Friday, May 5, 2017

Weekend meteor shower - long range forecast

We have some beautiful weather expected heading into the weekend. It's going to be dramatically different than the last couple of weekends. So I thought I might share with you a meteor shower that will be reaching its peak Saturday morning. Now that the weather is warming up and the skies will be clear, maybe you'll want to check this out.

It's the Eta Aquarids (pronounced AK-wa-rids) meteor shower and although it's not the best shower of the year, you might catch as many as 30-60 per hour. There aren't many guidelines to follow when searching for a meteor shower other than to look straight up and get away from city lights as much as you can. The darker the sky, the better off you'll be.

We've almost had 50% of our average annual rainfall for Wichita, but now the faucet is turned off and might stay that way for awhile. 

Over the weekend, a storm will be developing in California and it will take its own sweet time moving toward Kansas. The storm starts forming on Saturday, but won't push into the Plains until Wednesday. That means our chance to dry out can go even longer! And this just might tie the longest stretch of dry weather in the last month. We will see.

What can we expect as we move through the next several weeks of May? One thing I'm seeing is that temperatures might actually end up near to below normal for much of the remainder of this month (likely meaning more 60° and 70° weather). This isn't to surprising considering how much wet weather we've had. 

I think we have a couple stretches where the weather looks nice and quiet. We are entering one of those stretches now, with the next one May 18-24 looking fairly quiet too. But I do see signs of an active weather pattern potentially setting up heading into the Memorial Day weekend. May 25-29 has a chance of being stormy, so let's see how everything evolves over the coming days and weeks. 

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