Good morning bloggers,
The morning begins with some black ice, ice that can be deceiving. Many driveways, patios, and decks have some of this ice, and there have been around 20 crashes around KC this morning. Conditions will improve by 10 AM as temperatures rise above freezing with sunny skies today.
I snapped this picture of the black ice this morning. The driveway was covered in a thin layer of ice, and even on the treated road right off of my driveway, there was some ice in patches. So be careful if you are heading out early today.
For Kansas City, this is almost like the worst morning of the year for travel, well it is only January 8th, but now that people are back at work and it is a Monday morning, the impacts for travel are about as bad as it has been thus far this season. This is a pretty sad statement as we are experiencing this nightmare of a winter for us weather enthusiasts. This is our fourth straight winter like this around here. Could this turn around? It still can, but every single potential storm system is finding ways to miss Kansas City, and we are not alone by any means. The very boring winter season, thus far, is being shared by many other cities. Los Angeles may be about to finally have an exciting storm system come through as we move into cycle 3 of this years LRC. Tuesday is likely day 1 of Cycle 3 (Cycle 1: October 7 – November 23; Cycle 2: November 24 – January 8; Cycle 3 begins January 9th with this next storm coming into California)
- Amarillo, TX: Incredible! Amarillo began this years cycling pattern with one storm producing 0.05″ of rain on October 9th after the temperature dropped from 84° on the 8th to 58° on the 9th. Then on an 87° day, 0.01″ fell on the 13th. IT HAS NOT RAINED SINCE. IT HAS NOT SNOWED THIS SEASON. Amarillo, TX has a total of 0.06″ and since October 13th they have the big ZERO!
- Dodge City, KS: Just as Incredible! Dodge City has had 0.01″ of precipitation since this pattern began October 7th. WHAT? Are you kidding me? This is 92 days with 0.01″ and NO SNOW! Wow!
- Wichita, KS: NO SNOW YET! Incredible Again! Wichita had 0.06″ yesterday and 1.61″ since this pattern began. 1.03″ fell in October, and this provides some hope as we begin cycle 3 of at least getting something, but there has yet to be even 0.1″ of snow in Wichita, KS this season.
- Los Angeles, CA: LA had 0.10″ in October in the first LRC Cycle. It rained 0.01″ in November, and 0.01″ in December. This is a total of 0.12″ in the first 92 days of this pattern. This may be about to change on Tuesday. A storm may finally sneak into Southern California and it may cause problems.
As Los Angeles is about to finally break through with a storm system, this same storm system is forecast to make another glancing blow or a complete miss on KC. It is something we are monitoring closely.
Precipitation Forecast Next 10 Days From The 06z GFS Model:
Look closely: Los Angeles is forecast to get 2-4 inches of rain. Kansas City and Wichita are forecast to receive around 0.10″ or so. Dodge City is in the 0.01″ range, and there is a hole over Amarillo. Wow! The same pattern keeps providing miss after miss after miss.
I am heading to Austin, TX this morning and speaking on Wednesday. Let’s see how the models come in today and we will look at the end of the wekek storm in tomorrows blog. Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day reading the Action Weather blog featuring Weather2020 and the LRC. Go over to Weather2020 and join in the great discussion as we share in this weather experience.