After a relatively quiet 3 weeks across much of Kansas, are you ready for more snow? I've taken some phone calls recently and had comments on social media suggesting people are done with winter and ready for spring. The good news is that January comes to a close and February is a short month, so springtime isn't that far off. I'm not sure if we will have an early spring or not, but if the pattern keeps repeating, we may get lucky and have some nice weather heading into March. We are currently at the start of another active cycle of the weather pattern, and that means several storm systems will be coming through over the next several weeks. Most of the system that will pass through our area should be snow makers. I know that isn't the favorite precipitation type for many, but at least it's moisture. We are still very dry.
We have had so many radical changes in temperatures during the month of January. I count at least 4 different cases of the high temperature changing by at least 25 degrees over a 24 hour period. Those huge temperature swings may come back in March. Could those be our first severe weather events of the year? Time will tell.
Monday, January 6, 2014
Typically, when a polar vortex system sets up over the Great Lakes and southern Canada, we have dry weather around Kansas with lake effect snows in the upper Midwest. And it can take a few days to a week for these large systems to break down and move away. This one won't be around for much longer. I think by Wednesday, it will be weakening and heading east. Much of the country should be climbing out of the deep freeze as the week continues.
Almost half way through winter, here is how we stand on snowfall for the season. Most areas are near normal on snow, except in the northwest, where several places are 5-10 inches below average. One good winter storm can wipe that out.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Here are some snowfall reports from New Years day. Nothing like a few weeks ago, but still enough to cover the ground in some spots.
- ► 2013 (32)
- ► 2012 (18)
- ► 2011 (29)
- ► 2010 (55)
- ► 2009 (49)
- ► 2008 (92)