Good morning,

We are expecting a big warm-up into the 50s and possibly near 60 degrees on Sunday!  Temperatures were below average for the first nine days of 2014, and that streak ended yesterday with temperatures slightly above average.  The trend is up for a couple of days.  The Arctic air has retreated way up into northern Canada, and the next cold front will come through Sunday night with Pacific air flowing over the Rocky Mountains and  across the USA.

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I just read through all of yesterday’s comments and found this one from Courtney in Overland Park.  She is looking back to that March 12th huge severe weather day in our region:

What a fascinating/horrifying day…On 12 March 2006 (as he was preparing to host a telethon at a pet store :-) ) , Gary wrote about the warm front in his first blog entry, and that there was some uncertainty over the extent of its northern movement relative to the storm initiation window for our area. He wrote that if it DID go sufficiently north, we would have a serious problem by early afternoon. That statement became an understatement for the souls residing in east central KS and west central/southern MO. It was cool and dreary that morning and though there had been an early storm that produced a microburst and/or a tornado in Lawrence, it did not *feel* like an *all hell breaking loose* type of severe weather day ( to me anyway), and that obviously turned out to be a *very wrong* assumption! By 1 p.m. we were in a PDS tornado watch with a clearing sky and rapidly rising temps. Around 4p.m., the radar began to look surreal…almost like a loop as supercells formed repeatedly (more or less) in the same area where the dryline had stalled and bulged. They would then make a beeline in from the southwest along roughly the same path as their predecessors without becoming linear…and the cycle continued well into the evening hours. Wow, I didn’t mean to ramble on THAT much! I’m sure most remember that event as crazy as it was. I have lived here since birth – nearly forty years now – and that day definitely stands out…not so much for the intensity of the event itself but rather the prolonged and persistent nature of said intensity. We primarily get two severe weather set-ups; the one storm hit and run usually associated with a passing cold front, and the one-two punch set-up with plenty of time in between our same day storms for the atmosphere to “reload”. I believe that Gary said some of the contributing factors to the Mar. 12th outbreak were: there was no cap, the dryline stalled and “bulged”, and the upper air dynamics were such that the storms could maintain their number and strength well into the night. On a side note, I think it was about two weeks after this outbreak that we were supposed to get a mammoth snowstorm…only it pulled one of it’s usual KC tricks and tracked further north than forecasted at the last minute…and then we got to hear about the town in southeast Neb. that got 23″ from “our” storm afterwards. All of this fascinates me so much I swear I could go on and on and on…and boy did I ever with this one. Thanks for reading if you made it this far! :-)

Courtney in downtown OP

Thank you Courtney for your long comment. It was a very difficult day, on a Sunday.  Windy the weather dog at 16 years old was arriving to be on the Pet Telethon. That was a long duration severe weather day.  And, yes I remember that hugs snow storm tracking just northwest of us two weeks later.

I am flying back to KC later today and we are looking forward to the warmer temperatures.  Have a great we will look ahead in tomorrow’s blog.

 

Gary