April Stats & A Look Ahead

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Good morning bloggers,

What a storm!   Did you see that drone video of an Oklahoma tornado.  That was incredible.  April comes to a close with a burst of rain that put us up to way above average.   Hey farmers, how much of the corn has been planted?  I know the fields are likely too wet now, but we should have a bit of a drying trend before it gets super wet later this month.  There are still more rain chances showing up according to the LRC.

After I made this graphic last night, we added another 0.15″ of rain to these totals.  So, KCI Airport ended up with 2.99″ of rain from this storm, and an April total of 4.22″.

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April Stats:

  • Highest Temperature:  85° on the 21st
  • Lowest Temperature:  28° on the 1st and 13th
  • Total Rainfall:  4.22″ (0.52″ Above Average)
  • Temperatures:  1.7° Above Average

The last freeze was on the 13th!

“It’s the same, but different!”:  This is what Gary England said to me 10 years ago when he saw the LRC when a winter storm was about to strike Oklahoma.  He saw a glimpse of the complex puzzle.  Seven weeks ago, Weather2020 predicted that the “bomb cyclone” part of the pattern would cycle back through producing severe weather risks and possible flooding.  Here is yet another example with the radar image from yesterday afternoon looking strikingly similar to the radar image from the “bomb cyclone” developing in the previous cycle.

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The next part of the LRC cycling through in the next week is the “Polar Vortex” part of the cycling pattern.  Watch Canada closely and you will see this similar system intensify, track south towards southern Canada, and then move east as the pattern switches into a stormier part of the pattern once again in a couple of weeks.  Between now and then we have some more rain chances. Today’s risk of severe weather is shifting south.

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All of the thunderstorms from the past 24 hours has helped influence the surface pattern and this is why the risk has shifted farther south.  Here is a prediction for around 11 PM tonight from the HRRR:

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A few showers and thunderstorms are possible in Kansas City tonight before the cooler air takes over. There is another chance of some rain on Friday, but overall, the pattern is drying out a bit near KC in this cooler pattern to begin May.

Kansas City Weather Timeline:

  • Today:  Mostly cloudy with a few sprinkles or light drizzle possible.  High:  62°
  • Tonight:  There is a chance of a few thunderstorms.  Cloudy and mild.  Low:  52°
  • Thursday:  Mostly cloudy.  High:  61°
  • Friday:  Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of rain.  High: 58°

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Gary

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I live just north of Water Works Park and just received .86” of rain in 20 minutes with the storm that just rolled by. Since about 9pm tonight when showers and storms started, I’m at 1.02” of rain!!!

EastOfEden
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EastOfEden

So it looks like Friday is October 14, if I’m counting right? A single-day precipitation event, and the lowest minimum temperature currently in the forecast. Seems to fit!

f00dl3
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f00dl3

looks like a on/off rainy night setup. Much like ’93 was a lot almost every night in June.

Dyl
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Dyl

6.46 total rainfall accumulation for April in north Spring Hill.

JimT
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JimT

Gary, What is your take on the chance of severe weather next week due to temps being warmer into the 70s

Matt
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Matt

SPC has nothing yet for next week.

KirksvilleDave
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KirksvilleDave

I jotted my numbers down then left them at work, but at Kirksville we were dry until the last 2 days, but we ended up with about 2.59” – about 1” lower than normal, but we are 1.5” above for the year. Saw a rain total map for the past few days & area farther south got more & just to the northeast got more – we ended up in a drier area. That happened with snow, too, this past year. Same, but different…

Rich (east of Topeka)
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Rich (east of Topeka)

My totals:
3.7″ from Sunday-Wednesday.
4.8″ for the month of April.

ksgardengal
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In NW Olathe, I picked up 3.7″ rain in the last couple days for a total of 6.15″ for the month. The weather has made it tricky to get the community garden planted in a timely fashion this year. All part of the challenge….

blue flash
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blue flash

2.95″ in west central Independence yesterday + .7″ Monday. My total for April was 5.9″ thanks to the 1.3″ we had on the 18th.

craig
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craig

A little bit of a break.
Saturday looks nice.
Next week looks like it might get interesting.

Matt
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Matt

Yes but hope no Bad Storms but fun to watch happen.

taxinhold
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taxinhold

Best. Rainbow. Ever. I live near Zona. After HIIT class last night about 7:30 I went to rehydrate and saw an intensely bright sunset to the west. When I turned south, I looked to the east and saw the brightest, most intense rainbow I’ve ever seen in my life and I’m 60. It actually had a double but it was much less intense. I quickly drove home knowing there was spot where it would appear to be over the house and there it was. Amazing! I knocked on neighbors door so their 4 and 2 year old could see it… Read more »

Troy
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Troy

As for corn planting most are about 70% complete in Republic County. Some are starting on soybeans. We actually could use some rain as we only got .15 yesterday and .55 for the month of April. Really good subsoil moisture but its dried out on top.

Urbanity
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Urbanity

Gary, have you provided any insight yet to what you think temps will be like this summer?

Ben
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Ben

I had 3 inches total this week which makes it 3.4 for the month of April. Slightly below average and considering most of it came in two days it was a dry month for Chillicothe. I think we were just in a dry pocket though. We are completely done with corn planting as are several others. Overall the area is over 50% planted on corn I would think. Some beans have been planted but it’s still early for those.

j-ox
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j-ox

2.25″ yesterday + .75″ Monday AM = 3″ in NW Lawrence

Doug
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Doug

3.3″ near 143rd and Switzer. I heard 143rd and Pflumm was closed this morning due to high water.

Bob
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Bob

““It’s the same, but different!””
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blue flash
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blue flash

Is that Gary England? I’ve heard so much about him, would like to meet him sometime.

Michael Casteel
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Michael Casteel

Gary,
Most farmers up here in Nodaway county have only about 25% of their corn planted. They were behind on prep work, like anhydrous, dirt work etc. They were not able to do that until after all the snow melted off. If they can get a couple of dry weeks however they can make up time fast. I talked to one friend of mine and she said on a good day her husband and her can plant 300 acres per day. This new equipment allows them to get after it! Have a great day Bloggers!
Michael

Snow Miser
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Snow Miser

There’s only 238 days until Christmas.

Heat Miser
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Heat Miser

WOO HOO!!!!

Urbanity
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Urbanity

I noticed the malls are putting up Christmas trees already, in my opinion that’s at least a month too early.

Mr. Pete
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Mr. Pete

Like six months to Halloween 🎃

Snow Miser
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Snow Miser

182 days, actually.