Happy New Year bloggers!
My goodness if it is going to be this cold, then it might as well snow. Unfortunately, this is not the case as we are staying in this ridiculously dry weather pattern. Dodge City, KS has received 0.01” since the new LRC started. It will stay dry for at least another 5-7 days. So, let’s go through this numbing New Years forecast and look back at stats from 2017.
We are in a Wind Chill Warning tonight and Monday as wind chill values are expected to drop to between -30° and -20°. The wind chill will drop to -40° along and north of I-80. The blue warnings in Montana, are for Avalanches!
Here are impacts to keep in mind if you are planning to be out and about. Your exposed skin will freeze in 20 minutes in a -20° wind chill and in 10 minutes when the wind chill drops to -35°. The bottom line is dress in layers and move quickly if you are outside.
How do you know if you are experiencing hypothermia? Here are some symptoms to watch out for if you are exposed to the cold too long.
So, if you are headed to a New Years eve party make sure you are bundled up, get inside quickly, DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE, and of course, have fun!
Here is the forecast for tonight and Monday.
Now, here is the forecast for around the area and region.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON: We will see a decent amount of sun, but so what! The temperatures will stay between 5° and 10° with wind chill values around -15°
HAPPY 2018!: It will be -5° in KC and near -20° for Omaha and Des Moines on the thermometer. The wind chill values will be as low as -30° in KC and -40° along I-80. At least you will not have to deal with icy or snowy roads.
NEW YEARS DAY MORNING: Here is the latest computer projection of lows around the area. We are going -10° in KC as we believe these temperatures are about three to five degrees too warm. Now, the coldest low recorded on January 1st for KC is -13° in 1974. We are going to make a run at this temperature. Wind chill values will be as low as -30° as it won’t take much wind to create those values when it is this cold.
Here are the coldest lows recorded for KC on January 1st. If we do not make the first coldest, then second place is quite likely.
NEW YEARS DAY AFTERNOON: The high here in KC will struggle to 5° despite abundant sunshine. Northern Missouri will likely stay below zero all day. Wind chill values will be around -15°.
This current Arctic blast will exit Tuesday as a new one arrives later Wednesday and Thursday. This next blast is directed slightly to the east, so we will not get quite as cold, but lows below zero are likely Thursday and/or Friday. This Arctic air will arrive once again be accompanied by little to no chance of snow.
Before we turn to 2018, let’s look at some stats from 2017 here in KC.
The hottest temperature was recorded on July 21st and 22nd as we climbed to 98°. It would have easily been 100°, if the dew point were not 80°-83°! This lead to a major rain event south of the river on the night of the 22nd. St. Louis was 108° on the 22nd of July as their dew points were in the 50s and they were in a drought.
The coldest temperature was -5° just last week. Now, if we fall to below -5° before midnight, then the coldest temperature of 2017 will be set in it’s last few minutes.
We finished with 46.02″ of rain, or 7.20″ above average. You can see the surplus was caused by the wet summer as we were 8.05″ above average for June through August, which means the rest of 2017 had average precipitation.
Have a happy and safe New Year!
Stay warm, and again, please don’t drink and drive.