Dry October Followed By Dry November
2:30 PM update:
A band of light snow is moving across the viewing area this afternoon. Snowflakes have been reported in many locations. There won’t be any accumulation as this is just a small band of light snow. But, we have officially had our first snowflakes of the season. Here is a radar image from around 3 PM and you can see a nice band of snow from Kearney northeast to Chillicothe:
Previous entry below:
Good morning bloggers,
We hope you had a nice Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The only precipitation we had this holiday weekend was on Thanksgiving Day when a thin band of rain showers or sprinkle showers moved across during the afternoon. We were about an hour off of having the warmest Thanksgiving Day ever, but the high ended up at 67° at KCI Airport with lower 70s all around us. This dry weather pattern continues with absolutely no end in sight. We are still waiting for our first snowflakes of the season. The drought is again worsening. Here are the October and November KCI Airport rainfall totals:
- October: 1.03″ (3.16″ is average)
- November: 1.36″ (1.16″ fell on the eleventh and we are again below the average November rainfall of 2.15″. Last year we had 4.89″ in November)
- Total October and November: 2.39″ (Average is 5.31″)
We continue to flip from one way of staying dry into another. The 500 mb forecast map on the left shows the flow aloft forecast for tonight. We are in broad northwest flow with no major disturbances in the flow, just smooth northwest flow. This is all rotating around a Polar Vortex that has developed across northern Canada with a ridge aloft near the west coast. This will keep it dry all this week.
By this next weekend the flow aloft goes through a significant transition, but it just places us in another dry weather pattern. The Polar Vortex will have weakened and shifted northeast, while a deep trough forms once again across the northern Pacific Ocean into the Gulf of Alaska. This will place warm and dry southwest flow across the United States with a a ridge developing over the southeastern United States. You can click on either of these maps for a larger view.
We are just gong from one type of dry weather pattern right into another one without any chance of precipitation showing up at all.
We will go over the details of this dry weather pattern on 41 Action News today and tonight. Colder and dry air is moving into the area today. Have a great Monday and thank you for spending a few minutes reading the Action Weather blog.
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