Monday, January 23, 2012

Lack of snow

This has definitely been a snowless winter for many parts of Kansas. We had the big snowstorm before Christmas in western Kansas, but since that storm, there hasn't been any significant snow events for our area. Storms that move up from the desert Southwest are usually notorious for producing widespread snows, and we've had several come through the southwest, but the lack of cold air has allowed the precipitation type to be predominately rain.

If the recent trends continue and winter ended now, this would be the least snowiest winter on record for Wichita. Our annual snowfall is around 15-16 inches. We'll make it into the top 10 least snowiest winters if we have less than 3.9" for the season. So far, we are stuck at .4".

I'm not a huge fan of snow, but I'd like to have at least 1 or 2 good winter systems to track before we head into spring. And when I think back to how hot it was last summer, it makes me want snow just a little bit more. Whew, we should hope next summer is not as extreme as the last.


Anonymous said...

I definitely think we need moisture. I would prefer it in the form of rain but ONLY if it stays above freezing!

Anonymous said...

There is no question that planet is warming and changing. You can debate whether it is natural or caused by man. I have lived in Kansas all my life and remember 25-30 years ago we would get deep snows in Kansas. Now it barely rains let alone snows. They are calling for another decade of this so be prepared to see a different Kansas in the future...

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