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Saturday, December 31, 2011

CSW Weather: April Invades News Year's Eve 2012

Near record high temperatures- supported by gusty southerly winds- 'blazed' across the Central States today...

The NWS "official" high at K.C.I. Airport was reported as 65 degrees- one degree short of the all-time record high of 66 degrees set in 1951.

It reached 67 degrees at KC-MO's Downtown Airport and at several 'unofficial' locations inside the Kansas City 'heat island' itself.

(Central States raw-data weather map at 1400 Hours (2 pm) Saturday afternoon)

In Topeka it reached 65 degrees while it Emporia Saturday's high was 64.

It made it up to 68 in Sedalia- Joplin soared to 66 degrees- but that was 8 degrees short of their record high of 74 also set in 1951.

Highs were into the 70's in Oklahoma- 71 was the high in Bartlesville with Tulsa reaching 70 degrees- with some 80 degree temperatures found in southwest Oklahoma and northern Texas.

This warm spell will come to an at least temporary end by the time revelers celebrate Midnight and 2012.

A cold front currently from northern Missouri into northern Kansas is moving south and will spread past Metro Kansas City- and possibly produce a few scattered light rain showers later tonight.

Look at the cool-down this way- a forecasted New Year's Day high of 41 is still 3-4 degrees above average highs on January 1st. 

After a couple of days of seasonable cold- temperatures could once again reach or exceed the 60-degree mark later in the first week of January 2012- before a colder regime sets in toward the middle of the month.

Long-range weather models still don't show any major winter storms for Metro Kansas City through January 15- but one storm does skirt to our north in the January 12-13 time frame.

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