Good Saturday evening, everyone. Today was pretty much a day best spent inside curled up near a fire or under a blanket with a good book. The rule of thumb today was plenty of clouds with pockets of drizzle and light to moderate rain. Thanks to that, temperatures did what they could when it comes to warming up. After starting in the upper 30s and lower 40s, we made do with middle 50s for afternoon highs. We may be getting a break in the rain chances on the radar below, but some pockets of mist/fog will be possible tonight…
Sunday may start dry in the morning, but our next system will work in with another round of afternoon and evening rain. We will see the sun again as we go into a new work/school week, though. The breakdown of the week ahead is right below…
Don’t forget Doug has his long range forecast going into December right below the 7 Day forecast.
Have a good night and a great Sunday!
So how did all of this start? Throughout elementary, middle and high school, Bryan Busby (Chief KMBC, Kansas City, MO) and I hung out on numerous occasions down at the station. Bryan is my mentor, he is the one who pushed me in this field and actually got my very first job at Cable 6 News in Lawrence, Ks. Bryan showed me all of his forecasting theories on how the atmosphere worked. As an elementary and middle school kid, this didn’t make the greatest sense but it stuck with me over the years. Some of his forecasting techniques, Bryan shared with me what he called “The Pendulum Theory.” Simply put, Bryan noticed as the atmospheric conditions were way out of line with normal, temperatures would “swing” back just as severely in the opposite direction. In the process, strong storms would proceed the change. That stuck with me as I entered college to furthered my study in the science. When I was in college, I noticed a recurring pattern. I didn’t know what I had found at that point in time, but it ended up being a ground breaking technology that I use today for long range forecasting. The pattern sets up each and every year from late August through September 20th. The pattern is completely set by about September 20th. The pattern is how storm systems will react. In the pattern, there is a recurring cycle that takes place. The cycle length can be from 40 up to 65 days long. If we look at this past years cycle, it is about 48 days long. That means today’s weather is similar to 48 days ago and 48 days from now. However, the new cycle is now in place, we have a whole new year of a new weather pattern. I have been working on this pattern since 1999 in college when I noticed a snowstorm in Lawrence, KS had an odd look to it. We had another snowstorm about two months later that had that same odd look to it. A couple months later we had a severe weather outbreak that again had that same odd look. It was the pattern that gave it that odd look, but the cycle that spread these storms out equally. Since that point in time, I have been working on this pattern and find something new each and every year.
Long range forecast through December:
LONG RANGE FORECAST BASED OFF THE HEADY PATTERN. THIS COVERS NEBRASKA, IOWA, KANSAS, MISSOURI, OKLAHOMA AND ARKANSAS.
October 21st-27th: Mainly a mild week with showers on Tuesday and then again for the weekend. This is the chances for severe weather on a 1-10 scale. 1 on Tuesday, 2 on Saturday.
October 28th-November 3rd: Mild with thunderstorms on Sunday. Briefly cooling down on Monday, back to mild temps for Tuesday and Wednesday. Showers with our next wave on Tuesday and Wednesday with cool temperatures working in for the rest of the week. Cold with a few showers again for the weekend. Halloween: Mild with a few showers. This is the chances for severe weather on a 1-10 scale. 2 on Sunday, 1 on Tuesday.
November 4th-10th: A cold start to the week with mild temperatures returning by the middle of the week. Showers and thunderstorms for Wednesday and Thursday, then cooler again for the late week and the weekend. Election Tuesday: Mild and looks dry. This is the chances for severe weather on a 1-10 scale. Not much of a severe weather chance.
November 11th-17th: A cool start to the week with mild temperatures for the middle of the week. Showers and thunderstorms on Thursday and Friday with much cooler temperatures working in. Some snow could be close or mixed in on Friday. This is the chances for severe weather on a 1-10 scale. Lets go a 2 on Thursday.
November 18th-24th: Mainly a cool week with showers on Monday and Tuesday. The rest of the week looks dry including Thanksgiving and Black Friday. It will be on the cold side.
November 25th-December 1st: A mild start to the week with showers on Monday. Rain back in on Wednesday and cooling down the rest of the week. Rain or snow chances on Friday and Saturday.
December 2nd-8th: Back to mild with rain chances on Monday and Tuesday. It could change or mix with snow on Wednesday. Cold the rest of the wee with rain or snow chances for the weekend.
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