Good afternoon bloggers and welcome to the new Action Weather Blog,
There is a lot to go over today, but let’s begin with the new blog. We are very excited to share this new format with all of you as we can again grow this way of sharing Kansas City’s exciting weather. Let us know what you think as we still are evolving into this new format. Here is a message from Bill Smith:
This is Bill Smith, Site Director for NBC Action News. I wanted to thank you all for your patience as we updated NBCActionNews.com and went through many growing pains with the blog. You spoke and we listened to what you were looking for, namely a better two-way conversation with Gary, Brett, George, Jeff and your fellow bloggers.
With this new blog, we hope you all can better enjoy the community you have grown over the years. We have added some new tools to improve commenting, and as many folks have already seen, we have added Facebook connect, allowing you to log in to the blog using you Facebook profile and pic.
This version of the blog is still being crafted, and some visual elements may be changing, but Gary and the team are excited and ready to go with this new version. As always, if you have thoughts our ideas on the blog, let me know.
Site Director, NBC Action News
So, onto our weather situation. We just had a lot of rain around the metro area. KCI Airport had 3.38″. How much rain did you receive?
- KCI Airport: 3.38″
Hurricane Earl tops the weather news today. It is a strong hurricane and seemingly strengthening today. Our sister station in Baltimore has requested some assistance from our very own meteorologist Jeff Penner, so he is on his way to Baltimore today to help with their coverage of this dangerous storm that will likely be very close to the east coast of the United States the next two to three days. Let’s wish Jeff luck. We will have him do a blog on his experience in a few days. Anyway, take a look at this mornings NAM model forecast for Thursday afternoon:
On this map, not only can you see the strong hurricane forecast to be approaching North Carolina, but you can also see a strong cold front moving through eastern Kansas and western Missouri. As this front moves through we can expect a line of thunderstorms to develop and then much cooler air will move in with some area temperatures dropping into the upper 40s by Saturday morning! Now we are into September!
This is the NAM model forecast. The GFS actually is forecasting Earl to be even closer to the coast. This is definitely a close call for the east coast and a slight westward shift would bring some horrible consequences to many eastern cities. So, let’s hope it stays offshore. High pressure is settling over our area for a beautiful day on Friday. And here is a close up version of the NAM forecast of Earl on Friday evening:
There is a lot more to go over and we will be discussing these things on NBC Action News in HD at 5, 6, and 10 PM tonight. Again, let us know what you think of this new blog, and we will once again be able to interact with you and share in your weather experience. Please be patient as we all learn how this is going to work.
Gary Lezak and the NBC Action Weather Team