Thursday, November 29, 2007

School Visit to Newton

I want to thank Miss Weaver's Fifth grade class at South Breeze Elementary in Newton for the nice visit this afternoon. A couple of days ago, they launched over 550 balloons in support of a sick school staff member. With each balloon, they included their school's name and email address in hopes of hearing from anyone who recovered one of the balloons.

Wednesday morning, they got an email from a gentleman in Ravenswood, West Virginia...over 950 miles away! He had found one of the balloons that morning. Basically, the balloon in question traveled all that distance in about 17 1/2 hours!

Today, I visited the class to explain how those balloons ventured so far from home. (5 have been found....so far!!) The youngsters had many questions about the jet stream and winds in the atmosphere. I had a great time answering all of their questions. Unfortunately, I'm still getting over a cold so my voice was starting to weaken a bit toward the end of the talk.

I hope everyone had a good time today!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Spring in November

It's feeling more like Spring than late November as I write this Monday morning. I'm not complaining though. Well, maybe my back is after picking up all of the leaves in our yard Saturday afternoon. Ibuprofen anyone?

Record highs will likely be broken or tied for many locations across the state today. Here's a look at some of the records and our forecast:

City Forecast Record High/Date
Wichita 79 75 in 1949
Salina 78 78 in 1989
Goodland 78 80 in 1996
Dodge City 82 82 in 1942

By the way, the average highs in Wichita/Dodge City and Goodland are 53 and 48 respectively. So today, temperatures will be 25 to nearly 30 degrees above average! Enjoy it before some of Canada's finest rolls into Kansas tomorrow. Speaking of Tuesday, our Forecast Phone bank is tomorrow evening from 5-7pm. Call us to get your "over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go" forecast.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I'd be remiss if I didn't say: Go Hawks!

Monday, November 12, 2007

"Consistently inconsistent"

That's the quote of the day from Mark Larson. In a nutshell, it perfectly describes the weather as of late. We hit 77 degrees yesterday and so far today we have gotten as high as 64 degrees (likely the day's high as temperatures will hold steady or slightly fall this afternoon). If you take a look at our forecast, tomorrow looks mild again (70s) then much cooler Wednesday (50s) before it warms up again at the close of the work week. Call it what you like: a roller coaster ride, see-saw weather, up and down pattern, Mother Nature's wild mood swings (should I keep going?) ...the weather recently is anything but boring!

I hope you enjoy the ride the next few days!

Randy....er, Rodney

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Missing the "Saving"

Am I the only one or do you miss Daylight Saving Time? It's kind of depressing when the sun sets before 5:30pm now. I really love summer when you still have light left after 9pm. If I could combine the long daylight with less mosquitoes and humidity then I'd really be happy.

Oh well, at least this weekend's weather looks great! The winds will shift to the south today and usher in more warm, moist air to central and eastern Kansas. It's the increasing moisture that's leading to the mostly cloudy skies we'll have today through Monday.

Because of the clouds, I think the record high for today and tomorrow will be safe. Today's record is 77 set back in 1927 and tomorrow is 80 set in 1989. We are forecasting 69 degrees today and 75 degrees tomorrow. Interestingly enough, we may challenge another record: the warmest low temperature! I know it sounds strange but there are records kept by the National Weather Service for not only record highs and lows but also for "record warmest low" and "record coldest high." We keep stats...we're funny that way. The record warmest low for tomorrow morning is 59 set in 1980. We have 56 forecast right now.

Enjoy your weekend! And to all Veterans out there: Thank you!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Pheasant season opens this weekend

It's a big outdoors weekend here in Kansas as pheasant season opens tomorrow morning at sunrise. The season continues until January 31, 2008. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks says pheasant numbers look good for this season.

The forecast looks nice and chilly in the morning so bundle up! However, be sure to dress in layers as by afternoon you'll be in a t-shirt as highs will warm up to the 60s. Sunday looks even warmer with highs in the 70s. Yeah, not the best hunting weather I know. In any event, turn the TV on tomorrow morning and I'll have the up to date forecast for you.

Talking about hunting has me going back to my youth, recalling the trips my Dad, brother and I took to the Osborne area to go pheasant hunting. We stayed with a friend of my Dad's and would be up way before dawn to get some breakfast. Afterwards, we headed out to the field to get our spot and would wait until the sun came up. I remember that I got one or two birds one year we made the trip but otherwise the birds were very elusive!

It's been a couple of years since I last hunted with my Dad and my brother. It was a very uneventful day of hunting quail near my childhood home. We didn't see a single bird that day! Talk about disappointment! Hopefully I'll get a chance to get back home this fall to track through the fields and pastures yet again.

Good luck and be safe if you're going out this weekend!