Sunday, January 30, 2011

Winter rolls on

In our winter forecast back in November, we predicted 3-4 winter storms with 3-5 cold, Arctic outbreaks. We've already had 2 good winter storms, some might argue there have been 3 depending on what area you are in. Our first real cold, Arctic cold snap occurred earlier in the month, when highs were only in the teens back on January 11th and 12th. This next cold snap coming in is going to be a harsh one, with single digit highs and wind chills down between 15 and 30 degrees below zero.

The snowfall will be significant in SE Kansas too. Accumulations of 8-10 inches appear likely, with some areas getting up to a foot. The wind will crank up and blowing and drifting could be a big problem too. We still need moisture, right? Well, when you start talking about the specifics of this winter storm, you start to ask yourself how bad do you want the moisture. The snow is good for the wheat crop, but I always feel bad for livestock that have to be out in the elements. I know they have extra hair at this time of the year, but when you see how cold it gets at night, you wish you had the world's largest heated barn to bring them into.

We may have one more good cold snap in the middle of February with some snow, but I think there is light at the end of the tunnel as Spring is now less than 2 months away. Millie couldn't be more ready, especially after the 70 degree weather we saw last week.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We are bracing for the next cold snap! Not as bad though?

Susan W.

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