Good Saturday morning bloggers,
The jet stream is dipping south across the upper midwest and this will help bring a colder and drier air mass into our region today. The winds are going to shift to the northwest and increase for a few hours today before calming down tonight. With the clear sky and lighter winds later tonight we can expect temperatures to drop into the 30s in a few spots. There may be some patchy frost in the morning, especially across northern Missouri.
Here is the 8 AM surface map:
With another cold May air mass coming in we continue to have no severe weather. This next map comes from the Iowa Environment Mesonet and it shows how long it has been since a National Weather Service Office issued a tornado warning. Wichita, KS must have issued one with those thunderstorms a couple of days ago, but look at Topeka and Pleasant Hill. It has been over a year:
This statistic really shows how quiet it has been in our region. Remember, in 2012 the KC metro area was not even under one tornado watch. Yes, the entire year did not have one watch. We have had one so far this year.
On Sunday a weak disturbance will be approaching Kansas City from the northwest. There will be very limited moisture, but the clouds will likely thicken up and there is a good chance of a small area of rain showers developing with Kansas City being on the northeastern edge of this system.
Happy Mother’s Day! It should be a cool Mother’s Day this year. A big warming trend will begin late Sunday and by Tuesday we will make a surge deep into the 80s approaching 90°. Have a great weekend.