Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Severe Threat This Evening (Tuesday November 26, 2019)

As you can see in the above image, we have a MEDIUM risk of severe weather for this evening. Here are the bullet points, as of right now:
  • TIMING: 5PM-Midnight
  • High wind is the main threat.
  • Isolated tornadoes are possible. They would be quick and fast, if they develop.
  • Might see TWO rounds.
  • Concerned about people traveling and people at basketball games.
  • I am NOT saying to cancel anything. I just want people to stay informed.
  • Ways to stay in formed:
    • Region 8 app: Have notifications ON, Correct Warnings ON, Location services ON.
    • TV: We will have constant updates on the bottom of the screen. We will be on air if any tornado warnings are issued OR damage starts being reported.
    • Weather Radio: Test to make sure it works before the storms.
Let's look at  little bit of data. This is what round 1 could look like. These storms would have decent dynamics and instability to work with. High wind aloft could be transported to the ground within storms:
The next round comes in between 9-12. I initially thought that this round would not have the instability or "energy" to cause problems. The latest data says otherwise. This map below shows the "energy" with the second round. 
A second line of individual cells may develop with a ton of energy and dynamics to work with, so let's not let our guard down after the first round of storms.

Stay informed on the latest information with our app through the day. We'll have you covered.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

How Much Rain?: November 21-22

As we have been mentioning for several days, we will see rain on Thursday and Friday. Here are my bullet points on this storm:
  • No severe weather from this storm.
  • 1-2" of rainfall likely.
  • Most of the rain falls Thursday night into Friday morning.
  • Breezy both days, 20-25 mph gusts.
  • Gone by Saturday and Sunday.
So, the main question I have been getting from people is, "how much rain will we get?" Generally, the models have been showing 1-2", but some models have occasionally shown more and some  have shown less. Here's a graph showing a couple of runs on 2 of the models: 
All models are showing a swath of higher rainfall amounts across parts of Region 8 and they are in pretty good agreement on it's location. Take a look at this agreement:

Needless to say, we are confident in the rain. Pinpointing the EXACT location of the heaviest rain is the challenge. Keep an umbrella handy!


Sunday, November 10, 2019

UPDATE: Monday's Rain To Snow

Milk and bread are still safe, but I've nudged the PANICOMETER up a little. If you are going out Monday evening, I would allow a little extra time. While most of this storm system will be RAIN, there will be a brief changeover to a wintry mix and snow on Monday evening. Keep in mind, I would suggest to allow extra time even if it just stayed rain! Here are bullet points this evening:

  • Most of tomorrow will be plain ole rain.
  • Rain will start by lunchtime.
  • It will end as wintry mix Monday evening.
  • Any accumulations will be LIGHT: decks, grills, patio furniture. (DUSTING)
  • Ends by 10-11 PM.
  • No watches, warnings, or advisories right now.
  • I would not be surprised to see some advisories as this unfolds.
  • Missouri counties stand the best chance of getting accumulations.
  • I'm telling my kids that they are going to school on Tuesday! They hope I'm wrong. LOL

Many locations will not see much accumulation and those that do will likely only have them on surfaces that are elevated. For example: decks, grills, patio furniture, and MAYBE grass. It would be pretty tough to get it to accumulate on roads.

Here's what to expect radar and temperatures to look like around 2PM. Most of us are rain, but a chilly rain:
By 6PM, the colder air starts to mix some sleet and snow into the rain in spots. But, look at the temperatures. It's tough for anything to stick when you're above freezing:
Here's one models output on snowfall potential. This is the European model:
Overall, a dusting is POSSIBLE, but not all will get it. 

Stay tuned! I'll have new data, tonight on Region 8 News. 

Friday, November 08, 2019

Snow looking LESS likely on Monday...

Monday is not looking like a big deal, even if we see a few flurries or brief light snow on the tail end of the rain. I kept telling people not to get too excited. This is also why we kept the Panicometer at the lowest level. It's just not the type of setup that yields much snow. BUT, we are still expecting a a few snowflakes.

It just doesn't look like the cold air will catch up to the moisture:
Sure, we are going to see SOME snowflakes, which is always crazy in November, but no problems are expected on the roads. It is still going to be BRUTALLY cold next! Lows will drop into the low to mid 20s again. Get ready for that.

Also, bundle up tonight for football!


Thursday, November 07, 2019

OK... Let's chat about Monday.

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At this time, the Panicometer is as low as it gets for Monday! Side note... the Panicometer is a teenager! I started the Panicometer in November of 2006. Today, stations across the nation use a similar graphic. I don't mind though. I think it is a fun way to communicate the impacts of a winter event. While it is low right now, there is a good chance that it gets nudged up a little in the next couple of days. In fact, we may nudge it up a little on Region 8 News tonight.

So, is it going to snow? Well... the easy answer is, "it might". Here are bullet points on this storm that is still 4-5 days out:
  • There will be precipitation. It may just be rain, but something will fall on Monday!
  • If the cold air plunges in, we may switch to snow.
  • The cold air IS COMING. But, will it be here before the moisture is gone?
  • LIGHT accumulations are POSSIBLE. NOT likely. So don't freak out yet.
  • Too early for an "Accumulation Forecast", but I will show you some model output below.
  • At this time, teachers and students should plan on being at school on Tuesday.
  • Keep checking back as this storm evolves. These bullet points will be adjusted.

So... let's talk about the data. We have some energy in the coming in from the SW that will enhance the precipitation while a strong cold front dives south with some brutally cold air. MOST of the event will be PLAIN OLE RAIN. As you can see in the map below, PLAIN RAIN will cover Region 8 at the start of this system: 
As we go farther into Monday evening, the MUCH colder air arrives and the models have us switching to snow. The GFS model has us switching to snow sooner in Region 8, but the Euro has the changeover after sunset. Regardless, both are showing a switch to snow:
So, how much? In years past would not even entertain that question, but in a day where you can search around on the internet and find someone sharing it anyways, I'll open that can of worms. Keep in mind that when it comes to snow "sticking", a lot of factors come into play. This is just model output. First, the Euro has the changeover later for Region 8, but has the cold air in Missouri early enough to tap into the tail end of the precipitation better:
The GFS model has the cold air coming in faster, but the precipitation ending faster, too. This really limits the snow in Missouri, but not a huge change for us in Region 8, except that the snow would come in the daytime hours. This would be good for roads. Snow sticks to roads easier at night for several reasons. Anywho, here's the GFS:
Once again, those are just maps of model output. Being that it is still a few days out, this could change a lot! Stay tuned!