Big Story Weather – March 22, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from March 21: Showers and snow fell through Arkansas and Tennessee, while moderate rain fell back over Northern Texas. A few snow showers spread through the Dakotas, and high pressure brought nice weather to the Southeast and Gulf Coast. A few showers also pushed across the Northwest.
Big Story Weather Discussion for March 22: High pressure to the north of the Great Lakes will bring partly cloudy skies to the East Coast and cooler weather. Look for the frontal boundary to expand further eastward today bringing showers to the Gulf Coast and a few thunderstorms. Snow will fly through the Northern Plains and into to the Northern Rockies. A few showers will be along the West Coast again today, while the southwest should be dry and mild.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Pittsburg PA: Partly cloudy skies for today as high temps rise to around 30F. Look for overnight lows to fall to around 27F.
Mobile AL: Mostly cloudy today with showers moving in towards the evening. High temps will be around 64F as low temps drop to around 58F.
Sioux City IA: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 28F. Low temps will be around 25F.
Salt Lake City UT: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 32F. Overnight lows will fall to around 27F.
Las Vegas NV: Partly cloudy skies and mild with a high near 63F as overnight lows fall to around 59F.
March 22, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving towards the Middle East will bring showers to the region today and increased winds which will create some blowing sand and dust. Low pressure moving into Western Europe will bring showers to London and parts of Spain. Another area of low pressure is moving towards England and will arrive this weekend. An area of low pressure is moving towards Iceland which will bring increased winds/seas to the area.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving into the Southern Plains will bring rain and snow to the region and a few afternoon thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast. Another storm system is moving across the Pacific and should move towards Western Canada by this weekend.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving towards Wake Island will bring showers and strong winds to the region. Another area of low pressure is moving over Northern Japan which will bring snow showers to the region. Another area of low pressure is moving over the Koreas and will bring rain/snow to the region.
Indian Ocean: A quiet day for the basin today.
Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure moving towards New Zealand will bring showers to the area. Another area of low pressure is moving towards southwest Australia and will bring showers and thunderstorms to the area. An area of low pressure is moving southeast of Madagascar but will bring showers to the area. Low pressure is moving southeast of South America and the associated cold front will bring showers and isolated thunderstorms to eastern South America. Two powerful areas of convection are moving across the ITCZ; the first one over the Northwest part of Africa and the second over South America.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for March 22-26:
Pittsburg PA: The region will start impact free. There is a chance of snow on March 24 and 25 which will put the area in a slight to moderate impact.
Mobile AL: Showers this afternoon will create a slight impact on the region. Thunderstorms on March 23 will bring the region moderate impacts. Then by March 24 expect to see more showers and a slight impact on the region.
Sioux City IA: No impacts forecasted until March 24 when the region will see light snow move into the region creating a slight impact for the area.
Salt Lake City UT: The region will see high pressure for the next five days which will keep it impact free.
Las Vegas NV: No impacts forecasted for the next five days.
Climate Watch for March 17-21:
Pittsburg PA: The region saw temps running around 7-22 degrees below normal for the past five days.
Mobile AL: The period started with temps about 3-9 degrees above normal and finished the period with temps around 5 degrees below.
Sioux City IA: The past five days have seen temps around 8-18 degrees below normal.
Salt Lake City UT: The period started with temps about 1-2 degrees below normal before warming up to around 1-2 degrees above normal and then finished the period with temps about 3 degrees below normal.
Las Vegas NV: The period has seen the past five days with temps running 5-10 degrees above normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for March 22, 2013:
Day 1-3: High pressure over the Great Lakes will bring nice weather to the region and this will extend eastward into the East Coast. A new storm system moving into the Southern Plains will bring rain and snow to the region along with the Western Gulf Coast. High pressure will bring dry and mild weather to the Southwest, while a few snow and rain showers will be possible over the Pacific Northwest. The middle of the period will see high pressure still over the Great Lakes, while the storm system moves out of the Plains and into the Gulf Coast region bringing rain and thunderstorms, some which may become severe. A heavy snow band will setup to the northwest of the low over Missouri and Illinois and parts of Indiana. High pressure will dominate the West. The period will finish with a low moving up the East Coast bringing rain and snow to the area. High pressure will build in over the Northern Plains bringing below normal temps to the region. High pressure will keep the West mostly dry.
Day 4-7:The storm system will push of the East Coast leaving behind a few snow showers in the Northeast. High pressure will slide into the Rockies and bring colder weather to the majority of the East. The West will also be dry but warmer. A few lake effect snow showers will be possible otherwise high pressure will dominate the country from west to east bringing mild weather out west and cold weather to the east. The period will end with high pressure sliding into the Ohio River Valley as a new storm system tries to develop over the Southwest. Another low pressure area will be moving towards the West Coast.
Day 8-12: The period will start with high pressure still over the Ohio River Valley with a weak upper level feature moving in behind the high. This will bring an area of rain from Iowa to Texas. The new storm system will be over the Southwest, while another stronger storm system continues to push towards the West Coast. By day nine the high pressure area will push into the Hudson Bay, while the storm system out west merges together and begins to gain strength bringing rain and snow to the Rockies and Southwest. By day ten the storm system will move into the Southern Plains. We will have moderate snows, heavy rains and even some severe weather setting up in the Central Plains. The severe weather may also push into the Gulf Coast region during this time. Day eleven the storm system will push into the Gulf Coast region, expect to see more heavy rain and some severe weather for the region. Some snow will still be found back over the Central Plains. The period will end with a big storm along the East Coast bringing rain and snow to the region and maybe some severe weather to the Carolinas. High pressure will begin to ridge in over the Northern Plains. Another storm system will push into the West Coast.
Long Range Outlook: The period will start with a major storm system moving up the East Coast, while high pressure builds in over the Plains and the Gulf Coast. A new, powerful storm system will be over California during this time. The middle of this period will have a major storm hitting the Northeast with snow and rain, as high pressure continues to dominate the Plains, Gulf Coast and Ohio River Valley. The new storm system will be moving into the Rockies during this time. The period will end with another powerful storm system moving up the East Coast and another storm pushing onshore over the West.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Denver CO:
Friday: Mostly cloudy with moderate snow. High temps will be around 42F and low temps will fall to around 22F. Total snowfall amounts will be around 2-5 inches. The winds will be from the northeast at 12-17mph.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with periods of snow. High temps will be around 23F and low temps will fall to around 0F. The winds will be from the northwest at 15-20mph. Total snowfall amounts around 1-3 inches.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and cold with a high near 26F. Winds will be from the northeast at 9-14mph as overnight lows fall to around 7F.
Monday: Partly cloudy and warmer with a high near 33F. Winds will be from the southwest at 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 18F.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a high near 46F. Winds will be from the southwest t 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 28F.
Ask The Weatherman for March 22, 2013:
Question: What is the difference between a ground blizzard and a blizzard?
Answer: The biggest difference is that a ground blizzard will have the snow blowing from the ground into the air, however no new snow will be falling. A blizzard is when the snow will also be falling from the sky.
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Green Energy Weather Report for March 22, 2013:
Wave Energy: The Northeast will see around 166MWH of energy today off the coast, while the Mid-Atlantic region will be looking at 125MWH. The Southeast will see energy levels around 190MWH. The Northern Gulf of Mexico will be looking at around 69MWH. The Southwest will be around 1604MWH and the Northwest will be around 3091MWH.
Solar Energy: Today, the East Coast will prove to be a good source of solar power along with the Great Lakes which will see high pressure over the area and then back into the Southwest.
Wind Energy: The strongest wind energy will be along the Eastern Lakes and also into the Southern Plains near the new low pressure area and then also over the Pacific Northwest along the Cascades.
Hydro-Energy: The Western Gulf Coast will see some good short term hydro energy today along with back into Texas. The moderate snowfall over the Rockies and Central Plains will give the region a long term hydro energy boost. A third place for hydro energy both short and long term will be over the Pacific Northwest.
March 22 Weather and Your Wallet (Los Angeles CA):
Look for partly cloudy skies today with a moderate down sloping wind.
Dining: A nice day to get out and enjoy your lunch break at the park as temps will be in the lower 70’s during lunch time today.
Transportation: Today will provide no weather related impacts to the roadways.
Shopping: There will be no weather impacts that will slow the spring shopping sprees down today at the malls.
Electricity: There will be a small window early in the morning and then again during the overnight hours where heating will be needed around 3.5HDD’s for today.
Yard Work: Today there will be some sunshine and also the temps will be warm enough for plant growth as we are looking at 11.5GDD’s for the region today.
Construction: The weather today will not create any impacts on the outdoor construction projects.
Outdoor Venues: A nice day to take the dog for a walk in the park, or to hit Beverly Hills and enjoy seeing the stars walking down the street.
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