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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Video Snips Of A December Weekend in Kansas City-MO

These videos were shot last Saturday as we took Ms. Rittenhouse's kids to go see Christmas lights.



These are of 1) the Grand side of the Power & Light district-


2) exterior driving shot of Sprint Arena-
3-4) some vids of people on The Plaza waiting forand riding the horse-drawn carriages &
5) the moving LED lights on the Downtown Marriot hotel.
More videos of area residentIal Christmas light displays coming over the next few days....



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Friday, December 19, 2008

"No Joking Matter?"



I'm sure you've heard about this con-man who bilked investors out of a crapload of money.


Hard to really explain it all- just suffice with Madoff with billions....
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Snow On The Ground For Christmas? Maybe



The latest weather models are showing a chance for snow next Tuesday and early Wednesday- Christmas Eve.


I'll keep you informed on this....
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Oil Companies Set-Up Christmas Price Gouge



As I write this at 10:29am Friday December 19- 2008- the listed price for a barrel of sweet crude oil is selling at $34.61- a new low this year.


Yet locally- gasoline prices have risen anywhere from 10 to 20-cents per gallon this week- from the upper $1.20's now into the mid-$1.40's.

I'm sure the oil companies won't require you to giftwrap those gouge dollars you pay them. Just as well- I'd tell them to go $@!& themselves anyway....
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KC-MO Council Gives Away $20.5-Million



They say if you live long enough- there is nothing new under the Sun.


I guess I've lived long enough.

Kansas City-MO- like many cities and governments across the UCSA (United Corporate States of America) is hurting financially.

To the tune of a $90-million shortfall it's reported.

Yet incredibly- Thursday the KC-MO council APPROVED $20.5-million in corporate welfare to finally build the "high-risk"* Citadel Plaza project.

You can mark these words: Within 5 years or so- the Citadel Plaza retail will be as dead as that other subsidized strip center at 31st Street & Prospect. And the taxpayers of Kansas City-MO will be on the hook to pay for it all.

Remember this $20.5-million handout when the City Council wants to charge city residents for trash pickup- etc..

The City will bilk us TWICE with that....

(* According to The KANSAS CITY STAR)

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Metro K.C. BREAKING Weather: Precip Entering Southern Metro Counties



Shown below is the latest NWS weather radar image from Topeka (click on it for full-size)- showing freezing rain- sleet and/or snow now entering southern Miami county KS and Cass county MO..


This area is lifting north to northeast toward Metro Kansas City.

Temperatures in the Metro remain below freezing- 11am readings ranged from 24 at KCI to 28-degrees at New Century airport in JoCoKS..

Precipitation will move in during the next hour- and temperatures are to remain BELOW FREEZING through at least 4pm now.

This is a developing and changing weather event- PLEASE check the latest weather sources before travelling later today.
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New NWS Winter Forecast For January- February and March 2009



The new NWS-Climate Prediction Center (CPC) 3-month weather outlook charts are out- it appears the MetroRegion could expect above-average temperatures and precipitation through March.


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Jackson County Coroner Rules August Infant Death A Homicide



This is according to The KANSAS CITY STAR's "Crime Scene KC" page.


Two questions:
1) Doesn't Clay County-MO have a coroner and
2) The kid died in AUGUST- so WHY did it take this long to determine the child's death was a homicide?
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"High Risk" Citadel Plaza Project Gambling With Taxpayers Dollars



The long-awaited Citadel Plaza project in the 63rd Street & Prospect area wants $20-million in backing for it's bonds from the city's coffers.


All I and probably many citizens can say to this is HUH???

This retail & residential project has been in the planning stages for about the past 15 years. I know the area well- having grown-up around 61st Street & Swope Parkway.

In 1967- a Milgram's grocery store and Katz (later Scaggs) drug store sat on the southwest corner of 63rd & Prospect. A popular Zesto drive-in sat just east of the intersection on the southeast corner.

Six blocks west was the Metro Plaza strip shopping center that also contained a drug store- grocery store- multi-screen theaters and other retail.

The neighborhoods surrounding these areas were thriving and vibrant.

Then- what happened in most large American cities happened here- accelerated by the 1968 race riots.

The wealthier white folks moved out- the poorer people of color moved in.

Over the next 30 years- my lovely old neighborhood deteriorated to the point our old house is now boarded-up- yards unkempt and all just generally neglected.

$20-million plus whatever else is the cost of this new development would have gone a long- long way in making and keeping these surrounding neighborhoods viable.

The fact remains that the people in this area have limited incomes- many decimated by the present failing economy.

And I don't think many white folks in the 'burbs are going to drive in just to shop at Citadel Plaza.

Oh- did I mention that likely everything sold in the new development will COST MORE than stores a few miles away near the inner ring of suburbs?

Those two factors alone make the Citadel Plaza project "high risk" as The KANSAS CITY STAR calls the project in a news story this morning.

Fifth-district councilman Terry Riley should be praised for TRYING to do SOMETHING to make that wonderful area gone sour viable again.

Councilman Riley also should be brought to his economic sense regarding this project- which has failure witten all over it as it stands.

You probably would have better luck making a profit on that $20-million playing blackjack with it.

The odds of success surely must be higher at a casino than at 63rd Street & Prospect.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

K.C MetroRegion WEATHER: NWS Freezing Rain Advisory Metro - Ice Storm Warnings North



Here are the latest advisories for the Metro and MetroRegion.


Expect freezing drizzle to develop over Metro K.C. around or just after midnight.
I still expect the worst of this storm passing to our north thru northeast- we should (better) see above freezing temperatures by noon Thursday.


URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
448 PM CST WED DEC 17 2008

...SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATIONS EXPECTED ACROSS FAR NORTHERN
MISSOURI THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT
...

.AN INTENSE WINTER STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS THE CENTRAL U.S. ON tHURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT. THIS SYSTEM WILL DRAW ABUNDANT MOISTURE NORTHWARD WHILE COLD AIR LEFT OVER BY A RETREATING AREA OF ARCTIC HIGH PRESSURE. AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK ACROSS WEST CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST MISSOURI THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING KEEPING THE COLD AIR IN PLACE NORTH OF THE TRACK OF THE LOW. LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP THURSDAY MORNING OVER WEST CENTRAL MISSOURI WITH FREEZING RAIN EXPANDING IN COVERAGE DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING AS THE UPPER SYSTEM APPROACHES FROM THE SOUTHWEST.

THE HEAVIEST ICE ACCUMULATIONS AREA FORECAST NORTH OF A ST JOSEPH TO KIRKSVILLE LINE WHERE ONE QUARTER TO ONE HALF INCH OF ICE IS LIKELY. FURTHER SOUTH FROM THE ST JOSEPH AREA TO MACON ONE TO TWO TENTHS OF AN INCH OF ICE IS POSSIBLE. AREAS FROM KANSAS CITY TO MOBERLY SOUTHWARD CAN EXPECT LESS THAN A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE.


LEAVENWORTH-WYANDOTTE-JOHNSON KS-PLATTE-CLAY-RAY-CARROLL-CHARITON-
RANDOLPH-JACKSON-LAFAYETTE-SALINE-HOWARD-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LEAVENWORTH... KANSAS CITY KS... OVERLAND PARK... OLATHE... PARKVILLE... PLATTE CITY... WESTON... LIBERTY... EXCELSIOR SPRINGS... RICHMOND... CARROLLTON... SALISBURY... KEYTESVILLE... MOBERLY... KANSAS CITY... INDEPENDENCE... LEXINGTON... CONCORDIA... MARSHALL... FAYETTE... NEW FRANKLIN

448 PM CST WED DEC 17 2008

...FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM CST
THURSDAY
...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PLEASANT HILL HAS ISSUED A
FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM CST
THURSDAY
.

AREAS OF LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE ARE EXPECTED TO FORM FROM EXTREME EAST CENTRAL KANSAS INTO CENTRAL MISSOURI BY THE MID TO LATE MORNING HOURS. SOME PATCHY LIGHT FREEZING RAIN IS ALSO FORECAST TO DEVELOP DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS BEFORE WARMER AIR MOVES BY LATE AFTERNOON.
TEMPERATURES BY THEN WILL REACH THE LOWER TO MIDDLE 30S AND ALL OF THE FREEZING PRECIPITATION WILL CHANGE OVER TO RAIN. ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL LIKELY BE LESS THAN A TENTH OF AN INCH.

A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS. SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.


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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
448 PM CST WED DEC 17 2008

...SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATIONS EXPECTED ACROSS FAR NORTHERN
MISSOURI THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT
...

AN INTENSE WINTER STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS THE CENTRAL U.S. ON tHURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT. THIS SYSTEM WILL DRAW ABUNDANT MOISTURE NORTHWARD WHILE COLD AIR LEFT OVER BY A RETREATING AREA OF ARCTIC HIGH pRESSURE. AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK ACROSS WEST
CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST MISSOURI THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING KEEPING THE COLD AIR IN PLACE NORTH OF THE TRACK OF THE LOW. LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP THURSDAY MORNING OVER WEST CENTRAL MISSOURI WITH FREEZING RAIN EXPANDING IN COVERAGE DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING AS THE UPPER SYSTEM APPROACHES FROM THE SOUTHWEST. THE HEAVIEST ICE ACCUMULATIONS AREA FORECAST NORTH OF A ST JOSEPH TO KIRKSVILLE LINE WHERE ONE QUARTER TO ONE HALF INCH OF ICE IS LIKELY. FURTHER SOUTH FROM THE ST JOSEPH AREA TO MACON ONE TO TWO TENTHS OF AN INCH OF ICE IS POSSIBLE. AREAS FROM KANSAS CITY TO MOBERLY SOUTHWARD CAN EXPECT LESS tHAN A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE.


ATCHISON KS-DONIPHAN-DE KALB-DAVIESS-BUCHANAN-CLINTON-CALDWELL-
LIVINGSTON-LINN MO-MACON-


INCLUDING THE CITIES OF... ATCHISON... TROY... CAMERON... GALLATIN... JAMESPORT... ST. JOSEPH... PLATTSBURG... KINGSTON... HAMILTON... POLO... CHILLICOTHE... BROOKFIELD... MACON... LA PLATA

448 PM CST WED DEC 17 2008

...FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 12 PM THURSDAY TO 6 AM
CST FRIDAY
...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PLEASANT HILL HAS ISSUED A
FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 12 PM THURSDAY
TO 6 AM CST FRIDAY
.

AREAS OF LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE AND PATCHY LIGHT FREEZING RAIN ARE EXPECTED TO FORM FROM EXTREME EAST CENTRAL KANSAS INTO NORTHERN MISSOURI DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS. THE FREEZING PRECIPITATION WILL BECOME MORE WIDESPREAD BY LATE AFTERNOON OR EARLY EVENING...AND MAY EVEN MIX WITH RAIN AS TEMPERATURES NEAR THE FREEZING MARK.
IN ADDITION...A FEW EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE. ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL LIKELY RANGE BETWEEN ONE AND TWO TENTHS OF AN INCH.

A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS. SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

$$

MJ

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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
448 PM CST WED DEC 17 2008

...SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATIONS EXPECTED ACROSS FAR NORTHERN
MISSOURI THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT
...

.AN INTENSE WINTER STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS THE CENTRAL U.S. ON THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT. THIS SYSTEM WILL DRAW ABUNDANT MOISTURE NORTHWARD WHILE COLD AIR LEFT OVER BY A RETREATING AREA OF ARCTIC HIGH PRESSURE. AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK ACROSS WEST CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST MISSOURI THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING KEEPING THE COLD AIR IN PLACE NORTH OF THE TRACK OF THE LOW. LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP THURSDAY MORNING OVER WEST CENTRAL MISSOURI WITH FREEZING RAIN EXPANDING IN COVERAGE DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING AS THE UPPER SYSTEM APPROACHES FROM THE SOUTHWEST. THE HEAVIEST ICE ACCUMULATIONS AREA FORECAST NORTH OF A ST JOSEPH TO KIRKSVILLE LINE WHERE ONE QUARTER TO ONE HALF INCH OF ICE IS LIKELY. FURTHER SOUTH FROM THE ST JOSEPH AREA TO MACON ONE TO TWO TENTHS OF AN INCH OF ICE IS POSSIBLE. AREAS FROM KANSAS CITY TO MOBERLY SOUTHWARD CAN EXPECT LESS THAN A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE.


MIAMI-LINN KS-CASS-JOHNSON MO-PETTIS-COOPER-BATES-HENRY-

\INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...PAOLA... MOUND CITY... RAYMORE... HARRISONVILLE... PLEASANT HILL... WARRENSBURG... SEDALIA... BOONVILLE... BUTLER... RICH HILL... CLINTON

448 PM CST WED DEC 17 2008

...FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 12 PM CST
THURSDAY
...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PLEASANT HILL HAS ISSUED A
FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 12 PM
CST THURSDAY
.

AREAS OF LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP FROM WEST CENTRAL INTO CENTRAL MISSOURI THURSDAY MORNING. ALTHOUGH ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL LIKELY BE A FEW HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH OR LESS... EVEN A LIGHT GLAZING OF ICE CAN CREATE SIGNIFICANT TRAVEL PROBLEMS. FORTUNATELY WARMER AIR WILL BE DRAWN NORTH AND BY THE NOON HOUR TEMPERATURES WILL LIKELY REACH THE MIDDLE TO UPPER 30S AND ALL OF THE FREEZING PRECIPITATION WILL CHANGE OVER TO RAIN.

A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS. SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.


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K.C. Should Miss A Major Ice Storm



It's going to be close folks- but the current models indicate that the worst of this episode should miss us to the north through northeast.

There could be some icing in the Metro when precipitation begins Thursday morning- but temperatures should rise throughout the day and any freeezing or frozen precip should turn to rain.

Refering to the graphic- a major ice storm is likely in parts of the Central States from northern Missouri and southern Iowa- eastward through northern Illinois into the Chicagoland.
If you live in any of these areas- prepare NOW for major icing and utility disruption.

The MetroRegion will also deal with a lesser-intensity storm on Saturday- snow's expected with that system.


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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Snowfalls Past and Future



After shooting a little video of this morning's snowfall- Ms. Rittenhouse reminded me of some things about the snow- childhood.

She so wanted to leave her south Kansas City office and go outside and make snow angels.

I reminded her of those cherished snow days off from school- when we'd bundle ourselves up far beyond protection from the freezing temperatures and go outside to play in the stuff.

After a few hours of sledding- snowman-making- snow-fort making and of course the obligatory snowball fight- we'd waddle into the house and the caked-on snow and ice would begin melting on the floor.

You'd fight to get off the frozen & soggy clothes layers then maybe a cup of hot cocoa. The memory is as rich as that long-ago taste of chocolate.

I also reminded my dear lady that's the glory of getting old too.


One day- you can act like a kid again.

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Metro K.C. Snowfall Ending By Noon



If you'll refer to the weather radar image- you see that the band of snow- lifting north & northeast- has already cleared southwestern through southern MetroRegion counties.


This snow band will clear the Metro by noon- leaving us with about 3-4 inches of fresh snow accumulation.

Most roadways are snow-covered- with a thin layer of ice beneath- as you can see on the screen-capture image of this Overland Park traffic camera on top of the Sheraton hotel near I-435 & Nall. Traffic speeds are moving about 10-30 MPH below posted limits. There have been and continues to be many mostly-minor wrecks on Metro roadways.

Most area school districts have cancelled classes today as well.

It'll be about a day and a half break before the next winter weather system strikes the MetroRegion on Thursday.
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It's Snowing - A Winter Weather Advisory In Effect



Snow began about 3 hours ago over most of Metro K.C.- and more is moving in.


Locally- 2-4-inches are expected by afternoon. Another area of light to moderate snow is moving in from the southwest and will be over the Metro withing the half-hour.

Roadways aren't too bad... yet. The below image is a recent screen cap of a Overland Park traffic camera at 119th Street & Nall..

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Monday, December 15, 2008

K.C. BREAKING NEWS: Chief's Carl Peterson Resigns



Action 41 News is reporting the Chief's "King" Carl Peterson has resigned- "effective immediately."




No report if a door struck Peterson's backside as he left....



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Metro K.C. WEATHER: NWS "Winter Weather Advisory" Tuesday



A NWS Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Metro Kansas City from 6am to 6pm Tuesday.

One to 2 inches of snow are forecast.




URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
411 PM CST MON DEC 15 2008



(Counties of:) ATCHISON KS-LEAVENWORTH-WYANDOTTE-JOHNSON KS-CLINTON-CALDWELL- PLATTE- CLAY- RAY- CARROLL- JACKSON- LAFAYETTE-.

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF: ATCHISON- LEAVENWORTH- KANSAS CITY KS- OVERLAND PARK- OLATHE- PLATTSBURG- KINGSTON- HAMILTON- POLO- PARKVILLE- PLATTE CITY- WESTON- LIBERTY- EXCELSIOR SPRINGS... RICHMOND... CARROLLTON- KANSAS CITY- INDEPENDENCE- LEXINGTON- CONCORDIA.


411 PM CST MON DEC 15 2008

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM CST TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PLEASANT HILL HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE- WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM CST TUESDAY.

AN AREA OF LIGHT SNOW IS EXPECTED TO MOVE INTO WEST CENTRAL MISSOURI AND EAST CENTRAL KANSAS SHORTLY BEFORE SUNRISE...RIGHT AROUND THE TIME OF THE MORNING DRIVE TO WORK. TOTAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED IN THE 1 TO 2 INCH RANGE. THE SNOW WILL LAST THROUGH THE MORNING AND THEN CHANGE TO A MIX OF INTERMITTENT SNOW FLURRIES OR LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE.


CONDITIONS CAN DETERIORATE RAPIDLY IN WINTER WEATHER SITUATIONS. SLOW DOWN AND ALLOW EXTRA TIME WHEN TRAVELING. PRACTICE YOUR WINTER SAFETY RULES...KEEP A FLASHLIGHT...FOOD AND WATER IN YOUR CAR IN CASE OF EMERGENCY.

K.C. MetroRegion WEATHER: NWS "Winter Weather Advisory" Lawrence- Valley Falls- Topeka



This NWS advisory is in effect for Douglas- Jefferson and Shawnee counties KS until 6pm Tuesday evening.



URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
344 PM CST MON DEC 15 2008


(Kansas Counties) REPUBLIC- WASHINGTON- MARSHALL- NEMAHA- BROWN- CLOUD- CLAY- RILEY- POTTAWATOMIE- JACKSON- JEFFERSON- OTTAWA- DICKINSON- GEARY- WABAUNSEE- SHAWNEE- DOUGLAS-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MARYSVILLE...HIAWATHA...CONCORDIA... CLAY CENTER- MANHATTAN- ABILENE- JUNCTION CITY...TOPEKA... LAWRENCE


...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM CST TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TOPEKA HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM CST TUESDAY.

LIGHT SNOW WILL DEVELOP OVERNIGHT TONIGHT AND CONTINUE INTO TUESDAY AFTERNOON ACROSS PORTIONS NORTH CENTRAL...NORTHEAST AND EAST CENTRAL KANSAS. TOTAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS WILL AVERAGE 2 TO 3 INCHES BY TUESDAY AFTERNOON...GENERALLY ALONG AND NORTH OF INTERSTATE 70. THE SNOW WILL BEGIN TO TAPER OFF BY LATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

CONDITIONS CAN DETERIORATE RAPIDLY IN WINTER WEATHER SITUATIONS- SLOW DOWN AND ALLOW EXTRA TIME WHEN TRAVELING. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES.

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Metro Kansas City's BREAKING NEWS: Olathe-KS House Fire

A house of yet-unknown occupany is burning in East Olathe- in the 2000 block of East Jamestown Drive.

Five companies of Olathe firefighters were called out at 10:31am to the address- firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and fire coming from the roof and attic areas.

Thus far no reports of anybody found inside as OFD battles this blaze in 7-degree weather..


UPDATE: There were no reports of injuries 30 minutes into the fire- which was generally under control.

The homeowner apparently arrived about 20 minutes into the fire as police asked the FD chief if the owner could come see their house.

Fire damage to the upper parts of this structure- heavy smoke & water damage elsewhere.


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Kansas City's Breaking News Leader - NBC41 ACTION NEWS.







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Middle-East Journalist Acts Out Many Americans' Fantasies



In case you haven't seen the video yet- it's posted below.


The video where a Middle-Eastern journalist takes off his Size 10's and hurls them at Shrub.

Too bad the journalist MISSED....
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The 2-Minute Drill Perfected



It's reported by unreliable sources that the Chiefs have improved on the 2-minute drill to the point that now the team can LOSE a game in less than a minute.


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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Kansas City Metro BREAKING WEATHER: Winter Weather Advisory Until Midnight


The National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill has issued a Winter Weather Advisory- posted below in it's entirity.


The advisory is in effect until midnight.



URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
707 PM CST SUN DEC 14 2008


MIAMI- LINN KS- LEAVENWORTH- WYANDOTTE- JOHNSON KS- SCHUYLER- ADAIR- LINN MO- MACON-PLATTE- CLAY- RAY-CARROLL- CHARITON- RANDOLPH- JACKSON- LAFAYETTE- SALINE- HOWARD- CASS- JOHNSON MO- PETTIS- COOPER- BATES- HENRY-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF: PAOLA- MOUND CITY- LEAVENWORTH- KANSAS CITY KS- OVERLAND PARK- OLATHE- LANCASTER- DOWNING- KIRKSVILLE- BROOKFIELD- MACON- LA PLATA- PARKVILLE- PLATTE CITY- WESTON- LIBERTY- EXCELSIOR SPRINGS- RICHMOND- CARROLLTON- SALISBURY- KEYTESVILLE- MOBERLY- KANSAS CITY- INDEPENDENCE- LEXINGTON- CONCORDIA- MARSHALL- FAYETTE- NEW FRANKLIN- RAYMORE- HARRISONVILLE- PLEASANT HILL- WARRENSBURG- SEDALIA- BOONVILLE- BUTLER- RICH HILL- CLINTON

707 PM CST SUN DEC 14 2008

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PLEASANT HILL HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SLEET- SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN- WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT.

PERIODS OF SLEET AND SNOW WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE ADVISORY AREA THROUGH MUCH OF THE EVENING HOURS. LIGHT FREEZING RAIN MAY ALSO MIX IN AT TIMES THROUGH MID EVENING. SLEET MAY BE MODERATELY HEAVY AT TIMES- WITH ACCUMULATION EXPECTED TO BE JUST SHY OF ONE HALF INCH.

THE PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO GRADUALLY BECOME ALL SNOW DURING THE MID TO LATE EVENING HOURS. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS MAY BE AROUND ONE HALF INCH AS WELL.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW- SLEET- OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES- AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.



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Kansas City MetroRegion Overnight News and Weather Report - Sunday- December 14- 2008



** Four Shot In KC-MO **


*** Four people- at least two of them minor teenage females- were shot in the 800 block of Ewing in East KC-MO around 1:15am Sunday morning.


Three of the victims were found by police and EMS crew in the 6000 block of East Peery Avenue just after 1:20am..

The 2 females were reported as "14 and 16 years-old" by a MAST paramedic- both had gunshot wounds to a leg but were expected to recover.


A 3rd victim's injuries were said to be more serious and the 4th victim arrived at an area medical center on their own later on.

Police reported that the suspect was "a white male" with a clothing description and only the suspect's means of egress from the scene...

"A green (colored) mountain bike.".
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*** MALE KILLED IN CLAY COUNTY MO MOTORCYCLE WRECK ***


*** An early Sunday morning motorbike ride turned deadly for the lone rider near Smithville Lake around 12:48am..

The incident was near the intersection of W Highway and J Highway.

The male died at the scene. No other details yet.

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** Shots Fired During KC-MO Police Burglary Call **

... This was in the 4100 block of Genesee and police didn't fire the shots nor did the reported at least 2 unknown suspects.

Police had already arrived at the address and had detected the suspects who began to flee when- at virtually the same moment- shots were fired.

The officers didn't immediately chase the fleeing suspects until they indentified the shooter- who turned out to be a neighbor who had also seen the burglars- but not the police- according to reports.

A manhunt for the unknowns went on in the area for about an hour with no results at least 45 minutes in- and no word yet if police will charge the gun-firing neighbor with doing so (and scarring the hell out of at least 2 Center Zone patrol cops).

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** Crash Near Longview Lake Injures 2- 1 Critically **

... Public safety agencies from Kansas City- Lee's Summit and Grandview-MO responded to a single car wreck on Highgrove Road near old Raytown Road.

Two people were injured when their car rolled over upside-down off the road. At least one person- a male- had critical injuries and a severed leg in the wreck that happened aroung 1am Sunday morning.

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** House Fires In K.C.- Johnson County-MO **


... No word on any injuries in the two fires.

The first incident was at 1:35am in a small- 1-story structure in the 5900 block of Walrond.


Occupany was unknown- but firefighters didn't find any bodies inside after the fire was out.


The 2nd house fire was in northwestern Johnson County MO at 3:28am- in the 1400 block of Northwest 545 Road.

A reported double-wide manufactured home was found fully-involved in flames when the first of many firefighters from the Elm- Pittsville and other stations arrived at 3:41am.


There's yet no word if anyone was found inside that structure after the fire was extinguished.


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<><><> OVERNIGHT WEATHER <><><>


Temperatures more like late May greeted early Sunday morning risers in Metro Kansas City- and over much of the southern half of the MetroRegion. Winds blew more like March...

Southerly winds gusting to around 50 MPH raked the Metro and MetroRegion overnight.

In KC-MO- police had to close 2 well-travelled streets- 31st Street west of Van Brunt and Grandview Road south of Longview for a time early Sunday morning because of blown-down power poles or lines.

No word on the number of people affected by overnight power outages.

It's been 60-degrees or warmer in Metro KC-MO since around 6am Sunday morning- 62 at 10am now in S.E. KC-MO and at the Downtown airport.

Yet- 12 miles northwest of Downtown airport at K.C. International airport- it was 45-degrees with Northwest winds gusting to 32 MPH.

A strong Arctic cold front is sweeping in- it's 12-degrees in Omaha already- and this cold air mass will stay for at least the next 7 days And end this brief bout of spring-like weather.

With the cold comes precipitation- later this Sunday afternoon and evening we can expect possible sleet changing to snow with a quick 1-2-inches before the storm systems wraps in the cold- dryer air by early Monday morning.

Could be some slick roadways in the Metro for the Monday morning commute..

But we'll miss the forecasted possibilily of a quarter inch of ice in southeastern MO and northeastern AR..

The next frozen-precip chance is Tuesday- that may be at least a couple of inches of snow- maybe more here in the Metro or elsewhere in the MetroRegion.

Models show another chance for wintry-type precip Thursday- and there's signs that could include that dreaded freezing rain somewhere in the K.C. Metroregion.

This cold is going to hang on through at least next Saturday- when there's yet another chance for wintery slickness

Stay tuned this coming week before Christmas for updates.

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