Today: Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it…Lezak Weigh in on (Possible) Record Setting Winter

Praise the lord and pass the suntan lotion…

The heat is on in Kansas City and elsewhere around the country in one of the warmest late December / early January cold spells ever. The question being, how long will it last?

"I think the second half of January will turn much colder," says KSHB weather wonk Gary Lezak. "There’ll be a couple of cold outbreaks, one of which will be an arctic outbreak which will be really cold."

The reason for the recent and current balmy climes?

"It’s just the way the weather pattern has been," Lezak says. "It has to do with the arctic oscillation – all the cold air has been held up north."

The most benign holiday, winter weather in KC ever?

"Well, certainly in many years," Lezak says. "Last January we never hit 50 degrees one time and it’s 50 today and maybe 60 to 65 tomorrow. It was 65 New Year’s Eve and that was one degree shy of the all-time record of 66. So it ended up being the second highest New Year’s Eve here ever."

As for the prospect of snow, "So far we haven’t had an inch of snow yet," Lezak says. "But I think it will happen the second half of this month. But last January our first big snow didn’t happen until January 8th. And the lowest amount of snow in Kansas City since 1885 has been four and one-half inches."

Which Lezak expects KC to match or exceed before season’s end.

So is it totally boring lately for a dude who loves the uncertainty and dramatic changes and challenges of KC’s climate?

"Oh yeah, I want it to be winter," Lezak says. "But I’m enjoying the warm weather, too."

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9 Responses to Today: Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it…Lezak Weigh in on (Possible) Record Setting Winter

  1. Chops says:

    What? No Jardines report?
    What are we paying you to do?

  2. Hearne Christopher says:

    Paying me? Didn’t get your check yet

  3. paulwilsonkc says:

    Chops, you missed the obvious
    Clearly Hearne is in Lezak’s back pocket, has money invested in the station or, most likely, is personally manipulating the weather.

    There is a deal in place for Jardines to sell on the first Thursday when it hits 19 degrees prior to 2pm. Clearly this is all the proof we need that he’s still implicated with some form of personal gain from the outcome.

  4. Correct me if I'm wrong... says:

    But hasn’t he been way wrong on his predictions here before?

  5. Super Dave says:

    Lezak say what………………………
    I have been an amateur weather watcher and forecaster for many years. Since the weather has always played a huge role in my work I learned how to read the data and come up with my own possible solutions to the weather. I take the facts that are available to any person and have been available for years. In the sixties you almost had to have a ham radio to get other reporting stations forecasts and readings to make guesses on the weather. That or you viewed maps sometimes 2 or more days old. But not anymore we now can get it in a matter of seconds.

    But notice I said guesses and many times it is just that.

    Certain storms are getting easier to track and follow but as to knowing 100 percent what they will do isn

  6. Chops says:

    Check?, come on man, you said pay cash, so I stuck it in with the Christmas present I sent you,
    dont tell me you didnt get that either?? Oh no…… well I guess that explains why I never got your thank you note. 🙁

    Now… what is the update on Jardines?? it has been 20-30 hours since we heard any news.

  7. Cliffy says:

    I call Hearne lazy because of articles like these.

  8. balbonis moleskine says:

    curls for the girls, well maybe not girls for G.L…
    I like Gary Lezak, because he has those “old man weightlifing arms” like Glazer. The old men at the gym look hilarious with overly pumped up arms and tiny, tiny spindle legs. Gary and Glaze both fall into that category.

  9. To each thier own says:

    weird
    @balbonis, that is the one of the weirdest comments I have read. ‘I like Gary Lezak, because he has those “old man weightlifing arms”‘ Whatever turns you on.

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