Good morning bloggers,
An August storm is slowly moving across the southern plains this morning. The writing was on the wall last night for this complex of thunderstorms, a huge morning Mesoscale Convective System (MCS), to track across southern Kansas and mostly miss KC. It is rather large, and the northern extension of the rain is heading east into eastern Kansas. A surface outflow boundary pushed south yesterday from the second band of thunderstorms late Wednesday morning over central Kansas. This allowed the front to set up farther south and this is leaving much of northern Missouri high and dry. It was becoming obvious this was happening, but I didn’t want to believe it. It is the second week in a row when I was expecting heavy rain in KC, and possibly 2 to 5 inches. And, for the second week in a row it appears to be leaving some areas in the dust.
The radar image above is from 7:30 AM. That is a large area of rain with embedded thunderstorms. The northern extension of the rain shield is approaching eastern Kansas. Let’s see if it survives all the way to KC before falling apart.
Have a great day. For us weather enthusiasts, it is like a punch to the gut as we have so many chances. Yes, yesterday was nice to have that band of thunderstorms move in, and here we are today on the northern edge. We are in the Polar Vortex part of the cycling pattern and there is a big upper low over Canada right on schedule. The interaction of the jet stream to the north and the weak summer anticylone over the southwestern United States has created the conditions for all of these chances of thunderstorms. The next one after today appears to be early Sunday. Let’s see how that one sets up, with a high potential of frustrating many of us again.
Have a great day.