Monday, June 20, 2016

Back from Austin - Summer Solstice - Heat/Storms

It's great to be back home after a week in Austin, TX at the AMS (American Meteorological Society) Broadcast Conference. These meetings offer up a chance to learn about new technology and advancements in the world of meteorology. Other topics are covered too that may not be directly weather related. One topic covered that everyone seems to be very interested in is the upcoming total solar eclipse for next August (2017). There will be a great deal of information about it as time gets closer, but it will be a very memorable event and something we haven't seen in nearly 100 years.

Summer begins today at 5:34 p.m. The Earth is tilted toward the sun, but did you know the Earth is farther from the sun than it is on the Winter Solstice? It is the tilt that creates our seasons, and the Southern Hemisphere is having their winter right now. Can you imagine living in places like Alaska where they have almost no nighttime? Check this out:
  • Barrow, Alaska - Sun stays up all day
  • Anchorage, Alaska - 19 hours, 21 minutes
  • Wichita - 14 hours, 46 minutes
Our nights are pretty short around here, but I can't imagine the sun staying up all day like it does in Barrow this time of year.

We do have more hot weather is coming to Kansas. This is good news as wheat harvest continues around the state. There will be increasing south winds for Tuesday/Wednesday. Looking ahead, here's what we can expected:

  • High pressure begins breaking down by Wednesday
  • Another front arrives Thursday afternoon/evening
    • Chances for showers/storms will increase - but they will be scattered
  • Not guaranteed, but scattered storm chances will linger into Friday
  • Another front (even stronger) should arrive next weekend, so storms will be in the forecast Saturday, followed by some cooler weather late in the weekend.

1 comment:

marc gifford said...

I get a bit confused looking at the radar during a storm. It can be raining at my house but the radar will be clear or no color showing. Not sure how to read that.

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