Good morning bloggers,
Winter begins at 6:11 AM Central Time on December 21st, one week from Friday. Well, this is when the Winter Solstice will take place. In astronomy, the solstice happens two times a year when the sun is at it’s greatest distance from the equator. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs around December 21st when the sun shines directly over the Tropic of Capicorn. The Summer Solstice occurs around June 21st when the sun shines directly over the Tropic of Cancer. The Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year with the sun appearing at it’s lowest point in the sky.
So, we are changing seasons, and yet nothing seems to change. Kansas City continues to be near the center of one of the most “boring” weather patterns that I have ever experienced in our area, and we have had some really boring patterns. This next storm, approaching our area later in the week, will at first warm things up into the 50s, possibly even 60 Friday if the clouds hold off. And, then the system is forecast to just zip by early Saturday morning with a brief period of rain. Rainfall amounts forecast by the computer models are in the 0.01″ to 0.50″ range and I don’t have confidence that this storm will produce much again. After this storm goes by, a major storm will begin forming east of Kansas City next week. The energy from this next part of the weather pattern will move by early in the week and it will be carving out a major storm near the east coast by around a week from today.
This above forecast map does not paint a good rainfall picture for us. This is really the total rainfall for this storm as it tracks to our north. In this scenario we will barely get clipped and again be missed by the bulk of precipitation. Let’s see how it looks later on with the new model runs.
Here is a picture of me being serenaded by “Feliz Navidad” in Cabo last week. It is a desert down in southern Baja California, but they have had almost as much rain as we have this year from being hit by three tropical systems.
Thank you for spending a few minutes reading the Action Weather Blog. Have a great Wednesday and we will go into more details on these weather developments on 41 Action News today and tonight.