Joe’s Weather Blog: Over The Speed Bump Hump
Well the timing and the forecast worked out as good as possible with the cold front that has swept through the area. Not too surprisingly the temperatures as I write this have actually dipped into the upper 50s and most of the rain is moving away from the KC area as well. There is still the potential of a small band of light showers to move through between 1-3PM or so, but odds are we’ll be clearing out after that, as a matter of fact skies have cleared out nicely to our west.
Rainfall amounts were typically in the 1/4-1/2″ range with some higher totals scattered through the region. When the KC Chiefs called me this AM to ask what the rain totals would be because they wanted to keep the field uncovered for the moisture this is about what I told them and I’m glad it worked out…hopefully the grass tomorrow looks a bit more green!
Here are some of the official totals…these are the amounts since 7AM today…KCI: .4″…Downtown: .3″…Lees summit: .41″…Chillicothe: .46″…St Joe: .05″…Gardner: .28″…Olathe: .30″…Whiteman AFB: .16″…Sedalia: .70″…Lawrence: .23″ Some may have had a bit of rain before 7AM
Here are some of the totals through the region going from the going from south to the north and then into the city itself. Click on those images to make them larger and more readable.
Interesting the temperatures have cooled off…again into the 55-60° range…take a look at the surface map and remember the numbers in RED are the temperatures (this is the noon map).
Also notice the start of the south winds to the EAST of the metro…that is the warm air were in earlier today. The NW winds that are on top of us now are ushering in the cooler air.
Off to the west of the area temperatures are in the 60s…that’s where the sunshine is and hopefully that’s what will be here by 5-6PM or so…at least from KC westwards…
As I write this the leading edge of the clearing is just to the west of Topeka.
That should do it for the weather of note for the next 4 days or so…as near perfect weather is likely into Tuesday with a slow moderation in the temperatures, back into the 80s by later in the week.
Our next rain chance is shaping up to be Thursday or Friday…although there will be timing changes on that I think as a storm and front moves into the middle of the country ushering in chillier air next weekend. The 12Z GFS does bring the potential of frost to part of the area (closer to the IA border)…let’s see about that and it’s something that has been alluded to earlier last week in the blog (I’m not convinced about this yet)
The storm responsible for this NEXT change is way up towards Alaska and it’s a HUGE storm as you can see…
The pressure in the center of that storm is 973 mbs or about 28.72″! That is the strength of many hurricanes of category 1/2 intensity. Here is a closer up view of the storm.
That’s a conveyor belt of rich moisture slamming into the NW part of the country where a ton of rain has already fallen with more on the way. That rich moisture is thrust UP and over the mountain tops creating tremendous amounts of lift..there is also a lot of wind…take a look at all the latest warnings/watches for that part of the country.
It’ll be our next big change in the weather but it’s still about 5-6 days away from giving us rain…it will warm us up though ahead of the storm…
Have a great rest of the weekend and enjoy the perfect weather tomorrow with highs in the mid 70s!