BLIZZARD WARNING! Looks to be a Record Storm here in Kansas...

  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 27, 2009 12:43 PM GMT
    Well looks to be an interesting day here in Kansas and the mid part of the country. Yesterday they put us on a "Winter Storm Watch" (never have had one this late) and now a "Blizzard Warning" (can only remember 2 of those in my entire life. ) We would expect "Tornado Warnings" now, but not this kind of weather.

    I've already mowed my fertilized lawn 3 times and will be pulling flowers...
    the nurseries say most of the flowering fruit trees will be cool.
    Already 15 inches in western Kansas.. they claim we may get 9 inches here in Wichita (many people can't believe it).


    I'm heading to the gym at noon... LOL




    Snowstorm Causes Cancellations at Mid-Continent Airport

    Posted: March 26, 2009 03:51 PM CDT

    Updated: March 26, 2009 08:36 PM CDT


    By Chris Durden (WICHITA, Kan.)

    A spring snowstorm grounds flights at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport even though the storm hasn't reached the city yet.

    The problem is Denver. The massive storm dumped nearly 2 feet of snow in the Denver area.

    Southwest Airlines canceled all of its 82 flights from Denver. Frontier, United and US Airways also cancelled hundreds of flights Thursday afternoon.

    The snow started tapering off by early evening. The airport never closed and hopes to be fully up and running by Friday.

    The snow at DIA led to cancellations all over the country. The 7:43pm flight from Mid-Continent to Denver had to be cancelled. In addition, the 9:31pm and 11:36 United Airlines flights to Wichita never got off the ground.

    If you have a trip planned or are expecting visitors make sure to check ahead before going to the airport.

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    Mar 27, 2009 2:12 PM GMT
    My friends in Topeka said they were expecting a lot of snow today, too! (So much for that new lawn they just planted.)
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 27, 2009 7:31 PM GMT
    KOCO: Blizzard warning posted in Oklahoma
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    Mar 27, 2009 7:52 PM GMT
    This is a common pattern in La NiƱa years. The jet stream is draped over the Pacific Northwest, and then is aimed southeastward.

    Earlier this year the "aim" was for the Great Lakes. Now, it's towards the southern Great Plains.

    The Denver area got knocked for a loop with blizzard conditions yesterday, and then the pattern shifted eastward.

    The pattern looks favorable for a similar event on Monday or so, though it looks to be a bit further north.
  • auryn

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    Mar 27, 2009 8:01 PM GMT
    Didn't Kansas get the memo? It's Spring now.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 27, 2009 8:02 PM GMT
    Auryn saidDidn't Kansas get the memo? It's Spring now.


    We've had the memo... it was 75 a few days ago. This is a freak thing.
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    Mar 27, 2009 8:03 PM GMT
    and I've been bitching about our rain... oops
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    Mar 27, 2009 8:11 PM GMT
    I guess I should clarify.

    For these systems, it's common as they pull out over the Rockies for warm, moist air to be drawn northward....initially. You'll have warm temperatures, and severe thunderstorms out ahead of these things.

    As the system settles southward, the colder air will sweep over the same region that just had such warm temperatures. If that cold air at the surface, underlies the moist air that's brought back west around the system aloft, you can get blizzard conditions in Nebraska or Kansas or eastern Colorado, at the same time severe thunderstorms/tornadoes are occurring in Texas and Oklahoma, as they did yesterday and the day before.

    You folks in Austin nearly got grazed by a tornadic thunderstorm two days ago as part of this pattern. However, now the cold air has swept out most of Texas....and Louisana and the southeast are in the warm air.

    In fact, expect a major outbreak of severe weather in the southeast today in Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.
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    Mar 27, 2009 8:12 PM GMT
    It came through Denver, and it's bark was worse that it's bite.

    By "bark", I mean the local media's creating a sense of urgency. The local paper's website had a banner graphic up "BLIZZARD 2009!!" long before it even hit town.

    We were predicted to have 8"-16"; we got 5". Don't get me wrong, it was blowing, and a pain in the ass. But not the crisis we were told to expect.
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    Mar 28, 2009 2:54 AM GMT
    Welcome to a typical day on the Canadian Prairies. We still have a foot of snow on the ground and have endured January like temperatures of -15 to -40 degrees celsius, this March.

    At least you have had a hint of spring. Blizzards are exciting...enjoy!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 28, 2009 2:55 AM GMT
    I'm so jealous. I think in my life in the DC area I've enjoyed 2 24 inch snowstorms and a couple foot snowstorms. I love them
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    Mar 28, 2009 2:58 AM GMT
    get a cuddle buddy! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 28, 2009 3:01 AM GMT
    fastprof said IYou folks in Austin nearly got grazed by a tornadic thunderstorm two days ago as part of this pattern.

    The tornadic thunderstorm made itself felt in Houston. It was drawn this way because I had my car detail-washed the day before, thus generating isobars or steering currents or whatever it is that directs thunderstorms.