Big Story Weather – March 26, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from March 25: The low pressure moving up the coast yesterday brought some moderate snows to the Mid-Atlantic – something these places had not seen all winter but got to see in Spring. Snowfall amounts around 3-5 inches were common with some higher amounts in the higher elevations. The other major story was the cold air – we are seeing many places from the Rockies eastward running about 15-25 degrees below normal.
Big Story Weather Discussion for March 26: A few snow showers will linger this morning around the Mid-Atlantic, otherwise look for high pressure to build into the middle part of the United States. This will be responsible for some very cold air as many places from the Plains eastward will see temps about 10-20 degrees below normal today and many frost and freeze warnings issued along the Gulf Coast and Southeast.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Boston MA: Partly cloudy today with a high near 45F. Look for overnight lows to fall to around 30F.
Atlanta GA: Partly cloudy skies with a high around 42F. Overnight lows will fall to around 27F.
Fargo ND: Partly cloudy skies and cold with a high near 24F. Overnight lows will fall to around 20F.
Boise ID: Partly cloudy with a high near 50F. Overnight lows will fall to around 42F.
Portland OR: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 55F. Overnight lows will drop to around 50F.
March 26, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving out of Eastern Europe will bring a few snow showers and colder air to the region. Another low pressure area is beginning to move on shore over Western Europe; expect to see showers and cooler temps in the region. A third area of low pressure is now pushing towards England and should be in the region over the next 24-36 hours. A fourth area of low pressure pushed away from the East Coast of the United States and will make its way towards Iceland and Greenland.
Eastern Pacific: An area of low pressure is pushing towards the West Coast of Canada which will bring rain and snow showers to the region.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving well away from Japan will push into the Western Gulf of Alaska over the next 24 hours bringing some moderate winds and seas to the region. A new area of low pressure is moving across Eastern China and will bring rain and snow showers to the region along with extensive cloud cover to the Koreas.
Indian Ocean: Low pressure moving south of Singapore will bring showers to the region.
Southern Hemisphere: An area of low pressure near the Fiji Islands will bring showers and moderate winds to the area. An area of lower pressure off the coast of Peru will bring a few showers to the region today. An area of low pressure moving southeast of South America will bring a few showers along the cold front back into Southern portions of Argentina. A strong area of convection associated with a low pressure area over Africa will bring rain and thunderstorms to Northern Africa. Multiple areas of low pressure are traveling through the open oceans and should be no impact to land. An area of low pressure to the southeast of Sydney will bring a cold front back over Southeast Australia. This frontal boundary will set the stage for showers and thunderstorms in the region.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for March 26-30:
Boston MA: The region will enjoy high pressure and no impacts for the next five days.
Atlanta GA: The region will see high pressure and no impacts forecasted for the next five days.
Fargo ND: The period will start with no impacts, however by March 30 the region could be dealing with some rain showers which will bring flooding concerns.
Boise ID: The period will start with no impacts, however by March 28 a few showers will move into the region bringing a slight impact to the area. The region will then finish the period with no impacts.
Portland OR: No impacts forecasted for the next five days.
Climate Watch for March 21-25:
Boston MA: The region has seen temps around 1-12 degrees below normal for the past five days.
Atlanta GA: The area has seen temps around 11-21 degrees below normal for the past five days.
Fargo ND: The past five days have brought the region temps around 11-21 degrees below normal.
Boise ID: The past five days has seen temps running around 3-14 degrees below normal for this time of year.
Portland OR: The period started with temps around 3-12 degrees below normal, however on March 25th the temps rose to around 4 above normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for March 26, 2013:
Day 1-3: A few snow showers along the Mid-Atlantic region will move out by this afternoon. High pressure over the Northern Plains will bring partly cloudy skies from the Plains all the way to the East Coast and southward into the Southeast and Gulf Coast. This entire region will also see below normal temps and frost and freezes in the south. The high pressure will bring return flow to the West and a warmer day in store for the west. High pressure will dominate a good portion of the United States again on day two. By the end of the period the high pressure will move into the Great Lakes pushing the colder air further eastward. A weak area of low pressure will develop over the Southwest.
Day 4-7: The period will start with high pressure over the East, while a weak storm system develops over the Southwest with a few showers possible in the region. A strong low pressure area will be moving towards the California coast during this time as well. Day five high pressure will finally push off the East Coast, while a storm system moves into the Great Lakes bringing showers and a few thunderstorms to the Mississippi River Valley. The storm system will also be moving closer to the Baja. Low pressure by day six will move into the Eastern Great Lakes, while a cold front will trail behind it and bring showers and thunderstorms to the Ohio River Valley southward into the Gulf Coast. Another strong area of high pressure will bring another shot of cold air to the Northern Plains. The low near Baja will push on shore during this time. The period will finish with a frontal boundary along the East Coast all the way back to the Gulf Coast region. Expect to see showers and thunderstorms along this frontal boundary with a few snow showers in the Northeast. High pressure will be over the Dakotas during this time. Another weak area of low pressure will begin to develop over the Southwest.
Day 8-12: The period will start with a few snow showers in the Northeast, otherwise high pressure will again build into a good portion of the United States bringing another round of below normal temps to the region. Day nine high pressure will slide into the Ohio River Valley, while an upper level trough will move through the Southern Plains towards the Gulf Coast. This will bring showers to the region and a few thunderstorms. A new low pressure area will be developing over the Northern Rockies. Day ten a high pressure area will be over the Northeast, while a storm system will be moving into the Plains region. This storm system has the capability of bringing a moderate severe weather outbreak to the Southern Plains. A pocket of heavy snow develops over the Northern Rockies. Day eleven high pressure will be off the East Coast, while the powerful storm system in the Plains will advance slightly eastward setting the stage for a moderate severe weather outbreak from the Gulf Coast into the Mid-Tennessee River Valley along with heavy rains. A pocket of heavy snow develops over the Rockies in the cold pocket associated with this storm. Day twelve the storm system will push into the Illinois area, while the cold front will trail down to the Gulf Coast and set the stage for a large area of moderate severe weather and heavy rains along the Gulf Coast into Florida.
Long Range Outlook: The period will start with the low pressure in the Great Lakes which will create a wide area of strong thunderstorms from the Mid-Atlantic region southward into Florida, while a pocket of heavy snow slides through the Northern Plains and high pressure will build over the Rockies. The middle of the period will have the strong low up the East Coast, while high pressure will be over the Southern Plains and another storm system will be entering the West Coast. The period will end with multiple storm systems moving across the country.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Honolulu HI:
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with afternoon showers. High temps will be around 77F and overnight lows will fall to around 70F. Total rainfall amounts around 0.05-0.15 inches. The winds will be from the northeast 5-10mph.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with afternoon showers. High temps will be around 74F and overnight lows will fall to around 70F. Total rainfall amounts will be around 0.15-0.25 inches. The winds will be from the northeast 12-17mph.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with afternoon showers. High temps will be around 75F and overnight lows will fall to around 70F. Total rainfall will be around 0.20-0.30 inches. Winds will be from the northeast 15-20mph.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with afternoon showers. High temps around 75F and overnight lows will fall to around 68F. The total rainfall amounts will be around 0.15-0.25 inches. Winds will be from the northeast 12-17mph.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with afternoon showers. High temps around 72F and overnight lows will be around 68F. Total rainfall around 0.15 inches. Winds will be from the northeast 12-17mph.
Ask The Weatherman for March 26, 2013:
Question: What is cold air advection?
Answer: When you hear the television weatherman tell you that it’s going to be colder due to cold air advection, what that means is in the Northern Hemisphere the winds are going to blow colder air from the north towards the south.
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Green Energy Weather Report for March 26, 2013:
Wave Energy: The northeast will see upwards to around 283mwh, while the Mid-Atlantic will be around 316mwh, and moving into the southeast the range will be at 141mwh. The Northern Gulf of Mexico will have rates around 36mwh. The southwest will be around 296mwh and the northwest will be at 881mwh.
Solar Energy: A few snow showers along the Mid-Atlantic this morning will give way and then we will be looking at the majority of the country enjoying high pressure and great solar output today.
Wind Energy: The strongest winds will be from the Ohio River Valley eastward into the East Coast behind the cold front.
Hydro-Energy: Today will be a pretty tranquil day with no major hydro energy impacts forecasted for the entire United States.
March 26 Weather and Your Wallet (Tokyo Japan):
A storm system will be moving in from the west and will set the stage for a rainy day across the capitol city.
Dining: The day will not be a good one for outdoor dining as rain and moderate winds will impact the region.
Transportation: Moderate rainfall will bring ponding issues on the roadways which would make the day better for using the subway system.
Shopping: The rain will make it a day for indoor shopping and none of the outdoor malls that stretch through the city.
Electricity: The region will need a small window of heating during the overnight hours with the forecast for 8.5HDD’s.
Yard Work: The rain will keep the temps warmer allowing for a small window of growing for the flowers and gardens with the GDD’s around 6.5.
Construction: The rain will make outdoor construction harder; a better day for indoor projects.
Outdoor Venues: Not a good day for outdoor plans; best to enjoy the indoor facilities across the city.
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