast portion of the United States will be seeing great solar energy production today due to the large high pressure impacting the United States.
Wind Energy: There will be a small area of wind energy behind an upper level trough that is moving through the Mid-Tennessee region.
Hydro-Energy: The upper level trough over the Mid-Tennessee region will bring a few areas of light snow and also light rain that could be a small hydro energy source for the day.
March 1 Weather and Your Wallet (Sioux Falls SD):
Dining: The weather today will make for a cold day to eat outdoors, however the ample sunshine in the area may make a person bundle up and enjoy a lunch by the falls.
Transportation: High pressure over the area will keep the winds light and also present no moisture for the area leading to a nice day on the roads with no impacts forecasted.
Shopping: Today’s shopping outlook is for some cold weather so best to bundle up before heading out to the mall.
Electricity: The cold air with a high of 29F and a low of 16F will make for a huge heating day for the Metro area. The forecasted HDD’s for today are around 42.5, with the majority of the hours needed coming between 8PM and 6AM.
Yard Work: A cold day, however there should be no other weather problems preventing you from getting out and getting the last of the snow off the sidewalks and drive ways today.
Construction: A very cold day in store so make sure to bundle up if you are going to be working on outdoor construction projects. The winds will be light enough that there should be no problem with crane operations.
Outdoor Venues: The cold weather will have an impact on outdoor events, however for the diehard pet owner, adding a winter jacket to you and the dog should allow for an ok afternoon walk in the park.
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