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Another Excessive Rain Event In The KC Metro Area

Good morning bloggers,

I have never seen a rain event this wide spread over the entire KC metro area. I have seen 6 inches of rain in a few events, but never over 6 inches in so many spots extending from KCI Airport south to the south metro area and beyond. Take a look at the rainfall totals as Sunny The Weather Dog poses today:

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I just checked my rainfall from the July 27th flooding event and my place in Overland Park had 6.55″ on that day, wow!  To have a 6.44″ and 6.55″ rainfall events is just hard to imagine, but it happened.  Here is the radar rainfall estimate from Pleasant Hill, MO. This is an image taken from Weathertap.com. This is actually underestimating the actual totals in many areas:

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The Accurate Forecast From 55 Days Before The Eclipse:

Tropical Storm Cindy was coming into the Texas/Louisiana coast 59 days before, and it is no coincidence that Tropical Storm Harvey is about to explode in strength during the next two days.  I was trying a bit too hard to be optimistic in our weather forecast for yesterday as many computer models did have showers and thunderstorms modeled fairly well. We still thought the heavy rain event would happen Monday night, but it began much earlier in the day.  Here is the video Jeff Penner and I made 55 days before:

What happened in the last cycle? It rained that morning and much cooler air moved in dropping our lows into the 50s, almost all the way into the 40s. Something quite similar has happened and right on cycle.

The flooding is rather incredible as well this morning across parts of the KC metro area. I was watching a family of seven with their dog sitting on a roof as I was finishing up the blog. Remember, turn around, don’t drown. Have a great day and thank you for sharing in this weather experience.

Gary

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