The Top Weather Events Of 2018 & A New Year’s Eve Storm

Good morning bloggers,

A storm system, that was over Mexico yesterday, is now tracking right over eastern Kansas and western Missouri today.  An Arctic front is also on the move and heading this way.  And, let’s take a look at the top weather events of 2018.  Let’s begin with today’s storm system:

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A large area of rain is moving northeast across Oklahoma into eastern Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas, and it extends east across Illinois into southwestern Ohio this morning.  Rainfall amounts will approach 1″ near KC.  KCI Airport just needs 0.04″ to reach 40 inches for the year. The center of this disturbance will track right over the KC region this afternoon.  It may be just strong enough to dynamically cool the layer between the surface and 10,000 feet to allow for a mixture of snowflakes, and there is even a chance it will change to a heavy snow in some spots as it passes overhead.  This may surprise a few forecasters today, and I am paying close attention to this development.  It may happen just as it is passing by, and there still could be a small accumulation if the changeover happens.

Today’s storm system in Kansas City:

  • This morning:  A 100% chance of rain this morning with temperatures in the middle to upper 30s.  Southeast winds 5-15 mph.
  • This afternoon:  The rain will be ending with a few snowflakes mixed in. The rain may change to snow before ending, and if it does some minor accumulation is likely. This is most likely near KC and areas to the northeast of KC as the storm exits. The wind will shift to the northwest by late afternoon with temperatures beginning to drop to near freezing.
  • Tonight:  The cold blast arrives before midnight with falling temperatures to well below freezing. A few icy/slick spots may develop from any standing water.  There will be a chance of a few snowflakes and a very light dusting of snow.  Low:  12 degrees.
  • New Year’s Day:  Cloudy with a few snow flurries.  Wind chills near zero or lower with a high of 19°

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The Top Kansas City Weather Events of 2018:

  • #1:  The November Blizzard with KC’s first 3″ snow storm in almost five years.  5.8″ fell with blowing and drifting snow.
  • #2:  Snow on Easter Sunday with snow on the first three Sunday’s in April
  • #3:  First 100° day in over four years. It reached 100° on July 12th, and it was part of a five day heat
  • #4:  The drought that extended east over Kansas City. It was mostly a hot and dry summer
  • #5:  Heavy 10″ rainfall in October finally wiping out the drought in our region
  • #6:  The earliest measurable snowfall in Kansas City’s history when it snowed 0.2″ on October 14

That first measurable snow on October 14th was the first of 14 days with snowflakes falling already this season.  Here are those 14 days:

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The storm moving across now is being kicked out by another storm system that will most likely track south of Kansas City later this week.  We are in the part of the cycling pattern that produced Kansas City’s first inch of snow to end our snowflake contest, and a similar storm system brought 9″ of snow to St. Louis.  It created a nightmare to forecast this system in November, and it is posing similar challenges for our region this time, especially down to the south in Oklahoma and St. Louis once again. It will need to be monitored closely, and I am expecting and forecasting that it will track south of KC once again.

Thank you for sharing in this weather experience in 2018.  We hope you have a safe New Year’s Eve! How about those Kansas City Chiefs. We will look into that anticipated storm that is due in between the 8th and 15th of the month. Hopefully it isn’t timed for the 12th when the Chiefs will host a playoff game at Arrowhead.  Happy New Year!  Here is a link to the Weather2020 blog:  Join The Weather Conversation

Gary

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