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Joe’s Weather Blog: Weak front…weak chances (SUN-6/28)

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A few morning showers affected areas east of KC into northern MO earlier today…temperatures are warming up now…we’re into the 80s and dewpoints are in the middle 60s…however any strong trigger for storms is really not there today…I can’t rule out something isolated…but the better chances will continue to be well east and SE of the KC area it appears…I’ll keep an eye on radar this afternoon for you just in case.

Forecast:

Tonight: Any storms later this afternoon should be well south and east of the KC area…fair skies…you may notice a tinge to the skies this afternoon and evening. we may set up for a neat sunset as smoke has drifted into the atmosphere from raging forest fires in Canada. Temperatures tonight should drop into the mid-upper 60s.

Tomorrow>Tuesday: Mostly sunny and warm with highs in the 85-90° range

Discussion:

As expected temperatures today are already warmer than yesterday at the time of this writing…and there is plenty of sunshine to go this afternoon…so highs between 85-90° should be no problem and overall it’s going to be dry for many areas for the rest of the day.

Wow…what a concept…a dry weekend…let’s see that hasn’t happened since…what the weekend of the 21st-22nd….of MARCH!

While technically some of you actually did get rain this morning…officially KC did now…so the graphic above from the NWS in Pleasant Hill will still work…at least unless KCI gets a scattered storm later today. Amazing…it’s taken 12 straight weekends for this to happen…and on the 13th weekend there was no rain in KC.

This just partly goes and explains why this may well end up the 3rd wettest May/June in KC weather history.

Something else of note in the satellite images…and that is smoke…

 

The above image shows the smoke moving through Canada and now with the area in north flow aloft…this smoke in the upper part of the atmosphere is moving down along the MO River…

“Central Canada/US: A large area of light to heavy density smoke is visible over majority of central Canada and US. This smoke originates from the numerous wildfires in southwestern/central Alaska as well as the southern portions of the Northwest Territories, northern Alberta, northern Saskatchewan. The heaviest smoke is visible in NW Territories, Nunavut, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Medium density-smoke is visible in British Columbia, NW Territories, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Michigan, Indiana, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa. Lighter density remnant smoke expanded into British Columbia, Alberta, Montana, Saskatchewan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. Several impressive dense smoke plumes were seen in central/northern portions of Alberta and Saskatchewan and were moving to the south-southeast.”

You can see the smoke (h/t @JDDiebolt for the heads up!) on the satellite picture across the N Plains region this morning…

The surface map this afternoon shows the cold front sweeping into the MO Valley area…sort of a crime though to call this a cold front…about the only real change is a drop in the dewpoints…temperatures tomorrow will be identical today…

sat

 

The weather overall for the next few days want to remain dry however with us being in N/NW flow through the week…after Tuesday that might be tough to do. NW flows are notorious for “surprise” rains…and while there isn’t really a strong disturbance directly heading this way…there are some waves that will be moving through the region overall…that bear watching especially for WED>THU.

Temperature wise this week…nothing out of the ordinary…and overall a seasonable week of temperatures are expected as we head towards the beginning of July.

That’s it for today…hopefully the weather will remain calm this afternoon for the entire area…I’ll be watching radar/sat pictures just in case though. Our next newscast is scheduled for 9PM. US Senior Open golf is scheduled for the rest of the afternoon.

Joe

 

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1 Comment

  • Amae

    Joe,
    I captured the smoke graphic that you had on here yesterday, but the one that is on here now is different. Yesterday’s graphic showed smoke over AK and a very small one in Florida…today thise are missing. Did you change the graphic last night ?