The Drought Is Contracting Slowly

Good morning bloggers,

A one foot snow storm is developing one state away to the northeast of KC. Yes, northeastern Iowa is in the path of what may end up being a one foot snowstorm. It is one state away, but seems so much farther. Kansas City will end up with its third straight winter under 10″ of snow for the first time in recorded history. New York City has had their 5th straight year of 30″ or more for only the second time in its 150 years of records, the last time happening in the 1870s.  Something just has to give next winter, right?

The drought was expanding, but in the past few weeks it has started contracting. down towards the bullseye over Texas and Oklahoma:

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An extreme drought is in progress from around Wichita, KS west and southwest.  Kansas City is on the eastern edge, and the next few weeks will be a huge test.


This map above shows the forecast valid at 4 PM today, and the map below shows the map at 10 PM tonight:


A surface cyclone will be developing and tracking across Kansas later today and tonight. The precipitation is most likely along and north of the warm front and surface low, and this places KC in a rather unfavorable spot for any precipitation from this storm.  And, there is a second much wetter  looking system for next week, but this one also may struggle in the same spots that have been dry. Here is the 10-day precipitation forecast:


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