Still sitting here at the station keeping an eye on the radar. No warnings in place but still a good amount of rain & thunder out there. The heaviest has now passed through the Metro and is pushing to the East.
Obviously still another hour or two of rain still to go around the KC area before this thing moves off into Central Missouri. Still not expecting severe weather, however strong winds would still be possible on the Southern end of the line which currently stretches from Harrisonville to about Garnett.
Hopefully those who have really been asking for the rain, get it. As mentioned before, not everyone will pick up meaningful moisture and I am willing to be we’ll have one person here who is unhappy with the amount they picked up. Happens every time! Wish there was a way we could change that.
I think this will conclude my running blog update for the night. Enjoy the rain, sleep well and I’ll see you again Thursday afternoon starting at 4p.
I am expecting the rain to continue off & on through the overnight. Not anticipating severe weather, but at this stage of the game, I still cannot rule out of rogue storm that pulses up briefly. For most, this will bring heavy rain & thunder.
Rain should be off to the East of KC Thursday morning. I am worried we’ll see thick clouds through most of the day. If so, this will hold our highs temps down. I am going to take our high from 81° to 79°. Although, I did that last night for today (took us from 91° to 88° for the 10p newscast) and it cost us…because the high today was 91° in KC! I figured clouds/rain would be in the city an hour sooner than when it actually happened.
Thus, part of me hesitates to change the high for Thursday, but at the same time, with a wet ground and potential for low clouds and drizzle (“grunge” as I call it), it makes sense. I don’t think many will complain if we happen to touch 80.
Latest forecast & look at the radar coming up at 10p. Meantime, I have to get back to making several new graphical elements for future shows. I have been busy with this project for a while and it’s all about to be finished up. Graphics are my “thing”, if you will, and I enjoy creating new elements. It’s also a bit of a challenge and I enjoy a good challenge!
The bulk of the heavy rain has moved into Western Missouri. No warnings in place at this time, but still this thing packs a lot of “growl” to it. A fair amount of thunder & lightning out there still. We’re also not done. A second batch of rain & thunderstorms expected later on tonight.
We have used up some of the energy provided earlier today by the sun. So at this point, what comes our way next will likely be a lot of heavy rain plus thunder/lightning. It’s possible the LLJ (low-level jet) gets involved after 10p tonight and we see a brief uptick in storm strength. If so, greatest threat would remain wind.
There have been several reports of minor wind damage and there are a couple thousand people without power across the area. In addition to that, localized flooding is ongoing. This may be a good night to stay home and watch 41 Action News. And hey, if the power happens to go out, our 10p newscast will be streamed live online. You can always watch via your mobile device.
You will ONLY see me on air tonight, cutting into programming, if it’s NEEDED. If you do not see my on air doing cut-ins, then the storms are not severe. Again, some may sound pretty threatening, but a lot of this is going to be bark, not bite.
Keep eyes on my twitter page for updates here and there as well.
This is all moving to the Northeast and packing a fair amount of heavy rain, plus thunder & lightning. Behind this activity, near the Manhattan area, new storms are starting to form. Just a matter of time before this all fills in and widespread rain encompasses the area. On average, rain amounts could be near 2″ by tomorrow morning. Obviously, some will see a lot more than that and some will see a lot less.
At this time, we’re not expecting a “severe event” tonight. But there could still be a couple of stronger storms that get going. If that happens, the likely threat would be hail near nickel to quarter size and also winds around 50-55mph would be possible. Again, this would be more of the exception than the rule.
What I think will happen tonight is that these storms will bring more bark than bite. Meaning: it may *sound* bad, but that should be it. Heavy rain is likely to fall in a few different areas, but as usual: not EVERYONE will get the heavy rain. Matter of fact, there will probably be some areas that don’t get much at all. I could easily see values range from 0.10″ to 4.00″ across the viewing area. It’s all about where the heavy storms setup and how many heavy cells pass over the same area.
I will be on at 4, 5, and 6p showing the latest radar trends. It’s possible this stuff lasts through the evening into tomorrow morning. But many will argue: we need the rain.