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All of a Sudden…We Need Rain

Good Wednesday bloggers,

January to March were quite dry, despite being more active in March (March was 0.44″ above average).  Then, April through August were quite wet, but it was regionally misleading as drought conditions formed all around eastern Kansas and western Missouri.

Here is the latest drought monitor and you can see southern Iowa south to St. Louis and central Kansas are in need of rain.

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The worst of the drought is in the northern Plains and northern Rockies.

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This is why eastern Kansas and western Missouri are not in drought conditions.  Look at how much rain has occurred between April 1 and August 27 in Kansas City.  This includes the wettest KC August in recorded history. KC was over 11″ above average for these months!

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We are now in a 17 day dry spell as the faucet shut off on August 28th.  We are fully into grass seed and fertilizing season and it would be nice to receive free water.  Well, there are chances showing up.

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The next chance of rain arrives later Saturday or Saturday night as a cold front approaches from the west.  A warm and humid air mass will be in place.  So, keep an eye to the sky if you are headed to the Sporting KC game.  Hopefully, it will be an after midnight thunderstorm event for Kansas City.

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The front will stall Sunday then lift back north as a warm front.  Yes, the Chiefs home opener is Sunday.  Will rain affect tailgating and the game? It looks like during Sunday morning the rain will be in a decreasing phase.  So, we want the thunderstorms to be timed from 1 AM to 8 AM Sunday so that Sporting KC and the Chiefs have dry weather. This is certainly possible, but not set in stone and we will have to update this as we get closer.  The front will likely be north of I-70 Sunday evening and heading north, so after the rain ends Sunday morning, it should be dry the rest of the day.

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Have a great day.

Jeff Penner

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