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One More Storm System

Good Monday,

Wow!  What a storm we had over the weekend as it brought flooding and severe weather along the I-44 corridor and a blizzard to western Kansas.  This storm is now moving away and the next storm is already showing up for Wednesday.  We will get into the forecast in a minute but let’s look back at this weekend and look at rainfall back to October.  Also, it is not just May 1st, but April Statistics day!

This picture is from our traffic reporter Jade DeGood’s family in Colby, KS.  17″ of snow!

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You can see the snow field clearly on our visible satellite.  This is not a common sight on May 1st in the Plains, although we know anything is possible.  We are in the clouds, but the clearing line will arrive before the sun sets.

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APRIL STATS: This was another crazy month, with much rain, days in the 80s and night with lows in the 30s.

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RAINFALL SINCE OCTOBER 8TH: The new pattern set up in early October and we were quite dry through the fall and winter and in a moderate drought by mid March.  This same pattern became wet the last six weeks and we have all but wiped out what was a 6″-8″ rainfall deficit since early October.  We will knock more of the deficit off Wednesday as the next storm arrives.  Now, that being said after the Wednesday storm it looks like a drier pattern for about three weeks.

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MONDAY: The sky will clear in our area after 3 PM.  Highs will be in the 40s where the clouds hang tough all day and in the 50s where the sun comes out.  KC should be in the sun and 50s after 3-4 PM.  It will rise to the 60s and 50s in western Kansas which will melt the snow pack rapidly.  It should, it is May!

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TUESDAY MORNING: It will be clear, calm and cool with lows in the 40s.

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TUESDAY AFTERNOON:  This will be a nice Spring day with sunshine, light winds and highs 65°-70°.  Clouds will be increasing towards the end of the day.

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WEDNESDAY MORNING:  Here we go again.  The next storm is moving through with the I-70 corridor on the northern edge.  The water logged I-44 corridor seems to be the target once again.  Luckily this is the last storm system for awhile.

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WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON: The storm is moving away, but clouds will linger and perhaps a shower as highs struggle in the 50s.  Highs will stay in the 40s where it rains all day.

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RAINFALL FORECAST (TUESDAY NIGHT-WEDNESDAY): This is not good news as amounts will range from 2″ to 5″ in southern Missouri with the bulls eye around St. Louis.

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RAINFALL FORECAST OUR AREA (TUESDAY NIGHT-WEDNESDAY):  Northern Missouri will see very little rain with amounts trace-.10″.  Locations along and south of I-70 will see .50″ to 1.50″ with locations further south seeing over 2″.

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The pattern will be much calmer after this storm system.  It looks like two to three weeks without a big system.  Now, mid May to mid June is the wettest time of year on average so it is hard for there to be no rain, but the weather features May 5-23 look smaller.

Have a great week.

Jeff

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