Snow On Three Straight Sundays In April

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Snow On Three Straight Sundays In April

Good morning bloggers,

Were you up early like me on this Sunday morning. Here it is 4:30 AM and it is snowing. It is snowing enough to turn everything white outside and it is the third Sunday in a row with snow: April 1st, 8th, and 15th!  Without even checking records, I know this has never happened before in KC.  Let’s see if KCI comes in with 0.1″ of snow. If they do, it will be the eleventh measurable snow of the season.  I will write it in here if it becomes official.

4:30 AM Radar:


Now, it can’t happen again next weekend can it?


What is this? Another major storm next Saturday morning. Let’s see how it lines up.

Thank you for sharing in this weather experience featuring Weather2020 and the LRC.  Go over to the Weather2020 blog and join in the conversation or read the comments as we all learn together.  Now it is back to looking at the snow.


2018-04-16T08:58:27+00:00April 15th, 2018|General|42 Comments


  1. Three7s April 15, 2018 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Couldn’t even tell it snowed, not even white where I am.

  2. Lisa Lu April 15, 2018 at 7:42 am - Reply

    Woke up to a snow covered roofs and cars in my OP neighborhood! Deck and yard had minor accumulation as well.

  3. Kurt April 15, 2018 at 8:25 am - Reply

    2 inches of snow just south of St Joseph even started accumulating on sidewalk and driveway. Can’t get it to rain but no problem getting it to snow in April this year. That’s 6 inches of snow for the month

  4. Mr. Pete April 15, 2018 at 8:26 am - Reply

    What’s the forecast for the rest of today? More snow?

  5. Bill in Lawrence April 15, 2018 at 8:44 am - Reply


    Happy cold April Sunday to you sir!!

    Just a quick check in from Washington Creek Valley SW of Lawrence. What a powerhouse storm….so many impacts in such a wide area. My memory is no what it used to be (not a good thing for a history teacher LOL) but I don’t think the last two patterns produced a storm of this magnitude; this pattern for sure has some kick to it.

    Obviously it has more kick for some areas than others (though I have been quite happy with the winter version of this LRC) and Washington Creek Valley was for sure not int he right spot. From this storm I got one 5 min down pour…one clap of thunder…a dusting of snow and of course wind…lost of wind!!!! I knew though looking at the track of the surface low and upper level low that this was most likely just a wind producer for this particular area. It is what it is…I really can’t complain as I have maximized a few events in the winter version of this LRC and while a bit dry now, I am sitting at close to 4 inches of qpf since December 17th and around 10 inches of frozen precip (snow, sleet, freezing rain)

    Going forward I woukld respectfuly argue that this area will not do as well rain wise as say KC and points east. We will be okay and I’m not talking drought for here as we will maximize a few events (especially in the NW flow periods) but like ion October and this event have shown, Douglas Counts is on the very SW edge of the rain shield…I would think overall that will continue. In other words, I don’t see many point filling rains for my area….enough to keep me mowing every 5 days (LOL) but the leaky pond will not get to full reservoir this year. The good new is that any heat we have should be blunted on several occasions as there wil be some decent summer fronts.

    Whatever the case, the LRC will be the map to follow as it will show all the fronts and waves…and as always it will be fun to follow and track what the summer version looks like.

    Thanks as always Gary and Jeff for providing such an amazing place to learn and sicuss the weather!!! You both so Rock!!!! 🙂

    Have a great Sunday everyone

    Bill in Washington Creek Valley in Lwwrence

  6. George April 15, 2018 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Minor accumulation at my house. Covered elevated flat surfaces is about all- roads and driveway are clear. OP 87th & Antioch

  7. Nick April 15, 2018 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Maybe we all should have graded this winter better… it seems to think that it’s in detention and is staying through spring( meteorological spring is half over :0 and the ground is white with snow here) I will say that dispite the frusteration with the overall moisture in St. Joe this April is sure giving us some interesting weather 🙂

  8. Mr. Pete April 15, 2018 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Any predictions on when the last freeze of the year will be?

  9. Emaw April 15, 2018 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Memorial Day.

  10. Richard April 15, 2018 at 9:41 am - Reply

    It’s been cold and cloudy for 112 days !
    When will we get more than 2-3 straight days of sun and warmth !

  11. Elaine Watson April 15, 2018 at 9:47 am - Reply

    East of McLouth, we had a brief downpour (.31) on Friday and hail. The hail was pea size with a few marble size mixed in. Saturday and Saturday night, light rain then 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Wild weather event to be sure.

  12. Richard April 15, 2018 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Did the Fukushima earthquake mess things up ?
    I think it changed the earth tilt.
    After that our seasons have been little off and we have had wet and cooler summers since then

    • Tdogg April 15, 2018 at 9:54 am - Reply

      Seriously? LMAO!!!

      • Richard April 15, 2018 at 10:48 am - Reply

        Not serious
        just messin

    • ktownmo April 15, 2018 at 10:43 am - Reply

      Nope. #GrandSolarMinimum

  13. Richard April 15, 2018 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Instead of every 47 days we have rain or snow every 7 days now.
    Whats up with that. Where were these every 7 day events during the winter

  14. Terry April 15, 2018 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Lets go for Four sundays in a row !

  15. Terry April 15, 2018 at 10:27 am - Reply

    For get about spring and summer who needs it lol !

  16. Rockdoc April 15, 2018 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Richard, the shifting weather patterns are tied to climate change. This has to do with the thinning ice up in the Arctic and Antarctica. I suspect we’ll see more winters/springs like we’ve experienced this year since this pattern has been modeled due to the changes that are under way. Here is a link that also shows predicted changes in precipitation.

    Here’s a good article that also explains the setup for colder weather in the eastern half of the US. It has to do with the ridging out west and the periodic deep troughs from the middle to east coast.

  17. Mr. Pete April 15, 2018 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Next weekend looks dicey again.

  18. f00dl3 April 15, 2018 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Climate change is funny. The climate has constantly been changing for the past 200 million years. Effing no shoop shirlock we got Climate Change.

    The question is how much is caused by man, and how much is caused by politicians trying to push an agenda?

    First it was global cooling. Then we had the oil crisis in the 70s. Then it was global warming, Then Obama pushed a bunch of fuel effeciency laws, then now it’s Climate Change, and Trump is pretty much abolishing any fuel efficiency laws – so I predict the next Democrat that gets in office it’s gonna be another big paper being put out and all of a sudden EPA re-established. If Trump gets re-elected he will probably lax restrictions even more citing Solar Minimum papers.

    Either way you look at it Washington controls what papers the media publishes in terms of what scientists think our weather is doing, and they never get it right and all their calculations are always off.

    • KS Jones April 15, 2018 at 2:04 pm - Reply

      Roughly every two years we’re treated to headlines repeating the myth that Earth is headed for an imminent “mini ice age.” It happened in 2013, 2015, and again just recently at the tail end of 2017.
      This time around, the myth appears to have been sparked by a Sky News interview with Northumbria University mathematics professor Valentina Zharkova. The story was quickly echoed by the Daily Mail, International Business Times, Sputnik News, Metro, Tru News, and others. 
      Is another grand solar minimum imminent?
      Why won’t this myth die?

      • Supercell April 15, 2018 at 3:01 pm - Reply

        Same reason why myth of global warming won’t die. If it’s cold in April, it’s global warming. If it’s warm in January’s it’s global warming. The seas were supposed to rise and overtake coastal cities by now and sea levels haven’t come up a half an inch. Our beach property is well marked with historic high/low tides and they haven’t changed at all in twenty years. Whatever can be pushed to help a political agenda, that’s what we will hear about. The truth is the weather will do what it wants to do, when it wants to do it and how it wants to do it.

      • ktownmo April 15, 2018 at 4:39 pm - Reply

        Let’s wait and see what happens the next several years before passing judgement.

    • KS Jones April 15, 2018 at 5:20 pm - Reply

      Our climate has been changing for 200,000,000 years? How can that be? Steve Abram says the earth is less than 6,000 years old, and he was the chairman of the Kansas State Board of Education from 2005 to 2008. He and his like-minded flat-earth Republicans had the controlling vote on that board through those years.
      In 2008, Abrams (a licensed veterinarian) went on to become a Kansas state senator, and was reelected in 2012. That says a lot about the Kansas electorate.

    • Ben April 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      I would love to hear Gary’s (or another mod’s) response to these comments. I wonder what the climate scientists in the room have to say. Is climate change real? Do the vast majority of climate scientists in the world believe human activity has any effect?

      • Richard April 15, 2018 at 8:28 pm - Reply

        Gary believes in climate change. He said so on here

  19. Richard April 15, 2018 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Royals game cancelled.
    3rd one now
    I don’t blame them. It would be brutal

  20. Richard April 15, 2018 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Boy oh hoy people are furious. With good reason. Social media blowing up at Royals
    I didnt realize Royals waited til the last minute to cancel !
    People had already paid for parking, bought food, etc. THEN the announcement was made
    I mean come on
    KSHB is official forecaster for them. They had to know what the weather would be like, right ?

    • Richard April 15, 2018 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      Game tickets will be good for the makeup game in June.
      But they arent refunding parking fees from today. The game was called 20 minutes before gametime !

  21. Stl78(winon,mn) April 15, 2018 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    The snow has once again moved in..another 3 to 5 expected and possibly more Tues/wed. I’m starting feel as though ground hog day is taking place right here in Winona! At least I saw some lightning and heard a few claps of thunder before the cold air took over

  22. Blue Flash April 15, 2018 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    I work right across from the stadium. Saw a huge exodus of fans when the game was called. Why did they wait so long? They should have called the game off hours earlier. No surprises, forecast was right on.

    • Richard April 15, 2018 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      I heard – read that Royals wanted to cancel early on, but MLB wanted to play. It would have been nationally televised, Jackie Robinson day, and Angels star pitcher Ohtani to start.
      But MLB finally agreed to postpone.
      I think Angels protested enough to get it cancelled. Cant have their star getting hurt. He is after all the modern day Babe Ruth !
      But MLB should have cancelled earlier. It’s on them ! There were 6 games cancelled today. 22 since season began.
      MLB decided to start season earlier this year. Oops

  23. Mr. Pete April 15, 2018 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Snowing at Sporting game.

  24. Skylar April 15, 2018 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Can we talk about the high temperatures today? The record cold minimums across the region are in the low to mid 40s, and some places never even made it above freezing. It’s crazy.

    • KS Jones April 15, 2018 at 7:38 pm - Reply

      Our high temperature (25 miles north of Manhattan) was 32°. That was 35° below average. Our 7-day NWS forecast shows only one day (Tuesday) will be roughly average, and all the rest will be well below.

  25. Emaw April 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm - Reply
  26. Blue Flash April 15, 2018 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    I don’t know which is more incredible….the 16 degree low on April 7, which is now the latest in the season we have ever been in the teens, or today’s apparent high of 31 degrees, five degrees colder than any other day ever this late in the season. How it can stay below freezing with this high of a sun angle (the same sun angle as we have in late August), is a mystery to me.

  27. Lary Gezak April 15, 2018 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Looks like more significant rain on the way next weekend, and maybe permanent average warmth finally appears next week or so.

  28. Mr. Pete April 16, 2018 at 12:04 am - Reply

    Winds are still howling out of the north. Will be a very cold morning.

  29. f00dl3 April 16, 2018 at 7:01 am - Reply

    I can totally attest to that NOAA data tampering. Last year I pulled the GHCN data set back to 1760s that they have off NCDC’s website. The GHCN data totally does not match up with KCI’s CF6 daily climate records, and there were many days that I know we had snow here that their data does not show us having any snow anywhere in 50 miles of Kansas City. Not sure if they “adjusted” the data more, but all that GHCN data can be found at

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