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Heating Up & Looking For Moisture

Good morning bloggers,

Temperatures will be heating up the next few days.  It hasn’t hit 100° officially at KCI Airport since September 8, 2013.  I thought for sure it would happen last summer, but it always fell short. I believe the hottest temperature a year ago was 98°.  Will we do it this summer? It will likely depend a lot on how much rain we receive in the next two to three weeks.  This morning, thunderstorms organized over Iowa as you can see on this enhanced water vapor satellite picture below, and also standing out is the circulation of what is left of Hurricane Bud. Bud is now weakening to a tropical depressing today:

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Moisture from the remnants of Bud will spread across Mexico, but as this moisture, and the system tracks over the higher mountains it will fall apart. Only a small reflection of this tropical system will remain by the time it passes over Colorado and it will have no impact on the weather near KC at all. What has my interest is a system near the Yucatan Peninsula.  Moisture from this system will stream northwest towards Texas.

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By Monday night, a cold front will be sagging south to near Kansas City. The European model stalls this front, and the moisture from the Gulf of Mexico tropical system combines with the front to bring two or three days with a chance of showers and thunderstorms, even near KC. But, the GFS model has the front steadily moving south and it provides a way for KC to get missed once again from this opportunity for moisture. It is something to monitor in the coming days.

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Kansas City Weather Time Line (Dry through the weekend):

  • Today:  Mostly sunny and hot.  High: 95°
  • Friday:  Sunny and hot.  High:  96°
  • Saturday:  Sunny and hot:  High: 96°
  • Sunday:  Sunny and hot:  High:  97°

If it does indeed rise to 95° or hotter these next four days, then it will be called a heat wave.  It may only by 93 or 94 degrees, so today will be the first test.  Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day reading the Action Weather Blog featuring Weather2020 and the LRC. Let us know if you have any questions by going over to the Weather2020 blog and joining in the conversation, or just reading as we share in this weather experience.

Gary

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