7 PM update:
Well, it didn’t end up being nothing. The converging outflow boundaries have influenced this summer storm system. Here was the radar at 7 PM:
This is the lead disturbance. We will discuss the main storm tonight at 10 PM.
Previous entry below:
Good afternoon bloggers,
Our weather team has the tough task of trying to figure out if it is going to rain? Where is it going to rain? How much is it going to rain? And, when? While I am writing this outflow boundaries are converging on top of us at the noon hour. In just about any other scenario we would be about to have explosive thunderstorm development. It’s August. The dew points are high. I think Mother Nature may be high? Because this is just tough to explain, unless something actually does happen. Take a look at the radar images:
You can see the three main areas of rain. There are two storm systems that we are tracking, and these will be converging into one storm system on Wednesday. This seems rather similar to many of our storm systems this winter where Kansas City was not quite in the right spot. Northern Missouri has been the target lately, while there are parts of southern Missouri that have been dry for two straight weeks. This is breaking a bit this week, but where?
You can see the boundaries in the radar image. These outflow boundaries are like fronts, but they are very shallow and sometimes can not tap any of the energy aloft. Rain cooled air from the Oklahoma rain system is spreading north and rain cooled air from yet another northern Missouri rain complex is spreading south. Let’s see what happens as these air masses collide. We will be tracking the latest developments beginning at 4 PM this afternoon.