Good morning bloggers,
I am not sure how many of you have had a day like we had yesterday, but it was literally the longest day of my life. Think about it. I was up around sunrise in Venice, Italy at 5:21 AM. We flew to Frankfurt, Germany, caught a flight to Chicago, IL, and landed before sunset, which was 8:27 PM, or 3:27 AM Venice, Italy time. So, that means Andy and I just experienced a day that lasted almost 24 hours, 22 hours & 6 minutes from sunrise to sunset. Wow! And, the best part about coming west, and getting home and to sleep around 1 AM, is that there isn’t any real jet lag. Going the other was is where you get the jet lag.
What I missed yesterday:
Joel Ecton tweeted out these two pictures of a severe thunderstorm rolling into KC Wednesday afternoon. this brought KCI another 0.20″ to add onto our total in the contest. And, now a cool air mass is in place, and I am sure many of you may realize this as it this is the Polar Vortex part of the LRC over these next ten days or so. Exactly on cycle to today from January 20th to today. Remember the hyped up ridiculous cold that happened for the, sorry to bring it up, Chiefs loss at home against the Patriots (It still stings a little)? The cold ended up arriving, but the coldest air arrived around a week later. It was 51° for the low this morning. The record low was 47° and the record lows do not get that cool again until August 24th.
Let’s look at a week from now:
The map above shows the forecast 500 mb flow (18,000 feet above us) valid one week from today. The Polar Vortex, a summer version of it, is seen with the upper low due north of KC over northern Canada. An upper high is over central Canada, and then a strong upper level storm for the last day of spring is tracking into the northern plains later next week. This type of weather pattern will result in a few severe weather risks across the plains and high rainfall totals once again. KC has not been the target since this month began, so will just have to see how it sets up. Here is the rainfall forecast from last night’s European Model:
The European Model and a few other models have wide spread 2″ to 6″ totals in our area during the next 10 days.
I have one more day off to recover and get ready for Friday Night In The Big Town on KSHB-TV. I will be on Sportsradio 810 WHB today. Right now I am taking Sunny The Weather Dog out for a walk and I will check in later after a workout to see how everyone is doing. It is great to be back in the USA! Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day reading the weather blog!