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.