Friday, June 6, 2014

Weekend rains & another obstacle race

2 miles west of Lost Springs
2 miles west of Lost Springs
We are still getting wind damage pictures from Thursday morning storms across the area. It's sad to have a nice big tree that's maybe 30 or 40 years old snapped from a morning of high wind, but that was the reality after everything finally calmed down yesterday. Cleanup efforts will continue today and some of us probably have some mowing to catch up on after the recent rains. We're not complaining though because the green grass sure beats a dried out, dusty Kansas.

showers and storms tracking east this morning
The radar this morning has showers and storms moving east. Some of this will hold together as we head into the afternoon. Although not likely to be severe, there will be some gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall with the activity, especially to the south. Areas along the Kansas/Oklahoma line have been in the highest drought category (exceptional) for quite some time, so the rain is nice to see in those areas.

Here are my thoughts heading into the weekend:
The beginning of a widespread rain/storm event for Friday night according to Future Track. It will develop and spread south and east.
Friday night- early Saturday
Friday evening/night: A widespread thunderstorm event is likely for most of Kansas. Some high wind is possible, but not likely to be as bad as Thursday morning turned out to be. Locally heavy rains can be expected too.
Saturday morning: Showers and storms likely in central and especially eastern Kansas, but should be winding down by late morning as they move out.
Saturday afternoon: Dry with some sunshine.
Saturday night:  Chances for storms in SW Kansas, but most areas will likely be dry
Severe weather risk over Oklahoma for Saturday afternoon and night
Sunday: Most of the day looking dry, but late day storms are expected to fire up in eastern Colorado and far western Kansas after 5 or 6 p.m.
Sunday night/Monday:  Another widespread shower/storm event likely in western Kansas for Sunday night and by early Monday, the rains should be back in central Kansas. The rain chance will linger all day in central and southern Kansas as a storm system slows over the state.

The biggest concern this weekend might be some localized flooding, especially in areas that have had heavy rains. We will have some other chances coming up next week, but we can discuss those on Monday.

Millie and I will have a good weekend. She's not running the Gladiator Dash (for obvious reasons) but I'll be out there Saturday morning (probably in the rain for a little while) It's another one of those obstacle course races that forces you to do things you wouldn't normally do as an adult (like crawling in the mud, wading through waist high water, crawling through giant underground culverts) but they sure are fun and adventurous.

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