Monday, July 24, 2017

More rain/changes coming this week

Good Monday morning and hope you had a great weekend. It was nice to see some rain over the weekend (for those that had it), but I know from looking at my Twitter feed, there was frustration among those who were missed. That's the trouble with summer storms. More times than not, you're dealing with scattered storms... not widespread rains.

So here's what to look at this week. Yes, it's hot for the next few days, but a cold front arriving Wednesday will be one of our best chances for storms this week. Here's a look at the latest data on our Future Track. It's got a pretty good chance of producing storms around the area and hopefully catch some of the areas that were missed over the weekend.

Cooler later this week!! That's right, the front coming Wednesday will send our temperatures back to upper 80s and low 90s for the end of the week. It will be a noticeable change, but we won't be able to get rid of the humidity. The big dome of high pressure will be farther south and west this week, which means our temperatures will not be as hot.

Hopefully you'll stick with us this week as we track the changes. It will be nice to have something other than just 100 degree temperatures to watch over the next several days.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Weekend rain chance update

We've come to the end of a very hot week in Kansas. It wasn't a record setting week, but then again it doesn't have to be in order to be dangerous and flat out uncomfortable. 

If you've been following the forecast with us, you know we are expected to have some relief this weekend in terms of temperatures and the dry weather we've had. Here's the latest on the rain chances:

Saturday -
Slow moving front gets into the area and starts knocking temperatures down in western Kansas. Scattered storm chances will increase across northwest and north central Kansas during the evening hours. It's unlikely they will be severe, but watch for quick downpours and lightning. Our Future Track shows storms around 6-7 p.m. in the northwest and those should move east into the night.

Sunday -
As the front continues to push a little farther south, chances for storms will also be on the move. Although it doesn't look that promising, there is still a chance from Dodge City to Wichita for some rain and storms (with most storms not likely to be severe). 

All we can do is sit back and hope for some rain... even if it doesn't turn out to be much. We can be thankful for some heat relief if nothing else. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

How much longer do we have to wait?

Welcome to Thursday and just 3 more days stand between us and our next possible change in Kansas weather. Our weather pattern is kinda stuck in neutral. Summer patterns are notorious for being slow to change because the upper level winds are so weak (they are less than 20 mph over Kansas).

Salina stat:
Currently tied for the 10th hottest on record! The average temperature is up to 84.9 and will likely go higher with more 100s coming to finish the week. Only one day this month has failed to have an above normal high.

Not even close to setting any records for heat this month. In fact, our average temperature doesn't even make the top 15 hottest, as our average temperature stands at 81.6°

Into the weekend:
The big heat dome is going to break down by Friday and slide east of Kansas. This will open the door for something to come in here and change the weather, even if just briefly.

The cold front should reach northwest Kansas by Saturday evening, bringing a chance for some storms. I'm not exactly sure how far south these will get, but let's watch the next couple of model runs to see what changes. I'd say if you are north of I-70 Saturday night, you have a decent shot at some rain.

It still looks like Sunday has a better chance for storms farther south, but not until the evening/nighttime hours. The front should be slow to move, and right now it looks like areas south of a Dodge City to Wichita line might have the best chances.

It's hard to be the messenger of bad news sometimes, but just look at what the computer data is telling us at the end of next week! The heat dome could be making a comeback! We will see.

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