Good Saturday bloggers,
It was a picturesque morning as we saw a few small showers and thunderstorms along the I-35 corridor. We saw cumulonimbus clouds, towering cumulus, altocumulus and a rainbow or two. The rest of the weekend will be dry, hot and very humid.
This was the sky around 7 AM southwest of the Truman Sports Complex.
There is a Heat Advisory from North Dakota to Kansas and Missouri as the middle of the USA is under the influence of an upper level high.
The upper level high, is also known as an “anticyclone”, or “heat wave creating machine”. This upper level high is not that strong and not that big, so we are not in for a heat wave, but this is why we have stopped the big rain and become hot. This is also why the small showers and thunderstorms this morning were moving southwest. The flow around the upper level high is clockwise and we are in northeasterly flow aloft.
TODAY-JULY 2: This pattern will last until Monday or Tuesday and then we will see a change. This means today through Monday will see highs in the low 90s with heat index values of 100°-105°. Drink plenty of water and make sure to not leave kids or pets in the car.
JULY 3-15: The pattern will begin to shift back to the one where we see more widespread rain and thunderstorms everyday or every other day. This will affect the 4th of July holiday weekend. Now, that being said, do not cancel any plans for two reasons. One, they will not be all day rains. Two, figuring out the timing and location of the best chance of thunderstorms will be hard more than one day in advance. As we go through July we will have to see how excessive the rain becomes as it depends on how far south the jet stream sags. This will most likely impact the rivers again after this nice little break.
Have a great weekend and stay cool.