Ready for colder weather?

Good morning,

    Anyone else ready for some colder temperatures?  I know I am, especially after Saturday.  Saturday, I ran the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis.  It was really warm.  58° at the start of the race at 8AM.  The race started cloudy.

     It was still cloudy a few miles into the race as we ran down Beale street, but clouds soon parted and the rest of the race, it was SUNNY.  It kept warming up and was in the low 70s under bright sunshine when I finally crossed the finish line around 1:30PM.  That’s right, it took me 5 and a half hours to run 26.2 miles and wow did I struggle.   The warm, somewhat humid conditions took a toll on me.  I stopped sweating, I cramped up, I got a blister on my right foot, I cramped some more, I slowed down,  but I just kept moving forward, cautiously until I started sweating again and then finally finished.  I could be mad at myself, but I’m not.  I started at the pace I wanted, I finished the first half of the marathon right on pace, but it was just too warm.  But more importantly, this race wasn’t about me it was always about raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  I raised nearly 12-hundred dollars running as a St. Jude Hero.  There were more than 7-thousand heroes, who together, raised nearly 6-million dollars.

    Now onto what appears to be a change that should bring us more typical December weather.  Around this time of the year the high temperature should be about 44-degrees.  The map below shows that change coming this Sunday.

     The map above depicts areas of precipitation, (The areas shaded from light green to bright blue) and isotherms for temperatures at 5-thousand feet above the earth.  The red isotherm over Arkansas coincides with the 10-degree isotherm.  Almost directly over Kansas City is the zero degree isotherm at 5-thousand feet.  That would translate into a surface temperature in the mid 30s and should be cold enough aloft for some snowflakes to mix in with some light rain or drizzle. Based on this map, Chillicothe to Kirksville could get an inch or two of snowfall. 

     I will try and add more later this morning.  If not, have a great day.




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21 comments to Ready for colder weather?

  • Hockeynut69

    Brett- Awesome job! Despite the time and your race goal, just finishing is an accomplishment in itself. But as you mentioned, the race wasn’t about you and a lot of money was raised for a great cause! Props to you for the money you raised and all the runners.

    What a bummer once again a rain system jumps over us and fires up to our east and southeast. Same old story.

    The temperature change will be nice in that it will make the holiday season feel a bit more seasonal.

    Have a great one!

  • Thanks Hockeynut! Yeah, look at the rain over SE Missouri today. Same old story for us. Brett

  • frigate

    Yes, its maddening watching all the rain time after time form just to our east and south…I’ve lost count of this scenario. I checked rain amounts from the CoCorhas network…multiple locations in southern and eastern MO, have gotten half an inch up to two inches. Its just amazing to me, how this keeps happening…I just don’t see much precip for us other than some snowflakes or sprinkles.

  • dogsinkc

    Brett- will this new pattern starting on Sunday at least keep the temperatures normal for a while, or will it just warm back up quickly to the 60s after that? I’ve been sweating in my apartment for days- it is just too hot for this time of year.

    • It looks to keep us closer to normal. I still think there will be some days where it warms up, but extended warm weather looks to take a break the second half of the month.

  • hobart

    Nope, no rain or snow for us in the next 10 days. As the time gets closer, the chances will get smaller and smaller until they disappear. I’ve seen this show before.

  • weather111

    I think that it is to early to predict this. If we predict rain/snow now we will get our hopes up then it won’t do anything. I think we should Wait a few days before making solid predictions especially about how much snow.

  • mowermike

    Hobart,(cool screen name, that’s my dads name)

    Easy…. the snow and cold is coming, patience. Be positive, it has to change someday.

  • mowermike

    In new GFS model run this afternoon shows

    4 clouds and 2 drops of rain for the next 16 days…brutal

  • mukustink

    It’s 12-4 and I’m still running my sprinkler system. Nuts.

    This weather is boringggg as boring as Mikey’s self congratulations. I guess he is use to pleasing himself :).

  • Theo

    Wow, really going out on a limb there Mike. What a forecast. The snow and cold is coming? You said to get your shovels ready for this coming weekend. So when exactly?

    We will go right back to zonal flow by the 14th. Winter will be above average temps and below average precip. Drought will continue throughout 2013.

  • Jerry

    Snow coming Monday, December 10.

  • mukustink

    When is Gay getting back from vacation?

  • mukustink

    oops I meant Gary I missed the r.

  • JohnNCWX

    Forget being ready for colder weather…the snowflake contest will be over in less than a week. Right on schedule, perhaps a couple days later than I expected originally.

  • DougHeadyImpersonator1

    You and me both mukustink! I had to water my new grass this afternoon because it is just too dang dry to let it do unwatered! I’ve never watered in December myself!