Big Story Weather – March 4, 2013
Daily weather forecast and wrap-up provided by redOrbit meteorologist Joshua Kelly.
Big Story Weather from March 1-3: The cold weather that hit the Gulf Coast and Southeast caused some minor damage to crops in Florida over the weekend. The other big story of the weekend was the development of our next powerful storm system which is moving into the Plains today.
Weather Outlook for March 4: High pressure over Florida will bring a nice day to the Southeast and Gulf Coast. This will also push into the Mid-Atlantic region. A few remaining snow showers will be found over Maine today. The next powerful storm system is pushing into the Northern Plains and will bring moderate snowfall to the region. Dry conditions will prevail out west. Below is the weather for a few select cities.
Boston MA: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 37F
Tampa Bay FL: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 57F
Minneapolis MN: Mostly Cloudy with snow and a high near: 27F
Boise ID: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 32F
Seattle WA: Partly Cloudy with a high near: 41F
Weather Outlook for March 5: The low pressure area will push into the Ohio River Valley bringing moderate snowfall to the region, while high pressure will build in behind the front bringing more cold weather to the Plains.
March 4, 2013 Storm Tracker Update:
Atlantic Basin: Low pressure moving into Western Europe will bring showers and higher elevation snows to the region. Low pressure moving away from the Northeast US will still bring a few snow showers to Maine.
Eastern Pacific: Low pressure moving into the Northern Plains will bring blizzard-like conditions to the region today, while another low pressure system is pushing towards the West Coast of Canada. A third wave is pushing across the Eastern Pacific towards the Baja region. Another low pressure system has begun to move into the Western Gulf of Alaska bringing high seas and snow showers to the islands of Alaska.
Western Pacific: Low pressure area moving over Northeast Russia will bring a few snow showers to the region. A second more powerful storm system is moving into Central China and Mongolia. This storm will bring moderate snowfall to the region. Another storm system is moving through the Middle East and will begin to bring showers to the region.
Indian Ocean: A weak area of low pressure is moving along the southern tip of India, bringing a few showers to the region.
Southern Hemisphere: Low pressure area around the Fiji Islands is bringing some rain showers to the area and moderate winds. Another low pressure system is moving away from South America and the cold front will bring showers and thunderstorms to the coastal area of Argentina today. A third low pressure system is moving through the Southern Ocean and has a trailing cold front back towards Madagascar. Another area of low pressure is moving southward of Australia. Two areas of low pressure are also near the Northern part of Australia and will begin to impact the region with some winds and rainfall.
Five-Day Storm Index Outlook for March 4-8:
Boston MA: The 6th will see rain showers and snow showers begin to move in to the region creating a slight impact, followed on the 7th by heavy snow moving into the region creating a moderate impact for the area.
Tampa Bay FL: Over the next five days high pressure will keep the region impact free.
Minneapolis MN: Areas of heavy snow and blowing snow will bring a moderate impact to the region today. This will also bring a slight impact to the region on the 5th before clearing out for the remainder of the week.
Boise ID: The week will start nice with a chance to see slight impacts on the 6th with some light snow moving into the region.
Seattle WA: The week will start tranquil followed by slight impacts on the 6th when showers move into the region.
Climate Watch for February 27-March 3:
Boston MA: The period remained fairly average with the 28th being about 3 degrees above average and every other day 1 degree below average.
Tampa Bay FL: The past five days have seen below average temperatures between 2-19 degrees below.
Minneapolis MN: The 27th saw temps around 5 degrees above followed by a cool down with temps falling to around 3 degrees below average.
Boise ID: The period started with temps around 2 degrees below average and then warmed to around 6-10 degrees above average before falling to 3 degrees below on the 3rd.
Seattle WA: The period started about 1 degree below average and then warmed up to around 2-7 degrees above average before falling back to 1 degree below average.
Major Weather Impacts Discussion for March 4, 2013:
Day 1-3: High pressure over Florida will bring nice weather to a good portion of the East Coast. A storm system will begin to push through the Northern Plains bringing large amounts of snowfall to the region. High pressure out West will keep the weather tranquil in the area. The middle of the period will have a storm system moving into the Mid-Atlantic region bringing rain and snow to the area, while high pressure dominates the central part of the US and another storm system enters the Pacific Northwest. The period will end with a storm system moving up the East Coast bringing snowfall to the region, while high pressure ridges into the Great Lakes and extends down to the Gulf Coast. The new storm system will begin to push into the Rockies.
Day 4-7: The period will start with the storm system finally beginning to push out to sea over the Northeast with a few snow showers remaining. High pressure will sit over the Great Lakes and ridge all the way to the Gulf Coast. The next storm system will push into the Southern Plains, while a secondary low forms over the Southwest. The middle of the period will see high pressure pushing into the Northeast, while the next storm system sits over the Southwest and Southern Plains bringing snow and rain to the region. High pressure will build in over the West Coast. The period will end with another significant storm system extending from the Ohio River Valley southward into the Gulf Coast region with areas of snowfall along with moderate rains. High pressure will be over the West.
Day 8-12: The period will start with a low pressure area developing over Mexico that will move northward along a stationary boundary that will be over the Gulf Coast region bringing showers to the area. By day nine numerous areas of low pressures will extend across the stationary boundary from the Mid-Atlantic back into the Gulf Coast region. The middle of the period will have a storm system moving through the Southern Plains setting the stage for a significant snowfall over the Northern Plains. Day eleven will have a storm system moving through the Great Lakes bringing snow to the area, while another low pressure area will be developing in the Gulf of Mexico. An upper level trough will bring snow to the South again ahead of a very powerful high pressure system that will slide into the Northern Plains bringing very cold March weather to the area. A large area of high pressure will be over the West.
Day 13-15: The period will start with a storm system up the East Coast and a huge area of high pressure moving across a good portion of the country bringing dry, cold weather to the area. A new storm system will be pushing into the Northwest. The period will finish with a blocking high over the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast and a storm system out West.
Today’s Spotlight Forecast is for Sioux Falls SD:
Monday: Mostly Cloudy with periods of snow, accumulations of 1-3 inches are possible. High temps will be around 36F, while low temps drop to around 23F. Winds will be from the Northwest 12-17mph.
Tuesday: Partly Cloudy and breezy, with high temps around 25F and winds from the Northwest at 25-30mph as low temps drop to around 16F.
Wednesday: Partly Cloudy and not as cold with high temps around 30F, winds from the Southeast 12-17mph as overnight lows fall to around 19F.
Thursday: Partly Cloudy and warmer with a high near 41F, winds from the Southwest at 18-23mph as overnight lows drop to around 34F.
Friday: Partly Cloudy with a high near 39F, winds from the Northeast 7-12mph as overnight lows fall to around 34F.
Ask The Weatherman for March 4, 2013:
Question: What types of lightning are there?
Answer: When you look up in the sky during a thunderstorm you may see all sorts of lighting. Here are the types that you can see. The first is C-C which stands for Cloud-to-Cloud, meaning that the lightning transfers from one cloud to another. The second is C-G, or cloud-to-ground, and this is the most dangerous for us as it can strike objects on the ground. The third is C-A, or cloud-to-air, meaning the lightning bolt leaves the cloud and arrives in the clear sky right beside the cloud. The fourth type is IC which stands for In-Cloud lightning. This type of lighting remains in the thunder cloud that it started from.
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Green Energy Weather Report for March 4, 2013:
Wave Energy: No significant wave energy regions forecasted for today.
Solar Energy: High pressure over Florida will bring nice solar conditions to the region and this will extend northward into the Mid-Atlantic. Another area of good solar energy will be found along the Gulf Coast back into the Southern Plains. A third region will be over the West Coast.
Wind Energy: The biggest wind energy region today will be over the Northern Plains behind the next storm system.
Hydro-Energy: The best place for hydro-energy today will be over the Northern Plains where moderate snowfall is forecasted to impact the region creating long term energy. A second area over Maine will also create some long term energy.
March 4 Weather and Your Wallet (Fargo ND):
Dining: Today will be a hard day to get out and eat as heavy snow blankets the region along with moderate winds creating near zero visibility for the region.
Transportation: The roads will be a challenge to drive on today in the area as heavy snow will blanket the area along with blowing and drifting snow.
Shopping: Not the best day to go to the malls, better to just stay at home.
Electricity: A large intake of electricity will be needed for the region today as high temps only make it to around 28F and the low temps drop to around 21F. This brings todays HDD’s to around 40.5.
Yard Work: The only yard work today will be shoveling snow from the driveway and sidewalks. Make sure to give yourself plenty of breaks as this is when most of the injuries occur from snow removal.
Construction: Today will be an indoor project day as the winds and snow will make outside work a challenge.
Outdoor Venues: The day will provide for a challenge on all aspects in the outdoor venue region.
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