Good evening NBC Action News Weather Bloggers,
First of all, I am so sorry that we crashed the blog by having it become too popular. We had so many hits yesterday morning that it literally killed it. We have a new host for blog, so let’s be patient.
What do you think? How was our forecast for this storm? Well, I guess we better look at totals first. The storm took a track that placed Kansas City in the center of the comma head, but the heaviest snowfall amounts from this storm ended up farther south, as expected.
- Sedalia and Butler, MO: 18″
- Nevada, MO: 17″
- Weatherby Lake, MO: 13.5″
- Blue Springs, MO: 13.0″
- Wellsville, KS: 12.5″
- Olathe, KS: 12″
- Trenton, MO: 12″
- The Plaza, MO (NBC Action News Studios): 11″
- Overland Park, KS: 9″
- KCI Airport, MO: 7″
We will call this Kansas Winter Storm “Flowers” named after Brandon Flowers of the KC Chiefs. Did any of you realize that at 4 AM I suddenly got the idea to follow this storm on the LRC Weather blog? It was a very poor last option, but we made it through this. Let’s go back and reminisce. Here is what I began posting at 4 :30 AM this morning:
Click on each map for a larger view. The above radar image was taken at 5 AM, and I thought, wow here it comes. I glanced at the new data and I knew our forecast would pretty much verify. That is always a great feeling. And, then just one hour later at 6 AM the snow surged in from the south and it all began. I am showing a time-lapse of the entire day on our 10 PM newscast tonight.
By 9:15 AM very heavy snow was falling at the rate of around 2 inches/hour southeast in that white area.
And, then the main upper level low was intensifying just perfectly to provide enough lift to form thundersnowstorms. There were around 25 lightning strikes east of Kansas City, but we ended up getting very heavy snow. 2 1/2 inches fell on the Plaza between 3:10 and 4:10 PM. The snow continued for a few more hours after this band rotated through.
And here is a surface map depiction of what it was like around 5 PM this afternoon. Wow!
Now, where does this storm fit into the LRC? It is 52 days after Kansas City’s first inch of snow when we had a mini-blizzard at just before midnight on December 11th. Remember that? And, that storm colapsed the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Remember that? And, that storm in the second cycle of the LRC came 46 days after the powerhouse surface low and bomb of a storm in October, the strongest surface low in North American recorded history that wasn’t associated with a Nor’Easter or a hurricane. It really is fascinating. I will show you the maps sometime soon.
Anyway, we look ahead and this late weekend storm fits with what is supposed to happen next. We may have more snow in Kansas City Sunday or Monday.