Monday, December 29, 2008

Wacky weekend!

I knew when I arrived at work Friday morning with rising temperatures, the afternoon was going to be interesting. And what an afternoon it was with a record high of 69 degrees! And it wasn't just warm...but humid too. That of course led to the Storm Prediction Center issuing a Tornado Watch just east of Wichita. When I awoke to the sound of thunder and hail early Saturday morning, I wasn't surprised in the least.

In classic Kansas fashion, the warmth was followed by a big drop in temperatures and some snow later in the day. You got to love this state, huh? I'm happy to report things are forecast to be a little quieter the next couple of days with highs in the 50s.

I hope you enjoyed the holidays! I had some quality family time which was great and of course ate a little too much (popcorn at the movies yesterday).

If I don't post here again before the end of the year, have a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Net Change: 55 degrees!

When I arrived at work yesterday morning, it was a balmy 55 degrees. To put that in perspective, an average high this time of year is 43. After 8am though, it was fascinating, yet very painful, to watch the mercury fall. Check out this link to Wichita's weather since Friday (as of this writing). Look at Saturday's 4pm temperature (and high) of 61. As I write this, it's 6...that's a 55 degree change! Ouch! At least we're not up in western North Dakota or eastern Montana this morning where it's -25 to -30!

Going back to the weather records, you'll notice that over the next 7-10 days, all but one of Wichita's record lows are from either 1983 or 1989. And I remember both of them vividly...especially 1989. Picture me riding my bike on the KU campus to Finals. The only part of my body you could see was my eyes...everything else was covered up. That hurt...I've never been so cold.

Stay warm, please!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Last Night's Conjunction





Here's a couple of my best photos from last night's conjunction of the crescent Moon, Venus and Jupiter. It was quite a sight in the southwest sky! I hope you had a chance to see it.

You can find other pictures of the event from Spaceweather.com.