Big Story Weather – March 27, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from March 26: The top story was the cold air that invaded about 70 percent of the country with temps running anywhere from 10-30 degrees below normal as this late season strong cold high pressure area continues to move southeastward across the US.
Big Story Weather Discussion for March 27: Again today will be the high pressure sliding into the Gulf Coast region which will bring another day of cold weather from the Plains to the Gulf Coast and over to the East Coast. A few wrap-around snow showers will be possible in the extreme Northeast, while a frontal boundary begins to move towards the West Coast creating a few showers today.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Buffalo NY: Look for partly cloudy skies and a high temp near 36F and overnight lows will fall to around 31F.
Orlando FL: Today will be well below normal as the high temps will only get to 58F under mostly sunny skies. Overnight lows will fall to around 48F.
Omaha NE: Partly cloudy skies will prevail as high temps rise to around 44F and overnight lows will be near 30F.
Salt Lake City UT: Partly cloudy skies with a high near 59F and overnight low temps will fall to around 46F.
San Diego CA: Partly cloudy and cool with a high near 64F and overnight lows will fall to around 56F.
March 27, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving towards Central Europe will bring cloudy skies and a few rain and snow showers to the region. Another area of low pressure approaching Spain will bring cloud cover and a few showers to the region. A third area of low pressure is now moving towards England and will bring showers and snow to the region.
Eastern Pacific: An area of low pressure is moving through the Gulf of Alaska bringing moderate snows to Southern Alaska and also strong winds and high seas.
Western Pacific: Low pressure now moving out of the Middle East will continue to travel eastward into Russia today bringing snow showers to the region. Another area of low pressure is moving through Central China and Mongolia and will bring rain and snow showers to the region. An area of low pressure is now moving over Japan; expect to see rain showers impact Tokyo and most of Japan, also some snow showers will be possible in the North. Another area of low pressure is now moving away and towards the Gulf of Alaska.
Indian Ocean: One area of convection is now south of India and may bring showers to the region today.
Southern Hemisphere: An area of low pressure near the Fiji Islands is bringing showers to the area. Low pressure is also moving towards the western coast of South America; expect to see some showers and higher elevation snow showers associated with this low. Another area of low pressure is moving east of South America, however the trailing cold front is bringing rain to parts of Argentina and southern Brazil. Multiple areas of low pressure are moving through the open ocean bringing strong winds and seas to the open ocean. One area of low pressure is moving just south of Australia. The associated cold front will impact portions of the South-Central Australia with showers and a few thunderstorms.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for March 27-31:
Buffalo NY: A chance of showers on March 28 will bring a slight impact to the region. Showers on March 31 will also bring a slight impact to the region.
Orlando FL: The region will remain impact free until the morning of March 31 when a chance of showers moves into the region and brings a slight impact to the area.
Omaha NE: The region will start out impact free but look for showers to move in by March 30 and 31 which will bring the region slight impacts for both days.
Salt Lake City UT: There will be a chance of slight impacts on March 29 and again on March 31.
San Diego CA: The next five days will be impact free.
Climate Watch for March 22-26:
Buffalo NY: The region has seen over the past five days temps running about 2-13 degrees below normal.
Orlando FL: The period started with temps about 1-9 degrees above normal but on March 25 the cold air hit and temps fell to around 5-17 degrees below normal.
Omaha NE: The past five days have been cold with temps running around 15-26 degrees below normal.
Salt Lake City UT: The region has seen five days of below normal temps running about 1-18 degrees below normal.
San Diego CA: The region started with temps about 1-2 degrees below normal and then on March 24 the temps went to about 1-2 degrees above normal before falling back to around 1-2 degrees below normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for March 27, 2013:
Day 1-3: A few snow showers will be possible over the extreme Northeast US. There will be a few showers ahead of a warm front along the West Coast. The rest of the country will see high pressure and another below normal day. High pressure will shift into the Ohio River Valley by day two. Expect to see a few showers along the West Coast. The period will finish with the high pressure pushing over to the East Coast, while a weak frontal boundary develops over the Southwest and brings a few showers to Texas. A strong area of low pressure will also be moving towards the West Coast.
Day 4-7: High pressure will still be along the East Coast as this period starts, while the weak frontal boundary moves into the Mississippi River Valley bringing a few showers to the southern portion of Arkansas and Northern Mississippi. The strong low pressure will push closer to the West Coast during this time as well. By day five the high pressure will push out over the Atlantic, while the storm system over the Mississippi River Valley pushes slightly eastward bringing an area of showers to the Gulf Coast and portions of the Tennessee River Valley. Day six will have the low pressure moving into the Great Lakes with the associated frontal boundary extending southward towards the Gulf Coast. Expect to see showers and thunderstorms along the southern portion of the boundary and showers across the northern portion. A strong area of high pressure will be building in over the Northern Plains as another storm system enters the Southwest. The period will finish with the frontal boundary along the East Coast bringing showers to the area, while high pressure slides into the Midwest and brings another round of cold weather.
Day 8-12: The period will start with high pressure over Indiana and this will bring cooler weather to the East again. A new storm system will be developing in the Northern Rockies and also the Southwest. By day nine the high pressure area will push into Ohio allowing for the southwest storm to push along the Gulf Coast and bring heavy rains to the region. The Northern Rockies storm will slowly push eastward into Montana bringing moderate rain showers to the region. By day ten high pressure will be over the Eastern Great Lakes, while the storm system will push into Colorado bringing rain and thunderstorms to the Southern Plains and some rain and snow to the Montana and Wyoming region. By day eleven the high pressure center will be over the East Coast which will push the storm system into the Southern plains where we will see heavy rain falling from Texas and Oklahoma into the Gulf Coast region. Snow and rain is expected to push into the Northern Rockies and the Northern Plains. The period will finish with a major area of heavy rain along the Gulf Coast extending into Florida associated with the frontal boundary. High pressure will be out west.
Long Range Outlook: The period will start with a low pressure system extending from the Great Lakes southeastward into the southeast. Expect to see moderate rains, thunderstorms and even snow in the Great Lakes. Another strong area of high pressure will build into the Plains. The middle of the period we will see the low pressure and frontal boundary along the East Coast, while high pressure builds into Texas and another storm system pushes onshore over the West. The period will finish with a zonal pattern beginning to setup over the US.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Houston TX:
Wednesday: Partly cloudy and cool with a high near 63F. Winds will be from the southeast 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 54F.
Thursday: Partly cloudy and cool with a high near 64F. Winds will be from the southeast 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 60F.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with a few showers. Winds will be from the southeast 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 64F. Total rainfall will be around 0.25 inches.
Saturday: Partly cloudy and mild with a high near 70F. Winds will be from the southeast 10-15mph as overnight lows will be around 64F.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a few showers. High temps will be around 77F as overnight lows fall to around 70F. The winds will be from the southwest 9-14mph and total rainfall will be around 0.25 inches.
Ask The Weatherman for March 27, 2013:
Question: What is an easterly wave?
Answer: Easterly waves are found in the tropics. What these are is an area of convection that is found in the tropics that moves from east to west, which is opposite of the mid-lats. This type of storm, if it continues to get stronger, can become a tropical system and we know where it can go from there.
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Green Energy Weather Report for March 27, 2013:
Wave Energy: The northeast will see energy levels around 36mwh. The Mid-Atlantic region will have rates around 197mwh, while the southeast will be around 55mwh. The Northern Gulf will have rates around 3mwh, while the southwest will be at 1019mwh and the northwest will be at 1080mwh.
Solar Energy: Another day of high pressure will bring a good portion of the country under excellent solar conditions.
Wind Energy: The strongest wind energy will again be along the East Coast between the high and back side of the cold front.
Hydro-Energy: There will be some light long term energy found over Northern Maine and then another area over the West Coast between Portland and Northern California where some rain showers are possible.
March 27 Weather and Your Wallet (Seattle WA):
Look for a tranquil day and cool overnight lows.
Dining: No problems with dining outdoors today, however this evening you will want a jacket.
Transportation: Today will be a nice day and no weather delays are expected on the roadways.
Shopping: A great day to get out and enjoy some spring shopping, however this evening you will want a jacket as the temps cool off.
Electricity: There will be the need for some heating this morning and then again this evening with the region forecasted to see around 8.5HDD’s for the day.
Yard Work: A nice afternoon to put the plants out to enjoy some spring sunshine as high temps warm to around 61F.
Construction: No issues for outdoor projects today as the winds will be light and the sun will be out.
Outdoor Venues: This afternoon will be a nice day to get out and enjoy a walk down the boardwalk or the park. This evening if you’re out you will want a jacket as it’s going to get cool.
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