|Mexico, NY - courtesy Maria Molina|
|courtesy Becky Elliott - Clearfield, PA|
Our weather pattern looks so much different this week and it's about time. The numbers aren't exactly earth shattering, but since September 1st, rainfall has been spotty at best.
Wichita: 2.80" (normal is 4.86")
Salina: 1.73" (normal is 4.09")
Dodge City: 1.68" (normal 2.72")
Goodland: 1.41" (normal 2.06")
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One particular satellite image (called water vapor) shows a nice storm over the western US and we think it will latch on to some rich, deep Gulf of Mexico moisture by mid-late week. We haven't had a moisture connection quite like this in a long time, so the setup (at least on paper and computer) looks favorable for rain and isolated storms. There won't be any snow with this particular storm system.
One forecast model shows widespread 1-3 inch amounts, while the other has a little less. Regardless of which set of data is right, we stand a very good chance for beneficial moisture this week.