Joe’s Weather Blog: The Start Of Meteorological Winter (MON-12/1)

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Good morning…cold out there again with temperatures this morning dropping into the teens through the region. we’ll start to see “less cold” weather beginning tomorrow afternoon and continuing through the weekend and into at least part of next week as the pattern relaxes a bit and gets away from the cold air surges that we’ve seen for the past month or so.


Rest of today: Increasing amounts of sunshine moving into the area as the skies start to clear out a bit. Highs today should be in the 25-30° range.

Tonight: Fair skies and cold again with lows dropping this evening to near 15° then starting to level off early tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and chilly again with highs near 40°


Short-ish blog today with a lack of any real weather around the KC area to talk about. The month of November ended up as the 6th coldest November in KC weather history.

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It was also our 28th driest November in KC weather history going back to the late 1880s. #1 on that list is November of 1989…that winter we still ended up with almost 17″ of snow. #2 on the list is November of 2000…that winter we had around 23″ of snow.

Today marks the start of meteorological winter. We in the weather world like the simplicity of 3 month seasons. Seasons that start on the 1st and end on the last day of the 3rd month. So for example…winter for us is defined as 12/1-2/28(29). Spring is 3/1-5/31…etc.

The reason why we like it is with the various start days to the astronomical seasons through the years…when we’re crunching numbers, it’s just easier to have a defined start and finish date without worrying about was spring on 3/20 or 3/21 etc.

A sprawling area of high pressure is situated towards the north of KC right now. I wrote about this yesterday as it was moving into the northern Rockies and expending through the Plains.


If you look at your barometer at home…you may notice it’s on the upper end of it’s scale. As of 9AM the pressure was up to 30.67″ or so. As this high slides eastwards, the pressure will start to come down over the next 24 hours.

You can see the expanse of the highs’ effects as cold air is dominating most of the country east of the Rockies, except for the SE part of the country and the far SW part of the country.


That weather in southern FL is looking pretty good right now.

Have a great day…probably no need for a blog tomorrow and I’ll see how it looks on WED with things staying quiet in the Plains for awhile.

I need to get over this cold.


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