Joe’s Weather Blog: Beneficial Rains Fade (MON 6/23)
Good morning…the rains from overnight are over for the area as many locations received at least 1/4″ with a good chunk of the area getting more than 1/2″. Some got several inches of rain in localized spots. Once things fell into place the rains came hard enough and were persistent enough on the back side of the storms in general that we got what we needed after some hot humid weather lately.
Today: Lots of clouds that will gradually thin out allowing for some sunshine at times, especially this afternoon. Highs should be somewhere between 80-85° with pretty light winds. Overall an OK day.
Tonight: Fair skies although some fog can’t be ruled out. Overnight low in the 60s.
Tuesday-Friday: Partly cloudy, warm and somewhat muggy (more so towards the end of the week especially). Rain chances are pretty minimal at this point (maybe something THU?). I hate slapping chances in every day and will try to not do that in the evening forecast if I can avoid it.
Well things came together yesterday in the early evening. I figured we’d get something but I just wasn’t sure how it would all fall into place. As thunderstorms jelled together in NE KS in the early evening it became apparent that they’d eventually drop towards the SE and that’s what happened. So we got some needed rainfall and then the backside rain kept going for a few hours which soaked into the ground rather nicely. Overall we’ll take it for sure.
I mention that because the rain chances may be rather fleeting over the next week or so. Not that it won’t rain at all…because it will in spots. I’m not sure at this point about whether or not we’ll get any organized areas move into the region (like for example last evening).
There won’t be any cold fronts to speak of for awhile, as a matter of fact the trends heading towards the weekend and at least part of next week is for a hotter airmass to settle into the Plains region. So while the rain last night will do us for several days to a week or so…we may need to think about the sprinklers by the weekend or early next week.
One thing that has been in a sense saving us from getting hotter is all the lush terrain that we have thanks to all the rainfall through the area over the last month +. This is helping to keep the humidity levels (dewpoints) high enough so that we can manage to officially get into the upper 80s @ KCI but are struggling to get much hotter than that. Since May 21st we’ve had 8 days @ KCI with highs 88 or 89°. Close but no cigar…where as downtown KC, thanks to the buildings etc…has hit 90°+ I think 8 different times (KCI just once). So the lush green vegetation is helping a bit but by the same token also keeping the dewpoints high.
I won’t even bother showing a surface map this morning because it’s a jumbled mess. Allegedly there is a cold front out there somewhere but the air behind whatever front there is is essentially the same type of airmass to what’s a head of the front. There are alsoe remnant outflows from the overnight storm clusters that have thrown the winds fields into chaos.
One thing for sure is that there are a lot of clouds out there…they should gradually thin out over the next 6 hours or so. It may take a while…but we should see more sunshine I think in the PM….perhaps later in the PM by the look of the latest satellite loop.
Basically I think we’re going to see highs in the 80s this work week then near 90 over the weekend and potentially into the 90s heading towards the 4th of July.
That’s it for today…I’ll be filling in for MT tonight on the newscasts then I’ll be taking some time off for about a week or so. The blogs will become a bit more hit or miss. I may cobble something together at some point tomorrow (no promises) and then after that they may be more weather dependent as opposed to just writing something up for the sake of things. I’ll be back at work on the 3rd.