Storm Recap & A Look Ahead

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Good morning bloggers,

Let’s take a deep breath. The thunderstorm that formed south of Osage City, KS intensified and formed into a significant tornado just south of Lawrence, KS.  Here is the video and the damage shown from Sky Tracker, our 41 Action News helicopter, right after the storm yesterday evening:

Rainfall from this storm at KCI Airport put Kansas City over the top and this May is now the third wettest month in Kansas City’s history, and the wettest May ever recorded:

Debris from the tornado fell from the sky over KCI Airport, landing on the runway, and debris was reported falling from the sky as far north as Smithville, around 40 miles from the tornado.    This piece of debris landed near the runway at KCI, and KCI Airport was closed for a while as the threat of debris falling continued:

The weather will be calming down for a few days around KC. And, the jet stream will retreat north, as it has done ahead of “the blizzard part of this year’s LRC”.  We still are predicting a wet June ahead of us, as the same pattern cycles through as summer approaches.

The weather pattern through the five cycles:

The analysis of May 27, 2019 just came in, so this completes the five cycle example of what we just experienced. Here is the LRC exhibited well in this map to map, cycle to cycle, comparison.  The LRC is not one snapshot in time. It is the entire weather pattern that is cycling, and this is just one of so many examples.

The part of the pattern moving through right now is what we called “the St. Louis storm part of the LRC”.  We named it that only because the first cycle produced a 9″ snow in St. Louis that went just south of KC.   And, today, a storm is going to take a south track once again, right on schedule.  We may see the north edge of this storm in Kansas City, with I-70 being near the north edge of this system.

Thank you for sharing in this weather experience and spending a few minutes of your day reading the weather blog.  Have a great day!

Gary

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Garrett Osbourn
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Garrett Osbourn

Anyone know when these clouds are gonna go away? Im just tryin to enjoy summer at this point, and these clouds are really really hurting. Gary any idea when we will have our first dry sunny stretch?

REAL HUMEDUDE
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REAL HUMEDUDE

I was listening to the radio while the Tornado was rampaging, all I heard was music on darn near every station I scanned. These local radio stations did not think it prudent to cut off their normal programming to alert the public? They should be reporting the life threatening situation to anybody that’s listening, how is that not a requirement as the TV stations have to report that as an obligation to public. Its beyond ridiculous they are more concerned with their advertisements

Andrew H
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Andrew H

Humedude 980 fm kmbz was covering it non stop from 6-9 pm

REAL HUMEDUDE
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REAL HUMEDUDE

That’s the only station I found paying any attention. It should be a law to drop programming to bring these messages to everyone possible, its only logical

Mark
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Mark

710 as well. AM is where you are going to find weather coverage, not FM.

Urbanity
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Urbanity

I disagree Hume, you have to know where to go for weather. Plus, everyone has a smart phone, there are all kinds of weather alert systems on them. If there is weather in the area it’s up to an individual to know his surroundings and find his information. I think the stations you are referring to may have perhaps a moral obligation, but to be mandated by government?…again, there are places to live that do have that and people in those places would rather live in America.

Matt
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Matt
KS Jones
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KS Jones

Later today, the Corps updated their 3-day plan for water releases. Now they say they are releasing 25,000 cfs from Tuttle Creek and will continue dumping that volume for the next 3 days.
70,000 cfs is being released from Gavin’s Point and 10,000 from Perry.
http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/nwk/lakepool.txt

Rockdoc
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Rockdoc

One other note for tonight. The current jet stream pattern we are in is being driven by the melting of arctic ice. Gary’s LRC has picked this up. Given that the melting is accelerating it suggests that what we are witnessing will repeat more frequently, and the LRC will identify when this may occur. In other words, this pattern may move towards the new norm. Suggest you invest in duck webbed feet.

EastOfEden
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EastOfEden

Are you talking about normal spring melting of the sea ice, or are you talking about climate change melting?

JoeK
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JoeK

Okay so answer this, if warming is affecting the jet stream and causing extreme weather as is the constantly changing hypothesis of the climate change folks, what influences impacted our extreme weather in the early 1900’s, 60’s and 90’s or throughout the past 130 years of record keeping? If you look back, we have gone through periods of very extreme weather prior to the industrial age having an opportunity to impact our environment. These types of arguments and comments are why I believe our climate is constantly changing and will continue to, but not sure I agree with the current… Read more »

Fred Souder
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Fred Souder

The arctic was warmer in the ’30s and the Northwest Passage was open for shipping in the early 20th century, but Kansas was drier at the time (considerably). This hypothesis needs some work.

steve p
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steve p

theres more influences on “the weather” than simply the jet stream; like the AO and PO ie el nino and la nina.

Adam
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Adam

Completely agree with this. I believe solar activity shapes our climate more than industrial activity. Industrial activity pollutes our air that’s for sure and clean options should be investigated just for that, but that’s my only concern with it.

Rockdoc
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Rockdoc

I rarely complain here on the blog, but I’m going to tonight. This has to do about TV coverage and yesterday’s tornado event. No, I’m not going to complain about the individual TV stations, but restaurants and bars who refused to show coverage as the tornado formed and headed towards the metro area. At one point, it was thought it would move more westerly taking it directly into northern Johnson County. The restaurant/bar I was at REFUSED to put coverage on TV. Staff and some customers laughed when I suggested this as I waited for my food to go order.… Read more »

Heat Miser
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Heat Miser

That is outrageous and you should make the name of that restaurant public so that people know this.

Jen Z.
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Jen Z.

Hey—has the old blog been abandoned for this one? There hasn’t been a post in nearly a week. Let me know so I can switch. 👍

f00dl3
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f00dl3

So if this was the St. Louis blizzard, doesn’t that mean next week we may be on the southern end of another high end tornado threat as the Blizzard part of the pattern returns?

Matt
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Matt

Maybe.

Urbanity
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Urbanity

The NAO has been negative since May 1st, along with most of the other oscillations (AO. AAO, PNA) no coincidence then we are seeing the moisture. Of all the predictable factors in weather the oscillations are unique in their unpredictability. I’m thinking if the oscillations stay negative or turn more negative next month we could continue this onslaught of moisture. Gary replied to me on this board a couple of weeks ago that there are no dry stretches in this pattern. BTW-only a few things on this earth can leave you as anxious as seeing that massive whirling cloud bearing… Read more »

Skylar
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Skylar

Briefly EF4 in Linwood, then mainly EF1-3 elsewhere

Heat Miser
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Heat Miser

NO, It was an F4 for a long time

Skylar
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Skylar

No, it wasn’t. It never reached that strength in Douglas county. Look at the map and read the report.

Bill
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Bill

NWS came out with their prelim rating and the Lawrence tornado was an E-F4 (170mph) . . . a mile wide at its peak and was on the ground for almost 32 miles. WOW that was a monster.

Heat Mizer
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Heat Mizer

F4…wow!!!! Imagine if that had actually plowed thru Lawrence and KC as it looked like it might.

Matt
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Matt

I’ve been thinking about that all day. I feel horrible for the people affected yesterday, but if this thing had taken the same path but developed 10 miles later, it would have been catastrophic.

Matt
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Matt

Yes it would have been worser in those places.

craig
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craig

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MattinLV
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MattinLV

Lake Perry has hit historic levels. It beat the levels in 1993. The Missouri river today has shut down 2nd st in Leavenworth (again).

Mr. Pete
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Mr. Pete

And June could be wetter!

KS Jones
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KS Jones

The 3-day forecast from the Corps of Engrs (linked below) shows they are releasing 20,000 cfs from Tuttle Creek today and will continue releasing that volume for the next three days, but they predict the water level will go 3” above 1136’ anyway.
As the story goes, they let water pour over the top of the gates in the spillway (at 1136’) in 1993, and as a result they had difficulty opening them (don’t know if that’s true).
With 10,000 cfs being released at Perry and 20,000 cfs from Tuttle Creek, the Kaw should be running high downstream.
http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/nwk/lakepool.txt

steve p
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steve p

I’ve never seen Tuttle up close. Please tell me how many gates it has, whether there’s an emergency spillway and do they have a tainter gate like run-of-the-river water turbine facilities typically have? Thanks.

Mark
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Mark

The emergency spillway has 18 Tainter gates. They also have a couple of “tubes” for periodic water release.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aOVuGZ7DXY

KirksvilleDave
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KirksvilleDave

Kirksville got 3.33” of rain last night, & now at a total of 15.22” for the month. Lots of flooding up north!

Jordan
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Jordan

That was a tense time in northern Wyandotte yesterday evening. The hook echo that produced the tornado took a very similar path to the ‘03 tornado and passed right over my neighborhood.

NoBeachHere
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NoBeachHere

From just the blog alone, thank you Gary!

I don’t have cable and could not get my TV to tune in 41, however I did get another and their coverage was decent. One of their met’s was out chasing, following really, got uneasy as they approached damage, understandable. Never have cared for the boxer or flatliner or even their respective stations. There is 41, Gary and the LRC and another who provides different info.
Thank You 41 weather team!

Jobu
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Jobu

Scary stuff last night.

When this part of the cycle returns, in mid-July do we need to be prepared for another round of tornados? This seems to return somewhere around July 7ish.

REAL HUMEDUDE
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REAL HUMEDUDE

Jet stream is what produces conditions for tornadoes, and by July the jet is about as far north as it gets. Also becomes much weaker so while north Dakota and Minnesota may have tornadoes we will be in summer pattern

thetophat
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thetophat

10 inches of rain should this pattern hold/repeat. This is more and more like 1993 with the unfortunate Tornado difference.

South of Olathe
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South of Olathe

One of the pictures shown during last night’s coverage was of the supercell from a far off distance….it kind of resembled an atomic bomb. Okay, that may be a stretch, but that’s the best I can do to describe it. Does anyone know where to find that picture, or any pictures that show the well defined supercell from the ground?

Jhawk95
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Jhawk95

I have seen that picture on Facebook, very impressive.

South of Olathe
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South of Olathe

I’m not on Facebook. Would it be possible to post a link or the picture?

KS Jones
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KS Jones

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Is this the one?

South of Olathe
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South of Olathe

Yes! Thank you!:)

Heat Miser
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Heat Miser

looks like an atomic bomb went off..mushroom cloud

Bob
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Bob

I live two miles west of Bonner off K-32. That was too close for comfort.

Terry
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Terry

Gary Do you see any severe weather soon? Or any severe weather setups coming up soon?

John
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John

I want no more last night was too close for me. I’m sure there will be but hopefully they do not materialize. I would prefer not to have to rebuild no matter how much Matt wants tornadoes and destruction.

matt
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matt

I don’t want any.

Heat Mizer
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Heat Mizer

lol..you sure changed your tune

John
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John

I know that was quick. From wanting tornadoes so you can watch them on tv, and even replying to one of my comments that if there was damage people could just rebuild. I mean tell that to all the people that had their homes destroyed.

Matt
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Matt

I like watching it on TV but don’t want an Damage like in Linwood,KS,Jefferson City.MO,Joplin,MO,El Reno,OK and so on.

Jason Rann
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Jason Rann

Two tornado warnings in less than a week is more than enough for me.

Chris
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Chris

Dear Gary, I was watching coverage all last night online and using a roku device for KSHB but I found a major problem with your website and app. After the 6:30 broadcast it was working wonderfully but when 7:00pm rolled around instead of staying on your coverage which could be life saving it replayed the 6:30 showing and wouldn’t go back to your live coverage because on the right side of the screen you were not listed to be on so it stopped playing. Please in such a big event don’t stop coverage on your website or your Roku App… Read more »

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

I must agree 100%. I had to use my phone Tuesday to view coverage as well, and the KSHB app did just what Chris said above. It kept replaying the previous live coverage from 6:30pm. Was very frustrating. I ended up using the Chrome browser on my phone and just going directly to the news stations website to view the live coverage and that worked.

Your IT/web people at KSHB should look into that to ensure it doesn’t happen the next time around.

Thanks Gary

Heat Miser
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Heat Miser

Hey Gary, thank you for doing such a fantastic job yesterday. That was pretty scary stuff!

Johnny
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Johnny

Ran into @lenexa girl at quik trip this morning. They were saying how all the media hyped up this “tornado” and how it really didnt amount to much

Heat Miser
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Heat Miser

lol…dumb as a rock, or ignorant…can’t fix the first, can fix the latter.

Brandon Aubrey
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Brandon Aubrey

As a Kansas City lifer, and meteorological enthusiast, here’s the bottom line truth… Gary is the most accurate and reliable Chief Met in the area period. For that reason, I glean my weather forecast in a very weighted direction of what Gary has to say. It’s different strokes for different folks people. Busby dumbs everything down, and my word, their rotational map is horrible. That said, Johnny Rowlands is the best in the business at what he does, similar to Gary in that regard. Joe lands probably somewhere in between Gary and Busby. End of the day, whoever anyone was… Read more »

Brandon Aubrey
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Brandon Aubrey

Also another caveat/ point of evidence. Whilst the NWS downplayed the setup in the day 2/3 convective outlooks, Gary never wavered on his concern and the need for stronger wording in their discussions.

Matt...A Different One
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Matt...A Different One

Can we just team Gary and Johnny Rockin’ Rollins up and call it a day?!

Heat Miser
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Heat Miser

Busby is mediocre compared to Gary in my opinion

Screaming Yellow Zonker
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Screaming Yellow Zonker

Only reason I EVER watch another channel is I can’t stand the Today Show and another channel still has morning news at 8 a.m. That’s the only time I’m not watching 41!

KS Jones
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KS Jones

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Inflow into Tuttle Creek was reported to be 30,000 cfs this morning. Yesterday, the Corps said they would begin releasing 15,000 cfs today.
The water level at Perry was reportedly higher than the spillway this morning. Is water actually flowing through the spillway?

craig
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craig

Are you near there? Can you drive over to take a look?

KS Jones
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KS Jones

No, I’m 25 miles north of Manhattan.

Mr. Pete
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Mr. Pete

Perry spillway is at 922 feet. Hasn’t hit it yet.

f00dl3
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f00dl3

I really question the chart’s accuracy if you say it’s 922 feet but the graph shows it’s 1135 feet. If this is the case then the lake still has about 200 feet to spare before it is in danger of breaching the dam. Maybe this is why the Army Core of Engineers isn’t really releasing that much water – because the water is 200+ feet below what this chart shows.

Dave from Shawnee
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Dave from Shawnee

The graph in KS Jones’ comment is for Tuttle Creek reservoir, and Mr. Pete is referring to spillway elevation at Perry reservoir…two different lakes, hence the differences in elevations. I hope that clears it up.

Zachary
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Zachary

To all these frankly IDIOTS. Go look at the blog the day before yesterday. He predicted the exact location and intensity of that cell days before it took that exact same path. And he covered it very well in my opinion. If u wanna talk trash on how a decorated meteroligoist does his job u should get a degree and cover it yourself

Mark
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Mark

People really watch KMBC?

Matt
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Matt

One thing I noticed last night during the broadcasts – Gary did a fantastic job reading the data as it was coming in. Right as the rotation was getting to 435, Gary was the first (by far) to mention the weakening of the storm. All stations did a great job of realizing the threat, but I am of the opinion that it is their job to let people know when the storm is recycling or weakening as well. There was a station I watching briefly that was trying to go to live views saying they could see multiple vorticies on… Read more »

mike
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mike

Great job 41, I do however beg you Gary, to always remember to reassure folks whenever possible about the facts regarding storms usually being small, most of us won’t see it, etc. Seems in years past you did much more to keep folks calm during these events. I understand what you are on to regarding the LRC, PLEASE don’t jump on the hype bandwagon for ratings or $$.

Becca
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Becca

I think many are forgetting that the channel 9 met said just 2 hours prior to the tornado that there would most likely not be anything to worry about as it was too cold and cloudy. Gary never backed off from his initial prediction SEVERAL days prior that it could be a bad day in and around the viewing area. Everybody else downplayed it including the SPC until the day of. As far as live coverage, the whole KSHB team did such a great job. Gerard’s video is being used EVERYWHERE on national television. If some over the top helicopter… Read more »

matt
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matt

But only one Tornado was going on.

Becca
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Becca

Matt- so does only one large, long duration tornado mean that it wasn’t as deadly or isn’t as important as 10 small tornadoes that drop down for a second and then lift? I am not really sure what you are implying? Your point being what? It was on the ground for an hour and covered a considerable amount of land.

Screaming Yellow Zonker
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Screaming Yellow Zonker

I think Matt was being sarcastic

KS Jones
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KS Jones

Maybe only one in the KC area, but more out west. I watched live coverage on WIBW Topeka, and they did an excellent job of showing all of them.
https://www.kwch.com/content/news/Kansans-brace-for-another-round-of-severe-storms-510512261.html
Dangerous storms drop tornadoes on north central Kansas

Screaming Yellow Zonker
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Screaming Yellow Zonker

I had my misinformed friend from Johnson County texting me that “it wasn’t going to be so bad after all” based on weather.com and I just kept repeating that local meteorologists were still screaming their heads off and I wasn’t letting down my guard. I new better than to argue with her any more strongly than that. In my experience there are far more people in this area who pooh-pooh when it should be taken seriously, than overhype anything.

craig
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craig

Here’s another pic from last evening at Johnson Dr and K-7
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craig
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craig

On the far right, you can see the scud streaming into it.

sierravista
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sierravista

Let’s face it, Gary predicted this long, long ago and no one else did! I tuned to 41 last night knowing that the coverage would be superb and Gary would let us know what was happening and what to expect. Great job Gary, as always. Thanks for being there for us and don’t pay any attention to the naysayers. And thanks for telling us days ahead of yesterday to prepare ourselves for Tuesday.

Jack in Overland Park
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Jack in Overland Park

It seems that everyone has been praising channel 7+2, but they were also on the radio, so I listened to them as I was chasing and they constantly were giving the wrong info where the rotation was… we were right on it and had the velocity map on our phones and we were constantly confused because they were saying it was going towards Lawerence when it obviously was just going to go just south — and that was just one example… when I was back watching 41 at home I thought they were doing a great job including Lindsey with… Read more »

JoeK
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JoeK

Channel 9……”best in the business” Now that is funny. Thanks for the free comedy show!

Skyspy
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Skyspy

Join the discussion…you must have been drunk last night, or didn’t take your medication, but like the other one you may opine however you wish, sober or not.

Joe
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Joe

Remember it’s about ratings and the money…that’s all it’s about…and what drives ratings and money – suspense!!

matt
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matt

Penner wasn’t used

Jhawk95
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Jhawk95

Does anyone know how to pull up the monthly rainfall totals for Crawford County in SE Kansas. I have a relative stating they have received 30 inches this month? Thank you.

EastOfEden
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EastOfEden

19.42″ in Girard and 20.54″ in Pittsburg this month. Not sure where in the county your relative is though.

REAL HUMEDUDE
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REAL HUMEDUDE

Look up AHPS precip map. Lots of tools, you can look at daily rainfall, weekly, monthly. Zoom in your county or where ever. Check it out

Jhawk95
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Jhawk95

Looks like they don’t have the May monthly total loaded yet.

steve p
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steve p

what is AHPS map? I’d like to compare map for my county with my personal weather station. I’m SE of KCI and my station’s monthly total says it 11.76″. Thanks.

Michael
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Michael

As far as I can tell, this was a very low level Tornado, yes there was some damage as there will be with any rotational type event

Heat Miser
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Heat Miser

E3, 1/2 mile to 1 mile wide at times isnt very low level…and a lot of homes got damaged or destroyed. Your comment is moronic and it reeks with the need to get attention.

Bentley
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There were houses destroyed!

Jason Rann
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Jason Rann

I have several friends in Linwood that lost everything. They would beg to differ with you.

Adam
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Adam

Bet you’re eating crow now.

Bentley
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Gary has done great no matter it is flooding or an Ef-0 or Ef-3 tornado. The 41 action news team did amazing and people need to realize that. Thanks so much, Gary!!

Josh
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Josh

Thank You Gary and your team for providing great coverage!

Sarah B.
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Sarah B.

Gary- I thought you and your team were fantastic last night. Any time there is any type of weather event, you and your team are the only ones we want to watch. Period. Thank you for your clarity and calmness during the crazy storm last night and always. Keep up the good work!

Joshua
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Joshua

Overall, Gary and his team do a good job with their live coverage. All I’m saying is another channel does an incredible job during these live severe events.

Skyspy
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Skyspy

Join the discussion…Ch. 9-the best for sure, even with Katie horner. B.B. has her whipped into shape, she actually did a pretty decent job.

Farmgirl
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Farmgirl

Gary, thank you for the coverage of the storms last night. The weather team did a great job with fewer mets than some of the other channels. I could tell your voice was getting tired and yet you calmly provided information as it came in. I wasn’t near the path of any of the storms, but thought you did a fantastic job alerting the path of the storm to those that were.

Nate
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Nate

So what’s the forecast or should I ask LenexaGirl who, as far as I can tell, has a pretty good track record

Kaden (Liberty Missouri)
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Kaden (Liberty Missouri)

I watched your live coverage. Nice views, thanks for all you did to keep us innformed gary.

Spooky
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Spooky

I watched several stations’ coverage. Sorry, but there was far better coverage and analysis than 41. Go ahead and down vote me.

I didn’t name any competitor.

Joe
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Joe

Agree…to much going live showing pictures of storm damage. That can be done after the storm passes.

Jaxon
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Jaxon

I agree with spooky. One other station in particular seemed much more calm, yet assertive and more put-together/coherent rather than scattered and frenzied.

These kinds of outbreaks don’t come along all that often, but when they do, they really demonstrate the different approaches of various outlets, to say nothing of their differences in tools (radar software, helicopters, chasers on the ground, etc…)

And beyond the tv stuff, the NWS did an absolutely amazing job warning of these storms well in advance with strongly-worded alerts that made the threat clear to everyone. They deserve great credit for the apparent lack of fatalities.

Jason
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Jason

Totally unnecessary post. Some of you people are obviously just horrible human beings.

Kristy
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Kristy

Jaxon, Frenzied? Really? I believe you work for a station or you are trolling. Gary and team are the only ones I trust to let me know what really will happen with the weather. Maybe you should suck up on another blog.

JoeK
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JoeK

Jaxon,

You cant be serious? First and most important, I don’t want to take anything away from the NWS however, they, along with the other stations, were down playing this system in the days leading up to it where as, Gary was sounding the alarm. The proof is in the blog. NWS did do a good job with alerts “real time” as that is their purpose.

Regarding the coverage, Each station has their own style that conforms to their viewers. If you like one over the other then great, watch them . Some folks live to be critics.

Jason Rann
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Jason Rann

There was nothing scattered or frenzied about the coverage on 41. You’re just being argumentative.

Jason
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Jason

Nothing like complaining about people work long hours trying to prepare the rest of us for a possible life changing event. If you like another station, then watch it. No need to come on this blog just to complain about coverage if you prefer another station. I was very close to the path of this storm, and Gary and his team did a great job letting me know what was going on.

Bentley
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I agree! 41 did a great job. Stop hating just bc you don’t like it and watch a different channel.

Bill
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Bill

This is a completely unnecessary post and same with the below. Gary remained very calm and had an excellent team showing the data and radar. All of these guys, at KSHB and others, are here to save lives. If you don’t like it, switch the channel, but Gary and his team saved lives yesterday whether you like it or not. Your post is complete BS and was probably written to get a rise out of people, but it worked. You were probably one of the people upset that your bachelorette episode was cut into. Also FWIW, I have criticized Gary… Read more »

steve p
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steve p

I’ll name some names. 41’s was OK, 5 was just plain horrible as usual mostly as their field people were bad and couldnt read a map plus Amble obviously didnt know the area at all, 4 was middle of the pack and 9’s w/Busby was by far the best.

the real star in ALL coverages tho was the Doppler radar. the difference btw leading and trailing edges of the storm were like night and day. even a layman could see the large “gate-to-gate shear” differences at the bow.

MattinLV
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MattinLV

Gerard got some excellent footage I thought

thetophat
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thetophat

Sometimes there is something called TOO CALM. I know my heart rate rose big time once I saw that Tornado in the Lawrence area even though it was many miles away at that point (we had a very near miss up where I live when this thing regenerated). I flipped channels but thought this station afforded this very serious event exactly the amount of urgency needed. The main thing is (so far) no fatalities. THAT is something we should all be thankful for petty coverage nitpicking aside. FWIW I was one of the dead wrong ones on this and own… Read more »

steve p
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steve p

amazing the debris was carried from Lawrence to KCI. and scary a piece that big ended up on the runway. as a pilot last thing you wanna see on roll or landing is debris ahead of you. its not like you can swerve and miss it. and debris on runway has caused many accidents notable the Concorde disaster in 2000 where a blown tire ignited and burned underside of the wing near one of the external tanks resulting in total loss of everyone on board.

Screaming Yellow Zonker
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Screaming Yellow Zonker

There is video on Youtube of debris falling near Cordova, Alabama as the SECOND tornado that day (April 27, 2011) was about to hit.

Joshua
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Joshua

Gary is my favorite meteorologist for sure, but I must say another station does a better job showing rotation radar and also quicker responses to what is happening from the air and ground.

Jhawk95
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Jhawk95

They have a better radar system they are viewing? Maybe 41 needs to update their systems?

MikeL
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MikeL

Well that was super highly stressful for me. My 85 year old mother and two of my three brothers took cover at my brother’s house on the north side of Bonner Springs. On radar it looked like the tornado was a direct hit on them but they came out safe and apparently there was no damage in that area. There was also no damage to my mom’s house near The Legends. My son is getting married Saturday in KC and I shudder to think of what a disaster this could have been for my family. My condolences and prayers for… Read more »

MightyMinni
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MightyMinni

Long time follower but first time blogger (except for the 1st inch of snow date prediction). I want to send kudos out to Gary and his weather team for doing a fantastic job, not just forecasting this outbreak, but keeping everyone aware as this dangerous tornado unfolded. All the local news stations did an excellent job of keeping everyone informed on how dangerous this was. To see the damage and no one was killed, is just amazing. Thank you for all you do!

mark meyer
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mark meyer

Gary

Is there any way you can post what % of nml each cycle produced precip wise?

We have seen in the past where come cycles alternate on being cool/warmer.

Have the cycles this yr alternated between very wet and just wet vs normal?

mark

EastOfEden
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EastOfEden

Not Gary, but I’ve been paying close attention to this – very curious as to the cause. 2018-2019 has a very obvious cold/warm alternation. Odd numbered cycles are cold, even numbered cycles are warm. We saw this with the cold October and November, warm December, cold January and February, warm March and April, and now cold May. As for precipitation, I’m not so sure. For example – if the same amount of precipitation falls, but one storm misses KC in one cycle but hit in the previous cycle, can that cycle really be considered dry? The warm cycles seem to… Read more »

Snow Miser
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Snow Miser

Question for Gary or anyone else …

I noticed yesterday that the tornado seems to have weakened roughly as it was crossing the Missouri river. Is the “canyon” of the river deep enough to disrupt a tornado like that? Or was it more coincidence that it weakened around there?

steve p
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steve p

Gary knows for sure but I say it weakens it only if on the ground. there is some thought larger bodies of water exert an influence on tornados but noone I’ve ever read can offer an explanation why. possibly its magnetically related but again, noone knows for sure.

EastOfEden
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EastOfEden

I wondered about this. The 2003 tornado didn’t seem to have problems crossing it, though.

REAL HUMEDUDE
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REAL HUMEDUDE

Water has zero affect on a tornado
If anything, it may help it strengthen. There is no frictional forces on it over water like there is on land, thats why waterspouts happen so easily. When you eliminate the friction the wind can move on surface without restrictions. So the river did nothing to the storm, it was just coincidence it weakened then. That spared Alot more people from destruction and Likely prevented Alot of casualties had that roared through KCK and NKCMO

Snow Miser
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Snow Miser

I wasn’t thinking about the water itself on the river, I was thinking about the topography surrounding the river.

Screaming Yellow Zonker
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Screaming Yellow Zonker

I was thinking the same thing. Does anyone remember the trucking company that the 2003 tornado hit along Highway 9? That had to be some of the worst damage. The tornado had just crossed the river.
https://goo.gl/maps/CBDeGVGqBNrchven7

Michael Casteel
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Michael Casteel

I recorded 3.72″ at work and 4.63″ at my house up here in Maryville. It’s amazing how much difference in rain totals in just a few miles. Heavier rain west of Maryville. Crazy day yesterday. Hoping for some dry days ahead! Have a great “Hump Day” Bloggers,
Michael

Bill
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Bill

That was a crazy day. I was legitimately nervous that tornado was going to tear through the heart of the metro. Also, once I saw it was rainwrapped I decided to stay in. Your reporter on the ground scared me in Bonner as I thought he got way too close for comfort. Excellent coverage during the entire event. You and your team did a great job. Hopefully that will do it for tornado season for us. The jet steam looks pretty weak going into mid-June. I for one, as a weather enthusiast, am done with severe weather for a while.… Read more »

matt
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matt

We can’t predict where or when a Tornado happens and can happen anytime of the year and did a good job.

craig
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craig

Caught this at Johnson Drive and K-7, just as the tornado was closing on Bonner Springs.
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Jack in Overland Park
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Jack in Overland Park

I saw something just like that… too bad you can’t see it behind all of the rain. That was super frustrating when I was chasing it.

Kole Christian
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Kole Christian

You can see the inflow on the right side. Cool picture!