Weather Blog – Thunderstorms in the early morning and then a nice weekend forecast

Good morning bloggers,

As I was writing this blog at 1am, a band of showers and thunderstorms was moving in from the northwest. It extended from St. Joseph to a severe thunderstorm in Beatrice, NE. Here’s a look at the radar image:

1 a.m. radar

This is a very different scenario from Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning when thunderstorms suddenly generated four tornadoes (one in Johnson County, KS; one in Jackson County, MO; two in Miami County, KS). That was the night I announced my retirement and then Mother Nature got mad or something. There was no history of tornadoes with these thunderstorms until they got close to KC.

This morning’s thunderstorm band is being closely monitored. So far there has not been a single warning or monitoring. This area will pass over the KC Metro before sunrise.

Rainfall this month (before this band moved in):

June rain gauge

June rain gauge

Rainfall for the year:

rain gauge this year

rain gauge this year

Everything is lush and green. Three inches of rain above the year’s average. It looks like some heat will build up next week with temperatures in the 90s likely for a few days. This year’s LRC will continue to produce cold fronts that will make it down here, so no sustained heat waves are in the forecast. A heat wave is defined as three consecutive days of 95° or more. We won’t see anything like that anytime soon.

The weather this weekend is looking good for the Pride Festival and for the Symphony In The Flint Hills. I’m speaking out there on Saturday at 2pm and 5pm! I look forward to it. The theme is the LRC & Kansas weather.

Next week I’m going to Milwaukee for the American Meteorological Society broadcast conference. The topic there will blow your mind. I’ll show how Super Storm Sandy of 2012 is directly related to the pattern that returned next spring to create the last EF-5 tornado in the United States. The Moore and El Reno tornado setups, OK, are directly related to Super Storm Sandy and the world doesn’t get it. I’m going to show this “order in chaos” that the LRC describes.

Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day sharing this weather experience.

Have a great Friday night in the big city,

gary

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