Sunday, October 13, 2013

Pumpkins and colder weather

It just wouldn't be Halloween season without someone talking about "pumpkin chunkin" or the "punkinator", etc. The idea isn't new, but every time I see video of someone chunkin' pumpkins or firing them into the air, it's good for a laugh. Seems like a clever idea and entertaining for all involved.

Our weather center is already equipped with an weather rock (helps our accuracy) and now we have a new idea that was emailed to us. It's an official "weather pumpkin". Basic rules still apply: if it's wet - rain, if it's white on top - snow, and my favorite, if it's gone - tornado. We have some great technology to help us track the weather, but nothing quite like the weather pumpkin.

Map for 7 a.m. Friday morning (10-18-2013)
Get ready for a HUGE October chill this week. The weather pattern is changing quickly and there is a bunch of cold air that will spill south during the middle of the week. A hard freeze will likely end the growing season for northwest Kansas, while other areas of central Kansas will likely have frost. This should be the coldest air so far of the season, and if you haven't kicked on your furnace yet, you probably will this week. The last couple of weeks have been very active with one storm right after another, but we will likely see that change with a quiet stretch of weather coming by late week.

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