Good morning bloggers, It’s FRIDAY!
Colder air surged in last night with a band of snow showers around 3 AM. The temperature dropped to 19° this morning. A big storm has everyones attention, but it is still six days away and it is a storm that doesn’t even exist at the moment. We will go into the details of the changing weather pattern in a second, but first, check out what happened in Russia last night causing hundreds of injuries. A meteorite, large enough to cause an explosion and up to 500 injuries, blasted into Siberia late yesterday:
A meteorite struck Russia last night, and it is just a coincidence that an asteroid is approaching earth today and will pass by barely missing our planet later today. This meteorite, without any warning, slammed into a community and on impact caused shock waves, and as you can see it was easily visible.
And, here is an illustration of what the asteroid likely somewhat looks like:
The asteroid, that has been talked about for weeks now, will be below our satellites but it will miss earth by just over 17,000 miles and pass by today having no influence on us at all. It’s a close call and it is around the size of half a football field. NASA promised the asteroid would miss Earth by 17,150 miles, avoiding catastrophe. But that’s still closer than many communication and weather satellites. Scientists insisted those, too, would be spared. Scientists at NASA’s Near-Earth Object program at California’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory estimate that an object of this size makes a close approach like this every 40 years. The likelihood of a strike is every 1,200 years.
Okay, let’s shift subjects from astronomy to meteorology. There are three systems to track in the next week.
- A fast moving upper level disturbance will pass by tonight with a chance of a band of snow showers. This disturbance will become a very strong storm just off the east coast over the weekend.
- A second storm will approach the area Monday, but the models have been consistent at developing this storm more impressively to our east on Monday. We still have to monitor this one closely, but it will have a much bigger impact northeast and east of KC
- The third system is more likely a much bigger and impacting storm for our area, but it is still six days away and doesn’t even exist at the moment.
Here is a look at one forecast valid Wednesday night:
A strong cold front will move through in the wake of Monday’s storm system. This may set us up for freezing rain, sleet, and snow in our viewing area later next week. The blue line just south of Kansas City is the forecast freezing line valid at midnight Wednesday night, and notice it is precipitating at that time (the darker green shade indicating over 1/4″ of liquid precipitation. There are so many uncertainties this far out I am not going to go into more details until it gets a bit closer.
I will discuss all of these systems on 41 Action News tonight. Have a great day!