Good morning, It’s Friday!
Kansas City has been getting enough rain since spring began, but amazingly there has been a record low number of severe weather reports not just in Kansas City, but across all of tornado alley, and all of North America:
May Severe Weather Reports across the United States:
- May 1: 3o reports, 0 tornadoes
- May 2: 9 reports, 1 tornado in Florida
- May 3: 0, 0
- May 4: 11 reports, 5 florida weak tornadoes
- May 5: 1, 0
- May 6: 32 reports, 1 tornado near Bakersfield, CA
- May 7: 32 reports, 0 tornadoes
- May 8: 71 reports, 2 tornadoes
Total: 172 severe weather reports and only 9 tornadoes during the first 8 days of May. Wow!
At least it has been raining. Last year Kansas City had a rainfall total of 2.93″ during all of April and May. So far we have had more than double that total already this year:
Who had hail last night? This cumulonimbus cloud produced a lot of pea sized hail on the south side of the KC metro area last evening. There was a nice rain free base ( left) with some interesting lowerings, and a heavy rain/hail shaft, the dark shade down to the ground:
So, when will we have our next chance of thunderstorms? The jet stream is retreating north next week. This will allow a warm-up into the 80s by Tuesday. The next potential thunderstorms in our area will arrive Wednesday or Thursday, but again the severe weather risk appears it will be low with higher chances near the Great Lakes.
Have a great weekend. Thank you for spending a few minutes reading the Action Weather Blog!