A weak cold front is approaching the area today. We’ve already had a round of thunderstorms this morning. They were really hit or miss. Some backyards got .30″ of an inch of rain, others a trace or less. There is another chance for some scattered thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, as you can see on the surface map below.
This is our fifth storm system to move through the Kansas City region this month. If you’ll recall, at the end of February in a blog dated on the 28th of the month, I made a March forecast based on the LRC. Here was that forecast:
************I believe there are at least 5 storm systems that could affect us in March and perhaps four of these could be very wet storms. The first very wet storm is showing up for March 10th.*************
Well, really only two of the storms have spread widespread moisture across the area. The march 10th storm produced an inch of rain. A storm on the 23rd & 24th produced five to ten inches of snow. At the beginning of March, a heavy snow event like that was not on my radar. All totaled, we are slightly below average for moisture in March.
Remember, the numbers posted above are from Kansas City International. There might be some areas, especially on the south side of town that are closer to average or even above as the snowstorm produced more moisture on the southeast side of town. Of note, and interesting is this; take a look at the yearly precipitation total for the year.
4.84 inches of rain is right at average for the year. Did you know last year, at this point, we had 7.75 inches of rain. We know what happened the rest of the year. We went into a drought. Will that happen again this year? Using the LRC, here is my April outlook:
* April 1st thru 7th, mainly dry and warming up.
* Chances of Rain around the 8th & 12th
* Severe weather set-up on or around April 15th
* Showery the 18th & 19th
* April 22nd, More thunderstorms
* A warm end to the month with a chance for rain & thunderstorms on the month’s final weekend.
Please let me know how much rain you get or have received today as I will use these totals during the afternoonand evening weathercasts.
Have a great Saturday!