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The Next Storm May Be Dry In KC Too

Good morning bloggers,

Another snowstorm is tracking across South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa today, clipping northeastern Nebraska. This is a rather strong, but smaller scale storm system that is tracking rather rapidly to the east.  Here is the radar image from 7:45 AM this morning:

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As this system spins into the Great Lakes states today, the next storm system has its “eyes” on the Rocky Mountains and plains.  Take a look at the European Model forecast for total precipitation between now and next Monday:

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A couple things to notice on this rainfall forecast are the white area over the KC metro, and the rainfall pattern to the south and west. The winter wheat crop needs a big drink of water and right now, and it appears many areas across Oklahoma and Kansas, into western Texas will get that drink. Amarillo, TX has had two days of rain since October 13th for a total of 0.25″.  This model somehow has the region near Amarillo getting some low amounts, but other models have a lot more rain. And, the Kansas City area on every model has amounts ranging from nothing, as you can see here, to under a tenth of an inch on the GFS. Only the GFS brings any rain at all to KC from this system.

These two storm systems show how frustrating it has been for KC once again. One storm is tracking one state to the north this morning and this next one is going to track around 1/2 to 1 state to the south. We will go more in-depth into the pattern in tomorrows blog.

A cold front moved through early this morning, so it is back into the chilling air. Have a great day and thank you for sharing in this weather experience featuring Weather2020 and the LRC.

Gary

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