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Finally, A Decent Weekend of Weather

Good Saturday bloggers,

This is the 5th weekend of April and it will be, by far, the nicest weekend of the month. So, the good news is that the weather is nice for all outdoor activities, the concerning news is that we need rain. The chances of rain and thunderstorms will increase next week and the tornado-less streak in Oklahoma and Kansas may very well come to an end. We will have more on this Sunday.

Here are the rainfall statistics for Kansas City and St. Joseph. It is the driest start to a year in St. Josephs recorded history.

We are 3″ below average and now that we are seeing warmer temperatures, the evaporation rates are going up which means we need about 1″ of rain per week to keep the soil in good shape and the lawns green. Remember, the middle of May to the middle of June are, on average, the wettest times of year. It will be interesting to see how this crazy cycling pattern acts in the middle to later part of the spring. We believe, it will become wetter as gulf moisture is more available. Stay tuned!

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Here is the rainfall information for St. Joseph, MO. KC has seen nearly 3″ more rain than St. Joseph and this puts St. Joe nearly 5″ below average for the year.

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Let’s take a look at this 5th weekend of April.

SATURDAY: We are looking at 100% sunshine with a light northeast breeze. It will be a few degrees cooler than Friday as a weak backdoor cold front drifted by Friday night.

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SUNDAY MORNING: It will be clear and cool with lows in the 40s. A small disturbance will be located over central Kansas bringing clouds and a few sprinkles.

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SUNDAY AFTERNOON: The weak disturbance will be moving through, bringing a period of clouds and perhaps a sprinkle or brief shower. I would not cancel any outdoor plans. Highs will be around 70° as winds increase from the southeast, gusting to 25 mph.

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SUNDAY EVENING: Scattered showers and thunderstorms will form in the western Plains. A few may be severe, but Gulf of Mexico moisture will be limited. It is a sign of things to come as Tuesday-Thursday look to be quite active in the Plains. We will have more on this Sunday. The showers and thunderstorms that form out west Sunday evening will fall apart before they reach KC, bringing us just clouds.

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If you need to get the lawn mowed, you can do it today or Sunday. The sprinkle chance on Sunday will not be a big deal.

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Now, in order to keep the yard green and growing you need about 1″ of rain per week. This is something that has not been occurring. The dryness has been masked by the cold air, so now that we are seeing warmer days water is needed. So, the sprinklers need to be on for now as the next rain chances don’t arrive until Tuesday and there is no guarantee you will see a good downpour on your yard or farm. Rainfall amounts next week could range as low as 0.25″ to as high as 2″. Let’s hope we can increase the chance of widespread beneficial rain next week as we get closer. Again, more on this Sunday.

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Have a great weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Jeff Penner

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