We've made it to Wednesday and there is a lot to talk about now and in the future with our weather here in Kansas and across the country. I showed this last night on the 10 p.m. newscast, but Houston Intercontinental picks up over 10.50 inches of rain in just two days, but it has taken 16 months for Santa Maria, CA to get that much rain. The drought is exceptional in California.
The same storm spinning over Colorado and Kansas the last 5-6 days hasn't moved out just yet. It's so fascinating to me to see how widespread the impacts can be from just one low pressure in the atmosphere. You have 5 feet of snow in Colorado over the weekend (a foot of snow at Denver's International Airport) and then 16"+ of rain near Houston. Kansas had very heavy rainfall too, which has eased the drought at least for now in several areas of the state.
Other than a spotty rain shower late in the afternoon or this evening, we should be dry. This is the last day we will have to talk about this latest storm... it's out of here tomorrow.
Friday - Saturday:
Very nice weather ahead. We will be under high pressure for a few days, so dry, warm, and quiet conditions expected. The wind will pick up Saturday from the south. Wind gusts of 25-30 certainly look possible by Saturday afternoon.
New Storm Developing (over the weekend):
We now feel confident in the path the next storm will take. It's going to go from California to Utah, and eventually into Colorado. Based on this track, heavier rainfall by Sunday will be across the Dakotas and upper Midwest. Central and eastern Kansas might see a few spotty thunderstorms into Sunday night, but they will be quite scattered (if we see anything at all)
Long Range Forecast:
Wet/stormy weather is likely to continue throughout the Plains for the end of April and the first half of May. There is a potential for 5 different storm systems to come through between now and the middle of May. Details on severe weather, heavy rainfall, flooding, etc. are extremely hard to tell this far out, but I would expect some very active weather for several weeks to come.
Another Storm is expected to arrive Tuesday/Wedesday (April 26-27)
Stormy weather expected around the start of May - cooler than normal temperatures too
May 3-9th - weather looks quiet - mainly dry
Another storm potentially moving in around May 10/11th