Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sunday Morning Update

Here's my latest stab at it this morning! As you can see from yesterday's post, there's been some minor adjustments but overall not too bad. We still expect the worst of the storm to blast western and northcentral Kansas.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Big Weekend Storm!

Winter storms are tough to forecast. This one especially so given the computer model's lack of consistency in handling the criticial weather features the last few days. I'm sure the track and speed of the system will change a bit, which will affect the rain to snow changeover times. Plus the ground is so warm thanks to the recent Spring-like temperatures. In any event, this is our snowfall forecast map (from Sunday morning through Tuesday morning). It's certainly subject to revision and updates in future forecasts. Stay tuned.

Why my hair hasn't turned gray yet is beyond me.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Another Light show in the Kansas sky Tonight

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Matt from Canton wrote Storm Team 12 today and asked:

"I was just curious if anyone else reported the spectacular meteor that shot across the eastern sky (from north to south) this morning at about 1:30 am. It lasted for 2 to 3 full seconds and lit the entire sky a bright blue."

Matt, my guess is that you saw a part of the annual Taurid meteor shower. Unfortunately, I was sound asleep last night and missed the fantastic sight. The good news is that the peak is tonight! You need to look straight up tonight around Midnight to check it out.

According to the website, we should be alert for fireballs. "The Taurids, caused by debris from Comet 2P/Encke, tend to be slow and very bright."

The folks at the site add that we could see up to 5 meteors/hour tonight at the peak viewing time. That is, if the clouds we have forecast don't get in the way!!

If you are fortunate enough to take a picture of a meteor tonight, we'd love to see it! Please send it to

Sunday, November 8, 2009

One More Day of 70s!

I think the oak tree at home is mocking me. My wife and I spent a few hours yesterday afternoon picking up leaves and acorns and got the front yard looking all nice and neat. As I pulled out of the garage this morning, I chuckled as I saw the new additions to the yard: a few more new-fallen leaves. I should have known!

You can blame it on that south breeze. It's not helping things at all...actually encouraging another blizzard of leaves to cascade down onto the lawn. Now you're probably thinking: "Rod, if you still had leaves up there on the tree, why not wait until most of the them are down?!" A couple months ago I overseeded the front lawn.

Otherwise, we can't complain one bit about this nice weather this weekend! Highs today will once again reach the 70s. Rain chances will be on the increase tonight and Monday when we actually cool down. I say that with a chuckle too as we'll still be running a tad above normal in the temperature category.

Raking up leaves or not, enjoy your Sunday!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Cold month of October

Have I mentioned that I hate colds? More times than not, it goes to my voice box (and what helps me to earn a living!) Thankfully once I'm finished with my shift today, I have a couple of days to rest and hope that my voice is back to normal when I return to work on Wednesday.

We all know how chilly October was and now we have actual numbers to prove it. Goodland experienced its coldest October on record with an average temperature of 43.7 degrees. The previous record was 44.3 degrees in 1925. Wichita had its second coolest October on record with an average temperature of 51.2 degrees. The coldest? Again, it was 1925 with an average temperature of 49.0 degrees.

Thanks to the Wichita and Goodland National Weather Service offices for these stats this morning.

Unlike last month, this upcoming work week looks pretty pleasant for November. Enjoy!