Merry Christmas Everyone!
It is a very cold Christmas Day in Kansas City. A storm is messing with meteorologists to our south with a complicated weather forecast. I feel bad for the meteorologists in Oklahoma City where I started my career in 1985. The writing was on the wall yesterday when the storm was obviously going even farther south. So, the 5 inch snowfall forecast for Oklahoma City appears it will be a bust, although I think they could have made that call as early as yesterday morning. The storm went farther south than predicted a couple of days ago. Here is the upper level 500 mb forecast valid at 6 PM tonight:
The upper low is going to track just south of the Red River Valley of north Texas and southern Oklahoma. This storm becomes more dynamic as we go through the evening hours and it leaves the southern plains. The set-up is there for a Christmas Severe Weather Outbreak:
The Storm Prediction Center has this tornado outlook for today:
The 15% hatched area is in the moderate risk area today and strong tornadoes are possible. Louisiana into Mississippi and Alabama are the target area today. We will track this development on 41 Action News tonight as well.
While the deep south has the potential of this severe weather outbreak, we will be deep into the cold air. I got Breezy and Stormy out early for a birthday picture with Breezy working. Today is Breezy’s seventh birthday. She fetches the paper for me every day. Here is a picture of Breezy and Stormy this morning. We did somewhat have a white Christmas!
Have a great Christmas Day. Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day reading the Action Weather Blog. We will look ahead into 2013 on 41 Action News tonight. Watch Sounds of the Holidays on 41 Action News at 10 AM.
Gary Lezak and the 41 Action Weather Team