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."