The March Wind Machine

Good Saturday bloggers,

Gary has been snow chasing at Lake Tahoe as a strong storm system enters from the Pacific Ocean. That system is going to track into the middle of the USA by Sunday night, exiting Wednesday. It will act like all the other systems and do everything it can do to bring our area the least amount of precipitation. It will be a wind machine and we are in for several days of wind. Let’s go through this next storm system.

SATURDAY: It will be sunny and windy with an elevated fire danger due to the dry air, dry ground and wind gusts to 40 mph. Highs will be 65°-70°. The wind gusts will come down tonight, but it will still be breezy with a 10-25 mph wind from the south and southeast.


SUNDAY: The wind will continue with gusts to 40 mph. It will be cloudy with a few showers possible, especially after 4-5 PM. Highs will be 55°-60°.


MONDAY: Scattered showers Sunday night will end by 7 AM and then we will go into the dry slot of the storm system. This means we will see sun and wind with gusts from the west-southwest at 45 mph. This storm system will create a blizzard in the northern plains with rain racing across the corn belt.  We may see some blowing dust in the western Plains, and if this occurs, it will be in our sky.


TUESDAY: The storm system will track southeast and weaken, basically going around KC. So, Tuesday will be windy once again with clouds and temperatures in the 30s and 40s. Light snow will occur in Nebraska and Iowa with a few flakes in northern Missouri.


TUESDAY NIGHT-WEDNESDAY: This should come as no surprise as the system continues to track southeast, the snow areas will move into Missouri and eastern Kansas and basically fall apart. So, KC may see a few snowflakes/snow showers, but we do not expect any accumulation. It will stay windy and become cold with lows in the 20s and highs around 40°.


SNOWFALL FORECAST: The snow form this next storm will occur in the northern Plains where 6″ to 10″ of wind driven snow is likely.


RAINFALL FORECAST: Well, if we can’t get snow, let get some rain.  Right now, it looks like we will not see much rain either with amounts a trace to .10″, perhaps .25″. This is not enough water to wash in fertilizer, kind of ridiculous.


The next chance of a storm system is March 10-15. Based on the 47 day cycle, this correlates to the storm system from October 21-22. This was our last truly wet storm system, where we received 2″ to 3″ of rain. We shall see how this system acts in March.

Have a great weekend.

Jeff Penner







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