Compare the two drought maps (one from the beginning of April and the other from just this week)
The latest drought monitor does not include the heavy rainfall that some parts of Kansas had Tuesday.
So what's coming next as we head into May?
You might recall a few weeks back that in a blog posting, I said after May 3rd, we'd hit some drier and calmer weather for awhile. That still holds true. We have one more system that will come through Monday that might develop some light rain (nothing heavy), and once it slides out, we warm up and dry out. But how long will the drier weather last?
Here's a breakdown:
May 4-7: Dry and much warmer. We should go back to above normal temperatures for most of the state
May 21-24: Possible storm system setting up across the desert Southwest for this part of May. The jet stream is forecast to take on a more southwest flow aloft, and that could result in potential stormy weather returning to Kansas and surrounding areas. It's not clear if this will mean severe weather, but this will be a period in May that we will have to watch closely to see if something develops out of the pattern change.