Friday, October 24, 2008

Stop the Chant

I have to be honest: I haven't been to a KU home football game since 2003. Working early morning weekends nixes that opportunity for me. So up until a few weeks ago, I wasn't even aware of the vulgar chant KU students were using during kickoffs.

I'm a proud KU graduate and admit my language, even to this day, gets a little colorful during KU sporting events (just ask my wife). When I was on the Hill, if a call didn't go our way, we'd typically let loose with the chant that starts with "bull". Coach Roy Williams was pretty good at stopping that. With one stern look up to the student section, he'd wave his hands and shake his head in disapproval. The students listened and the chant would immediately stop.

So how much Coach Mangino doesn't get the same respect? He and his staff and players have steadily built a winning tradition on the Hill. Before the last home game, a pre-recorded plea aired, asking students to stop the chant. And yet it continued.

KU fans...we can do much better than this! C'mon, we invented the Rock Chalk Chant! Remember? Teddy Roosevelt called it the best college chant he'd ever heard.

We're steeped in tradition and winning. We just came off an Orange Bowl championship in January and the National Championship in San Antonio in April. Let's come up with something that's classy, more respectful, more traditional and certainly something that all ages can participate in and hear. If I take my daughter to a game, I want her to remember the fun atmosphere, not a line from an Adam Sandler movie.

We're not in Missouri...this is KANSAS.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Friday, October 17, 2008

The record falls

I'm sure you already heard this but I wanted to touch on it again. When the rain ended Wednesday in Wichita, our 2008 total was up to 50.72", a new record for annual rainfall for the city. Assuming we get just "normal" precipitation in November and December, we'd end the year with 53.89"! It will be interesting to see where we finish.

I've had a couple of people ask me when we can expect our first freeze. The average date is October 28th. Our forecast doesn't go out that far but as it stands right now, we don't have any freezing temps in the forecast the next week here in Wichita.

Have a great Friday!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Noon update

Call it fun with Math! I have a piece of paper that has all kinds of scribbles on it today!

As of Noon, we're up to 1.12" of rain for the day, giving us 50.17" of rain for 2008. Just another 0.30" and we'll have the wettest year ever for Wichita. EVER. This is only the second time in Wichita's weather history that we've had 50+" of rain in a single year.

Did I mention that it's only mid-October?

Nearing the record!

You know I'll have an update on this later today....but had to post it now.

Thanks to this morning's rainfall, we're up to 49.91" of rain for 2008 (through 8:39am). We're just 0.57" away from Wichita's all-time record for rainfall (which is 50.48", set in 1951). Not only will the record fall today (look at the radar this morning) but by tomorrow we'll put some distance between the numbers.

And it's only October 14th!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

10-9-8....

It's typically a countdown that you'd hear with a space shuttle launch...today it's the date! I hope you're enjoying the nice weather. I thought I'd post something real quick here during a break for me during the Noon show.

It looks like an increasing wet weekend and early next week period. The storm system I talked about a few days ago looks like it will arrive late Sunday here in Wichita. As the surface front becomes parallel to the wind flow in the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere, look for periods of rain, some of it locally heavy. Here's a precipitation forecast from Sunday morning through Tuesday morning. The red stripe from western Texas to northwest Iowa is 2.5-3.0".

We'll have more information in later weathercasts as we give the models more time to iron out the forecast details. Stay tuned!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Fallin' off the deep end?


The two charts above are from one of our long-range computer models, the backbone of our 7-day forecasts you see on KWCH. The charts depict what it thinks will happen with the weather this Saturday, October 11th. On my shift the last 2 days, this particular model has been showing a significant cool down by Saturday. In the first picture, the solid black lines depict the mid-level pattern at roughly 15-18,000ft. It shows a big area of lower heights in the middle of the country.
Why do I say lower heights instead of low pressure? OK, quick meteorology lesson! On that first chart, all of those solid black lines are at the same pressure: 500mb. What varies though is the height to which you must ascend to in order to reach that pressure. Let's say you're in a hot air balloon over northern Minnesota and for fun you have a barometer with you. As you go higher and higher, the pressure falls. In our example here, when you get high enough where the barometer reads 500mb of pressure, you would be about 5460 meters above the ground. However, if you took that same balloon for a trip over Arizona, you'd have to get up over 5800 meters before your barometer said 500mb. Still with me? Great!
The second picture is less confusing: it depicts the high temps across the country on Saturday. For Kansas, it's forecasting highs in the 50s!!
In the same breath though, another long range model I use in the morning (not depicted) is MUCH slower in the arrival of the cool shot, not arriving until Sunday.
What does this all mean? Nothing yet...but it will bear watching this week. There's always disagreement in computer weather forecasts, especially this far out in advance. Right now, we're forecasting highs in the 60s for next weekend. We'll get a better handle on the timing of the front and cool air behind it as we go through the forecast process this week.
On a completely unrelated note, I just realized this morning that 11 years ago today I made my debut here in the Wichita TV market. How is it that 11 years have gone by so fast?! Wow...hard to believe!