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Here Comes Some Heat

Good morning bloggers,

Is summer finally settling in? Well, sort of, as we just had a rather interesting July 4th storm system that has weakened and moved off to the east.  The high was only 79 degrees on July 4th and it was cloudy all day until the last 10 minutes of the day as the sun was visible as it was setting.  The rainfall total at KCI Airport is under 1/2″ so far this month, but for the year we are well above average. As soon as we moved into spring it got wet and it has yet to really stop. It hasn’t been excessive. There hasn’t been much flooding, but the rain has been consistent to bring us to this above average total.

Kansas City Rainfall:

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National Weather:

Screen Shot 2017-07-06 at 7.05.46 AMThere is an Excessive Heat Warning over a large part of the desert southwest. They experienced 125 degree heat a couple of weeks ago and the conditions are favorable for the temperatures to soar once again.  The “heat wave creating machine” has strengthened over the southwest and it is likely going to expand out into the plains states early next week. Summer seems to finally be settling in after a long battle with spring.  The anticyclone is the opposite of a storm system, or cyclone.  The flow around anticyclones is clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and the flow around cyclones is counterclockwise. This map below shows the 500 mb flow, around 18,000 feet up, with the center of this anticyclone forecast to be just north of the 4-corners states by Saturday. There is some northwest flow over the plains and Great Lakes states east of this ridge and a few thunderstorm complexes will likely form and track southeast.

 

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This second map shows the upper high moving out over eastern Colorado and out into the plains by Tuesday.  The jet stream lifts farther north and the heat will build stronger and spread east.

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Before the ridge moves out into the plains we have to monitor closely for some MCS (Mesoscale Convective System) activity.  Here is one of those systems southwest of KC on Saturday morning from one of the models.

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Have a great Thursday. Thank you for sharing in this weather experience.

Gary

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2 comments to Here Comes Some Heat

  • Richard

    No comments. Where are they Gary.
    Guess everyone prefers 2020. I was thinking that would be the case since 2020 became a free blog

    • Dobber

      They way this blog was handled during the last two months before the comments were blocked. it wouldn’t be to surprising to me if some people don’t return.