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Where Is The Rain?

Good morning bloggers,

When this weather pattern set up last October it didn’t seem that it was going to be this bad.  Looking back, the signs were there by the end of November.  But, to predict how the drought set up and expanded in a strange way from the southwestern United States to a narrowing point over northern Missouri would prove to be a difficult concept to explain and forecast. The patterns of precipitation have left us with frustration after frustration if you live in our area, in the heart of the nation, near KC.  Oh, some of us got over an inch of rain two nights ago, but in most late May into June thunderstorm set ups like we had the other night, it would have been all of us that had the 1″ of rain, while others have 4 or 5 inches of rain, not most of us ending up with under a half inch again.  And, now, even Amarillo Texas had a good half inch to inch of rain yesterday, but that is also a drop in their drought bucket. They need more. Kansas City needs much more as you can see here in this rainfall total as of this morning:

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There are a couple of complexes of thunderstorms that are drifting east and southeast. These will not make it to KC, but we will once again see some of the clouds from these weak systems.  The HRRR comes close to bringing one of these complexes all the way across Kansas, and of course then dissipates it just as it gets to near Missouri:

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I hope everyone has a great day. Get the sprinklers working. Temperatures will be heating up Thursday through the weekend.  It has been almost five years since KCI Airport, Kansas City’s official reporting station, was 100°. That happened on September 8, 2013 when it actually reached exactly 100°.  As it gets drier and drier, the chance of breaking the 100 degree level is going to be increasing. For now, the humidity may still be too high.

Have a great day!  And, thank you for spending a few minutes of your day reading the Action Weather Blog featuring Weather2020 and the LRC.

Gary

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