It’s May Day!

Good Thursday bloggers,

It is not just May day, but it is also April statistics day.  April was an odd month, but not that unusual as winter and spring are in a battle.

Here are some of the highlights.

1. April 2014 was the first month we were above average in rainfall since October.


2. Temperatures were all over the place from the 80s to 20s.  The month ended colder than average as we continued to get the strong cold fronts that moved through during the winter.



3. We also had snow in April which is not unusual either.  The average April snowfall is 0.6″.  We had 0.1″.


4.  Across the nation severe weather season was very quiet until April 27th.  This started a three day stretch of tornadoes, wind, hail and flooding.  There were 853 total reports of severe weather April 27-29 with 162 of those reports tornadoes.  The Florida panhandle received 20″ to 25″ of rain in 24 hours creating a tremendous mess.

5.  The winter wheat crop in western Kansas is not very good as drought conditions and April dust storms have ravaged the crop.  We will know more about this years crop in the coming days as the wheat crop tours wrap up and the USDA report comes out April 9th.

From Gary:  The next severe weather set-up is right on schedule according to the LRC, and check out our Kentucky Derby forecast made almost two months ago:  Accurate Long Range Forecasts

Have a great day and weekend!  The weekend weather will be spectacular!


Jeff Penner

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24 comments to It’s May Day!

  • Drought Miser

    Good write up Jeff,,
    Yes just took a look at the latest drought monitor report and folk’s the situation is grim to our west and we really are not much better the latest GFS runs has a huge dry ridge setting up with dry almost dust bowl like winds scorching the plains till around the 10th or later… this stuff is getting old guy’s and girl’s our thoughts need to turn to the Farmers out there… too many years in a row now and I’m really not sure how much more they can take.

    • mowermike

      Drought Miser,

      I really think we will do just fine the rest of spring and through summer. The LRC pattern this year has had a lot of cold fronts and warm fronts right smack dab in the middle of the country, no one pattern for longer than 10 days. I think we actually get wetter later in May and through the summer. Some fronts may very well stall out in the plains giving us rounds of heavy rain. I think we could easily have a surplus of moisture throughout the rest of spring through summer; with the cool fronts pushing south and the SW heat/dry air mass pushing east and north, we will likely fall in the sweet spot for moisture. Likely too much moisture at times.

      Heat waves, they’ll be close, but we likely will be average to below average for the late spring and summer months as far as temps go.

      • Drought Miser

        I hope that’s the case today’s drought monitor had so much orange and red painted on it southwest Kansas I thought for a second it was a wildfire map!

  • mowermike

    Thanks Jeff.

    We had 4 wide spread rain events(a few smaller events also) in April and I have been listing my locations throughout the city where I have installed rain gauges I have these set-up all over the metro for business reasons. Now, the 5 major reporting stations totals are listed here:(NWS’s 5 major reporting stations)

    KCI(Jeff already posted this) 3.93
    Johnson County 4.93
    Lee Summit 4.46
    Downtown 3.65
    Olathe 3.96

    Here are my 10 stations that I record:

    1-29 and NW Barry Road: (Platte county) 3.9
    152 and Indiana: (western Clay county) 4.97
    435 and 96th street: (Clay county) 5.6
    NKC(1 mile north of Downtown(S. Clay) 4.07
    I35 and 95th street(Johnson county KS.) 5.36
    I70 and 27th street(Jackson county Mo.) 5.8
    1-70 and Little Blue Parkway)(Independence) 4.12
    119th and Roe (Leawood KS. (Johnson county KS) 5.25
    I35 and the Holt exit(Clinton county) 4.12
    69HWY and 135th(Overland Park) 5.59

    To back my totals up, take a look at this site that has hundreds of rain sensors throughout the city. “http://stormwatch.com/Sites/Monthly_Site_Readings.aspx”

    With all the monthly totals above remember one thing, these totals represent just one small location where that rain gauge is installed and collecting totals. With thunderstorms, 3-5 miles can make all the difference in the world when it comes to totals. My set-up is very similar to the site I posted above, so, I feel that they’re as accurate as they can be.

    We had a very good month of moisture, but, this time of year with the vegetation green, the moisture is used up very fast and the warmer days eat away at it much quicker then the winter months. We certainly need to keep these above totals going or we’ll easily fall back into a drought status that has major impacts on our local area. The drought monitor was updated today and really hadn’t changed much from last week even with some parts of the city receiving 3+ inches of rain in the last week. Let’s hope the impacts stay minimal as they have been for better than a year now.

    Have a good day and Go Royals!

  • luvsno

    Or how much more everyone can take with prices going up on everything from bread to milk. Domino effect. Bottom line….drought or too much rain, affects every one of us.
    Prolonged adverse weather of any kind.

  • f00dl3

    I think they are using the weather as an excuse for the prices going up.

    Fact of the matter is our national debt is sky high, and they keep raising the ceiling over and over again without really taking any pay cuts themselves. It’s only natural for the currency of that nation to be worth less and less the further and further it falls in to debt, so that in turn impacts you as the money you carry is losing it’s value day by day unless you own physical assets such as gold or silver, or real estate property. Vehicles don’t count as they depreciate too fast. Only real liquid or physical equity in assets is going to hold or appreciate in value over time if the nation’s currency collapses – your 401k or stocks which are not FDIC insured are not going to be worth jack squat. Even bank CDs and accounts which are FDIC insured may be at risk.

    • mowermike

      Oh f00dl3,

      I could go all day about this subject. I’m not a person that lives in fear, but as a business owner and a family man, I have to see down the road. I have been preparing for 3 years now(stashing cash, pulling certain amounts of money out of banks)as with our current administration, our national debt, and our direction, this country may very well bottom out forcing me to shut down. I hope not, but the writing is on the wall and I see it every day with regards to how much it costs to operate my business and how slowly we get paid.

  • Supercell

    Here’s the truth on drought conditions in western KS and all other land within 300-400 miles of the Front Range: Until someone chops down the Rocky Mountains, those areas have always, are currently and always will be semi-arid. Complaining about lack of rain in semi-arid climate zones is like hiking in Great Sand Dunes National Park and complaining about sand in your shoes.

    • Dobber

      Hold the phone…. That’s outside the viewing area so it doesn’t count or matter. If batboy or Peter can’t see it from their residence. It’s not real!

  • AW

    Accuweather is saying low end Strong Storms. It was saying watch for strong storms, which means High end Strong storms Low end Severe Storms, but now it’s the lower end, so pea sized hail and 45 mph winds, if I’m right for next Thursday.

    • Drought Miser

      They always downgrade as it gets closer to an event same with TWC it is very irritating to me that they do this… ten days out leave it out…. no doubt!!!

  • KHOl

    Do you think Omaha, NE has a severe weather threat next week? Or will it all stay south like the previous outbreak?

  • smiley10

    Bring on the weekend! After this week’s dismal and dreary weather, I am more than ready for the return of sunshine and warm temperatures! We got a new hammock that I am dying to try out in our backyard and I think this weekend will be perfect for it!

  • luvsno

    Anyone else having trouble accessing the blog today ? Keeps freezing or loads very slow for me.

  • robyn corzine

    Long time reader 1st time posting. I think we will need a rainy month of May to avoid heading into the situation western Kansas is in.

    • We have noticed that droughts either are growing or shrinking. We will find out in the next few weeks whether this one is expanding or contracting. We are on at 6 PM with a special on the Winter Wheat.

      • robyn corzine

        Thank you Jeff for the reply I will just ignore dobber the troll.

        • Dobber

          At least I’m not a drought monger. … I bet your IP matches some others on here. did your parents really spell your name Robyn? I always thought it was spelled like batboys buddy…. Robin. Anyhow long time reader huh?

    • Dobber

      Yea, I sure hope we dont have to start rationing toliet water

  • kcendo

    This used to be a fun, interactive blog where one could share weather knowledge and experiences (thanks a ton to all of the positive posters on here, especially the KSHB weather team). Now this blog has once again been reduced to personal attacks and/or trolls. I’ve had enough…goodbye

  • robyn corzine

    I am a female. I should have figured a troll wouldn’t have a brain large enough to figure that out. I have read this blog for a long time thank you very much. I am concerened about a possible drought just like others. I guess we can’t talk about weather on here because of trolls like you. This is why people don’t participate because of trolls like you mr/ms dobber. I won’t respond anymore to you. DON’T FEED THE TROLLS.

  • Dobber

    Ok thank you!