Joe’s Weather Blog: Dry and drier (SUN-10/18)

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Good afternoon…the clouds have cleared out and temperatures are starting to return to seasonable levels in the area this afternoon. The breeze has picked up as well and will continue to do so over the next several days. Downright windy conditions are expected and with the dry stretch of weather we’ve seen over the past 5 weeks that means an increase in grass fires/wildfires are possible through Tuesday.

Forecast:

Tonight: Fair and cool. The breeze will tend to keep up overnight so temperatures, while dipping this evening will tend to slowly fall overnight. Lows near 50°

Tomorrow: Windy and warmer with highs well into the 70s

Tuesday: Perhaps a few isolated showers but many may not see a drop. Windy and warm again with highs close to 80°

Wednesday: Breezy and warm with highs again near 80°

Discussion:

We’ve been talking about the winds that are in the forecast for the early part of next week for several days. We’re getting a little taste of it now with some 20 MPH gusts…these winds will continue to increase tomorrow and Tuesday with gusts over 30 MPH possible Monday and gusts over 25 MPH Tuesday. The winds will drop off on Wednesday.

As far as the rain chances go…don’t get your hopes up too much. There may be a few scattered fast moving showers in the area on Tuesday then a few more FRI>SAT…but right now the amounts for the week for many areas look to be under 1/4″ or so…we’ll keep an eye on the late week/Saturday stuff. There could be a bit more tropical moisture with that chance and there will be a cold front coming through early next Saturday…so maybe there is some upside to that amount.

Hey it could be worse…snow has been falling from MI to New England over the past couple of days.

I don’t talk often about fire weather concerns…but with a lack of any real weather to talk about…let’s change that. We’ve been so dry from 9/11 through today (less than 4/10’s rainfall) that the grasses have started to dry out considerably and whatever is dead has dried out more so. This means any fire generated by human means will have plenty of fuel to work with in the open country. That combined with the strong winds fanning the flames means that out fire departments may be busy through Tuesday.

The map above shows elevated fire danger in the region for Monday…the map below is for Tuesday.

 

You get the idea…you can help out with this IF you’re a smoker. Don’t flick your cigarette butts out the wind.

That’s it for today…I’m sorry about the lack of blogs lately but there just isn’t much to get fired up about regarding our weather in the KC area…and that may continue for a good part of the week as well.

This week most of us only care about the Royals so here is the forecast for Toronto for MON-WED…looks like the roof of the stadium may be closed, especially TUE/WED. Those temperatures are in °C…10C=50°F…15C=59°F…0C=32°F and -5C=23°F

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GO ROYALS

Joe

 

 

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