Sprinkler Warning

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Sprinkler Warning

Good Sunday bloggers,

Today is starting totally opposite of the way Saturday began as we have a clear sky, almost no wind and temperatures in the 50s. This afternoon will be spectacular with highs in the low 80s. Now, most locations still need rain as we teeter on drought conditions. The thunderstorms from Saturday in the KC area were more wind than rain. The wind was a result of rapidly collapsing thunderstorms, so rainfall amounts across the city were around .10″ to .50″.

In order to keep the yard green this time of year you need 1″ to 2″ of rain per week. We average about 1.50″ of rain per week as well this time of year. You will see why we have a “Sprinkler Warning” in effect after we go through the weather for the upcoming week.

SUNDAY: We are in for some great weather with 100% sunshine, lower humidity, a northwest breeze 5-15 mph and highs in the low 80s.


MONDAY: A system will track out of the Rockies and move into the Plains. This would normally be an efficient rain and thunderstorm producer, but since we have lost the higher dew points, it will be a cloud, few showers producer. Highs will be in the upper 70s to low 80s.


MONDAY NIGHT: This system will encounter some moisture, so thunderstorms are possible in southern Kansas, but they will track southeast from that location.


TUESDAY: The system will exit and we will see a return to highs 85°-90° along with humidity. But, it will still be dry and this makes it three more days without rain.


WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY: The pattern will set up in to one where disturbances will track out of the Rockies every 12 to 24 hours. These disturbances will generate thunderstorms in the western Plains that will become more organized clusters as they track east and southeast. There are two things to remember. One, we have been mostly missed with this weather pattern. Two, the models will have a terrible time picking out the location and track of the thunderstorms. So, take the following maps with a grain of salt.

Wednesday night and Thursday morning it looks like the best thunderstorm chances will be along I-80, but we could easily see these drift south.


Thursday night into Friday the thunderstorms are closer and these may form and drift south by Friday morning.


Eureka! The data finally has the rain and thunderstorms in our area Friday morning.


The bottom line is that Wednesday night through Friday and possibly into next weekend we will have chances of thunderstorms every 12 to 24 hours. The exact locations are far from set in stone, so we will be updating this as we get closer and will have to take it one day at a time. The set up for each day will depend on how things evolve the previous day.

Since, there is no real good chance of rain until Thursday we are in a “Sprinkler Warning.”


Have a great week.

Jeff Penner

2018-06-04T18:04:01+00:00June 3rd, 2018|General|11 Comments


  1. Snow Miser June 3, 2018 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Enjoying this nice weather!

  2. Richard June 3, 2018 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    DROUGHT I tell ya, drought ! Gary was right weeks ago.
    And it looks like the 2nd- 3rd week of June the heat comes back in full force.
    Maybe sooner.
    We all know that dry conditions make it easier to heat up.

  3. Adam June 3, 2018 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Bah we’ll live to see next year.

  4. Blue Flash June 3, 2018 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    We returned home to Independence from Florida last night after two weeks away. Flying in from the Springfield area to KCI, the vegetation looked deep green and lush. There was still 4 1/2 inches of rain in my rain gauge, mostly from the May 25 deluge. The ground was soft and muddy and the grass was out of control. What drought are we talking about?

    • Richard June 3, 2018 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      The blog title says it all
      Sprinkler warning ! Not watch, warning ! Warning Will Robinson !
      I was tongue-in-cheeking it again in my earlier comment.

      No drought. Can’t be. We are too green !

    • Kstater June 3, 2018 at 9:05 pm - Reply

      Some areas have gotten rain. KC area has gotten about as much as anyone. Here in Lawrence we are much drier than KC and so is most of northern Missouri.

  5. Tdogg June 3, 2018 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    My yard is green, we can’t be dry lmao!

    • Blue Flash June 3, 2018 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      Yes. First rule of weather forecasting, look out the window. Droughts look brown.

  6. Kurt June 3, 2018 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    Then it’s a drought in St Joseph, many brown and dormant yards that weren’t watered other than by Mother Nature

  7. f00dl3 June 4, 2018 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Even 2012 wasn’t this hot in May.

  8. Richard June 4, 2018 at 9:29 am - Reply

    No new blog ?

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