Big Story Weather – March 29, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from March 28: The cold weather dominated the weather pattern yesterday. Last night it was the Carolinas that dealt with the freezing conditions. Don’t let your guard down though because there is more of that yet to come. Secondly a new low began to develop over the Southwest and will start making its way across the Southern Plains.
Big Story Weather Discussion for March 29: High pressure near West Virginia will bring cool and dry weather to the East Coast, however on the back side of it over the Southern Plains we will be watching an area of low pressure beginning to move out bringing showers with it across parts of Texas and Oklahoma along with New Mexico. This storm will begin to spread east through the weekend making many places along the Gulf Coast and Southeast have a rainy Easter day.
Here is the weather for a few select cities:
Baltimore MD: Partly cloudy and cool with a high near 50F. This evening will be partly cloudy with a low temp near 43F.
Dallas TX: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers by this afternoon. High temps will be around 64F and overnight lows will fall to near 60F. Total rainfall amounts around a half an inch are possible.
Chicago IL: The region will enjoy partly cloudy skies with a high near 46F. This evening expect to see low temps around 36F.
Rapid City SD: Partly cloudy and warm for today with a high near 55F. This evening low temps will fall to around 47F.
Seattle WA: The region will enjoy partly cloudy skies with high temps around 54F and low temps near 48F.
March 29, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving through Central Europe will bring showers and higher elevation snows to the region. Another area of low pressure is moving towards England and will bring cloudy skies and some rain to the region.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving towards Canada will bring showers and higher elevation snows to the region later this weekend.
Western Pacific: Low pressure moving away from Japan will transit near the Wake Island region bringing increased winds/seas and rain showers. Another area of low pressure moving through Japan today will bring showers to the area, while another area of low pressure is moving towards Central Russia.
Indian Ocean: An area of strong convection still moving southwest of India will bring some showers the Diego Garcia area.
Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure to the southwest of South America will continue to travel the open sea and bring increased winds and seas. Another area of low pressure to the east of South America will bring a few showers to Argentina. Another area of low pressure to the southeast of Africa will bring showers to portions of South Africa. Two areas of low pressure transiting south of Australia will bring isolated showers to the south. Low pressure near New Zealand will keep the region wet. A tropical wave continues to impact Northern Australia with showers and gusty winds and some storm surge.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for March 29-April 2:
Baltimore MD: The period will start with no impacts, however by Sunday a few showers will move into the region bringing a slight impact to the area.
Dallas TX: Slight impacts will be felt over the next couple of days as rain showers move into the area. Then again on Monday and Tuesday another round of rain and snow showers will bring slight to moderate impacts to the area.
Chicago IL: Looking at Saturday for a chance of showers in the region which will bring a slight impact to the area. The remainder of the period will be impact free.
Rapid City SD: Saturday and Sunday will bring a chance of showers to the area which will create slight impacts in the area.
Seattle WA: No impacts forecasted for the next five days.
Climate Watch for March 24-28:
The strong area of high pressure that has been responsible for all this record-setting cold has shifted towards the Mid-Atlantic today for one more round of below temps.
Baltimore MD: The last five days the area has been seeing temps around 7-21 degrees below normal.
Dallas TX: The period started with temps around 8-13 degrees below normal, however by March 27 temps rose to about 4 degrees above normal.
Chicago IL: The past five days have been cold with temps running about 1-13 degrees below normal for this time of year.
Rapid City SD: The period started with temps about 10-30 degrees below normal, however the past two days the area has been enjoying temps around 2-10 degrees above normal.
Seattle WA: The period started with temps about 1 degree below and then spent the last four days with temps around 1-7 degrees above normal.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for March 29, 2013:
Day 1-3: High pressure over the Great Lakes will bring partly cloudy skies to the region. This will extend into the Southeast and portions of the Gulf Coast. Look for a newly developed low to start bringing showers across the Southern Plains today. Day two a frontal boundary will extend from Texas across portions of the Gulf Coast up to a low pressure area which will be in the Great Lakes. Look for showers to develop along this front. High pressure will build into the Rockies and another storm system will enter the West Coast. The period will finish with a frontal boundary along the East Coast which will bring showers to the region, while a stationary boundary will set up over the Gulf Coast region bringing heavy rains to the area. An upper level trough will move southward out of the Plains. This feature will have enough cold air with it to create a pocket of snow for Missouri into Kansas. Another strong cold high pressure center will slide into the Northern Plains bringing more cold air. A storm system will be pushing into the Western Rockies as well.
Day 4-7: The period will start with a frontal boundary along the Gulf Coast that will interact with the upper level trough from the north creating a wide area of rain and possibly some moderate snows across portions of Arkansas and Tennessee. We will also be watching for a Gulf Low to form near the coast of Texas. A strong high pressure center will slide into the Dakotas during this time. Day five the high pressure center will be over Kansas, while the new Gulf low begins to push across the Gulf of Mexico. Expect to see rain showers and isolated thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast during this time. High pressure will keep the west dry. Day six the high pressure area will be over the Mid-Atlantic, while the Gulf low will still be pushing moisture towards the Gulf Coast and back into Texas. A new storm system will begin to push towards the West Coast. The period will finish with a gulf low pushing on shore over the Florida panhandle bringing moderate rains across a good portion of the Gulf. A new storm system will bring moderate rains and higher elevation snows to the West Coast.
Day 8-12: The period will start with the low pressure moving over Florida bringing heavy rainfall to the area, while high pressure slides into the Great Lakes. The storm system will begin to push into the Northern Plains bringing rain and snow to the area. High pressure will try to build into the Southwest during this time. Day nine a storm system will enter into the Plains region bringing rain and snow to the Northern Plains and rain and thunderstorms to the Southern Plains. By day ten this storm system will push into the Great Lakes bringing rain, snow and strong winds to the region. We will also have thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast. A new storm system will be pushing into the Plains right behind this storm. By day eleven we will have one storm system along the East Coast bringing heavy rainfall to the region and another storm system pushing into the Southern Plains which will bring showers and thunderstorms to the area. By the end of this period we could be looking at our first significant severe weather outbreak of the season across the Mississippi River Valley towards the Southern part of the Great Lakes as well.
Long Range Outlook: This period will start with a major low pressure area over the Great Lakes with snow on the northwest side over the lakes and a strong flow of southerly winds from the Gulf of Mexico which could lead to a major severe weather setup. The period will finish very active with multiple storm systems impacting the United States.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Memphis TN:
Friday: Mostly cloudy with showers moving in by the afternoon. High temps will be around 54F while overnight lows will fall to near 48F. The winds will be from the southeast 8-13mph and total rainfall amounts will be around 0.7-0.9 inches.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with showers and a high near 61F. Winds will be from the southeast 8-13mph as overnight lows fall to around 57F. Total rainfall will be around 0.7-0.9 inches.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and mild and rainy with a high near 66F. Winds from the southeast 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 57F. Total rainfall will be around 0.3-0.5 inches.
Monday: Mostly cloudy with a chance for rain showers as high temps rise to around 61F. Winds will be from the northeast 18-23mph as overnight lows fall to around 41F. Total rainfall amounts around a trace to 0.1 inches.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with periods of rain mixing with snow during the overnight hours. High temps will rise to around 41F and overnight lows fall to near 30F. Total rainfall amounts around 0.1 inches and total snowfall amounts possibly near 0.4 inches.
Ask The Weatherman for March 29, 2013:
Question: What is the side effect of the ice melting in the Arctic?
Answer: Great question today. As we continue to watch the ice melt increase during the summer months and now return to capacity during the winter, it is beginning to alter our weather patterns in the Northern Hemisphere. Just this past month we got a taste of that as the jet stream is now able to go further north into the Arctic region. This will create deep troughs across the center of the United States in which the low pressures and the colder weather will follow through, keeping a more extreme weather pattern across the area.
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Green Energy Weather Report for March 29, 2013:
Wave Energy: The Northeast will be looking at around 3mwh for today, while the Mid-Atlantic will see around 139mwh. The Northern Gulf of Mexico will be around 3mwh, as the Southeast will be around 28mwh. Shifting to the west we find the Southwest will be looking at 1141mwh, while the Northwest will be around 402mwh for wave energy today.
Solar Energy: The best solar energy will be found from the Northern Plains eastward through the Great Lakes and over to the East Coast. The West Coast will also see some good solar energy today.
Wind Energy: The best place will be over the Southwest and out into the Southern Plains.
Hydro-Energy: The storm system moving out towards the Southern Plains will bring showers and short term energy to the region.
March 29 Weather and Your Wallet (Austin TX):
The region will enjoy warm weather today as high temps rise to around 72F making for a great outdoors day.
Dining: Today will be an excellent day to head out and have a cup of morning coffee or enjoy your lunch at the park.
Transportation: There will be no weather impacts on the roads today.
Shopping: Today will be an excellent day to get out and enjoy the spring deals at the malls.
Electricity: There will be a small window that you may need your air conditioner today as we are forecasting for 1.5CDD’s for the area.
Yard Work: The flowers and gardens and trees will enjoy plenty of sunshine and 17GDD’s today.
Construction: No issues with outdoor construction projects today as there will be plenty of sun and warm weather in place.
Outdoor Venues: Tonight would be an excellent night to head out to the park or an outdoor event and enjoy the sunset.
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