Drier Days and Active Tropics

Good Saturday bloggers,

We have had rain in the area since Labor Day and some locations still got very little rain.  Here is a look at radar estimated rainfall totals since Labor day around the region. Your rain gauge may read different as these are not only radar estimates, but we have picked one point here and there.

When we look at the wide view you can see all locations saw rain since Labor day, but you will see some rather low amounts near by. Very heavy rain and thunderstorms occurred on Labor day from southwest Kansas to southern Iowa and northern Illinois where amounts were 3″ to 8″. 10″ of rain occurred just northwest of Manhattan, KS creating serious flooding.


When we look a little closer, look around Lexington, MO where amounts since Labor day were around 0.20″! The northwest corner of Missouri saw 4″-5″ of rain and most of that was early in the week.


The big rain winner in the Kansas City area was Johnson county where rainfall amounts were in the 2″ to 3″ range. The rest of the KC area saw .50″ to 1″ in five days. That is not that much.


There were two bands of very heavy rain south of KC. One band extended from Paola to Garnett to Iola in Kansas. There was flooding around Garnett as amounts in this band reached 3″ to 6″.


The second band was located from around Sedalia to Clinton in Missouri where amounts were in the 3″ to 6″ range. It was still raining in this location Saturday morning.


What is next? We are in for dry and warmer weather the next several days.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON: Any showers and drizzle will be over as the storm system shifts to the east. Highs will be in the 60s and the clearing line will be getting into northern Missouri.


SUNDAY MORNING: Lows will be in the low 50s where the sky clears and mid to upper 50s where it is cloudy. The bottom line it will be a comfortable start.


SUNDAY AFTERNOON: The weather will be very nice with highs ranging from around 70° where there are more clouds to around 75° where there is more sun.


NEXT WEEK: It will be dry with a warming trend to highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s. The humidity will return by the end of the week. So, if you missed the summer weather, it is on its way back.


TROPICAL UPDATE: The weather across the USA  will be mostly calm next week, but the tropics will be crazy. We will be tracking 4 tropical systems. The two farther east will likely not be a factor in the USA. The one approaching the Caribbean Sea Wednesday may be a factor in the Gulf of Mexico around the 20th. The one of more immediate concern is Florence.


Florence will likely be a major hurricane on Wednesday as it is several hundred miles east of the Carolinas. It will be moving west and the end of next week Florence will be a factor on the southeast coast. Now, will it make landfall? Stay offshore and do loop de loops?  Something we will be keeping an eye on (no pun intended).


Have a great weekend.

Jeff Penner


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