There is a storm showing up for next week! So, we could end 2012 with the beginning of a snowstorm and start 2013 with the end of a snowstorm. In other words, it could start snowing New Year’s Eve and stop snowing New Year’s Day.
Thats if the current model trends continue. Last night’s GFS had a storm taking aim on our region. Below is the 500mb chart or the winds aloft at about 20-thousand feet off the surface of the earth. Many times, these upper air disturbances can spin up a surface low pressure areas. This looks like it could happen next week. At any rate, notice the “L” on the map that is where the upper storm is Monday night, New Year’s Eve.
At this point the storm may be under going a bit of a transition as it goes by Kansas City. Still, it would have enough time to bring some moisture northward from the Gulf of Mexico. This means we could see a mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow Monday afternoon. As the storm moves east of Kansas City, colder air rapidly spills in behind it. That could be the set up for a rapid changeover to snow that could last most of New Year’s Eve.
Check out the map below. Its valid at midnight January 1st. At this point an impressive surface low has formed northeast Arkansas and Kansas City is in the comma head of the storm.
That is an impressive area of snow across central Kansas into Kansas City. We might need our snow shovels for this one but its still 4 days away and there is a lot of time for things to change. So lets sit back and see how the next couple of model runs evolve.
Okay, as you may or may not know, I’ve been having fun the last couple of years with this theory that one item in nature can be used as a predictor of the upcoming Winter, namely Acorns and what squirrels do with them. For instance, If squirrels bury a lot of acorns then a snowstorm that requires a shovel is on the way!
Lets see how the Acorn theory is stacking up so far this year,
(Acorn theory )-More snow than last year.——————–So far, so good.
Snowfall total of 16 inches of snow.——- So far, so good.
One 5 inch snowstorm ————————Next week???
Our first inch of snow December 1st.—– Oops, it was Dec 20th.
Below average precipitation…………………So far, so good.
4 or 5 cold stretches…………………… In one right now.
I hope you all have a great weekend! I’ll be playing the media soccer game at halftime of the Missouri Comets match Saturday night. Comet games are fun and the action never stops. Last night, I went to see Mannheim Steamroller, so I am working on 3 and a half hours of sleep so if you see any spelling errors that is why. Mannheim puts on a great show and a great holiday tradition. They are playing again tonight at the Music Hall. I give it two thumbs up.