Wednesday AM Blog: Warming up and thunderstorms
Good Wednesday midday. I hope your day is going great so far. I am doing great, just getting some work done and house stuff done prior to work. Here is an overview of last nights storm system.
South of I-44: Rain, mixed with some sleet at times.
Joplin metro: Rain, freezing rain and sleet, some slushy overnight roads.
Indy-Parsons-Pitt-Lamar-Nevada: Mainly sleet and snow, 1-3″ depending on where you live.
Fredonia-Chanute-Iola-Yates Center: Mainly snow, 1-4″ accumulated.
Remember everyone, we are in a pattern each and every year. The areas that get the snow in the winter will be the ones that continue to get the snow through the entire winter. Kansas City is over 30″ of snow, while 100 miles south in Joplin, we are at 5.5″. That is crazy that it varies so much. Looking down the road, we have once shot for wintry weather (not a great one) mid next week. We have a shot around March 4th, again not a great shot. However, storm season is going to be a little crazy around here with many events we have to deal with. First off, look at the radar below.
Will will warm up over the next few days. Our next big system rolls in on Saturday. This is mainly a rain event and even some strong thunderstorms depending on the timing of the event.
Updated long range forecast below through the entire spring.
So how did all of this start? Throughout elementary, middle and high school, Bryan Busby (Chief KMBC, Kansas City, MO) and I hung out on numerous occasions down at the station. Bryan is my mentor, he is the one who pushed me in this field and actually got my very first job at Cable 6 News in Lawrence, Ks. Bryan showed me all of his forecasting theories on how the atmosphere worked. As an elementary and middle school kid, this didn’t make the greatest sense but it stuck with me over the years. Some of his forecasting techniques, Bryan shared with me what he called “The Pendulum Theory.” Simply put, Bryan noticed as the atmospheric conditions were way out of line with normal, temperatures would “swing” back just as severely in the opposite direction. In the process, strong storms would proceed the change. That stuck with me as I entered college to furthered my study in the science. When I was in college, I noticed a recurring pattern. I didn’t know what I had found at that point in time, but it ended up being a ground breaking technology that I use today for long range forecasting. The pattern sets up each and every year from late August through September 20th. The pattern is completely set by about September 20th. The pattern is how storm systems will react. In the pattern, there is a recurring cycle that takes place. The cycle length can be from 40 up to 65 days long. If we look at this years cycle, we are on a 50-52 day cycle. That means today’s weather is similar to 50-52 days ago and 50-52 days from now. I have been working on this pattern since 1999 in college when I noticed a snowstorm in Lawrence, KS had an odd look to it. We had another snowstorm about two months later that had that same odd look to it. A couple months later we had a severe weather outbreak that again had that same odd look. It was the pattern that gave it that odd look, but the cycle that spread these storms out equally. Since that point in time, I have been working on this pattern and find something new each and every year.
Long range forecast through Early March:
LONG RANGE FORECAST BASED OFF THE HEADY PATTERN. THIS COVERS NEBRASKA, IOWA, KANSAS, MISSOURI, OKLAHOMA AND ARKANSAS.
Next Week: A mild start to the week with rain working in on Tuesday. Turning colder the rest of the week with slight chances for rain and snow on Thursday.
March 3rd-9th: Cool with rain and snow chances on Sunday and Monday. Rain chances with mild temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday. Cooling down the rest of the week.
March 10th-16th: A cool start to the week with slight chances for rain and snow on Sunday. Warming up by mid week with thunderstorms on Wednesday and Thursday. Cooling down into the weekend.
March 17th-23rd: Mild with showers on Monday. Cooling back down with showers continuing until Wednesday. Mild temperatures back in for the weekend with rain back in for the weekend.
March 24th-30th: Mainly a mild week with showers on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Coler for the weekend.
March 31st-April 6th: Mainly a mild week with showers on Tuesday. A stronger system on Friday and Saturday with thunderstorms, some could be strong to severe.
April 7th-13th: A cool start to the week with mild temperatures for the middle of the week. Thunderstorms on Wednesday, some could be strong. Cooling down the rest of the week
April 14th-20th: A mild first half of the week with a cool second half of the week. Thunderstorms on Wednesday.
April 21st-27th: Thunderstorm on Sunday and Monday that could be strong to severe. Turning cooler through the middle of the week. Mild and dry the second half of the week.
April 28th-May 4th: Warming up with strong to severe thunderstorms on Tuesday and Wednesday. Another round of storms by the weekend.
May 5th-11th: A cool first half of the week with mild temperatures the second half of the week. Thunderstorms chances on Friday.
May 12th-18th: Mainly a warm week with slight chances for rain on Wednesday. However, thunderstorms on Friday, these could be strong to severe.
May 19th-25th: Thunderstorms, strong to severe on Sunday and Monday. Mainly a warm week with more thunderstorms on Friday.
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