April Stats & A Look Ahead

Good morning bloggers,

What a storm!   Did you see that drone video of an Oklahoma tornado.  That was incredible.  April comes to a close with a burst of rain that put us up to way above average.   Hey farmers, how much of the corn has been planted?  I know the fields are likely too wet now, but we should have a bit of a drying trend before it gets super wet later this month.  There are still more rain chances showing up according to the LRC.

After I made this graphic last night, we added another 0.15″ of rain to these totals.  So, KCI Airport ended up with 2.99″ of rain from this storm, and an April total of 4.22″.


April Stats:

  • Highest Temperature:  85° on the 21st
  • Lowest Temperature:  28° on the 1st and 13th
  • Total Rainfall:  4.22″ (0.52″ Above Average)
  • Temperatures:  1.7° Above Average

The last freeze was on the 13th!

“It’s the same, but different!”:  This is what Gary England said to me 10 years ago when he saw the LRC when a winter storm was about to strike Oklahoma.  He saw a glimpse of the complex puzzle.  Seven weeks ago, Weather2020 predicted that the “bomb cyclone” part of the pattern would cycle back through producing severe weather risks and possible flooding.  Here is yet another example with the radar image from yesterday afternoon looking strikingly similar to the radar image from the “bomb cyclone” developing in the previous cycle.

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The next part of the LRC cycling through in the next week is the “Polar Vortex” part of the cycling pattern.  Watch Canada closely and you will see this similar system intensify, track south towards southern Canada, and then move east as the pattern switches into a stormier part of the pattern once again in a couple of weeks.  Between now and then we have some more rain chances. Today’s risk of severe weather is shifting south.


All of the thunderstorms from the past 24 hours has helped influence the surface pattern and this is why the risk has shifted farther south.  Here is a prediction for around 11 PM tonight from the HRRR:


A few showers and thunderstorms are possible in Kansas City tonight before the cooler air takes over. There is another chance of some rain on Friday, but overall, the pattern is drying out a bit near KC in this cooler pattern to begin May.

Kansas City Weather Timeline:

  • Today:  Mostly cloudy with a few sprinkles or light drizzle possible.  High:  62°
  • Tonight:  There is a chance of a few thunderstorms.  Cloudy and mild.  Low:  52°
  • Thursday:  Mostly cloudy.  High:  61°
  • Friday:  Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of rain.  High: 58°

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