Believe it or not, Saturday, January 14, was the halfway point of meteorological winter. So far, it hasn't been too bad. Yet, mother nature might just show us her worst in the second half.

It's hard to believe we're halfway through the winter. According to the National Weather Service office in Kansas City, our area is running 3.3 degrees above normal which is the 30th warmest on record. We're tied for the 46th wettest winter in the 135 years they've been keeping records. Not to mention, we've only gotten just over an inch of snow, which is below normal by four and a half inches.

Yet, let's remember, this article is being posted on January 16, 2023. We've still got six weeks of meteorological winter left, and that doesn't even cover March. Which, let me tell you, doesn't mean we're out of the woods. Not to mention, what the groundhog will predict in a couple of weeks.

Yeah, I'd predict six more weeks of winter too, if some human being enticed me out of my winter's slumber to see if I saw my shadow. I'd be like, dude, it's February 2, it's Missouri. It'll probably snow every Thursday for a month and a half, wake me up when the field of 64 is set for March Madness.

To that point, this Missouri winter hasn't been that snowy, or really all that bitterly cold. I know, because last week we were complaining about how cold it felt when temperatures were topping out in the 30s. Yet, how many times have we thought in years past, it's a high of 35 today, I'm going to wear my shorts to the Hy-Vee?

Today's high is expected to be in the Mid-50s to the low 60s with a chance of rain and thunderstorms ending in the afternoon. This is according to the National Weather Service in Kansas City. Enjoy it while it lasts, because Mother Nature, well, she might just decide to let it snow every Thursday through the middle of April.

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