Perhaps you might have noticed that there’s some snow outside. A lot of snow. Giant heaping piles of snow. Spectacular accumulations of microcrystalline dihydrogen monoxide. Yes, we had a blizzard recently, and I'm not talking about the delicious frozen treat from Dairy Queen.
Meteorologists use this term to describe weather that is a mixture of freezing rain, ice pellets (more commonly known as sleet), and snow. It's when three types of winter weather are all happening at once due to the temperatures in the air. To me, wintery mix is code word for "Not fun to drive in!"
Okay, so what do those three things mean on their own?
As our seasons shift from winter to spring, our weather goes from snow and ice to rain and thunderstorms. Personally, I see this as a vast improvement; even if I would take a sunny day with mild temperatures.
So if you're getting the rainy day blues, here are 5 reasons why you should be like me and love the rain!
Kansas City meteorologist Katie Horner will visit the Boardwalk Branch on Saturday, June 25th for a program entitled Weather, Wise, and Wonderful. Katie and the team from Mad Science will lead families in an exploration of weather phenomena. Understand meteorologists' fascination with the clouds. Explore the forces that create tornadoes. Have a hair-raising experience creating your own lightning. Come and enjoy this and more at 10 a.m.
The Liberty Branch recently hosted a weather program presented by Mad Science and special guest, Katie Horner, chief meteorologist for KCTV5. Lois Butler, a Liberty staff member, attended the event with her grandchildren. Braxton James and Emily Sanford are pictured with Katie Horner. They found the program to be funny, as well as educational and entertaining.
We've had a spate of severe thunderstorms in the Kansas City area lately. In fact, a thunderstorm is happening as I write this. This one is a little tamer than the one responsible for all the downed tree limbs in my yard the other night, though. That one picked up a camper shell sitting in my driveway and blew it a good 30 feet. Thank goodness my car wasn't in its path! Despite all the destruction severe thunderstorms can inflict, they are often quite beautiful to watch...from a distance.
Last November, I decided to see just how accurate the Farmers’ Almanac was in regards to our weather. It has been nearly a year, so I figured it was time to check it again - this time for the month of September.