Big Story Weather – March 28, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from March 27: The biggest story across the United States yesterday was the cold weather. Many places from the Rockies to the East Coast saw temps around 10-30 degrees below normal.
Big Story Weather Discussion for March 28: High pressure will settle in over the Great Lakes bringing colder air to the East today. A new storm system will begin to take shape in the Southwest and bring showers to the region. A few showers will be possible along the West Coast today.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
New York NY: Today will be partly cloudy with a high near 45F. This evening look for low temps to drop to the lower 30’s under partly cloudy skies.
Memphis TN: Partly cloudy through early afternoon with high temps around 63F. This evening showers will move into the region as low temps drop to around 52F. Total rainfall amounts around 0.1-0.2 inches.
Kansas City MO: Partly cloudy through early afternoon with high temps around 51F. This evening showers will move in with total rainfall amounts around 0.1 inches. Low temps will fall to around 45F.
Denver CO: Partly cloudy and warmer today with high near 56F. This evening will be partly cloudy with a low near 43F.
Las Vegas NV: Partly cloudy with a high near 72F. This evening low temps will drop to around 64F.
March 28, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving towards England will bring showers and colder weather to the region. Another area of low pressure moving towards Greenland and Iceland will bring snow showers to the region and colder weather.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving through the Central Gulf of Alaska will continue to bring snow showers and strong winds to portions of Southern Alaska. This storm will push into Canada by Friday.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving out of the Middle East will begin to impact Western China with snow showers. An area of low pressure going through Central Russia will bring snow to the region. Another area of low pressure will be moving off the coast of China and towards the Koreas and Japan bringing rain showers and cooler weather to the region. Low pressure moving away from Japan will begin to push towards the open Pacific.
Indian Ocean: An area of strong convection still moving south of India will bring some showers to the region today.
Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure moving away from Fiji will bring increased winds and seas to the region. Low pressure moving towards the tip of South America will bring a few showers to the region. Another area of low pressure is moving away from South America and will bring a few showers to Brazil along the cold front. Low pressure moving southeast of Africa will bring showers and stronger winds to South Africa and Madagascar. Two areas of low pressure moving south of Australia will bring showers and thunderstorms to portions of Southern Australia to include Sydney. An area of tropical development is currently over portions of Northern Australia bringing stronger winds, thunderstorms, as well as some storm surge to the region.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for March 28-April 1:
New York NY: March 29 and 31 will see a chance of rain showers which will bring a slight impact to the area.
Memphis TN: The next five days are going to provide the region with on and off showers leading to slight to moderate impacts for the region.
Kansas City MO: Expect some impacts today with a few showers. On March 30 the region will see slight impacts with more rain showers. Look for possible moderate impacts on March 31 as an area of snow with some accumulations may move through the region.
Denver CO: The next five days will be impact free.
Las Vegas NV: The region should be impact free for the next five days.
Climate Watch for March 23-27:
A significant area of high pressure has moved into the region from Canada, bringing some very cold air to a good portion of the United States setting record cold for many places.
New York NY: The past five days the region has seen temps running about 2-12 degrees below normal.
Memphis TN: The region has seen temps running about 10-25 degrees below normal for the past five days.
Kansas City MO: The past five days have been cold as the region has seen temps running about 9-27 degrees below normal.
Denver CO: The past five days have given the region plenty of cold air as temps have been running about 6-32 degrees below normal for this time of year.
Las Vegas NV: The period started with temps around 3-10 degrees below normal, however unlike most of the country, this region has found a way to finish the period with temps about 5-7 degrees above normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for March 28, 2013:
Day 1-3: High pressure over the Great Lakes will bring partly cloudy skies and cooler weather to the East today, while a new frontal boundary begins to develop over the southwest. This storm will bring some rain showers to the region. We are also looking for showers along the West Coast. The middle of this period will have the high pressure pushing towards the East Coast, while the new storm system pushes into the Southern Plains bringing showers to the region. A few showers will also be possible over the Northern Rockies. A strong storm system will be pushing towards the West Coast. The period will end with the low pressure area moving into the Great Lakes bringing showers and a few thunderstorms to the East Coast, and the trailing stationary front will setup over the Gulf Coast. High pressure will be over the Northern Plains.
Day 4-7: The period will start with the cold front along the East Coast and the stationary front back over the Gulf Coast region bringing showers to both areas. Another strong and cold high pressure area will be sliding into the Northern Plains, while a new low pressure will be developing over the Southwest. Day five the strong high pressure area will push into the Central Plains forcing the cold air southward. This will interact with the stationary boundary along the Gulf Coast. We could also be looking at winter weather through an area of Arkansas and Northern Mississippi and Tennessee during this time. A new low will still be developing over the Southwest. Day six we will have high pressure pushing all the way to the Gulf Coast with the low pressure area pushing up into the Northern Plains bringing some snow to the region. Development of a Gulf Low is looking possible as well. The period will finish with the high pressure pushing eastward along the East Coast, while the Gulf low begins to push off of Texas and towards the Central Gulf Coast bringing heavy rains and thunderstorms to the region. A new low will try to develop over the Rockies at this time as well.
Day 8-12: The period will start with a Gulf low moving across portions of the Northern Gulf Coast from Mississippi to Florida. This region will see heavy rains and thunderstorms. The northern low will move into the Great Lakes, while another high pressure area slides into the Plains region. Day nine the storm system will be moving up the East Coast bringing a very cold rain to the region. Strong high pressure will be building in over the Northern Plains, while another low begins to impact the Northwest. Day ten we will have high pressure over the Great Lakes and a very powerful storm system pushing into the Northern Plains with areas of heavy rainfall which could bring the chance of flooding to this region due to snow melt and heavy rain. The period will end with the strong low pressure area pushing into the Great Lakes with a trailing cold front which will bring showers from the Great Lakes all the way into Texas. A new low will be developing in Mexico during this time as well. A warm front will push into the Northwest bringing showers to the region.
Long Range Outlook: The period will start with a new low pushing into Texas which could bring heavy rains and possibly severe weather to the region. The middle of the period we could be looking at a large area of severe weather from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes. The period will finish very active with storm systems on both coasts.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Little Rock AR:
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with showers likely. High temps will be around 64F and overnight lows will drop to around 52F. The winds will be from the southeast 8-13mph with total rainfall amounts around 0.1-0.2 inches.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with showers likely. High temps will be around 66F and overnight lows will fall to around 57F. The winds will be from the southwest 8-13mph with total rainfall amounts around 0.2-0.4 inches.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with showers likely as high temps rise to around 68F. Look for low temps around 59F. The winds will be from the southeast 12-17mph along with rainfall rates around 0.2-0.4 inches.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with showers and a high near 68F. Overnight lows will be around 59F. Winds from the southeast 10-15mph and total rainfall amounts around 0.4-0.6 inches.
Monday: Mostly cloudy with periods of rain and snow likely. High temps will be around 45F while low temps drop to near 30F. The winds will be southwest 9-14mph. Looking for total rainfall amounts around 0.2 inches and potentially around 0.4 inches of snowfall as well.
Ask The Weatherman for March 28, 2013:
Question: Why is it still so cold across the United States and the Northern Hemisphere in general?
Answer: Tricky question today, but the good news is there is a little bit of information that can be shared to answer this question. The first is the jet stream pattern. The jet stream has been doing a lot of North-South orientation which means that where it’s traveling southward it’s bringing cold air from the north all the way southward. The second is that there is a lot of snow cover up north still. So as the high pressures from Canada flow southward they are able to maintain their cold balance until they reach the deep south.
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Green Energy Weather Report for March 28, 2013:
Wave Energy: The northeast will see energy levels around 36mwh, while the Mid-Atlantic will be looking at values around 163mwh. The southeast will see numbers in the 30-35mwh range, while the Northern Gulf Coast will see under 5mwh. The southwest will have values around 368mwh, and the northwest should see values near 1064mwh.
Solar Energy: The entire East Coast should enjoy plenty of solar energy today. Also back over the Plains region they will see sunshine through the day slowly giving way to cloud cover.
Wind Energy: The best wind energy today will be behind the front over the Southwest.
Hydro-Energy: The best places for hydro energy today will be along the West Coast and then portions of the Southwest along the frontal boundary.
March 28 Weather and Your Wallet (Gulfport MS):
A nice day in store for the region. It will be a tad cooler than normal but there will be plenty of sunshine.
Dining: A nice day to enjoy lunch at the park. This evening you will want a jacket.
Transportation: No weather impacts forecasted for the commute today.
Shopping: Today will be a good day to hit the outdoor spring sales, however make sure to put on a jacket this evening as it will be cool.
Electricity: The region will have a small heating day today. Most of it will occur after midnight through the early morning hours with the projected HDD’s around 5.
Yard Work: This afternoon will be a good chance to get the flowers outdoors to enjoy some sunshine and the 10GDD’s that are forecasted for today.
Construction: Today will a nice day to get out and do the outdoor projects.
Outdoor Venues: Today will be a nice day to take a walk along the boardwalk or the bridge, however this evening you will want a jacket.
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