Thursday, May 18, 2017

Severe storms expected today - update

There is a good chance for severe storms in Kansas today. There is no reason to panic, but just have a plan and pay attention to the weather. Most of us have been through stormy days before and May in Kansas is notorious for having rough days. Just stick with us throughout the afternoon and evening and we'll keep an eye on what pops up.

Here's the outlook:

Setup: A couple of features we are watching carefully today include a dry line (separation between humid air and dry air) and a warm front that will be lifting north across Kansas. We expect these features will play a role in where storms begin to develop. The dry line will stretch from around Dodge City down into western Oklahoma. The warm front will be moving into central Kansas late in the afternoon.

This graphic shows the separation between humid and dry air... quite notable down across western Oklahoma

If we have a bunch of storms close together on the radar, the chance of tornadoes could be reduced. This is something that could work to our advantage if it turns out that way.

Timing:
Storms will likely start firing up by 4 p.m., especially for northern and western Oklahoma. Everything will move to the north or northeast, and I would expect that no later than 5 p.m., we will have storms in southern Kansas.
5 p.m. Thursday

This is what the radar might look like at 9 p.m. tonight

As the severe weather diminishes after midnight, the concern for heavier rainfall will roll on, especially for central and eastern Kansas.

Just a note for Friday - the chance for severe storms doesn't go away tomorrow. We have another round of some severe weather that is expected for central and eastern Kansas Friday afternoon. It looks like the severe storms will be gone by late Friday night.

2 comments:

Brandyn Wickey said...

Ross, I hope you can read this. I hope some how it reaches you. It's a good, heartfelt message. I saw the post on Facebook of people being awfully rude about your cut-ins to regular programming to keep us updated on the severe weather Tuesday afternoon/evening. I just personally want to apologize on their behave and let you know that you and the rest of the Storm Team 12 crew are awesome!!! Keep doing what you're doing!!! I know you will, but just wanted to make it known. Not all of us people out there, are as rude and inconsiderate as those that posted, called, and emailed those down, right rude gestures. Thank you for everything you do weather wise to keep Kansas safe!!!

Anonymous said...

Amen, to that!

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