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Over 4″ Of Rain & It’s Still Dry?

Good morning bloggers,

The new drought monitor will come out this morning from the Climate Prediction Center.  It is likely to only change slightly as there are still some spots that keep getting missed.  I measured 3.21″ of rain at my house in Overland Park over the past two days. There was over 4″ of rain over parts of the south KC metro area, while at the same time there was less than 0.50″ in a few others only five to ten miles away.  The drought is worst over northwest Missouri, in areas just northeast of Kansas City.  Chillicothe, MO is about to have a thunderstorm this morning as you can see here:

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Todays morning thunderstorms were actually over the driest area of the region.  These thunderstorms will still produce under an inch of rain. Will this help the farmers?  Take a look at this comparison of Chillicothe to KCI Airport:

July Rainfall Comparison

KSHB Meteorologist Gerard Jebaily went up to this region yesterday, and he will be doing a report on the corn, that was not looking good, tonight on 41 Action News.  One of our bloggers, Humedude, sent in these pictures to us this week.  From Humedude,  “reporting the corn crop in my area of NW Vernon Co. Leaves totally curled up, doesn’t even look like corn more like sugar cane. I was surprised to find a decent ear of corn, this is a better ear actually. Even then it’s missing 30%+ of the total ear, that’s the part that would make a profit for the farmer. Most are missing 40% of the ear, worst are missing 50%.  So likely a 35-40% reduced yield,  maybe worse in some areas. Too late to help now even if Raines buckets, it is what it is now. We do need rain for soy beans and pastures are really hurting”.  Here is a picture of one of the ears of corn:

Corn

It’s much worse around northwestern Missouri.  The thunderstorms have targeted the driest areas this morning, finally, but they are moving through fairly quickly.  Thunderstorms are possible again later today and tonight before the chance goes back down to near zero for a few days. Have a great day and thank you for sharing in this weather experience featuring Weather2020 and the LRC. Go over to the Weather2020 blog as we continue a great conversation.

Gary

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