Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Less heat; a few summer storms

Welcome to Tuesday morning. Ready for some cooler weather? Yesterday was one of the hottest days we've had in 2 months (at least for some areas) with lots of 100s on the map. Thanks to a cold front and some rainfall in the overnight, we will be much cooler around the area today. Normal highs are in the low 90s. We are still just a few weeks away from what is considered the hottest part of the year (end of July and first few days of August)
Radar estimated rainfall amounts
If I didn't list your town below, it's because they didn't have anything at all. The heaviest rainfall was across northeast Kansas where some areas had well over an inch.
24 hour rainfall from around the area:
Goodland: 0.57"
Salina: 0.48"
Concordia: 0.48"
Russell: 0.28"
Great Bend: 0.11"
Hill City: 0.05"
Smith Center: 0.02"
Hutch: 0.01"

7 a.m. temperatures
Cooler air continues to filter south from the northern Plains. We saw this about a week ago when we had a few back-to-back days with highs in the 80s. Summer isn't half bad in Kansas when it rains and we don't have 50+ 100 degree days. 
Pattern for the week of July 14
Good news if you want more rain and cooler weather. The pattern is about to shift again next week. The long range computer models have been indicating this now for a few days. The upper high will get shoved back to the west and this should allow for some better rain chances to move this way, followed up with a big cooldown for the middle of next week. The storm track may end up over Kansas, and that would help to increase our chances for some widespread rains around here (beginning Monday night or Tuesday) So what I can tell you is that there are no indications that we will have long stretches of 100s coming up for Kansas anytime soon. We had our fair share of that back in the summer of 2011 an 2012, right? Have a good day.

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