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Tornado Watch

Good afternoon bloggers,

A Tornado Watch has been issued by the Storm Prediction Center. Thunderstorms are moving through now and the atmosphere will then stabilize.  Will thunderstorms form again later today, and will it be warm enough for anything significant is something we will continue to monitor.

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The risk will increase east of Kansas City ahead of this line.  We will be updating you on 41 Action News.

Gary

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257 comments to Tornado Watch

  • Drought Miser

    wow some of the Facebook hail pics from Lenexa are near tennis ball

  • Hume-Dude

    Just got some decent quarter sized hail in eastern Shawnee but blew by quick, just showering now

  • it appears a bunch of storms fired up right out in middle Kansas.. the question may have already been answered..

  • sedsinkc

    Planes at KCI Airport may get dinged, as hail core looks to be headed there in a few minutes.

  • mgsports

    It they by them selfs then Noaa might want to put us back in Moderate Rik.

  • Farmgirl

    NWS issued warning for Southern Miami, Linn and Bates county for golf ball size hail and 60 MPH winds

  • Jeff in St. Joe

    Just a lot of rain, along with lightening and thunder here in St. Joe.

  • OlatheMatt

    Just hoping after this rain we dont have a bunch of crybabies debating on where the drought is in the metro. The drought debates get old real fast.

  • mgsports

    Biggest tornado threat from 3pm to 10pm across AR and MO, back into eastern TX.

  • Greenstein

    While I know some folks (not everyone) have experienced hail (and likely hail damage) and perhaps some heavy winds (and potentially wind damage), it appears with this first wave of rain/storms that it’s just heaving thunderstorms, with some continued beneficial rain.

    Let’s continue to hope that if something additional does materialize this afternoon, that it too, generally, is on the non-severe side and most folks just continue to get meaningful rain totals.

    • Drought Miser

      KC has just been blessed lately with lack of the real heavy duty stuff hopefully this trend continues today!!

  • pfcpat2

    I got 30 seconds of hail three quarters of an inch in size (or 2 centimeters in diameter) at 11:30 am in the Lenexa area.

  • Papoon

    Marble size hail just south of KCI by Weatherby Lake. Didn’t last very long.

  • sedsinkc

    Sense of relief at my house. No hail at all, just nice rain.

  • lsmowatcher

    Thoughts on what this will mean for later today?

    • calikufan

      We are dunzo. This whole system, with the exception of Arkansas, decided to develop too quickly. This should be it with a chance for non severe the rest of the day.

      • luvsno

        Agree with you ! Atmosphere stabilizes after storms….severe is not going to happen now. But I do not understand why we are under a tornado watch until 7 pm ?? (JoCo KS)

  • stl78

    Pea sized hail 5 miles nw of liberty

  • Kole Christian

    Thunderstorms tend to train in areas that previous storms hit. So the storms that are hitting here mid day are likely where the afternoon storms will follow. Also, the storms that just hit also followed the storms from last night.

    • luvsno

      There were no storms in JoCo KS last night..but we had good amount of rain from this one. So I don’t know why you say this one followed last nights storms.

      • Kole Christian

        Because I don’t live where you do, that’s why I said it followed last night’s. It’s a general rule of thumb. It won’t follow exactly.

  • batman

    JACK SQUAT! The storms are east of here or maybe west arn I get confused with directions…

    This is why people don’t take watches and forecast seriously anymore. The TV mets drum it up for ratings as does the weather channel. There is so much CYA that you incluse an area twice the size of what really needs a watch. It really is a joke anymore the way these things are made to be so bad a$$ and then poof nothing. Just like I said two-three days just some good old fashioned thunderstorms.

    OMG I can report rain at my house! Should I head for the basement? The bathroom? Closet maybe? ROFL. When are we the United States going to get decent weather models? I mean we have american scientist that say they can get a forecast right 50 days out but can’t get the next 12 hours right. It is becoming a joke the forecasting by all outlets. It seems all they do is spit out what the model says and the heck with any expierence or extra work to read surface data and air data and the such.

    • Jeff in St. Joe

      I hate to agree with you, but, I agree with you.

    • Farmgirl

      The day is not over yet.

    • sedsinkc

      Some news anchors are not the brightest bulbs in the marquee sign, for sure. The “bubble headed bleach blonde” reading the news that Don Henley sang about over 30 years ago still exists.

    • Weatherfreak01

      Batman,
      Normally I would not reply to you.. but I was just S of Odessa this afternoon. I watched the sky turn from normal grey to black grey in just a few minutes. Then I noticed that there was rotation above us. After the rotation passed, then the RFD? winds swept over us, then rain/hail then lightning. That cell was trying to drop a tornado. So I don’t think it was all hype. There was a decent chance for something to happen. I am just glad that when that cell went tornado warned a couple minutes later for radar based rotation, that I was no longer under it.

    • Morham

      Jack squat??? I bet you want to take this comment back. LOL

  • Kole Christian

    So this afternoon watch for storms to hit northwest Missouri again and then way down south in AR LA TX will get the real bad stuff.

  • Kole Christian

    The second line of storms, which was expected, is starting to form in central Kansas.

    • Hume-Dude

      And starting to fade already…so not to convinced that area will develop into severe storms. Storms just rolled thru so let’s see if we get any destabilization later by 2-3 pm. if not we are done

  • Jeff in St. Joe

    I hate to agree with you, but, I agree with you.

  • kellyinkc

    lots of rain no hail in Raytown. Dish went out but back on now.

  • sedsinkc

    On Friday, I said I would be most worried if I lived in E Oklahoma or Arkansas about today’s weather. That thinking is still valid. SPC mentions Arkansas is prime location for violent, long track tornadoes this afternoon.

  • mgsports

    * SUMMARY…
    Widespread severe thunderstorms capable of tornadoes, very large
    hail and damaging winds are likely from the middle and lower
    Missouri Valley south through the Ozarks into lower Mississippi
    Valley this afternoon into tonight. The greatest risk for a few
    intense tornadoes will exist across much of Arkansas perhaps
    into western and central Missouri this afternoon into tonight.

  • Drought Miser

    Cold core Tornado watch just issued for North Platte Nebraska

  • JCHSR22

    I can’t remember a time we were put under a watch and we ever got anything but a general thunderstorm in the city limits.

    I’m going to stop taking watches and warnings so seriously in the city its obvious we are safe

  • HH

    Oddly, even though the KCI temp is at 73 degrees, where I am in Johnson County it has dropped to 63.

    So question for all of you. Does that drop the risk of a Tornado significantly?

    • sedsinkc

      Let’s see where temperatures are at 4 p.m. If it’s still 63 or 65 I will be much less concerned about more severe storms here later. If it clears and warms to 75+, then there is more cause for concern. Cooler air is more stable. The warmer the air is, the easier it is for that air to start rising rapidly to form severe storms if the air higher in the atmosphere cools off, creating a greater temperature gradient between 10 to 20 thousand feet off the ground and the surface. This temperature gradient is know as the “lapse rate.” A “steep lapse rate” means temperatures drop more rapidly than normal from the surface to the upper air which means the air near the surface wants to start rising in updrafts, which is how thunderstorms form.

  • Drought Miser

    Ummm Folk’s is this the warm front passing through and firing up these storms?? The main low almost looking like it wants to retrograde back to the northwest

  • mgsports

    No not if Sun comes back out in between.

  • wags

    Heavy winds, pea-sized hail right now just east of Powell Gardens.

  • mgsports

    Tornado Warning for Carroll, Lafayette, and Ray County in MO until 1:15pm

  • lsmowatcher

    Tornado Warning out by Odessa according to my weather radio.

  • Dobber

    What’s TORCON for ray county now?

  • luvsno

    The furry animal channel said that the atmosphere may very well NOT de-stabilize again…yaay :)
    TORNADO WARNING EAST OF WARRENSBURG

  • wags

    I just saw the tornado warning pop up right after the front moved over my area. Definitely a wall cloud-ish feature right before it went over.

  • JCHSR22

    As always once past the city it strengthens go figure

  • sedsinkc

    From local NWS office 5 minutes ago via Twitter: “Its too early to rule out storm redevelopment for later this afternoon for the #KC metro area.”

  • AW

    •Northwest Alabama – TOR:CON 2
    •Northern Arkansas – TOR:CON 6
    •Southern Arkansas – TOR:CON 8
    •West-central and southern Illinois – TOR:CON 4
    •Southwest Indiana – TOR:CON 1 or less
    •Northwest Iowa – TOR:CON 3
    •Southern Iowa – TOR:CON 5
    •Eastern Kansas – TOR:CON 5
    •Western Kentucky – TOR:CON 5
    •Northern Louisiana – TOR:CON 8
    •West-central Mississippi – TOR:CON 8
    •North Mississippi – TOR:CON 5
    •Northeast, central and southwest Mississippi – TOR:CON 4 to 5
    •Missouri – TOR:CON 6
    •Central and eastern Nebraska – TOR:CON 5
    •Eastern Oklahoma – TOR:CON 5
    •South-central and southeast South Dakota – TOR:CON 3
    •West Tennessee – TOR:CON 5
    •East Texas as far south as Houston – TOR:CON

    Ha, needs update. As of 1PM, SPC dropped tornado chances in KC from 15 percent and hatched area to only 5%.

    Light rain here in Leavenworth. We got practically 3/4ths of an inch, and Weather Channel says only .17. I can barley see the road anymore.

    Stay safe, and remember: Turn around. Don’t drown.

    • mgsports

      Thanks you beat me to it. SPC will keep changing forecast today. Their Storms firing in Central KS. Also trying to clear in Overland Park and South of let says Miami County clear.

  • Hockeynut69

    Good grief this overkill coverage on all stations but Fox 4. They are truly calm during the storm. Thanks for interrupting th Flyers game when there are no tornado warnings.

  • f00dl3

    I seriously start to get the impression bloggers want a F5 tornado to destroy their house and kill their family by reading some of these comments.

    Just be thankful we are getting the rain and yes, while we did get some golfball size hail in some spots, it’s hardly anything compared to what can happen in the midwest.

    • Hume-Dude

      Totally agree with you Foodl3. – Dobber got mad at me cause I said people werenuts for wanting tornadoes. They haven’t ever seen a destructive Tornado or they would live in fear of them

      • Dobber

        If your pond it still low fix your dam. If you depend on moisture for your crops, irrigate them. I didnt get mad, just tired of drought mongers

        • Pete Capone

          D-bomb, why are you such a dumbass? You and Adrian are the limit. This is the first above average month of precip all year. I’ll post the stats May 1. Facts beat no facts every time. And you have no facts.

    • AW

      You never know. They might want one. Accuweather says we’re going to get 1.05 inches of rain. Worried about May and June. Way long dry Spells in between rains. Weather Channel. I see some summer outlooks saying excessively hot, bone dry, (those exact words). I also see some saying Colder that average. Looks like Accuweather was right. For early spring outlook, they said Severe Storms/Flood Risk. It seems like this is happening every week.

  • turbokai

    It looks as though Ks side has been cleared from watch but for Crawford and bourbon counties per latest watch status report.

  • batman

    GET BACK TO HOCKEY!!!! ENOUGH ALREADY IT’S NOTHIING BUT SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. THERE IS NO TORNADO WARNING GET OFF THE AIR AND BACK TO HOCKEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE KNOW THE TRACK OF THE STORMS! A BUNCH OF ALARMIST AND DRAMA QUEENS ON NOW!!!

    • Dobber

      batboy, are you and robin missing the hockey game? how frustrating! I think there was a tornado warning issued for some parts of the metro? I know that if it doesnt happen outside the window of your apartment or in your apartment complex you dont think it is happening. try to expand your horizons! I wonder if anything will materialize this afternoon? hopefully you and Robin will be missed again Batman.. Maybe they will get to interupt your all’s sunday evening TV programs….starting to clear off a bit out west. Droughts over! Kaboom!

  • batman

    OMG Really Jeff a tornado at 435 and shoal creek?? How about he was driving to fast and lost control or hydroplayned. DRAMA KINGS OF KC!!

  • mgsports

    NWS Kansas City @NWSKansasCity
    Watching storms redevelop over SE KS that could hold together and move up into our area.

  • goodlifegardens

    Garden City/Creighton—-Calm after the storm. .3″ rain, widely scattered less than pea sized hail.

  • AW

    50% of stations are saying weaker storms are next, 50% are saying stronger storms are next. If SPC says weaker, that’s what I believe.
    Weather channel never gets it right until 6 hours before. And from what I remember, these were supposed to be from 1-4PM, not 11AM-2PM. People just can’t decide.

    Still not seeing ingredients coming together up here. In Arkansas, they’re there, but up here, I don’t see it.

    3 years to the day of Tuscaloosa Alabama tornado.

    • Drought Miser

      That was the number one costliest tornado until a month later when Joplin had their turn and well the rest is history

  • mgsports

    5 mi north of Cameron, Dekalb Co, at 12:36 p.m. CDT, Enclosed trailer moved across yard, 8-10 in tree in diameter that hit hood of truck.
    http://images.scribblelive.com/2014/4/27/7a2c6589-b64c-4b9d-b9a1-1febc5d1ee40_500.jpg
    Viewer report from Higginsville: Lots of billboards, trees down. No reports of injuries.

  • sedsinkc

    0.46″ of rain today in KC North just S of Gladstone. Sun still obscured, but will come out soon as blue sky is visible to the south and southwest.

    • mgsports

      That just means your not out of the words yet for more Bad Weather Hazard Tornadoes EF2+ Tornadoes
      Likelihood Moderate Moderate

      Severe Wind 65 kt+ Wind
      Moderate Low

      Severe Hail 2″+ Hail
      Moderate Moderate

      • turbokai

        If you look at the water vapor loop, (I just checked the one at accuweather) dry air is rapidly moving into eastern ks. It doesn’t seem likely that the atmosphere will have enough time to destabilize. (On the ks side anyway)

  • mgsports

    Storm reports -> chillicothe wind gust of 62mph. Carrollton law enforcement reports trees blown onto powerlines & buildings damaged in town.

  • PaolaWeatherNewbie

    Had tons of ran earlier, came down pretty heavily for awhile.

    If sunshine is what we need to get storms going, I’d better be watching out down here… The sun is out and shining brightly!

  • AW

    No sun up here in LV KS.

  • stl78

    0.71 5 miles nw of liberty. Birds are out n sky to the south is showing signs of clearing.

  • calikufan

    Sun is out in Lawrence and all blue sky to the southwest.

  • Weatherman Kumke

    ACROSS WRN MO…COOL AND STABLE CONDITIONS ARE WIDESPREAD IN THE
    WAKE OF THE QLCS. SOME REGENERATION OF CONVECTION HAS BEEN NOTED
    ACROSS SWRN MO…WHERE STEEP UPSTREAM LAPSE RATES WILL SUPPORT A
    LOCALLY SEVERE HAIL RISK IN THE NEAR TERM. WHILE THE MAIN PACIFIC
    FRONT IS STILL WELL TO THE WEST…IT WILL LIKELY TAKE SEVERAL HOURS
    FOR SIGNIFICANT AIRMASS RECOVERY TO OCCUR IN THE WAKE OF THE QLCS.

    Per SPC

  • sedsinkc

    Dry line has passed Wichita. Watch dewpoints west and SW of KC this afternoon to track dry line’s progress. DP still 60 in Topeka while DP is 25 in Wichita. Once dry line passes your location, your threat of more storms is over.

    • sedsinkc

      Sorry, dewpoint is 29 in Wichita. Temp there is 79. The cold front will catch up to the dry line this evening.

  • calikufan

    As of right now the dry the dry line is along a manhattan south to Wichita line. But not thinking the dew points will recover in time to destabilize.

    • sedsinkc

      The threat for refiring of storms for KC is low it appears, but it’s not zero yet. That earlier activity was likely the main show.

  • AW

    This day in History: Tuscaloosa is hit with a damaging tornado in 2011. Other news: 1917 Downtown Kansas City was hit with 2.64 inches of rain in one day and nearly five inches from the 26th through the end of the month.

    National

    1942 A tornado moved across the Oklahoma counties of Rogers and Mayes. It struck the town of Pryor, killing 52 people and causing $2 million in damage.

    1988 Mount Washington, NH reported 7 feet of snow in just 10 days. This broke the previous record for April total snowfall (89.3 inches).

  • calikufan

    Also nws Topeka has no clue what’s going to happen…some models keep the dry line hung up west of Topeka until after dark…others have it in KC by 5. Lol regardless this is fun to wait and see!

  • AW

    Off topic, but notice how on days when it’s sunny, we only get 17 comments, but on days like today, we get 155. Why can’t you people come here every day? The only people I can actually count on to come every day are Batman, Seds, Hume-Dude, Drought Miser, and sometimes Robin, f00dl3, mgsports, and Kole Christian. Everyone else, I want to see your comments EVERY DAY!

  • AW

    Weather Channel just Down/Upgraded it. Now, instead of 60% chance of scattered T-storms/Wind, it’s only a 50% chance of Scattered Strong Storms/Wind.

  • frigate

    Much to do about nothing. Some fast moving strong T-storms but considering the media attention, this was very tame. I do worry one of these days, when we really do get walloped with intense T-storms people will have become numb to all the talk. Had counted on some good 1-2 inch rainfall totals but doesn’t appear that will even happen. Only .38 in SW Grain Valley, Mo.

  • LibertyJeff

    1/2″ of rain here. Sun is coming out

  • been sunny for at least an hour now in Olathe. Gary do you think the western part of the metro is out of the woods now?

  • AW

    I somehow feel, even in Arkansas, that this severe weather outbreak has gone poof and died. I’d rather no rain than risk my life with potential strong tornados. Possible rain Tuesday.

  • Kole Christian

    Royals are playing well!

  • supersubby

    Tornado threat looks to be over. Watch cancelled. Thank goodness!

  • mgsports

    Watch has not been cancelled.

    • supersubby

      You are right. The local NWS still has it going. Norman Ok took us out of the risk. I tjought they meant it was cancelled. I am sure it will within the hour probably.

  • Fat_Louie

    It’s impossible to get real time updates during any weather event like although Snow Storms are a little better but local stations, blogs, NWS, forget about it. Are we going to get any more storms? I know they won’t be severe but will anything develop?

  • Pete Capone

    Props to calikufan. Perfect forecast.

    Sorry D-bomb, you were wrong again. But go ahead and attack everyone who was correct. That’s certainly productive. Garden variety storms in KC as predicted this morning. No tornado threat. Since when are Odessa and Warrensburg part of the metro? How about never?

  • mgsports

    http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html High Risk and also NOAA still has us still in it. maybe some counties taken out for time been.

  • mgsports

    We currently don’t have any warnings in effect. The tornado watch remains in effect however.

  • @TxStormChasers has “life threatning tornadoes expected” for southwestern Arkansas…I’m thinking this day is become a huge bust for forecasting..

  • Jeff in St. Joe

    So are we expecting more storms or not???

    • AW

      I think not. Weather Channel keeps pushing and shortening when storms will be here. I’d be embarrassed to work there.

  • Fat_Louie

    JD has an updated video on the main KSHB weather page

  • well JD’s video really didnt say anything we didnt already know (or do know?) which is still up for!Sun really shining brightly now in Olathe!

  • Grambo624

    NWS actually has a 60% chance of severe thunderstorms before 11 pm. It has been updated as the earlier forecast called for a chance until 7.

  • Is the dryline/front stalling??

    • Yes, the dry line is stalling but the atmosphere is likely too worked over for redevelopment. We are monitoring it closely.

      Gary

      • luvsno

        Monitor it all you want Gary, it is over.
        You should just get out and ENJOY this beautiful afternoon and evening.

  • Grambo624

    PDS Tornado Watch for much of Arkansas

  • temp and dewpoint starting to rise now in Olathe..hmmm.

  • ShanePBrady

    From Pleasant Hill’s FB page regarding a question about St Joe:

    “the risk of severe storms over northwest MO, including the Maryville and St. Joe areas is low enough that we are in the process of cancelling the watch for that area.”.

    Looking closely as I’m in Plattsburg

  • mgsports

    Tornado Warning St. Clair in MO and 67 now in Overland Park.

  • LibertyJeff

    Looks like some new storms firing up around the Parsons KS area and rotating our way.

  • mgsports

    No Tornado Warning in MO my bad a Flash Flood Warning. Also Storms are firing in Southeast KS.

  • sedsinkc

    Hi res visible satellite photos appear to show a significant plume of blowing dust moving from SW Kansas into central Kansas.

  • mgsports

    Keeping a close eye on storms re-developing over se KS. These storms are forming in a very favorable airmass.

  • Hume-Dude

    Hold the phone folks storms firing again rapidly in SE Kansas could be start of 2nd round……..they are really going up quickly along the dry line

  • AW

    New SPC Update: we have been downgraded just a little, but now Arkansas has a high risk for severe weather. Chasers are going to love it. Weather Channel has finally decided no more rain and T-storms storms.

  • sedsinkc

    Dry line really starting to show up nicely on hi res visible satellite photos as linear cumulus field grows along the line and just to its east. Isolated severe storm has refired near dry line in SE Kansas, moving NNE.

  • luvsno

    seds…..the one by Parsons….think it would track up 1-35 or even the metro ?? It doesn’t look like it, but what do you think

    • sedsinkc

      I think that cell will stay SE of KC. Question is, will any convection fire along the dry line farther NNW of the current cell? Our atmosphere may be just a tad too stable to support much, if any, storm development. Next couple hours will be telling.

  • mgsports

    Don’t let your guard down yet KC. Storms developing along dryline in SE KS where air mass has become unstable after AM storms.
    Weather Channel still says we have a chance of Severe tonight and not night yet.
    SPC update for area is going to keep changing with dryline not moving that fast.
    It’s up to close to 80 where Mike Bettes is in Joplin,MO. Jim Cantore is in Norman,OK.

  • sedsinkc

    Parts of Arkansas upgraded to high risk of tornadoes and very large hail this evening.

  • terrydsnowy

    Gary there is a storm developing down south. looks like a moving straight for Kansas City Kansas!

  • Drought Miser

    TVN chasers is on a real good cell south of Joplin

  • kellyinkc

    from the SPC.
    “http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/md/md0428.html”

    DISCUSSION…A DRYLINE WAS CURRENTLY LOCATED ACROSS ERN KS SWD INTO
    ERN OK. TO THE EAST OF THE DRYLINE ACROSS W-CENTRAL AND SW
    MO…SKIES HAD CLEARED AND TEMPERATURES WERE WARMING BACK INTO THE
    UPPER 70S WITH DEWPOINTS IN THE MID 60S. FURTHER EAST TOWARD SGF AND
    S-CENTRAL MO…ONGOING THUNDERSTORMS AND CLOUD COVER WERE LIMITING
    INSTABILITY AS THE BOUNDARY LAYER REMAINED COOL WITH TEMPERATURES IN
    THE 60S. HOWEVER…THIS ACTIVITY SHOULD CONTINUE TRACKING TO THE
    E/NE WITH ENSUING RECOVERY EXPECTED TO EXPAND EWD WITH TIME LATE
    THIS AFTERNOON. SBCAPE WAS APPROACHING 2000 J/KG NEAR JLN WITH
    STRONG EFFECTIVE SHEAR OVERSPREADING THE REGION AS MID LEVEL SPEED
    MAX IMPINGES ON THE REGION. REGIONAL 88-D VAD WIND PROFILES
    INDICATED BACKED LOW LEVEL FLOW WITH CYCLONICALLY CURVED HODOGRAPHS
    AND 0-1 KM SRH APPROACHING 300 M2/S2. THIS WILL SUPPORT THE
    DEVELOPMENT OF SUPERCELLS ALONG THE DRYLINE MOVING E/NE INTO THE
    RECOVERING BOUNDARY LAYER ENVIRONMENT ACROSS SW MO. GIVEN LOW LEVEL
    THERMODYNAMIC AND KINEMATIC PARAMETERS…TORNADOES /POSSIBLY ONE OR
    TWO STRONG/ WILL BE POSSIBLE. THIS THREAT WILL EXTEND BEYOND 00Z
    WHEN CURRENT TORNADO WATCH 95 EXPIRES AND A NEW WATCH WILL NEED TO
    BE COORDINATED WITH WFO/S SGF AND EAX IN THE NEXT HOUR OR SO.

  • Farmgirl

    Storms firing up again south of La Cygne and heading in. Wow, they are building fast. Severe T-Storm warning for Linn and Bates.

  • Drought Miser

    Looks like the cap is letting go Huge towers southwest of Joplin and south of LaCygne

  • Hockeynut69

    Wowza it is 108° in Kingsville, Texas! I have family down there. It is April in Texas too right?

  • Farmgirl

    SO those that thought the severe storms were over and the forecast was hyped are wrong. Tornados on the ground in the viewing area. Linn and Bates county.

  • sedsinkc

    Looks like some storminess will move into KC metro over the next 20 min to 1 hour as some activity built northward enough to reach us. That initial cell that formed in SE KS now has a tornado warning on it as it crosses into Missouri from Linn County, KS.

  • kiminpv

    What do we know about the Tornado Warnings down around Joplin? Anything on the ground? And how about those cells entering Johnson County Kansas? Surprised we haven’t heard anything from Gary.

    • sedsinkc

      Jim Cantore tweeted a tornado was on the ground heading towards Joplin.

    • sedsinkc

      JOCO cells not as strong, and it figures as the air farther north is less unstable. Seeing nothing developing north of those cells, and unlikely to be anything forming farther north because the air is cooler and more stable. The tornado-warned storm moving out of Linn County is nasty looking. We may get some hail out of the KC metro storms, but I still think KC probably dodged a bullet though it is close.

    • sedsinkc

      We still need to closely watch the cell developing over Miami county, KS. It is stengthening and will move into Johnson county.

  • sedsinkc

    The radar south of KC towards Joplin and Arkansas looks disturbingly like it did on May 4, 2003 when a series of discrete supercells formed, each generating tornadoes, including the one that touched down at times from KC KS to Liberty.

  • Dobber

    Busbys team has a photo showing a tornado on the ground near Hume mo.

  • AW

    Confirmed tornado headed straight for Joplin. Now that I think about it, this is the EXACT same setup as on May 20, 2011, that destroyed Joplin. At just about the same time frame. I hope what happened then doesn’t happen tonight. NWS better be on top of this.

    • Dobber

      Multiple tornados are spinning up! Like batman or Peter Pan said get the hockey gear out!

    • sedsinkc

      Just saw picture taken from Joplin of the approaching tornado. Fortunately, it does not look like a large wedge at this time and may be roping out?

  • kiminpv

    What is the weather chaser site?

  • kiminpv

    OK – that cell coming into Johnson County is getting more intense. That could go to warning status in the next 10 minutes. Also – anybody think the Tornado Watch gets extended?

    • sedsinkc

      I think there is a high probability a new tornado watch will be issued just SE of KC or maybe having KC on its NW edge very soon.

    • AW

      Yes. NWS describes it as a large PDS tornado. If you live in Joplin, you remember better than us what happened. TAKE COVER NOW! NWS needs a tornado emergency on this.

      And we all thought nothing would happen… stay safe and stay tuned.

  • Pete Capone

    You people are the limit. This is a garden variety storm in JOCO. There are no tornadoes anywhere near the metro.

    • sedsinkc

      We’re fortunate the air here is just a little more stable than the air to our south, or that JoCo storm would also be a rotating supercell thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado.

    • kiminpv

      Pete, FYI, not sure if you are in Las Vegas or Phoenix, but this is Kansas City. The Greater Kansas City area covers a number of counties. There have been tornadoes seen in Linn and/or Bates County which are 2 counties to the South of Kansas City proper and within the viewing area. AKA “Near the metro”.

    • chris

      Ur an idiot..isnt butler close to kc? Viewing area?..just admit u were wrong..its no big deal to do that

  • sedsinkc

    I am starting to see magenta color on radar near the Johnson/Miami county line, so possible there is hail starting to come out of that cell.

  • Skylar

    Getting some really heavy rain and gentle thunder by JoCo executive, but nothing else. Just a nice spring storm.

  • sedsinkc

    Looks like the tornado missed Joplin, passed just west and north of city.

  • sedsinkc

    Per SPC discussion 10 min ago, a new tornado watch will be issued shortly and KC will likely be on the very western or northwestern edge of the watch, which will be almost entirely in Missouri.

  • sedsinkc

    One little spot of magenta on radar now near Gardner, KS…what’s going on there right now? Any hail at all?

    • gardnerks79

      Got a heavy pour for a few minutes (in the past 15 or 20 minutes) Nothing now. As I’m typing, sounds like the wind picked up a little.

  • sedsinkc

    New tornado watch just issued until 2 am for KC metro and points E and SE.

  • Hume-Dude

    Wow….Couldn’t breath for a while there. Any time Jim cantors is saying your towns name you are in trouble ! All my people in Hume are ok, little wind damage around but not major structural damage in town, not sure about friends in Prescott or pleasanton. Updraft was strong out at the farm it hardly even rained of course……we can get tornadoes not rain dad gum

  • sedsinkc

    Per NWS Topeka tweet: “Blowing dust extending from Abilene to Concordia spreading east. Visibility reduced to around a mile.” KC may yet get some blowing dust later this evening.

  • Skylar

    New severe thunderstorm warning over Johnson County Kansas for quarter sized hail.

  • AW

    Tornado warning in butler looking like it’s headed for or just north of Clinton.

  • shell2014

    Where is the dry line now??

  • sedsinkc

    I wish I could post a direct link to the hi res visible sat photo loop I’m looking at. Our storm is really wrapped up and even has an eye-like feature in NW Kansas near the KS-Nebraska border moving east.

  • sedsinkc

    2 tornado fatalities reported in Quapaw, Oklahoma.

    • sedsinkc

      These are the first tornado fatalities of 2014 and the latest in a year the first fatalities have ever occurred.

  • yourmom

    Driving from St. Louis to kc this afternoon was no picnic. Almost zero visibility. Lots of people pulled over but storms kept redeveloping.

  • AW

    What direction is that storm in KC.moving? I’m just north of the city.

  • sedsinkc

    Tornado on the ground SW of Nevada, MO.

  • sedsinkc

    The storm appears to be weakening as it moves north through Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Platte, and Clay counties. Heavy rain will occur, but that’s about the worst of it.

  • stjoeattorney

    BOY LOOKING AT THIS I WILL BE RIGHT ON THE EDG BE CAREFUL ALL

  • luvsno

    Furry animal channel has gone back to regular programming if anyone is interested. All others wall to wall coverage. Guess it is warranted at this point…but couldn’t they just break in if anything further developes ?
    Glad that earlier nado did not do any major damage, or hit populated area !

  • luvsno

    BREAKING NEWS (on KSHB) …underneath the Breaking news banner it said NO TONADO WARNINGS !
    lol
    I think that is the first time I have ever seen Breaking News banner carry no breaking news lol lol

  • f00dl3

    “http://climate.cod.edu/flanis/satellite/1km/index.php?type=Kansas-vis-24″

    I’ll do it :D

  • Drought Miser

    I can report numerous slide offs due to hydro planning in on 69 highway and I 35 northbound from Spring Hill to Shawnee

    • batman

      Thanks for the report. I can report rain and 15 mph wind. better break back in to programming.

      • Drought Miser

        Ummm sometimes your comments seem condescending to me there Batman
        This is a public blog and some people actually look on here to see what’s going on around here and I like to post what I’m seeing at my locals

  • batman

    Good to see katie horner back in town this time in the form of Gary. Are you just ging to stay on air till 10? A little overdone on the coverage of thunderstorms. DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA BOOM!!

  • sedsinkc

    Round 2 appears to be winding down in KC North, unless more redevelopment occurs. With this round I saw no hail, no high winds, and received 0.34″ of rain, bringing the total today to 0.80″ and 2.51″ since Thursday.

  • mowermike

    Go cry somewhere else Ed, no one cares to listen.

    “http://stormwatch.com/”

    This sure is one of the wetter droughts I have ever seen. This is the 4th heavy rain event in the last 24 days for the KC metro area.

    I’ll post my totals tomorrow from my 10 locations. I just glanced at all of them and areas around the KC metro are now at 5+ inches of rain for the month of April. Very good news. Average is 3.72 Need to keep this going through the spring.

    Thanks for all the coverage today weather team, glad to see that most reports today were hail and wind damage.

    • Jeff in St. Joe

      Drought talk baby!!!!

    • kiminpv

      4.91 here at 75th and State Line. Now….had my lawn company not verticut and seeded my yard too late last fall, it would look FANTASTIC! As it is, I have a rather impressive mud pit in my front yard. I need some pigs.

    • Dobber

      Droughts over mike. They can monger all they want.

    • Drought Miser

      Looking forward to your reports mike I chased today and saw a lot of high water near Stanley, Stillwell and Olathe not mention Shawnee

  • Jeff in St. Joe

    This blog would be better without Pete Capone and batman me thinks.

  • Drought Miser

    Folk’s we dodged some heavy duty storm’s today let’s pray for those in the not so lucky zones

  • ShanePBrady

    No hail, not much wind, just a lot of rain in Plattsburg so far. The worst of this cell seems past us.

  • Ladybug

    1.75″ so far today in eastern Shawnee near I-35 & 67th street.

    • Hume-Dude

      I am right close to that local and will back that up….the last cell was a real doozy with really heavy rain just like we needed.

  • Hume-Dude

    farm just SE of Hume was unlucky spot again, .5″ again. Got lucky with respect to tornado! it was about 7 miles west and went right thru one of my fav fishing holes. One of these will produce eventually I am sure of it Mowermikes forecast is coming true!

  • lenexa_loon

    w. Lenexa: 1.1″ thurs., .1″ sat., .75″ sun.
    just call it 2″ of rain over the last 4 days, yahoooo.

  • Jeff in St. Joe

    SPC just put Kansas Vity back in the moderate risk area. Is this not over yet?

  • mgsports

    South of Oak Grove Storm forming.

  • Jeff in St. Joe

    Someone talk to me here… Why did we get put back in a moderate risk when the radar is clear??

    • mowermike

      Hey Jeff,

      Not sure, but it would appear that the last round of storms has moved away. I wouldn’t think that more will develop, but, I could be wrong. Big storm right over KCI right now. Last frame of radar showed a hail core. Very heavy rain there right now.

  • mgsports

    http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html because of Storms coming up from Arkansas into Western MO.

  • I can’t believe this blog has not been updated. What a bizarre/afternoon. Since we were kind of led to believe everything was over, I went out photographing nature, and suddenly the Johnson county storm blew up out of nowhere, I was caught out in the country left to ride out the severe storm with the hail (I was near Olathe) in my car A lot of fishermen, families doing big picnics were also at this lake I was at when the storm hit. Sure glad there wasn’t any tornado!

  • JCHSR22

    Update Gary either by TV or Blog the NWS put us back in a Moderate risk tonight???

  • JCHSR22

    I assume no comment or update means we are okay

  • Emaw

    Hope I’m not stepping out of bounds here, but I think this blog was created as an educational/informative tool for people interested in weather IMO. It should not be used as a sole means for ones personal safety, that lies with the individual, (personal responsibility) stepping off the soap box now, again IMO.
    Just over 1″ in north Olathe.

    • mmack66

      I agree. I can’t believe people expect this blog to be a constantly updated source of current weather information.

      If you need that, buy a weather radio.

  • kellyinkc

    in other words, they have no idea….

    DISCUSSION…THE DRYLINE/COLD FRONT HAS STALLED OVER ERN
    KS/OK…WITH NEW STORMS DEVELOPING IN WHAT APPEARS TO BE ALONG A
    WEAK OUTFLOW BOUNDARY OR LOW LEVEL CONFLUENCE ZONE IN THE VICINITY
    OF SPRINGFIELD MO. THE DOWNSTREAM ENVIRONMENT INTO CENTRAL MO HAS
    SEEN SEVERAL ROUNDS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TODAY AND EXPECT
    THE TORNADO THREAT WILL GRADUALLY DIMINISH WITH AN INCREASING THREAT
    FOR DAMAGING WINDS SHOULD UPSCALE DEVELOPMENT OCCUR FROM THE STORM
    CLUSTER OVER HICKORY TO LAWRENCE COUNTIES. BACKED LOW LEVEL FLOW
    WOULD STILL SUPPORT EMBEDDED MESOVORTICIES WITHIN ANY LINEAR
    CONVECTION THAT DEVELOPS. THIS SCENARIO SEEMS UNCLEAR AT THIS TIME
    AS THE STRONGER FRONTAL SURGE WILL BE DELAYED UNTIL LATER
    TONIGHT…LEAVING LITTLE FOCUS FOR UPSCALE DEVELOPMENT TO OCCUR.
    FURTHERMORE…ADDITIONAL STORMS COULD DEVELOP ALONG THE ACTUAL FRONT
    OVERNIGHT AS WELL. GIVEN THE UNCERTAINTY IN THE EXACT EVOLUTION OF
    ANY ONGOING OR FUTURE CONVECTION…WW 102 WILL CONTINUE ACROSS MO.

  • Drought Miser

    Look closely in this radar loop its still out in central-eastern KS “http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/uppermissvly_loop.php”

    • Grambo624

      Seems there is still a chance something could fire, then, for the next couple hours. Humidity is up to 87% here in Lee’s Summit. Not sure what the dewpoints are.

  • Grambo624

    I guess the SPC no longer has any uncertainties; tornado watch cancelled in Jackson County, MO.

  • mgsports

    Know taken out of MD again.

  • mgsports

    Baxter Springs,KS has lots of Damage so I guess Stations will send somebody down.

  • snowclue

    Anyone know about the tornado warning at MU? I just heard everyone was sent to the basement in the dorms.

  • Drought Miser

    257 comments glad everyone in the immediate Metro Area appears to be paying more attention to the updates nowadays