Mild First Weekend of 2019, Where’s Winter?

Good Saturday bloggers,

This is going to be a good day to take the holiday decorations down as we will see sunshine, a light wind and highs 55-60. Our next storm system is approaching California as it grabs a ton of moisture from the south Pacific. The system moves through Sunday night in a weakened state, so it will have plenty of moisture, but not much precipitation.

Take a look at all of the moisture that that the storm is grabbing from the El Nino warmed water in the south Pacific Ocean. There is even a small tropical disturbance at the southern end of the tropical moisture plume.


TODAY: It will be sunny with a light wind and highs 55-60. There is a weak January cold front to the north. This front will not even make it as the system from the west tracks to our north. This will bring the warmer air north.


SUNDAY MORNING: The clouds from the south Pacific will be overhead. This will keep temperatures in the low 40s.  It may drop to 35-40 by midnight, before rising back to the low 40s. Venus and Jupiter were spectacular this morning in the eastern sky. You will not be able to see them Sunday morning.


SUNDAY AFTERNOON: It will be cloudy, breezy and mild with highs 50-55. The sun may be dimly visible at times.


SUNDAY NIGHT-EARLY MONDAY: The system will race by with clouds, wind and a few rain showers. The rain will mostly get it’s act together east of our region. We may see a trace to .10″ of rain. Take a look at the temperature Monday morning. That is not a misprint as warmer air will surge north and temperatures will likely rise to the mid and upper 50s.


MONDAY AFTERNOON: The system moves east of the Mississippi river and we have a low pressure trough moving by, not a cold front. So, highs will reach 55-60 again on Monday. The temperatures may drop to 45-50 mid Monday morning in between the Sunday night and Monday afternoon warm ups.


WHERE’S WINTER? There is Arctic air lurking in Canada as storm systems are lined up in the Pacific Ocean. Starting next weekend and lasting for a couple of weeks we will see if one to three of the storm systems can grab some of the cold air to the north. So, let’s see how this evolves, because one of the systems that could grab colder air is timed for next weekend, yes the Chiefs game.


Here was a view of Venus and Jupiter about 630 AM in the eastern sky. Again, tomorrow morning will be cloudy.


Have a great weekend,

Jeff Penner



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