Rain Misses Us

Morning Bloggers!

Here is a screen shot of ESP Live as of 8:30 AM:

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At least some of our viewing area is getting rain from Junction City, KS to Garnett, KS where there is a line of light to moderate rainfall.  Most of the rain will be in Oklahoma today and this will impact their temperatures.  Tulsa’s high temperature today is 74° which is 20 degrees below average.  They should be warming up to 94°, but because of the clouds and rain they will stay much cooler.

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Nothing is new here weather wise…just dry.  As we talked about yesterday in the blog, we will just have to hold out until next week when the pattern changes.

Have a great day!

Broken Record

Good Morning Bloggers!

I’m about to sound like a broken record for the next week.  Very quiet and boring pattern with the neighbors to the southwest getting a nice soaking of rain tomorrow.  Look at the Day 1-3 QPF from the Weather Prediction Center!!!

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It is very sad to have the rain that close, but get NOTHING!  The stationary boundary is set up too far to the south for us to get any of this rain. We will stay under the influence of the eastern trough for the next several days, but looks like the ridge off to the west will nudge our way by next week and this means warming back up.

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Have a great day!

Kalee Dionne

Fall-like Weather Returns

Good Morning Bloggers!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  It was REALLY nice yesterday with high temperatures staying in the upper 80s.  Well, today is even better with temperatures staying in the lower 80s.  We are starting off in the lower 60s, but a few spots including Kansas City dropped to 59° this morning.  As of 8 AM, temperatures are 10° to 15° cooler than where they were at 8 AM Sunday.

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The cooler trend will continue into the afternoon as the jet stream stays dipped well to the south near the Gulf Coast.  JD showed this yesterday, but I’m going to post it again because it paints a good picture of the jet stream allowing the much cooler air to dig into the southeastern states.

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The desert southwest stays hot with a ridge of high pressure building, but it will stay west of us through the entire week.  So, spots like Chicago, Kansas City, Indianapolis and Detroit will be well below average for late July. The below average temperatures will be as far south as Little Rock, Arkansas.

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This summer has been great in regards to temperatures!  We have seen several weeks of below average temperatures, but if you look at what it was like on July 28th last year it was COOLER!!

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We love the cooler temperatures, but one thing we are lacking is rain and we need that bad.  We are starting to dip to 4″ to 5″ of rain below average for the year.  We have a couple of chances of rain this week with the northwest flow riding the ridge to the west.  Unfortunately most of the measurable rainfall will stay off to the southwest through mid-week.  After looking at the Weather Prediction Center’s QPF, we need to keep the sprinklers going through the week.

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Hope you enjoy the beautiful weather this week and let’s hope for rain soon.

Kalee Dionne

Dew points make the difference

What a difference a 20° drop in the dew point makes, huh? This morning when I was on the air, our dew points were in the 70s.
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Now, here at 4:00 in the afternoon, these are the dew point values:
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If you’ve been outside at all, you can tell a big difference. Despite the fact our temps are in the middle 80s right now, it just *feels* so much cooler out there. Down to our South, in portions of Southern Kansas, they wound up 20-plus degrees cooler today thanks to rain.
The rain and clouds are now pushing into Oklahoma, helping to cool them down.
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Southern Kansas and Oklahoma were in the triples yesterday, now today in the middle 80s. The advancing cold front has helped to generate the rain and usher in that nicer air. This was the surface map from the HPC earlier this afternoon.
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You can see the big area of High pressure in the Northern Plains and Southern Canada. If you look closely at the map, you can see temperatures up there are in the 60s….at the end of July! Incredible.

This trend of cooler air advancing South will continue for a few more days. So what’s the deal? Another big dip in the jet stream.
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By tomorrow, a large “trough” (as we call it) will sit over the MidWest area, even reaching down into parts of the South. Meanwhile, a high amplitude ridge will reside over the Western portion of the United States. Those who live in that area are going to roast. Areas like Spokane, Washington will see highs this week near 99°. They average temperature there for this time of year is 86°.
Meanwhile, to the East, in place like Detroit where the typical high this time of year is 83°, they will enjoy temperatures in the low 70s for the next few days.

Going all the way into Wednesday, I do not see much change in the pattern:
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Notice the jet gets a bit closer to the area by Wednesday. This could open the door for a few showers and t-storms. But once again, we’ve seen this before; recall a couple weeks ago. At this time I’m not terribly optimistic for meaningful rain/storms, just based on the models. But if the overall pattern does repeat, there could be meaningful rain VERY close to the area on Wednesday.

My reward for working the marathon shift this week is that I get three days off. And I tell you what, these next three days are going to be great to get outside.

-JD

Summer goes on vacation — again.

Waking up this morning, it’s still a little humid outside. I have yet to see the outdoors since about 1p Saturday, but the production crew that just arrived tells me it still feels sticky out there. Our dewpoints are high still this morning (as of 6am):
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Going through the day, we’ll continue to pull in drier–and nicer–air from the North. Middle 80s should do it for highs in the KC area, but the more North you live, the cooler it will be today.
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If you have anything going on outside today, such as a wedding/party/sporting event, it shouldn’t be too bad. I’ll go ahead and call this a green light day, since the humidity will be dropping and the temperatures won’t be too warm.
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Speaking of sporting events, the Royals will take the mound a little after 1pm this afternoon. Unlike yesterday, where it felt like a dog breathing in your face, today will be much more tolerable. Actually, a pretty good day for a baseball game.
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Let’s just hope the Royals do not follow our weather pattern and cool down! They are doing very well these last couple of games.

Enjoy the afternoon and I will see you on TV between 7am and 9am this morning.
-JD