Sunday, November 30, 2014

A colder than normal November means high heating costs!

As the month of November 2014 closes itself out with average temperature of 6 degrees lower than what has been historically normal, the difference will really be felt in increased heating costs! This month, I will come in at about 1300 kWh versus a November 2013 total of just 890! In terms of cash, that will be about a $140 bill! An amount that will wipe out any savings I received from lower than expected gasoline prices (currently at $2.54 per gallon).

Rainfall for this month was a meager 1.73 inches versus a normal or average of 4.9 inches! So, overall the moderate drought situation for people like me, living in southwest Missouri continues unabated.

As they say, cheer up! Things might be worse. December is fast approaching and perhaps we'll make up for the lack of rain with a lot ice and snow!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Winter is neigh upon the land!

Even though the first day of official winter won't occur until December the 21st, you'd have a hard time convincing me that it was not already in full force! Back to back snow storms currently threaten the northeast, with some locations just now digging out of record snow falls. Even here in southwest Missouri, the temperatures have been running a full six degrees below normal! Such activity begs the question – What will December be like?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Another brutal winter in 2014-15?

Last year, right about mid November, we were hit with a cold wave that saw the daytime temperature plummet to 21°F with the night dropping down to 19! Wow, now that was cold!

This year, right at about the same time, we are seeing not just a repeat, but an even more prolonged stretch of arctic air (vis a vie a Polar Vortex) that is forecast to last as long as a week. And, only time will tell just how severe it will get. One thing is for sure, the forecast high winds will make it seem even colder that what the mercury reads!

Already there is as much as 18 inches of snow in some of the northern states with a little white stuff predicted to fail in SWMO as early as the 15th of the month! It's been a proven fact that early snow falls can augment just how brutal the coming winter might be. I think we'll get a chance to see if that has any truth to it this year, for sure.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Snow in November! What are the odds?

SWMO – Actually, the odds of seeing some snow in southwest Missouri in November are better than you might think! Areas like Joplin and Springfield can see up to .7 of an inch of the white stuff on any given year. This year, some experts are calling for cooler and wetter conditions than normal, so yes, I think the odds are somewhat fair to good.

Even soon as mid November, the National Weather Service has already begun to hint at a chance for wintry precipitation as a large arctic core of cold air settles into the Nation's middle. This shot of cold are will prevent the daytime temperatures from climbing out of the low 30's with nighttime temps falling into the 20's! Any moisture that makes it into the area could easily fall as snow or sleet. So, if you're a weather watcher, things could begin to get interesting much earlier this season...