Saturday Morning Severe T-Storms

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Saturday Morning Severe T-Storms

Good Saturday bloggers,

We were tracking an area of thunderstorms all night that started in Nebraska. We felt they would turn southeast and affect eastern Kansas and western Missouri this morning and that is exactly what happened.  A pocket of dew points around 75° moved in ahead of these thunderstorms allowing them to stay alive. Some locations received under .10″ of rain, while other locations saw over 1″. Winds gusted to 50-70 mph along an outflow boundary ahead of the thunderstorms. The worst was south of the river where around 80,000-100,000 customers lost power.

Here is the radar from 11 PM Friday, as you can see the thunderstorms were organizing in Nebraska.


At 5:15 AM an outflow boundary surging south ahead of the thunderstorms was producing 50-70 mph winds and power outages, mostly south of I-70.


The wind was caused by collapsing thunderstorms. So, as the wind increased south of the river, the thunderstorms fell apart and rainfall amounts were paltry. Some locations saw some nice rain, especially the parched areas of northern Missouri.


Now we turn our attention away from thunderstorms, heat and humidity and towards some great June weather.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON: A cold front will be moving through ushering in cooler and less humid air as we see increasing sunshine. New thunderstorms may form in eastern Missouri.


SUNDAY: Lows will be in the 50s, making for a refreshing Sunday morning. The afternoon will be sunny, with a light wind and lower humidity. Highs will be around 80°.


The next chances of thunderstorms arrive next Wednesday-Friday and we will have more on this tomorrow and the coming days.

Have a great weekend.

Jeff Penner

2018-06-04T18:03:36+00:00June 2nd, 2018|General|27 Comments


  1. Skylar June 2, 2018 at 5:56 am - Reply

    Didn’t get much rain here in Lawrence but the wind was significant. Large tree branches are down all over the place and at least near downtown only the main streets have electricity; everything else is dark.

  2. NoBeachHere June 2, 2018 at 6:13 am - Reply

    No power here in Liberty but I’m happy for the rain. Super nice out now.

  3. NoBeachHere June 2, 2018 at 6:14 am - Reply

    Kurt, you better say you got a good rain

    • Snow Miser June 2, 2018 at 10:40 am - Reply

      Looking at the weather stations around St Joe, it looks like that whole area around there got an inch of rain or more.

  4. Matt June 2, 2018 at 6:30 am - Reply

    Under Slight Risk today. Some parts of Nothern OP no power.

  5. Fredd32 June 2, 2018 at 6:47 am - Reply

    Power out in Southeast Lee’s Summit.

  6. Bill in Lawrence June 2, 2018 at 6:59 am - Reply

    Happy Saturday morning everyone.

    Picked up .35 this morning and while that is nothing to write home about, I’ll take every drop; It has been quite the dry past two weeks here in this immediate area!!!

    Interesting thing is that we have had chances the past two weeks…we are just kind of in Steelers Wheel mode here where we have had rain to the north, south, west and east but here we have been stuck in the middle. In a sports analogy, we had 5 trips down the floor to either tie or take the lead but every shot just rimmed out.. And really today was just the front end of 1 and 1 and not the three we really needed but it is still points on the board. However, in my very humble opinion, as frustrating as this is right now, this is nothing like 2012….there were no real chances to be seen that LRC from about April until Ivan….there have been chances these past 3-4 weeks and many areas have had enough rain to keep things going which is all we can probably expect this summer. This summer will test patience and will have some heat and very dry stretches but I would repsectfully argue that it will produce enough to keep us from a true drought and or keep the mowers humming.

    Have a great Saturday everyone

    Bill in Washington Creek Valley in Lawrence

  7. KS Jones June 2, 2018 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Got 1.59″ here (25 miles north of Manhattan), with no wind damage or loss of power.

  8. Craig June 2, 2018 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Simply amazing.
    All of that wind and lightning but maybe a trace to 0.01″ of actual rain here in W Lenexa.

  9. Getmbuck June 2, 2018 at 7:40 am - Reply

    Lost power in east Olathe for less than a minute. I recorded a 50 mph gust which is the strongest wind recorded on my station ever. We live in a valley by Indian Creek and rarely see wind over ii25

  10. Katharidinaus June 2, 2018 at 7:45 am - Reply

    Lost power in Independence for two hours. Recorded a 74 mph gust as the storm moved through

  11. Weatherjaded June 2, 2018 at 7:48 am - Reply

    Significant tree damage in southeast Lees Summit. Todd George and Langford area.

  12. Troy Newman June 2, 2018 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Things are looking up here in Republic County. I had 1.60″ earlier this week and 1.10″ last night. Those are the two best rains I have had since the first few days of this LRC. Subsoil is still lacking but the near term soil outlook is much improved. Parts of Jewell county just to my West have had over 4″ this week and have seen some ponds filled.

  13. Bobbie June 2, 2018 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Nothing but wind here in Odessa. We will really need a rain in about a week, but to see how close we were today was very frustrating. The GFS shows some more chances from NW flow, so hopefully our turn will come soon. Kurt, hope you had some decent precip last night!

  14. Weatherby Tom June 2, 2018 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Raging thunderstorms hit my house, picked up exactly 1 inch of rain, I’m good for the week

  15. f00dl3 June 2, 2018 at 9:25 am - Reply

    5″ limbs down and only 0.09″ rain lol midwest!

  16. Kstater June 2, 2018 at 9:35 am - Reply

    A whopping 0.1” in NW Lawrence. Very disappointed because we really need rain. Still no power here and lots of limbs down. That was one heck of a wind storm.

  17. Mr. Pete June 2, 2018 at 9:48 am - Reply

    .10 of a inch here in Prairie Village. Slept through it all. No power loss or signs of any damage here…

  18. David June 2, 2018 at 10:35 am - Reply

    1.1″ NE of McLouth. Decent rain along with some strong winds, just below severe levels.

  19. Snow Miser June 2, 2018 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Got 0.2 inches here southeast of the stadiums. Better than nothing.

  20. Kurt June 2, 2018 at 10:49 am - Reply

    1.2 inches of rain this morning, some wind but never lost power. Finally got a widespread rain up here and had 1.1 earlier this week. Hope Cameron Mo got some water in their resivor, they’re under water restrictions that started this week.

    Also happy to see cooler weather, feels good to air the house out

  21. MMike June 2, 2018 at 11:55 am - Reply


    That’s 5-6 inches of rain you have reported right here in this blog the last 30 days…in your backyard. That’s hardly the epic drought you have been pushing. Droughts don’t give you commercial breaks of 5-6 inches of rain. You had an above average 30 day period.

    Now, it’s not a crazy wet pattern, but it’s not a killing drought either..just frustrating dry at times. The unexpected heat this month(almost 10 degrees above mean temps…WOW) further accelerated the stress..

    Lows in the 50’s the next few mornings, more chances of storms showing up, things are looking up.

    Glad you received some good moisture.

    1.2 inches west of Liberty, it’s been a green drought here all of spring. Rains have been well timed here. Would like a cooler, wetter June please.

  22. Richard June 2, 2018 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Was that a bow echo ?? Or a derchio ? Olathe. Lots of big trees lost branches. One is blocking road one block from me.
    Very little rain, but wind was ferocious at 3:30 am.
    Olathe had several areas w/o power. My neighborhood is ok.

  23. KirksvilleDave June 2, 2018 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Got 1.51” in Kirksville. We started off April above average but quickly went below average. After today’s rain, we’re only 4.25” below average. Still quite dry.

  24. Richard June 2, 2018 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Anyone see this on Facebook ? Look at the mammatus clouds in Nebraska last night !

    I have never seen any like this here. Mammatus here, yes, but these… words for these !

  25. terry June 2, 2018 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Power was out at my home north of I 70 in WY CO its back on early afternoon.

  26. Bill in Lawrence June 3, 2018 at 8:07 am - Reply


    Good beautiful Sunday morning to you sir. Just had to quickly write in and say what a spectacular morning outside….absolutely gorgeous!!!

    One positive from yesterday…..we finally had a true front come all the way through……it has been a while….it feels great!!!!!

    Have a great Sunday everyone

    Bill in Washington Creek Valley in Lawrence

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