Kansas City is about to have its 3rd heat wave of the season:
- Heat Wave #1: 96° on June 14th, 95° on June 15th – June 17th
- Heat Wave #2: 99° on June 28, 97° on June 29th, and 96° on June 30th
- Heat Wave #3: Begins This Week and it will approach 100 degrees, a number that has not been officially reached at KCI Airport in almost 5 years
And, it is getting drier and drier. Based on the early knowledge of this pattern, I thought there was a chance of a major drought expanding over the plains and it was in my forecasts to monitor that was presented in January. When I presented blogging and the LRC at the American Meteorological Society’s conference on January 9th, I shared this graphic:
It is still uncertain how hurricane season will play out, but it has started out active. The average date for the third named storm of the season is August 13th, and we have now had three named storms already. The winter storm did arrive around Presidents Day over the northeast, and the drought has expanded over KC. So, the only forecast yet to show signs of verifying will likely happen around the first of September, the bold hurricane forecast we made months ago.
Tropical Storm Chris will become a hurricane today:
Chris will not threaten the United States as it stays offshore until it clips parts of Canada as a subtropical storm. Back here in KC, it is dry, and the sky is blue. Here is Sunny The Weather Dog showing the blue sky this morning.
Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day reading the Action Weather Blog featuring Weather2020 and the LRC. There is no chance of thunderstorms in sight at the moment for the KC metro area. We will continue this discussion on the blog at Weather2020.com, and on 41 Action News tonight.