Hearne: Lowest Snowfall Ever? Maybe but Stand By for 25 More Inches

Did you happen to catch that snowstorm earlier today?

In Prairie Village I pegged it at zip, but KSHB weather wonk Gary Lezak says the offical count at KCI was .3 inches.

So can we put away the ice scrapers and start searching for the hay fever meds?

"No, there’s still a chance we’ll get some more snow," Lezak cautions. "There’s a chance that something like this will happen again and there’s a chance of another cold rain or snow next week.

"The most amazing thing about the weather this year is all the tornado stuff. Today there was a major, major outbreak. There were five tornadoes today before noon. And while it was snowing here there was a tornado in Southeast Missouri."

I hate to piss off any Republicans, but might it possibly be climate change related?

"I think there’s some pretty big evidence that some of these (weather) events might be a symptom of global climate change," Lezak says. "It is warming up and that’s a fact."

Remember how smoking hot it got last July?

"I think the floods will be worse, the droughts will be worse, tornadoes will be stronger," Lezak says. "And hurricanes will be stronger, heat waves will be hotter. I mean, these kind of things are all happening. It’s a fact."

Incidentally, for the ninth year in a row weatherate.com  has ranked Lezak’s casts highest among local stations.

In the scheme of things, as of today, KC’s "snowfall" stands at 3.4 inches for the season.

The lowest ever being 4.5 inches.

"But we’ve had snow as late as the first half of April," Lezak says. And we’ve even had an accumulation into the first few days of May. In fact, the biggest snowfall ever was March 24th and 25th when we had 25 inches of snow and that was in 1912."

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10 Responses to Hearne: Lowest Snowfall Ever? Maybe but Stand By for 25 More Inches

  1. mike says:

    global warming?
    Only last year, we set a record for the most snow. The year before was almost as bad. Picking and choosing facts that help a hypothesis and ignoring ones that do not can make almost anything look true whether it is or not. You would need to take an average of the temperatures for the whole planet over many years to establish a trend. Even then, proving the cause of the trend would be another matter. We have had the climate change back and forth before man was even around. At one point in time, we had glaciers and wooly mammoths in Missouri. Before that, we had dinosaurs and ferns.

  2. Super Dave says:

    Come on Hearne You can do better than this
    41 is rated number one because they buy the services of WeatheRate. Lesak hasn’t hit anything he reported on snowfall wise yet all winter. But there is a better weather reporter in Kansas City so do us a favor Hearne do some real reporter type investigating work and figure out who that is.

  3. Mark X says:

    … yeah, what Mike said …
    … worth repeating; “We have had the climate change back and forth before man was even around. At one point in time, we had glaciers and wooly mammoths in Missouri. Before that, we had dinosaurs and ferns.” …

    Lezak is a moron. His dogs are his shtick. But, hey, it’s a sweet gig …

    Thanks, but I’ll stick with the National Weather Service & my NOAA radio.

  4. chuck says:

    I like Lezak
    Love the pic of the dog. I always watch his weather forecasts too.

    In fact, I hope he buys Jardines.

  5. Hearne says:

    Nothing against you Fox News aficionados but…
    I’ll let the National Geographic spell it out for you guys:

    “Signs that the Earth is warming are recorded all over the globe. The easiest way to see increasing temperatures is through the thermometer records kept over the past century and a half. Around the world, the Earth’s average temperature has risen more than 1 degree Fahrenheit (0.8 degrees Celsius) over the last century, and about twice that in parts of the Arctic.

    This doesn

  6. Super Dave says:

    And the beat goes on
    Well on record it is but records only go back so far so who knows.

    Weather changes it’s a given fact heck we don’t really have winters around here like we use that I remember as a kid but then they didn’t have winters like I remember back in the dust bowl days either.

    75 years from now be a new group of people having the same kind of talk and about either warmer or colder.

    For the record Fox News sucks. In fact in my opinion all local TV news sucks.

  7. Lou Brown says:

    Climate change
    I have no doubt that climate and temperatures change on earth, sometimes from one year to the next. What I do doubt is that any scientist has the irrefutable data to prove that this phenomena is caused by man. Without hundreds of years of data collection, such a conclusion would take collossal ego to state as a proven fact.

  8. Merle Tagladucci says:

    Doesn’t matter if it’s caused by man or not. Man can’t stop it. Man won’t stop it. The end.

  9. mike says:

    reply to Hearne
    If what you say is true about the data going back that far, why did they teach back in the 1970s that pollution was going to cause the temperature of the Earth to cool? If accurate records have been kept as long as you say, they would have been talking about global warming then. Even then, that still would not prove a causal relationship. As I stated earlier, we had global warming 10,000 years ago when the glaciers receded from Missouri and we were burning no fossil fuels at all then.

  10. expat says:

    We’ll run out of fossil fuels long before anthropomorphic global warming is an issue. Funny over here in Asia they’re talking about how the sun cycle is delayed and theorizing we may go back into an ice age.

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