Good Saturday morning,
I just got word that Gary has landed in London as he is getting ready to moderate the opening day of the Meteorological Technology World Expo in Geneva, Switzerland. Back here in the New World we have a thick smoky haze on this first day of June also known as May statistics day.
We were as warm as 89° and as cold as 36° which occurred within one week. We finished with 12.82″ of rain which made it the wettest May ever recorded in KC and it was also the 3rd wettest month KC has ever recorded. River flooding has become worse and of course, the EF4 tornado that occurred on May 28th made for one heck of a May.
Here is a look at the sunrise from this morning. That haze is thick smoke from wildfires in northern Alberta, Canada. The haze may lighten up through the day as it looks like the thickest smoke is shifting to the south.
The early morning satellite picture from Saturday morning shows the thick smoke is about to exit to the southeast. So, we should see a more blue sky as the day goes on.
SATURDAY: It will be a mostly dry weekend before more rain chances arrive next week. The only rain chance this weekend is from around 3 PM to 8 PM as a weak cold front moves by. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will form on the front as it tracks south. It looks like most of the thunderstorms will form after the front moves by KC. A few thunderstorms may contain strong winds and large hail. If you are out and about this afternoon and evening, keep an eye to the sky.
SUNDAY MORNING: It will be clear, calm and comfortable with lows in the 50s. There will be a north-northeast wind at 5-10 mph.
SUNDAY: It will be super with abundant sunshine, low humidity and a light wind. Highs will be in the 70s with a northeast to east wind at 5-15 mph as a weak surface high pressure settles in.
We will talk more about this on Sunday, but there is a new upper low in the southwest USA. This upper low will spit disturbances out across the Plains and Midwest starting on Monday. The main upper low will move out at the end of next week. The timing of the rain will have to be taken one day at a time as the disturbances are hard to pick out more than 12-24 hours in advance. It does look like the heaviest rain the next seven days will occur from Kansas to Ohio south. This is not good news for the record flooding in Oklahoma and Arkansas. The Kansas river will have more issues as well. Two bits of good news. The first is that 1″ to 3″ of rain will fall upstream across the Missouri river basin, so that will help a bit in our area. The second item of good news is that the flow this week will be weaker than last week. So, the severe threat is lower with these next rounds of thunderstorms.
Enjoy the mostly dry weekend and keep an eye to the sky later this afternoon and evening.