Earth's biggest rivers are streams of warm water vapor in the atmosphere that can cause huge rain and snowfall over land. Climate change is making them longer, wetter and stronger.
High temperatures are going to be running mostly in the 50s and lows in the 20s for the next five days.
There could be a shower Monday afternoon and a few snow showers Monday night. A snow shower is also possible Wednesday night, but there is not much moisture available at this time.
I am looking at some really good weather for the last couple of days of January and the start of February, with high temperatures soaring into the upper 50s to mid-60s. January and February are usually our two driest months of the year, so the weather pattern we are seeing is pretty normal.
Winds gusted to 60 miles per hour Friday, but a better week is coming.
For Sunday and Monday expect sunshine and temperatures in the low 50s and the wind calming down. Wednesday through Friday this week, we will see the precipitation chance coming back, and it will be snow showers at times. Temperatures by Thursday night will drop back into the teens.
The long-range forecast at this time of the year can be risky because things can change so quickly, but right now we are seeing nothing major for Kiowa County for January 25-31.
Monday and Tuesday are looking really good, with sunshine and high temperatures up to 55 degrees, but the nights will be cold, with lows going down to around 15.
Wednesday through Friday is looking quiet, with fair to partly cloudy skies and highs in the upper 40s to low 50s.
There is nothing major showing up in our forecast from January 18-25, with highs continuing in the upper 40s to low 50s, and then dropping to 18 to 20 degrees at night.
The new year is starting out with a dry spell across our area. We do not have a precipitation chance above 20% for the next two weeks.
I do see some cold nights, with lows dipping into the teens Monday, and then in the teens again pretty much every night from the January 9-17.
High temperatures will mostly be in the 40s, but there will be an occasional day in the 50s thrown in.
Precipitation for 2019 ranged from about 15 to 19 inches across the county, with the higher amounts in eastern Kiowa County. These totals were pretty close to normal for the year.