Good Wednesday bloggers,
Today was the day Gary opened up the World Technology Expo. He will tell you more about it, but it sounded like it went well.
And now let’s discuss the weather. We are tracking a weak cold front, a storm in the southwest USA and a strong June cold front.
TONIGHT: First, the weak cold front. This will drift through tonight, generating scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some of the thunderstorms will contain very heavy downpours, gusty winds and hail. The strongest and most widespread will be across central and eastern Missouri. These showers and thunderstorms will be around through the night. They will lose the wind and hail threat after 9-10 PM.
THURSDAY: The scattered showers and thunderstorms will start to drift east to west as we get in on the northern circulation of a wet storm in the southern Plains. There will be scattered showers and thunderstorms all day Thursday with the more widespread activity to the south. We are on the northern edge, but not far enough to miss the scattered downpours. Highs will be in the 80s, dropping to the 70s or even 60s in rain areas.
FRIDAY: The southern storm system tracks slightly south of east, so we are closer to the edge. This means we will see more scattered showers and thunderstorms, but the coverage will be less. Highs will be in the 80s, dropping to the 70s or even 60s in rain areas.
SATURDAY: The storm system pulls farther away, so we may see a few showers and thunderstorms. Saturday now looks like a decent day. Highs will be in the 80s, dropping to the 70s in rain areas. There is a cluster of rain and thunderstorms in western Nebraska and this is associated with a strong June cold front.
SUNDAY: The morning into early afternoon looks dry as we warm quickly to 80°-85°. The front will sweep through during the afternoon with a few showers and thunderstorms. It looks like rain will be limited with the front as it is being affected by the storm system to the southeast (lower surface wind convergence along the front).
MONDAY: It will be a refreshing start with lows in the 50s. Highs will be in the 70s with low humidity. Rain chances will be increasing next week and these could be more widespread and heavy.
RAINFALL FORECAST NEXT 7 DAYS: It now looks like most locations over the Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi and Arkansas river basins will see .25″ to 1″ of rain. A few locations covering small areas may see 1″-3″ of rain. Any torrential downpour can cause flash flooding, but since most locations will see lower rainfall amounts this is good news for the river flooding. The problem is that we are going to remain in an active and wet weather pattern through the summer, so it is nice to catch a break in the widespread heavy rain with this current round of rain.
Have a great Thursday.