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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Weather Radar Series Of Kansas City's Massive (Heh) Snowfall

Here is a series of NWS radar pix showing the band of snow in the northwestern through north MetroRegion this morning- times indicated on the image you'll need to click on to enlarge:


















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KANSAS CITY WINTER STORM UPDATE 1

Light snow continues this morning in southern and southeastern portions of the Metro- and northwestern and northern areas of the MetroRegion.

Amounts have as of this posting have been 2 inches and less- with the band of heaviest snow in a nearly east-west band from southern Johnson and northern Miami counties in Kansas- across southern Jackson and northern Cass counties in Missouri.

That band of heavier snow was slipping east and southeast into southern Cass- Lafayette & Johnson counties MO..

A second band of snow is northwest of a Jefferson county KS- northern Platte into Clinton and Caldwell MO areas. This area is moving northeast with a slow eastward drift.

It appears the least snow will be in the heavily-populated areas nearest Downtown KC-MO- from northeast JoCo and Wyandotte county KS across central and northern Jackson County- central and southern Platte and Clay counties in MO.. A maximum of 2 inches should be the storm total in this area.

In the 2 other banded areas mentioned above- 2 to 4 inches storm total seems reasonable.

At any rate- the more heavily-travelled highways and freeways throughout the Metro are wet- with patchy ice and snow right now. Lesser travelled roads unplowed are snow-covered.

Temperatures have been falling- in the lower 20's right now- and northeast winds of 10-20 mph makes it feel like it's around 10 degrees and the snow is blowing as well.

The snow should end from southwest to northeast Saturday afternoon.

Drive as usual- if you have the guts....
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Friday, December 14, 2007

KANSAS CITY'S WEATHER: Less Snow In The Metro

This storm is not coming together as the experts say and I'm saying now probably 2 to 4 inches of snow in the K.C. Metro by the time it ends tomorrow afternoon.

I'll update here overnight as the news machine is fired up....
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Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison Resigns

Accused of adultery and sexual misconduct with a former JoCoKS employee- AG Paul Morrison has resigned- according to this Associated Press story.

Be nice to see the OTHER Kansas dufus- Phillllll Kline- follow suit.
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NWS Reports Parts Of KC-MO Heats Up Fast

I just saw this on the hourly weather observations from the NWS:

CITY SKY/WX TMP DP RH WIND PRES REMARKS
K.C. DOWNTOWN N/A 122 27 4 E8 30.34S HX 110
6HR MIN TEMP: 25; 6HR MAX TEMP: 122; 6HR PCP: 0.02;


That's what it said- Downtown Airport had a temperature of 122-degrees with a heat index of 110-degrees at noon.

Wishful thinking (temperatures are only a couple of degrees above freezing).
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KANSAS CITY MetroRegion WEATHER: Heavy Snow Warning- Topeka- Lawrence- Ottawa Areas

The NWS office in Topeka has issued a "Heavy Snow Warning" that includes areas of East central and Northeastern Kansas- including Topeka- Lawrence & Ottawa.


The warning text:


GEARY- WABAUNSEE- SHAWNEE- DOUGLAS- FRANKLIN- ANDERSON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF... JUNCTION CITY... TOPEKA... LAWRENCE... OTTAWA
1205 PM CST FRI DEC 14 2007


...HEAVY SNOW WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 12 PM CST SATURDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TOPEKA HAS ISSUED A HEAVY SNOW WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 12 PM CST SATURDAY. THE SNOW ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

SNOW...HEAVY AT TIMES...WILL DEVELOP LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS AROUND 6 INCHES ARE EXPECTED BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

REMEMBER...A HEAVY SNOW WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE IMMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY.

HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY TO REDEVELOP FRIDAY NIGHT. THOSE WITH TRAVEL PLANS ARE ADVISED TO CHOOSE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE...OR SHOULD USE CAUTION IF TRAVEL IS UNAVOIDABLE.

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Metro KC can now expect 4-6 inches of snow by Saturday afternoon.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

KANSAS CITY WEATHER: NWS Winter Storm Watch Friday-Saturday

Here is the latest from the National Weather Service on our forecasted snowstorm tomorrow. Note the increase in snow totals over my earlier forecast of 2-4 inches...


URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
347 PM CST THU DEC 13 2007

.ANOTHER WINTER STORM TO AFFECT THE AREA WITH ACCUMULATING SNOW BECOMING INCREASINGLY LIKELY. A VIGOROUS UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM WILL PUSH TOWARD THE AREA TOMORROW WITH AMPLE MOISTURE OVERSPREADING THE AREA. THIS WILL LIKELY LEAD TO EFFICIENT SNOW PRODUCTION ACROSS THE WATCH AREA BY FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY AS THE STORM SYSTEM PASSES ACROSS THE REGION.

KSZ057-060-103>105-MOZ028-029-037>039-043>046-053-054-140600-
/O.NEW.KEAX.WS.A.0009.071214T2100Z-071216T0000Z/
MIAMI- LINN KS- LEAVENWORTH- WYANDOTTE- JOHNSON KS- PLATTE- CLAY- JACKSON- LAFAYETTE-SALINE- CASS- JOHNSON MO- PETTIS- COOPER- BATES- HENRY-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...PAOLA... MOUND CITY... LEAVENWORTH... KANSAS CITY KS... OVERLAND PARK... OLATHE... PARKVILLE... PLATTE CITY... WESTON... LIBERTY... EXCELSIOR SPRINGS... KANSAS CITY... INDEPENDENCE... LEXINGTON... CONCORDIA... MARSHALL... RAYMORE... HARRISONVILLE... PLEASANT HILL... WARRENSBURG... SEDALIA... BOONVILLE... BUTLER... RICH HILL... CLINTON
347 PM CST THU DEC 13 2007

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PLEASANT HILL HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

SNOW IS LIKELY TO DEVELOP ACROSS CENTRAL AND EASTERN KANSAS BY FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND SPREAD EASTWARD ACROSS CENTRAL MISSOURI DURING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS FRIDAY THROUGH THE DAY SATURDAY.
MODERATE SNOWFALL IS FORECAST TO OCCUR ACROSS THE WATCH AREA WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF HEAVY SNOW AT TIMES. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 6 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE ALONG AND SOUTH OF A KANSAS CITY TO SEDALIA LINE WITH AREAS SOUTH OF A PAOLA TO CLINTON LINE POSSIBLY APPROACHING 7 INCHES. THE SNOW SHOULD TAPER OFF FROM WEST TO EAST SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS AND STATEMENTS.

FOR THOSE WITHOUT ELECTRICAL POWER...HERE ARE A FEW VERY IMPORTANT SAFETY TIPS. DO NOT RUN GENERATORS IN ENCLOSED AREAS. IT IS NOT SAFE TO OPERATE A GENERATOR IN YOUR HOUSE...OR EVEN IN AN ATTACHED GARAGE.
THE EXHAUST FROM THE GENERATOR CONTAINS CARBON MONOXIDE...A DEADLY GAS THAT IS BOTH COLORLESS AND ODORLESS. GRILLS AND STOVES DESIGNED FOR COOKING SHOULD NOT BE USED TO GENERATE HEAT INDOORS AS THESE DEVICES ARE NOT DESIGNED FOR PROLONGED USE AND ALSO PRODUCE CARBON MONOXIDE.

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Video Link To Ice Chunks Falling From A TV Tower In OK City

This LINK was posted by a fellow weather geek from a TV station in Oklahoma City- showing huge and deadly chunks of ice falling from a 1600-foot TV tower there.

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KANSAS CITY MetroRegion WEATHER: Snow Late Friday- Saturday

A new storm system is on track to bring up to 6 inches of snow across portions of the MetroRegion- beginning Friday night and continuing till about midday Saturday.

General snow depths at this time are to range in the 2 to 4-inch category here in the Metro- with as much as half a foot of snow possible in areas from about Linn and Miami County Kansas across to the Marshall- Warrensburg and Sedalia-Missouri vicinity.

Fortunately- much of the ice coating on trees and power lines is melting today (don't stand under any tall trees unless you want a nice headache)- so hopefully all the ice will be gone when the snow begins.

Many areas from Central to Northeastern Kansas are still without power from the ice storm and this forecasted snowfall won't help the restoration efforts at all.

More on this new storm as the information becomes available....
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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Partial List Of Ice Storm Shelters In Northeast And Eastern Kansas

This is provided by the NWS office in Topeka:

...A LISTING OF COMMUNITY SHELTERS IN NORTH CENTRAL...NORTHEAST
AND EAST CENTRAL KANSAS FOLLOWS...

IN NORTH CENTRAL KANSAS...

WASHINGTON COUNTY...THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK IN THE CITY OF
WASHINGTON. THE TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH IN HANOVER.

CLAY COUNTY...THE HIGH SCHOOL IN CLAY CENTER.

OTTAWA COUNTY...WEBSTER CONFERENCE CENTER IN SALINA.

DICKINSON COUNTY...STERL HALL IN ABILENE. THE HERINGTON
COMMUNITY BUILDING.

IN NORTHEAST KANSAS...

MARSHALL COUNTY...BLUE VALLEY NURSING HOME IN BLUE RAPIDS. SAINT
GREGORYS CHURCH IN MARYSVILLE. FRANKFORT CARE HOME IN FRANKFORT.

RILEY COUNTY...CICO PARK AT POTSROFF.

GEARY COUNTY...THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING IN JUNCTION CITY. SPIN
CITY IN JUNCTION CITY.

MORRIS COUNTY...THE COURT HOUSE IN COUNCIL GROVE.

NEMAHA COUNTY...THE COMMUNITY BUILDING IN SENECA. EAST RIDGE
CARE HOME IN CENTRALIA. THE AMERICAN LEGION BUILDING IN WETMORE.
THE CITY HALL IN SABETHA. COMMUNITY BUILDING IN GOFF.

BROWN COUNTY...THE NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY IN HIAWATHA. THE
COMMUNITY CENTER IN MORRILL. THE CITY HALL IN HORTON. THE EVEREST
COMMUNITY CENTER.

POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY...WAMEGO SENIOR CITIZENS BUILDING. WAMEGO HIGH
SCHOOL. WESMORELAND FIRE HOUSE. ST MARYS FIRE HOUSE. ONAGA FIRE
HOUSE. ONAGA HIGH SCHOOL.

WABAUNSEE COUNTY...ALMA MANOR IN ALMA.

JACKSON COUNTY...THE SENIOR CENTER IN HOLTON. THE ONAGA CLINIC.
THE PRAIRIE BAND CASINO HOTEL WILL ACCEPT 50 SENIORS. THE BINGO
HALL ON Q ROAD. WHITING METHODIST CHURCH. SOLDER COMMUNITY
BUILDING...CALL SHERIFFS OFFICE FOR A RIDE. ALL FIRE STATIONS OPEN
AS LAST RESORT.

SHAWNEE COUNTY...THE TOPEKA EXPO CENTER.

JEFFERSON COUNTY...WARMING CENTERS INCLUDE THE FIRE STATION IN
MERIDEN...EAGLES LODGE IN OSKALOOSA...FIRE STATION IN
MCLOUTH...FIRE STATION IN VALLEY FALLS.

IN EAST CENTRAL KANSAS...

COFFEY COUNTY...THE BAPTIST CHURCH IN LEBO. SUNSET MANOR NURSING
HOME IN WAVERLY. OVER FLOW FROM THE NURSING HOME WILL GO TO THE
WAVERLY FIRE STATION.

RESIDENTS SEEKING SHELTER IN MANY CASES ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING
MEDICINES AND BEDDING IF POSSIBLE. CONTACT LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Scattered Thoughts: Funkhouser- Morrison and Mother Nature

Hmmm- the Funk camp USUALLY sends out emails whenever they're up to something- but here Wayne Cauthen has been canned and no email to constituents telling us why (after spending $25k on yet another consultant to KEEP him).

The Paul Morrison thing: When is the American public going to hold those in the public trust to a HIGHER standard of ethics & morals?

That was my reasoning why Nixon should have seen prison time and Bush/Cheney should be impeached. Also my reasoning cutting the political posts down on my blog: the bastards carry on with nothing done by the American public.

Why should I wake up the sheep?

Man- did the Metro skate (heh) by again on just missing a devastating ice storm. My temperature went up to 34 degrees late last night and has stayed there since.

To use a Hornerism- we return to regularly scheduled programming....
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Monday, December 10, 2007

Fred Phelps' Satanists Picket Omaha Shooting Victims' Funerals

That's right- the AP reports that this bunch of idiots are actually picketing the funerals of the 8 victims of the Omaha Westroads Mall shooting last week.

Here again- one wonders whose "God" members of Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church worships.

My thoughts are that it's a red God- with horns- that this insane bunch from Topeka bows to. It SURE as Hell isn't my "God" nor yours most likely.

If Karma holds true- I'd not want to be anywhere near the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka- at anytime (yes- I avoid Topeka too).

Satan Bless all of Fred Phelps' morons....
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KANSAS CITY MetroRegion WEATHER: ICE STORM WARNING

The NWS has upgraded the winter storm watch to an ice storm warning- valid until Tuesday evening.

One-half to one inch of ice is forecasted- which will cause widespread tree- power line and outdoor structure damage.
Freezing rain is forecasted to begin this evening- and there is even the chance for a few thunderstorms overnight tonight.

Freezing rain has been falling off and on from northeastern Oklahoma into eastern Missouri since early Sunday. Many areas report from one-half to just over an inch of ice.

Eleven traffic fatalities have been reported so far and hundreds of thousands of people are without electrical power in those areas- according to the latest Associated Press story.

PREPARE NOW!
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Sunday, December 09, 2007

Central States Weather: Up Next- Ice Storm Of The Century

Bear in mind- this century is only 7 years old- and yes Virginia- there's the 2002 ice storm here in the Metro that caused many millions of dollars in damages and lost productivity.

This Sunday evening however- a major ice storm continues generally along and parallel to I-44 from southwestern into central and eastern Missouri.

More precipitation continues to move northeastward out of Oklahoma (see radar image) into these same areas that were hit hard earlier today.
Yet the BIG story in this ice weather is yet to come- later Monday into Tuesday. See the next image- this is a map of cumulative precipitation through this coming Saturday.

Notice virtually the entire MetroRegion is in the 2-inch precip area- with a band of 3-inch amounts to our southwest in east central Kansas.

Folks- we're in trouble if this forecast pans out- and models have been pretty steady on this over the last few model runs.

Temperatures struggle to move the past 18 hours now- staying around 20 degrees. With the ice & snow cover- morning temperatures could plummet to the single digits if skies even become partly cloudy overnight.

Cloud cover will move in Monday in advance of The Main Show- limiting any solar heating- as low as the sun angle is right before Winter Solstice (Dec. 22).

Temperatures will be below freezing when the precipitation begins- at this time forecasted to start Monday evening- and now appear to remain below freezing during the duration of the precipitation.

The only saving grace would be if at least some of the precip would fall as sleet- limiting ice accumulations on trees & power lines. But upper air profiles continue to show a classic freezing rain setup.

If these forecasted temperature profiles and precip amounts continue to verify- much of the Kansas City MetroRegion could experience a devastating ice storm.

More as I get it- good luck folks....

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KANSAS CITY MetroRegion BREAKING WEATHER: NWS: "Ice Storm Warning For Anderson County KS"

The NWS office in Topeka has issued that ice storm warning until 12-noon today (Sunday) for Garnett and Anderson County.

I imagine a few more counties may be added soon.

As you can see by the latest weather radar- moderate to heavy precip- ice- is heading for the KC Metro from the southwest.Sheriff deputies in Miami County KS reported sleet falling there just before 3:30am.

This precip area will overspread the K.C. Metro over the next several hours- lasting for several more. Expect sleet and freezing rain with this activity.
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