Temps 35-40° Below Normal Over Kansas

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any colder and more outrageous this April, we’ll it did over the central Plains yesterday as parts of Kansas didn’t even manage to reach freezing, that’s a solid 40° below normal and for April 23rd, that to me is comparable to the ‘off the scale’ records being set for heat last March over the Midwest in my opinion. It’s basically unheard of to see this depth of cold this late on, this far south given how strong that sunshine is over the central Plains now.

So, while it didn’t even crack 32° over a large part of Kansas yesterday, with record low maximums smashed by over 10°, this morning the thermometer plunged to the coldest levels this late in the year in Amarillo. The low hit an incredible 20° in the Panhandle city following a bitter 35° high. Again, that is amazing to achieve that cold of a high this late in April. The high the previous day was 89° btw and down in Lubbock it was 92°!

Graphic source: weather.com

Graphic source: weather.com

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According to the NWS Amarillo, there was a low recorded at Bravo Ranch on the Texas Panhandle of 10° while Boise City, Oklahoma hit 15°, fairly impressive even by January standards..

Here’s a chart from the NWS office in Norman, OK showing how cold it was at three nearby sites.

Grahpic source: NWS Norman

Grahpic source: NWS Norman

The good news is, warming in on the way for the Plains thanks to ridging to the west building in. Highs should reach the 80s across Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and possibly Nebraska Friday, Saturday. 70s are expected over South Dakota and it wouldn’t surprise me to see 70s push into southern North Dakota too.

Graphic source: AccuWeather.com

Graphic source: AccuWeather.com

Here are projected highs according to the GFS for Saturday.

Courtesy/Owned by AccuWeather Pro

Courtesy/Owned by AccuWeather Pro

On a side note, there was some amazing rainfall rates in the New Orleans area earlier today with 3 quarters of an inch of rain within 4 minutes, this equates to a 6 inch per hour rainfall rate. No wonder there was major flooding in and around downtown including the French Quarter.

Tornadoes were also reported in the Kenner and Matairie area of the city with wind gusts topping 90 mph. This stuff formed on the tail of the strong frontal boundary which seperates the astopunding Plains cold with much warmer, above normal air flowing north from the Gulf to Ohio.

Damage produced by Wed pm storms around NOLA. (Source: NOLA.com

Damage produced by Wed pm storms around NOLA. (Source: NOLA.com

Shall have more detail on the upcoming pattern NEXT WEEK in a post tomorrow!

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