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Severe Weather Outbreak Is In Progress

Good evening bloggers,

Here is a rare evening update. I am in between segments on 41 Action News, and you can watch our coverage streaming in KSHB.com if we do have any extended coverage or during our newscasts. It isn’t too often we have such an organized severe weather event in progress as we do this afternoon, and it is taking aim on the KC viewing area. I have a few minutes to update you as the area is still out west, but heading this way. Let’s take a look.

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This is a rather large moderate risk area with Kansas City firmly in this risk. A moderate risk is issued when we are expecting more wide spread severe weather, and possibly more significant.  This has been turning into more of a line, but any thunderstorm along the line may be capable of severe weather. Remember a severe thunderstorm is defined to have 58 mph winds or stronger, hail 1″ in diameter or larger, or a tornado.

The surface map is similar to yesterdays set up with a few exceptions. And, the storm aloft is still sitting over the Four Corners states.  That system will eject out into the plains on Thursday, and more on that set up in a second.

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This set up is producing this radar image as of 4:44 PM:

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Let’s track this in tonight. As  you can see, as of 4:44 I have it timed for between 8 and 9 PM in KC.

The set up for Thursday needs to be monitored closely as well.  This is the risk as of this afternoon from the Storm Prediction Center for tomorrow.

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This Thursday set up is somewhat different from today.  Today’s activity may affect Thursdays set up, but likely not much. The main storm ejects out, and the surface will respond by tracking the entire storm surface cyclone northeast tomorrow. What am I saying? Well, let’s discuss tomorrow.

Track this with us on the Weather2020 blog. Have a great evening and stay safe. Pay close attention and thank you for sharing in this weather experience.

Gary

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