Monday, September 16, 2013

Changing weather pattern

I think I've mentioned this before, but fall is my favorite season in weather around Kansas. It's always exciting to watch as the atmosphere changes from warm to cold. Everything starts getting stronger when colder air gets involved. The winds aloft (50,000 feet), the cold fronts, the storm systems, etc. and each passing system means a variety of weather.

In the next two weeks, we will likely see some interesting storm systems move across the US, and if the longer range models are right, at least one of them will be quite strong. Too much rain in Colorado has been devastating, so we don't want that, but more moisture wouldn't be so bad, especially in the southwest corner of the state.

Take a look at this forecast image for Saturday, Sep. 21st. Colder air from Alaska heads south, while warmer air from Mexico continues to move north. As time goes along, the colder air from the north will win every battle it encounters with the warm, and fall weather will be here to stay. The big "L", or storm system on the west coast, will be headed for Kansas early next week, and should bring at least a chance for moisture, and another cool down. Between Thursday, Sep. 19 and the end of the month, there should be at least 3, if not 4 more storm systems coming through. Let's hope we get the moisture we need now, because it's more difficult in the months of October and November as the air begins to dry down.
Weather map valid Saturday, Sep. 21

If you came by the KWCH booth during the fair and said hi to Millie, thanks. She has been pretty tired, and it seems like recovering from the fair takes a little longer now that she's a little older. But we enjoyed meeting everyone.

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