Happy 4th of July,
Rain was just west of Kansas City early this holiday morning. And, it was inching eastward with hints of newly developing thunderstorms. It’s as if we need to break the ice again. This is a rather large area of rain with thunderstorms mostly on the western side of this weak July storm system, again with some new thunderstorms forming on the east side, which shows some strength in this summer storm. There is a cyclonic circulation around the center, near Manhattan, KS this morning, and there are Flash Flood Warnings for the Manhattan area.
Over 2″ of rain has already fallen in Manhattan with 4″ in a few spots. This circulation of this storm will track right over Kansas City later today and tonight, and yet the confidence in any heavy rainfall east of the state line is still a bit shaky. As I was writing this blog entry before 7 AM, the rain and circulation were holding together and pretty organized. The area was drifting east and had made it to Lawrence, KS. If this trend continues, the rain would get to KC before noon. Let’s see if it holds together.
11 AM Update:
As you can see above, the disturbance and circulation are still quite alive and well at 11 AM. The rain was breaking through “the wall” and heading into KC. It was actually pulsing up and increasing as I was writing this. This circulation will be right overhead this evening. The big question will be, “will it intensify again”?
We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday. We are celebrating the commemoration of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. This was 243 years ago! Have a great celebration. I will be tracking this summer storm on 41 Action News.