Big Story Weather – March 25, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from March 22-24: A major winter storm moved through from the Rockies to the Mid-Atlantic region bringing very heavy snowfall to some places. There was also severe weather that occurred on the southern part of the storm over the Gulf Coast and Florida.
Big Story Weather Discussion for March 25: Low pressure moving up the East Coast will bring moderate rains and snows to the Mid-Atlantic region today with many watches and warnings already in place. High pressure building in over the Northern Plains will bring another shot of very cold air all the way to the southern states; some places will see temps around 10-20 degrees below normal for this time of year. Look for a slow warming trend out west as southerly flow will start to take hold from the Rockies westward.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
New York NY: Mostly cloudy skies with afternoon snow showers possible. High temps will be around 35F and overnight lows will fall to around 25F. Total snowfall will be around 1-3 inches.
Gulfport MS: Mostly sunny today and cold with a high near 56F. Overnight lows will fall to around 33F.
Sioux Falls SD: Partly cloudy skies will prevail as high temps rise to around 30F. Overnight lows will fall to around 13F.
Billings MT: Look for partly cloudy skies and a high near 26F with overnight lows around 13F.
Seattle WA: Partly cloudy skies expected today with a high near 55F. Overnight lows will fall to around 37F.
March 25, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Eastern Europe will bring rain and snow showers to the region. Low pressure moving eastward will begin to impact England by later this week. A third area of low pressure is pushing away from the East Coast of the US and will move towards the Northeast. Another area of low pressure is along the East Coast and will bring rain and snow to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast today.
Eastern Pacific: An area of low pressure is moving through the Eastern Gulf of Alaska towards Canada. This will bring showers and snow showers to the region by Wednesday.
Western Pacific: Multiple low pressures off the coast of Japan will continue to move eastward bringing a few snow showers to Northern Japan. Another area of low pressure is beginning to move through Eastern China and will bring showers to the area. A fourth area of low pressure is moving through Central Russia and will bring snow to the region.
Indian Ocean: One area of low pressure moving south of India will bring a few showers and thunderstorms to the region around Diego Garcia.
Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure moving away from the Fiji islands will bring some showers to the area. Another area of low pressure over Northern South America will bring a few showers along the Inter-tropical convergence zone. Low pressure moving southeast of South America will trail the cold front into the area which will bring showers to portions of Argentina. Multiple areas of low pressure are moving through the area south over open waters and will have no impacts outside of marine interest. An area of low pressure to the south of Australia will bring a cold front through portions of Western Australia and this will bring showers and thunderstorms to the area.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for March 25-29:
New York NY: The region will have impacts today due to areas of light snow. The remainder of the period will be impact free.
Gulfport MS: The next five days will be impact free as high pressure will dominate the weather.
Sioux Falls SD: The region will enjoy five days of impact free weather as high pressure dominates the pattern.
Billings MT: The next five days will be impact free as the region deals with high pressure.
Seattle WA: No impacts forecasted for the next five days as the storm systems remain out to sea.
Climate Watch for March 20-24:
New York NY: The region has seen temperatures running about 6-11 degrees below normal for the past five days.
Gulfport MS: The region started with temps around 2-8 degrees below normal and then warmed towards the end of the period to around 2-3 degrees above normal.
Sioux Falls SD: The region saw temps running around 10-19 degrees below normal for the past five days.
Billings MT: The period started with temps around 7 degrees above normal before falling to around 2-17 degrees below normal for the remainder of the period.
Seattle WA: The past five days have brought the region temps around 1-6 degrees below normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for March 25, 2013:
Day 1-3: A storm system moving through the Mid-Atlantic and portions of the Northeast will bring rain and snow to the region. The rest of the country will be dealing with high pressure, partly cloudy skies and well below normal temperatures for today. The middle of the period will bring a few snow showers off the lakes, while the majority of the country remains under high pressure and colder weather. A weak area of low pressure will start to develop in the Southwest. The period will end with a few snow showers over the Northeast, while the rest of the country will see high pressure and dry weather.
Day 4-7: High pressure will shift into the Great Lakes bringing very cold weather to the Northeast and Southeast. Return flow will setup over the Southern Plains as a few showers move back into the region from Texas to Oklahoma. A strong storm system will begin to push towards the West Coast. Day five the high pressure will push into the Mid-Atlantic, while the low pressure over the Southern Plains begins to bring more showers and even some snow showers to the Northern Plains. The strong low pressure system will continue to push towards the West Coast. High pressure will push off the East Coast by day six, while the storm system will push into the Mississippi River Valley bringing showers to the region and a few thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast region. The period will end with a powerful storm system pushing through the Great Lakes bringing showers to the entire East Coast. High pressure will build in behind over the Plains, while the strong storm system finally pushes on shore over the west.
Day 8-12: The period will start with low pressure of the Northeast coast and the trailing cold front over the Atlantic. High pressure will be over the Central United States and another storm system will be pushing up into the western part of Canada. Day nine will have high pressure along the East Coast, while another strong storm system moves into the Plains region setting the stage for our first major severe weather outbreak. By day ten the storm system will move into the Great Lakes bringing with it lots of rain and high chances of seeing severe weather through the Tennessee River Valley and the Gulf Coast. By day eleven the storm system will occlude in the Great Lakes bringing heavy snowfall to the region, while the showers and storms will stall along the East Coast. High pressure will be building in towards the Northern Plains. Another storm system will be pushing towards the West Coast. The period will finish with a strong storm system along the East and West Coasts, while high pressure will be in the Central US.
Long Range Outlook: The long range will start with the low pressure along the Northeast bringing showers and some snow to the region, while high pressure will slide out over the Southeast. Another storm system will be developing along the Northwest and also in the Southwest part of the United States. The middle of this period will bring heavy snow to Maine and portions of the Northeast, while high pressure will be over the Great Lakes and another storm system will be impacting the Northwest and Northern Rockies with snow and rain. The period will end with high pressure over the Great Lakes and the storm system pushing into the Southwest during this time period bringing rain and higher elevation snows to the region. By day sixteen we could be dealing with another strong storm system over the Plains with the chance of seeing another severe weather outbreak.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Austin TX:
Monday: Partly cloudy and cool with a high near 56F. Winds will be from the northeast 5-10mph as overnight lows fall to around 35F.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy and cool with a high near 58F. Winds will be from the southeast 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 38F.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and warmer with a high near 67F. Winds will be from the southeast 9-14mph as overnight lows fall to around 53F.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with showers likely. High temps will be around 61F as overnight lows drop to around 55F. Total rainfall will be around 0.2-0.3 inches. Winds will be from the southeast 5-10mph.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with showers likely and warmer with a high near 72F. Winds will be from the southeast 2-7mph as overnight lows fall to around 61F. Total rainfall amounts will be around 0.2-0.3 inches.
Ask The Weatherman for March 25, 2013:
Question: What is meant by the term “warm air advection?”
Answer: When you hear the weatherman say that warm air advection is going on, this is just a fancy word for warmer air moving into the location. This is very typical to see after a warm front passes the area and all the warm air is transported into the region.
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Green Energy Weather Report for March 25, 2013:
Wave Energy: The northeast will see wave energy around 100mwh today, while the Mid-Atlantic will see rates around 1060mwh. Further south into the southeast rates will be around 141mwh. The Northern Gulf Coast will see rates around 216mwh. The southwest will be around 388mwh and the northwest will have around 1307mwh.
Solar Energy: The entire country except for the Mid-Atlantic and portions of the Northeast will enjoy sunny skies and plenty of solar energy.
Wind Energy: The strongest region for wind energy today will be behind the cold front through the Mid-Mississippi River Valley and eastward into the Ohio River Valley.
Hydro-Energy: The best location for hydro energy today will be along the Mid-Atlantic and up towards New Jersey and New York where all places will see both snow and rain providing the region with both short term and long term energy.
March 25 Weather and Your Wallet (Mobile AL):
High pressure will bring a nice sunny day, however cold air will also be in place.
Dining: This morning and tonight will be cold so a winter jacket will be needed if you plan on dining during those time in the outdoors.
Transportation: The weather will have no impacts for the region today on the roads.
Shopping: High temps around 59F and low temps around 34F will make a winter jacket needed during the evening and overnight hours if you plan on shopping today.
Electricity: The region is forecasted to have around 18.5HDD’s for today with the highest use occurring during the early morning and overnight hours. During the day there will be a low need due to the colder than normal weather.
Yard Work: The sun will make it a nice day to do some yard work. Tonight you are going to want to cover your vegetation as it gets cold and close to freezing.
Construction: This morning and evening outdoor project workers will want to wear heavier jackets to keep warm.
Outdoor Venues: This morning and again this evening you will want a heavy jacket on if you’re going for a walk in the park with the family dog.
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