Happy Friday Weather2020 Bloggers,
The next storm is moving out of the western states and into the Rocky Mountains and plains states. This would usually be a set-up for severe thunderstorms, but instead is mostly going to be a generous rain producer and right over that developing drought area that the Climate Prediction Center had placed weeks ago. It has been obliterated. It’s gone. The drought monitor will likely fizzle it away in the next update or two. It has rained too much. Look at this rainfall forecast over Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and east into Arkansas and Missouri:
The blocking pattern continues. The upper high over Greenland is filling an falling apart. A new high over low blocking pattern is developing today over the western half of North America as you can see below. Look a the 564 line that goes around both upper lows and then up and over the upper high north of North Dakota:
A wave of energy will rotate through tonight. On Saturday the lead upper low will likely begin weakening and this is why the severe weather risk is much lower than would be the case in any other year with a pattern like this. There is still a risk today and tomorrow.
Have a great day, and thank you for participating in the LRC Forecast Experience Blog. I will write up a new blog entry later in the day on Saturday.