Thursday, August 4, 2016

Storms are back and look at this cool down

Welcome to Thursday. We are almost halfway through our first week in August and it's about what you'd expect. Highs continue to be in the 90s and low 100s. It's not unheard of to have 100 degree heat into early September, so this isn't unusual at all.

Our weather is about to get more exciting with the arrival of a cold front into Kansas today. Here's what's coming with the front:
1) thunderstorms (some heavy rain, lightning, and wind)
2) cooler temperatures (especially across central and northern Kansas)
3) very low risk of severe storms

Thursday afternoon
Friday afternoon
It will be hot for today (Thursday), but we could have a 20-30 degree spread in temperatures Friday afternoon. That's pretty amazing for a summer afternoon, but it does get more common as we get closer to the first day of fall (still well over a month away). 

There is rain in the forecast and the heaviest will setup across western and northern Kansas. The farther south you get, the more spotty it will be and not as heavy. The chances will linger through much of the weekend. I think we could see another round of rain Friday night AND again Saturday night. It doesn't look like severe storms for the weekend. 

So what's next? I expect that at the beginning of next week, the heat's going to try and build back across the area. Our second week of August will be hot, and that should continue until Thursday or Friday (August 11/12) when another front may arrive with some rain chances. 

Earlier this week, I hinted at some cooler weather that may show up in the second half of August. I still think that will be the case, but I still think we have a couple of mini heat waves to go through before we get the early taste of fall. We will have to be patient, but I'm excited for the changing temperatures. I can't believe some kids head back to school next week.

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