The weather will be nearly perfect today with light winds and a high near 77°. The EOI (Eat Outside Index) will be a perfect 10 this afternoon and evening. A huge warm-up will arrive on Tuesday with a high expected in the lower 90s, and then a weakening cold front will approach the area Wednesday.
Click on this map for a larger view, as it shows the number of days since each National Weather Service office has issued a tornado warning. For Pleasant Hill and Topeka, the two NWS offices that service our viewing area, it has been a record long time. It has been 380 days since Topeka issued a tornado warning, and 371 days since Pleasant Hill issued one. Do you remember that day last year? It was on May 6th when two small tornadoes touched down with no damage reported in Olathe and Raytown. Here is a picture taken by Brandon Stafford in Olathe:
We caught this tornado developing live on Skytracker, but even though it touched down we had not even one report of a branch broken off of a tree. This was the last tornado warning from the Pleasant Hill office.
The flow aloft this week will likely be too weak for any serious tornado risk, but as we move through this month we are expecting the flow aloft to strengthen and storm chasers will be paying close attention. But before we have any severe weather risk it is the warm up that has our attention on Tuesday.
Have a great start to the week and we will look ahead to Wednesday’s chance of thunderstorms on 41 Action News.