We are debuting our new weather computer beginning at 4:30 PM on 41 Action News
It’s FRIDAY bloggers….Good morning!
We have been in, what is often called, the rim of fire around the major summer anticyclone at 18,000 feet up. Disturbances have been rotating around this clockwise turning heat wave creating machine and in any other year it would have been quite wet this week. But, as we have experienced for a long time now in this weather pattern, it has been rather dry despite spinning cloud features like the ones on the next two satellite pictures. This first one was taken on Wednesday and it produced only a few sprinkles or light rain showers over an isolated area near the center of the system and you can see what looks like an eye over eastern Kansas:
And, then yesterday another disturbance moved across the plains into Missouri as you can see below. At least this one did produce morning thunderstorms yesterday even though the rainfall amounts were quite low:
And, it happened again. I just checked radar on my weathertap.com account and I can’t believe what I just saw. Well, here it is:
Yes, it has happened again for the third straight day. This is heading due east but of course it will likely fall apart before producing any rain in our area. It is another Mesoscale Convective System (MCV), the same feature that produced the cloud swirls on the first two pictures posted today. And, another one is likely on Saturday morning. I still can’t believe what I just saw, and now have posted in the picture above.
Friday Weather Forecast Thoughts
- Today could be the 20th 100° day of the summer at KCI Airport, but the thick clouds associated with the dying disturbance spinning our way may prevent this from happening.
- Thunderstorms are possible by Saturday morning, and then again Saturday afternoon ahead of a weak cold front
- A weak cold front will move through Saturday afternoon and evening with a wind shift to the north and a cool down on Sunday
- The cooler weather will be short lived as we are still forecasting what could be our hottest weather of the summer within the next ten days to two weeks
The above map shows the surface forecast for 1 PM Saturday. Ahead of the cold front it will likely heat up dramatically to well over 100 degrees, but the timing of the front and any morning clouds, showers, and thunderstorms make this a very difficult forecast for Saturday. Sunday will be cooler with a good chance of highs in the 80s.
We are debuting our new weather graphics computer tonight and we will be describing this changing weather pattern. Our weather team has been training on this system the past couple of weeks and we are ready for tonight’s debut. We will begin showing it on 41 Action News at 4:30 PM. Let us know what your first impression is and any ideas you may have. Have a great weekend and thank you for spending a few minutes reading the Action Weather Blog.