Friday, January 1, 2010

2009 Weather in Review

At the end of one year and the start of another, it is interesting to look back on the different kinds of weather patterns that influenced our weather. The most significant weather event of the year will depend on your location in the state. For Wichita, the 3" size hail event on July 8th will probably rank at the top of the list. Broken windshields, damaged trees and roofs, and ironic enough, a baseball game put on hold by baseball size hail will forever be remembered as some continue to recover from that crazy evening of weather.

The big snowstorm on March 28th will linger in the minds of many, especially for those in southcentral KS, where 25-30 inches of snow fell in about a 24-36 hour time frame. And snow drifts that were 4-8 feet deep. These types of snowstorms are rare for this area, but it serves as a reminder that it can still happen.

You may be thinking of another weather event that affected your local area in 2009. It seems as if Mother Nature always finds a way to leave her signature on the year, some more dramatic than others, but each event is unique. It makes our job very exciting, frustrating, difficult, etc. but yet we look forward to telling the story and tracking our ever changing weather in 2010 and anxiously await to see what kind of events will happen this year. Happy New Year.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My biggest story was the May Derecho....I was in the swath of 100 MPH wind. One of the biggest things I remember about it is how loud the wind was. I woke up and I thought it was torrentially raining but it was just the Wind. Driving in El Dorado that day it looked like a war zone, trees on top of cars, whole trees just lying in roads.

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