Good morning bloggers,
The weather pattern continues to go through it’s seasonal transition. Right now, as we continue to wait for our first freeze, the weather pattern is anything but a cold one. Back in 1996 on this date there was a 6 to 8 inch snowstorm in what was called “the October Surprise”. Rain changed to snow as Kansas City had it’s first freeze that year with a temperature of 32 degrees with very heavy snow. Look around today! You will see that all of the trees are full of leaves changing color. Well, in 1996, that heavy snow caused the power lines to crash down as the tree branches broke and fell into them. There were major power outages.
It was a strong, or really a powerful storm system that formed into a deep upper love right over Kansas. A cold and dry air mass was in place over the northern plains and this cold air got pulled into the developing system. I was working the morning shift and predicting very heavy rain that may change to snow. That morning when the rain started changing to snow, Dave Beausterin a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, called me and thought we may get 1-3 inches of snow. By noon it was snowing like crazy, and we updated the forecast many times and the temperature dropped to 32 degrees with around 8 inches on the ground and weighting down the trees to cause the power outages. The lowest the temperature got was 32°. It was really an incredible weather day.
The storm that is approaching now is not even close to a storm of the strength of that one in 1996.
There will be bands of clouds today with a few sprinkles around, but most of the day will be dry. It will be another really nice night for baseball. A weak storm system will swing across the plains early Thursday bringing with it a good chance of showers and a few thunderstorms. The system will be all stretched out, and yet strong enough to produce this forecast band of rain:
After this goes by, we are expecting a big warm-up into the weekend. Now, let’s score some runs tonight and get this World Series even. Have a great day!