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One Of The Stranger Droughts

Good morning bloggers,

A cold front moved through the central plains on Thursday and it is continuing to push south this morning.  Only a spotty area of thunderstorms developed just southeast of downtown KC around 5 PM Thursday.  Lightning struck a person working on a roof on the southeast side of the KC metro area, and this person was taken to the hospital after his heart had stopped. Being on a roof as thunderstorms are developing is a rather obviously dangerous place to be working.  I sure hope this person recovers.  The rain that fell was heavy in a few very isolated spots, and then most other areas ended up with nothing again.  This is one of the stranger droughts, but just like the LRC, every pattern is different, and every drought is different. Take a look at the latest drought monitor:

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There is no doubt about it, Kansas City is now in at least a short term drought.  The Climate Prediction Center puts this drought monitor out and updates it every Thursday.  Just weeks ago, parts of the KC metro area were not considered in drought conditions, but this has changed as you can see below.

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Rainfall totals from the cold front passage on Thursday;

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I think you get my point here, we mostly got missed by this cold front yesterday.  There were a few spots that had isolated heavier amounts, but most areas had a lot less.  And now, cooler air is expanding out from the Great Lakes surface high pressure area. The wind blows away from high pressure and towards low pressure. Kansas City will experience a drop in humidity the next two days as this high pressure expands out south and east.

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Some slightly cooler and drier air is now moving in.  Hurricane Beryl is forming over the Atlantic Ocean. And, another system will likely begin organizing a bit just off the east coast. While all of this is going on, Kansas City’s dry weather will continue. We are seeing some chances for rain in about a week.  Thank you for sharing in this weather experience featuring Weather2020 and the LRC.  Go over to the Weather2020 blog and join in the conversation, or read the comments from our fellow bloggers.  Have a great weekend.

Gary

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