Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Next storm arrives & check out our solar system

courtesy Nick Myers - Liberal
The next storm rolls into the central Plains today and we can expect more wintry weather. It won't be very heavy, but we still expect a few areas to get 2 or 3 inches in parts of central and northern Kansas. The interesting thing is this storm is diving southeast rather quickly, so the opportunity for snowfall will only last about 12-18 hours before it's gone entirely. This is the same system that will increase in intensity as it heads to the East Coast for the weekend. Some places around Washington D.C. could get locally 2 feet of snow. So this will be an interesting one to watch.

A quick glance at our snowfall amounts this winter season shows many areas are below normal. Wichita hasn't even had an inch of snow yet. Western Kansas had some big snows early in the season, but since then, there hasn't been much accumulation. There's still plenty of winter left and as most of you know, we can still get some big winter storms in the next few months. 

Have you heard? There are 5 different planets that will align in the southern sky for the next 5 weeks. You will have to get up early (about 45 minutes before sunrise) and you might need some binoculars to see Mercury. It's the lowest planet on the horizon. Saturn, Jupiter, and Venus will be much easier to see. This alignment of the planets hasn't happened in more than a decade, so if you get a chance on a morning with clear skies, might be worth checking out. 

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