Good morning bloggers,
A strong cold front is moving across the KC metro area as I am writing this blog entry this morning. Temperatures will be dropping from the lower 70s into the 40s in about one hour or less. The weather pattern is blocking up big time, but it isn’t benefitting our area much at all. We will see some rain this morning near and behind the cold front with amounts still rather low, even though a few spots may get near 1/4 inch. Here is a radar image from 7 AM. Can you see the cold front? It is the line stretching from just east of Cameron, MO to right through Olathe, KS:
A few convective showers and possibly thunderstorms are finally forming near the front at 7 AM with some rain increasing behind the front. Here is the 7 AM surface map:
This is a strong cold front. Look at the fast drop in temperatures directly behind this front. We are now experiencing this 25 degree drop that will likely happen within 30 minutes or so. Let us know what you experience as this moves through.
Here is the forecast upper level flow valid at 7 AM Sunday:
We are looking, above, at the 500 mb flow (18,000 feet above us) valid on Sunday morning at 7 AM. A huge blocking high is forecast to develop during the next few days over the northern Atlantic Ocean. Another upper high has already formed over western Alaska. This is a blocking pattern and Hurricane Sandy is caught in this unusual weather pattern. You can see that Sandy is forecast to stay off the eastern seaboard. This next map is the surface forecast valid at the same time:
The track of Hurricane Sandy is still rather uncertain. Being caught in this blocking pattern is not making it easy to forecast where Sandy may go. Sandy will blast across the Bahama’s today, and then she will threaten the eastern seaboard over the weekend into early next week. Sandy could still turn towards the New England coast by early next week. We will go over the latest details on 41 Action News today and tonight.
Today is Stormy The Weather Dog’s 12th birthday. She is healthy, doing great, showing some signs of being an old dog, and enjoying her life. I love her so much. She sleeps more than she used to, but I think that’s a good thing. I wish I could get more sleep. Here is a picture of Stormy and me earlier this year:
Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day reading the Action Weather Blog. Let us know what you think Hurricane Sandy is going to do and we can also discuss this transitioning weather pattern. Colder air is rushing in from the northwest. Did anyone have their air conditioner on overnight? And, this likely means today is a rare day where many of us had air conditioning and heating on in the same day. In fact I can’t remember me ever doing that before, but I just turned off the air at 5 AM. Have a great Thursday.