Good morning bloggers,
It is a rather baffling question: What just happened, and continues to happen this morning? Take a look at these two images below:
That radar image would normally be an extremely exciting start to the day for myself, a weather enthusiast since I can remember my first thoughts. Instead, because I am a “weather centered” person, it is quite frustrating. You see, I now live on the Plaza. We have only had a trace of rain from these great rain chances, while just a short ten minute drive to my west has had around 0.25″, and another ten minute drive, 0.75″, and then go one half hour longer and you will drive into an area that has had nearly 11″ of rain in the past three days. What is going on here?
High pressure is centered over southern Wisconsin this morning. A flow of drier air has pushed to near KC with dew points dropping to 59 degrees this morning. I was highly confident that we would be in the rainy pattern here in KC the past three days, and I expected 2 to 5 inch wide spread amounts, and this is happening just west of KC, but downtown KC has been left high and dry with just a few drops. The cooler-drier air is not really the reason, but a result of how this pattern set up. The flow around the summer anticyclone to our west, and how it is interacting with the main jet stream way up to the north over southern Canada has created this frustrating set up. The rain moves east and then turns south, and it is so close that it adds to the frustration.
The “Polar Vortex” part of the cycling pattern is due in next, and then there should be one big August warm up, maybe even a short heat wave, later this month before a wet September develops. So, we will have more chances for rain. For now, watching radar is difficult if you live near or east of the state line.
Kansas City Weather Timeline:
- Today: A 100% chance of rain west of an Olathe to Atchison, KS line. A 10% chance 20 miles east of KC, and there is a 30% chance near and just east of the state line. Highs in the 70s with a cloudy sky.
- Saturday and Sunday: Cloudy Saturday morning with rain shifting away. It will then be partly cloudy Saturday afternoon and then Sunny on Sunday. Highs near 80 degrees.
Have a great day, and thank you for sharing in this weather experience.