Good morning Weather2020 bloggers,
As you can see above the only real growing dry area is centered over Missouri. This isn’t what we asked for when the new LRC set up last fall, but we have experienced it, and yesterday was another great example. It’s hard to explain how we missed yet another one, but there are parts of the KC metro area that again did not receive measurable rainfall. How did this happen? Let’s take a look.
When we woke up Monday morning on President’s Day a ridge aloft was just inland over Nevada, and a big ridge was centered up the Tennessee Valley through the Great Lakes states. The huge California storm was slamming into this ridge as it entered the plains states. This would normally be a rather wet February storm with this type of set up. Out over the California coast that ridge aloft and the next system off the west coast created the conditions for another extremely wet day in California, but the storm that looks wet as it approached KC split into two pieces.
The northern part 1 of this storm will be over the north Atlantic Ocean by this time tomorrow, while the southern part becomes a storm dropping into the Gulf of Mexico. The storm split apart and it leaves KC in a favorable spot for nearly perfect weather today with a high of 71 degrees and a record breaker on Wednesday with highs between the record high of 73 and 80 degrees.
So, I think we can all agree that Kansas City is near ground zero for no weather excitement this winter and it shows on that first dry map I showed today. These two maps show the snowfall forecast for the next ten days across North America and then closer in across that north central USA. The snow forecast for Kansas City is now very suspect. I looked closely and that 1 to 3 inch little band comes from less than a six hour period from 6 AM to noon on Monday. The European Model shows nothing during that time frame. There is NO real storm system that holds together and moves across, so it will leave us monitoring the models for a needle in the haystack type of situation. TIME IS RUNNING OUT.
Have a great day! Thank you for sharing in this weather experience. Hopefully it will get a bit more exciting soon.
Sunny is wondering why it is so dry!