KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Happy Friday! The weather is changing again but the overall change will probably put a smile on most faces as some decent summer weather is on the way it appears. Rain chances will be fading away, although there may still be a pop-up shower somewhere out there for the next couple of days. Temperatures will remain below average (for highs) into the middle of next week it seems. Overall, not too bad for typically the hottest time of the year.
The rain yesterday was heavy for some and not so bad for others. Every so often, a bit of dry time and the evening turned out pretty well overall. Interesting to note that right now there are no widespread rain chances showing up for the next 5-7 days or so.
Today: Mostly cloudy with some spotty showers possible. Highs in the low-to-mid-80s.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy with some fog redeveloping. Lows in the upper 60s.
This weekend: Partly cloudy and mild with highs in the mid-80s.
The front that we’ve been tracking for the last few days is sort of meandering on top of the area. It’s a stationary front really and it’s gradually going to just fade away over the next couple of days.
I still get a bit nervous about a perfectly dry forecast when you have a front around and temperatures in the mid-80s. Some data is trying to create a few popups around the region, especially on the Missouri side this afternoon and early this evening. I won’t be surprised but the overall coverage looks to be minor for the region.
Yesterday there were actually some funnel clouds up across northern Missouri and southeast Nebraska. They were created by this very same front.
That was yesterday. There is a small chance something like that happens again today somewhere on the Missouri side I think.
The rain amounts yesterday overall were all over the place locally. Heavier on the north side of Kansas City, with lesser totals on the south side.
Area-wide via CoCoRAHS:
Some bigger totals towards the Lakes region where there is still ongoing rain this morning:
Overall though, things look to be drying out over the next 5-7 days or so.
The GFS isn’t doing a whole lot for us through the 26th:
There will be rain to the west of here, but most of the disturbances appear to drop more southwards than towards our area. Clouds may at times be around through the weekend at least.
So let’s get to some tidbits…
This fire situation out west isn’t good and there is going to be another heat wave developing in the northern Rockies.
The worst (compared to average) of the summer heat will be across the northern Rockies into southern Canada. These are the seven-day anomalies through the northern Plains:
That likely means increased fire risks developing again.
There continues to be a lot of smoke in the atmosphere wafting through the central US. You can see it on the satellite pictures and visually, especially as the sun rises or sets. This is from Iowa yesterday.
Meanwhile speaking of Iowa: that tornado outbreak they had on Wednesday was one of their bigger ones.
They will likely find damage from a couple of more too.
There was also a tornado in Barrie, Ontario north of Toronto yesterday. An EF(2) tornado. (Note the NSFW language in this video.)
Finally, I saw this regarding the drought situation out west. I’ve brought up that Oroville Dam area in California before. Remember a few years ago how it failed during the flooding catastrophe that was occurring. Well since then it’s been darn dry really. This is what things looked like, and how they’re doing today.
The same is occurring in other areas as well. Lake Mead especially is in really bad shape and the low water levels will be affecting power generation soon as well. The Great Salt Lake in Utah is at record-low levels.
It’s at the lowest water level in 85 years. The last time it was considered “full” was 2000 I think.
Bad situation getting worse and worse.
On that note, I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Our grass is going to need cutting again. There are a lot of Julys where my grass doesn’t get cut at all because of the heat and the dryness. Not this July. Too much rain for some, not enough for others.
The feature photo is from Tana Keuck down at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.