Big Story Weather – March 19, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from March 18: The big stories for yesterday included the severe weather outbreak over the Southeast and Gulf Coast region with well over 100 reports of wind and hail damage along with a few tornadoes. The biggest threat was the hail as some places saw hail as large as tennis balls and also baseballs. The second big story was the blizzard conditions that moved through Eastern Dakotas and Western Minnesota. Many places in this region have a really deep snow pack now so every time the wind blows the blizzard begins.
Big Story Weather Discussion for March 19: Low pressure moving along the East Coast will bring a few showers and snow showers to the region. Expect some moderate snowfall in New England. Another area of low pressure is moving through the Great Lakes bringing with it plenty of snow. High pressure over the Missouri region will begin to clear out the South and bring a breezy but nice day to the area. Another high pressure center over the Rockies will keep the region dry, however the fire danger will be high in the Southwest. Look for some showers to move into the Northwest during the overnight hours.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
New York NY: Mostly cloudy with showers through most of the day, giving way to partly cloudy skies this evening. Total rainfall amounts around 0.25 inches possible. High temps will be around 44F, while low temps fall to around 30F.
Biloxi MS: Partly cloudy today and breezy. High temps will be around 65F early and then falling to the low temp of around 57F.
Sioux Falls SD: Partly cloudy and cool today with high temps only around 23F. Look for the overnight lows to fall to around 14F.
Boise ID: Partly cloudy with a high near 46F. Overnight lows will be around 42F with increasing clouds.
Seattle WA: The day will start out partly cloudy, however this evening and overnight expect to see some showers move into the area. Total rainfall amounts around 0.25 inches. High temps will be around 45F and the low temp near 43F.
March 19, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through the Eastern part of Europe will bring showers and snow showers to the region. A second area of low pressure is moving into Italy and will bring rain showers to the area. Another area of low pressure is now moving towards Greenland and will bring strong winds and possible snow showers to the area. A fourth area of low pressure is moving up the East Coast of the United States and will bring rain and snow to the region.
Eastern Pacific: An area of low pressure is moving towards the west coast of Canada and will bring showers and snow showers to the region. A second area of low pressure is moving east of Hawaii and will make its way towards the Southern Baja. A third area of low pressure is now moving towards the Gulf of Alaska and will bring strong winds, high seas and snow to Southern Alaska.
Western Pacific: A strong area of low pressure has pushed away from Japan and into the open North Pacific. A second area of low pressure has developed over the East Coast of China and this storm will move into the Japan region over the next couple of days. One area to the west of Guam has developed into a broad area of low pressure in the tropics and will have to be watched for further development.
Indian Ocean: An area of low pressure over Southeast Asia will bring showers and gusty winds to places in Indonesia.
Southern Hemisphere: The remains of TC Tim continue to move along the northeast coast of Australia bringing moderate rains and stronger winds to the region. Two areas of low pressure will push south of Australia bringing a few showers to the southern region. Multiple other low pressure areas are transiting the ocean and should bring isolated showers to both the tip of South Africa and also the tip of South America over the next couple of days.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for March 19-23:
New York NY: There will be some impacts today due the rain and snow expected over the area. The remainder of the period will be impact free.
Biloxi MS: The region will be impact free until March 22 when some showers move in bringing a slight impact to the area, followed on March 23 by thunderstorms moving in which could become severe so we are forecasting a moderate impact on the day.
Sioux Falls SD: No impacts to start the period, however by March 22 and 23 expect to see slight to moderate impacts as snow begins to move into the area.
Boise ID: March 20 and 21 the region will see some slight impacts due to rainfall.
Seattle WA: Rain showers tonight and into tomorrow will bring a slight impact to the region. The remainder of the period will be impact free.
Climate Watch for March 14-18:
New York NY: The past five days have brought below normal temps to the region; anywhere from 1-14 degrees below normal.
Biloxi MS: The period started with temps around 2-3 degrees below normal before warming to around 4-7 degrees above normal.
Sioux Falls SD: The first day of the period saw temps around 9 degrees above normal followed by a cool down with temps running 3-13 degrees below normal for the remainder of the period.
Boise ID: The first three days saw temps about 3-14 degrees above normal followed by temps dropping to around 4-8 degrees below normal.
Seattle WA: The period saw temps around 1-6 degrees below normal, except for March 15, when temps were about 4 degrees above normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for March 19, 2013:
Day 1-3: An area of low pressure will be moving up the East Coast bringing some rain and also snow showers to the region. Another area of low pressure will be moving through the Great Lakes today and this will also bring snowfall to the region. High pressure over Missouri will bring nice weather to the Southeast and Gulf Coast and back into the Southern Plains, while another area of high pressure over the Rockies will bring hot and dry weather to the southwest increasing the fire hazard for the region. A storm system will brush the Pacific Northwest with a few showers by this evening. By the middle of this period a new low pressure area will push off the coast of Florida and out to sea, while the low pressure over the Northeast will still bring some snowfall and rain to the region. High pressure over the center of the United States will make for a nice day in the region. The frontal boundary over the Pacific Northwest will bring showers to the area and higher elevation snows. The period will end with another powerful storm system in the Southern Plains. There will be the chance of seeing significant snows along with severe weather for the region.
Day 4-7: The period will start with a few snow showers over the Eastern Lakes along with High pressure over the Western Lakes. The significant storm system will still be in the Southern Plains bringing snow and severe weather to the region, while high pressure blocks into the West Coast. The storm system in the Southern Plains will spread a warm front all the way across the South. This is going to set the stage for a big severe weather outbreak possibly along with some moderate snows on the north side of this front. The period will finish with a new low forming off the Mid-Atlantic Coast and the old low sitting back near Ohio. Expect to see rain along the East Coast and snow back west. High pressure begins to slide in over the Northern Rockies.
Day 8-12: The period will start with high pressure over Central Canada that will be riding into the United States all the way to the Gulf Coast. This will bring dry weather to a good portion of the United States. A low pressure system begins to move towards the Northwest. Day nine the strong high pressure center still over Canada will be riding all the way to the Gulf Coast and setting up a blocking pattern. Day ten the high finally shifts slightly to the east, as a new storm system pushes into the West Coast. The period will end with another strong storm system moving into the Central Plains bringing another round of Severe Weather to the area.
Long Range Outlook: The period will start with the powerful low pressure system moving into the Tennessee River Valley bringing another round of severe weather to the area. The middle of the period the strong low pressure system will push up the East Coast making for a big storm along the coast. High pressure builds into the Plains and another low pushes onshore over the West.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Dallas TX:
Tuesday: Partly cloudy and mild with a high near 67F. Winds will be from the northeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 47F.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy and nice with a high near 64F. Winds will be from the southeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 44F.
Thursday: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 70F. Winds will be from the southeast 20-25mph with higher gust, overnight lows will fall to around 60F.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with periods of thunderstorms, some of which could become severe with large hail, damaging winds and even a few tornadoes. High temps will be around 80F and low temps will be around 61F. Total rainfall amounts will be near 0.5 inches. The winds will be from the southeast at 12-17mph.
Saturday: Partly cloudy and warm with a high near 74F. Winds will be gusty from the northwest 22-27mph with higher gusts possible. The low temps will be around 38F.
Ask The Weatherman for March 19, 2013:
Question: What is the significance of the Sub-tropical jet?
Answer: The Sub-tropical jet is responsible for all the warm and hot air that gets pushed into the United States during the late spring and summer months and also the early part of the fall. The most common place to see the Sub-tropical jet is over the Southern United States. When this jet moves into the area we see an increase in temps along with moisture and very unstable air that can lead to heavy amounts of rainfall.
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Green Energy Weather Report for March 19, 2013:
Wave Energy: The best wave energy for today will come from the Pacific Northwest ahead of the frontal boundary and also over the Northeast just behind and at the frontal boundary over the region.
Solar Energy: High pressure over Missouri will bring nice solar output to the region and this will extend into the Gulf Coast and Southern Plains, while another high pressure center over the Rockies will bring solar energy to the Southwest and parts of the West Coast.
Wind Energy: The best places for wind energy today will be behind the frontal boundary from Mississippi northeastward into the Tennessee River Valley and then up into the Northeast. Another pocket of wind energy will be found over the Northwest.
Hydro-Energy: A good day for short term energy through the Mid-Atlantic and then another area of short term energy will develop over the Northwest. Long term snowfall energy will develop over the Northeast and into the Great Lakes region today.
March 19 Weather and Your Wallet (Orlando FL):
A cold front will be moving through the area today.
Dining: This morning will be good, but as the front moves in this afternoon expect to see thunderstorms which will impact outdoor dining.
Transportation: Ponding on the roadways will create impacts to the area this afternoon.
Shopping: This morning will be the best time to hit Disney and the shops before the rain and storms make it into the region.
Electricity: There will be a small window of Cooling this afternoon at around 6CDD’s.
Yard Work: An excellent day for the plants and flowers to enjoy some warm air as the forecast is for 21GDD’s today.
Construction: This morning will be the best time to get outdoor work done as this afternoon the thunderstorms will halt outdoor construction projects.
Outdoor Venues: This morning will be excellent to get out and enjoy the theme parks, however thunderstorms will move in this afternoon.
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