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Another Opportunity Missed

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Last night I emphasized that most of us wouldn’t get much rain and while radar is lighting up a bit across NE KS…the activity is still pretty light in nature. Temperatures are also going to plan as readings have leveled off across areas from KC northwards (and may even drop a bit this afternoon with the showers pulling through) and despite some rain across N MO, even the clouds are having a tough time solidifying across the region. Here is a look at the latest satellite picture showing the clouds thickening up a little more over the past couple of hours courtesy of NEXLAB

The clouds will continue to thicken behind the front which has now pushed through the viewing area. Here is the noon surface map showing where the front is and how warm it is ahead of the front…90-95 degrees @ Noon!

Whatever rain is generated out west will slip through the region later this afternoon. Again amounts will range from sprinkles to 1/10″.

The latest drought report came out this AM…and as expected the news worsens. The entire KC Metro area is now in the worst of the worst when it comes to the drought. “Exceptional Drought” conditions have expanded throughout the KC area as this next map from the NWS in Pleasant Hill shows.

What is dramatic about this report is the major expansion of the worst category of drought conditions in MO and KS. Notice the week to week change in the next 2 maps.

Now for the KS side…

On the MO side…the D4 category or “exceptional drought” expanded from 14 to 36% and on the KS side it was even more dramatic, going from 39 to 63%. Nationwide here are the stats…

Click on that image to make it more readable.

Have a great Thursday…hopefully some rain will move through this afternoon

Joe

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