Wet or Dry? It depends on where you live!

Good morning bloggers,


An active pattern continues. This is quite unusual for early August and we have been setting some record lows. In Kansas City it dropped to 52 degrees Friday morning.  This record cool air mass set the stage for the heavy rain event that was about to happen one day later, and then Saturday the cooler air was trapped and KC had a record low high for the date, and the coolest first week of August high temperature ever recorded.  There have been a couple of days in the past in the second half of the month, but to have it in the first few days of August is actually a very difficult thing to do, to have a high of 65 degrees.


Here is the surface map I plotted on Saturday afternoon:


Isn’t it amazing that the heavy rain target I drew in was also the center of the coolest air?   It was 102 in Alva, OK at the same time it was 63° in Overland Park, KS.  And, then this happened just a few hours later:

August 5-6 Rain Wide

Even more amazing than the 10″ of rain that fell is the fact that only 0.10″ fell, or really almost no rain fell to the northeast in the shadow of this heavy rain event. This has been happening most of this season.

Rainfall since June 1:  

  • Overland Park, KS:  21.66″ (Since July 1:  16.22″)
  • Saint Joseph, MO:  4.72″  (Since July 1:  1.95″)
  • Omaha, NE:  4.46″  (Since July 1:  1.32″)
  • Des Moines, IA: 4.23″  (Since July 1:  1.89″)
  • Saint Louis, MO:  4.23″  (Since July 1:  1.39″)

Wow!  Kansas City is wet in the middle of a dry pattern?  Well, these stats show that well.  This was a map ending last week. The new one will be posted in a few minutes:

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This pretty much confirms my point as you can see the one small area that is wet near KC.

Tropical Storm Franklin formed just east of the Yucatan Peninsula.  This will likely not have enough time to form into a hurricane.


We will look into this weeks pattern on 41 Action News and in the blogs this week.  Thank you for sharing in this weather experience and we are having some great conversations over on the Weather2020 blog. You can go over there and join in!


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