Thursday, February 11, 2016

Still some snow left & record watch next week

Our weather just seems so out of whack lately it's not even funny. Just last week, we had a blizzard that dumped over a foot of snow on NW Kansas. And here we are just over a week later with highs around 80 in southern Kansas. The satellite picture from yesterday afternoon shows where snow remains on the ground. Most of it has melted south of I-70, but we still have a way to go up around Colby, Atwood, Goodland, and Phillipsburg (just to name a few)

Colder air is surging south, so it's going to feel more like February from now through the weekend. We continue to be on the western edge of some really COLD air that continues to surge south. The Northeast is going to get blasted with some of the coldest air in years. Our weather looks pretty chilly, but nothing unusual for this time of the year. Saturday still looks to be the coldest day with highs in the 30s and low 40s.

Thursday morning
Spring Fever Warning!!
Next week, spring weather will return. We are looking at some VERY warm air that will spread in from the south and west. The warmup starts kicking in by Tuesday, but becomes much more pronounced by Wednesday and especially Thursday. Expect 60s and 70s Wednesday. Thursday is setting up to potentially break records. I wouldn't not be shocked to see some 80s Thursday afternoon as strong southwest winds continue to pump the warm air in. We are still roughly a month away from the official start to spring, but sometimes the calendar and Mother Nature are just out of sync. There's a good chance some of your co-workers may go missing to get outside and enjoy the nice weather.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Time is running out to view...

The latest astronomy special. You'll have until roughly Saturday to view the 5 planets lined up on the southern horizon. Best time to look is about 30 minutes to an hour before sunrise. The sun is coming up about 7:30 a.m., so I would be out looking around 6:30. I know getting out of bed early is a challenge. Mercury is the lowest planet on the horizon, so you'll have to get to an open area to see it. Venus is in the second spot from the horizon, followed by Saturn, Mars, and then Jupiter. Use the attached photo to help with your search. The good news... if you miss this latest parade of planets, they will be back for another show in early August, only for the next go around, it will be in the southwest sky just after sunset.

Based on the comments I've been getting on Facebook and Twitter, some of you still want snow! And everybody else wishes spring would be here for good today. It's not looking good at all for snow lovers. The pattern is going to favor more mild days than colder ones. Kansas continues to be on the dividing line with Arctic air east of us and warmer weather to the west. It's a battle that will continue for at least another 4-5 days. The warm days this week won't set any records, and the cold days won't be anything unusual for February. But it will be interesting to watch the swings happen each and every day.

There is a chance for drizzle Sunday morning for Valentines Day, but that's about the only chance at moisture that we really have in the near future. 

Late this week

SPRING ALERT - Next week, the pattern will favor WELL ABOVE normal temperatures for Kansas. In fact, there's a chance some areas just to our south will get close to 80 degrees (yes... in the month of February of all times) We are going to see an area of high pressure slide across the middle of the country around Wednesday/Thursday. That's going to allow the warmth to become widespread and possibly set records. A developing storm on the west coast late next week could bring moisture back to Kansas, but it's still easily 12-14 days off. 

Next week

Monday, February 8, 2016

Wind and more wind - pattern this week is interesting

Happy Monday everybody. Did everybody enjoy the Super Bowl or did you watch for the commercials? I only caught about 30% of the game and commercials because of work, but I thought the Doritos spot with the baby was pretty good.

On to weather now and you should be ready for some very windy conditions the next couple of days. We had a handful of grass fires to cover Sunday afternoon and I'm sure there will be a few more coming up today and Tuesday. Wind gusts will likely exceed 40 today and 30 on Tuesday. The wind already causing some tree damage in Kansas City. This picture courtesy of KMBC-Channel 9.

We don't have any big storm systems coming through this week. Expect it to stay dry through at least Saturday as a HUGE high pressure system builds up across the western half of the country. It will be very interesting because Kansas will be on the dividing line between much colder air just east of us and springlike weather to the west.

The weather should get active again in just another few weeks. Winter isn't over yet, and we will have some more chances for snow coming before springtime sets in for good.

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