Global Weather Synopsis for the Week of 1/12/14

A Quiet Week:  Minor Systems in Both Hemispheres

By Blake Cotcamp
Meteorology Intern

Summary: Typical winter conditions are expected to be seen throughout most of the Northern Hemisphere this week, including two winter storms that will bring the Northern U.S. some light snowfall. Meanwhile, Australia will feel the effects of a tropical system making its way towards the northern coast.

North America

United States

Following a week that featured intense blizzards and bone-chilling temperatures, the United States is expected to return to a more normal winter pattern this week. Two fast moving winter storms are expected to impact the upper Midwest during the mid-week with snow and gusty winds. The first of these systems is expected to impact the upper Midwest on Tuesday afternoon, where snowfall throughout most of Wisconsin will range from 4 to 6 inches. Large cities affected will include Minneapolis and Chicago, although these cities are only expected to receive 1 to3 inches of snow, so any delays should be minimal.


Winter system forecast for Tuesday at 1:00 pm Eastern time.
(Source: National Center for Atmospheric Research)

The second winter storm is expected to move through the Midwest on late Thursday through early Friday morning, and is forecast to bring lighter snowfall amounts to the same areas affected by the winter storm two days prior. The highest snowfall totals will once again be seen in Wisconsin, and the snow totals in areas ranging from Minneapolis to Detroit should be 1 to 3 inches.


Winter system forecast for Thursday at 7:00 pm Eastern time.
(Source: National Center for Atmospheric Research)

No significant weather threats forecast.

No significant weather threats forecast.

Australia and Oceania

Australia may see its first tropical cyclone make landfall this year in the near future, after what has been a relatively quiet tropical cyclone season thus far in the Southern Hemisphere. A strong tropical disturbance is currently located just to the north of Darwin, Australia and is expected to make landfall in Australia at approximately 9:00 UTC on Tuesday. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center is currently giving the storm a 50% chance to develop into a tropical cyclone before landfall. Regardless of an official formation, this system is expected to bring heavy rains and gusty winds to Darwin on Tuesday.


Infrared image of the tropical disturbance on Tuesday at 2:00 UTC.  (Source: NOAA)

Atlantic Ocean
No significant weather threats forecast.

Pacific Ocean
No significant weather threats forecast.

Indian Ocean
No significant weather threats forecast.

About the Author:  Blake Cotcamp is currently enrolled at Purdue University where he is completing his senior year and majoring in Meteorology. An avid weather buff since an early age, with a passion for tropical storm forecasting. Blake prefers the “real weather” of the U.S. Midwest to that of the boring, predictable weather of his native Southern California.  When not chasing storms or reveling in the latest bout of bad weather, he can be reached at

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