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Missouri River Flooding & A Look Into Baseball Season

Good morning bloggers,

I snapped this picture of the Missouri River as we were about to land at KCI Airport yesterday evening.  If you look closely, you can make out the main river with the major flooding as it has gone out of the main river banks.

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We are predicting a wet spring ahead, and depending on where the rain falls this flooding will likely get even worse.  This next storm system is targeting northwestern Missouri, and if you look at the total precipitation over the next 15 days by some of the models it is a bit disturbing:

Rainfall Forecast Next 15 Days (GFS Model):

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This rainfall total includes multiple storm systems.  The LRC has them lined up for the next two months.  Let’s try to stick to one storm at a time.

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For opening day at the K on Thursday afternoon, there is a front that will be right near KC, and this will mean a 100% chance of rain on Thursday.  The timing of the rain is quite obviously important for the game. The first pitch is just after 3 PM.  I am fairly confident that there will be a band of thunderstorms forming near the northern Kansas/Nebraska border early Thursday and this will track right over KC sometime Thursday morning.  Then, the chance of rain will continue, and there will likely be a break after that first round moves through.  Timing this band of rain down to the minute is nearly impossible. I am expecting it to make it to KC around late morning.

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This map above shows that band of rain/thunderstorms making it to KC by 1 PM.  And, then, this sets up for Friday:

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The main upper level storm system, causing the set ups for this week, will be tracking out into the plains Friday evening.  That area of snow will be significant out west, and the colder air will begin invading the region once again.  There will be a hard freeze possible by Sunday morning as you can see below on this temperature forecast:

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Kansas City Weather Timeline:

  • Today:  A great day!  I will be celebrating Sunny’s 4th birthday by taking her on a great walk.  She turned 4 yesterday.  High: 60° with south winds returning.
  • Wednesday:  Increasing clouds with a high near 70°. Windy, with south winds 20-30 mph and gusty.
  • Thursday:  A 100% chance of rain. A few thunderstorms are possible. There will be a few breaks and hopefully one of them is for the three hours during the game.  High:  64°

Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day reading the Action Weather Blog featuring Weather2020 and the LRC.  Go over to the Weather2020 blog and share in this weather experience as we all learn together!  Have a great day!

Gary

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