Salina is more than 5 inches below normal on precipitation since June 1st. So it's going to take some serious rainfall to make up that deficit, but hopefully it doesn't all come at once.
Couple of things going on this weekend. We have a system pushing out of the Rockies Friday night-Saturday that should start the rain making machine once again. It will start in western Kansas late Friday night and then push east Saturday. Rain and storms could be off and on Saturday, but where will the heaviest setup? That's the tricky part. Confidence is growing that most of the heavier rains will go to the Flint Hills and east. Southeast Kansas will get some good rains, but if you are west of 135, you'll probably have to settle for .50 or less. But, that's more than some of us have had in quite some time.
Why are we getting such cool weather for August?
It's all about the pattern and where that "heat dome" decides to position itself. Just look at these incredible high temperatures from yesterday (Thursday):
- 105° Vancouver (Canada)
- 104° Fresno, CA
- 103° Portland, OR
- 103° Yakima, WA
The pattern favors more 70 degree weather with chances for spotty rains across western Kansas and into Colorado. I have to say, the chances for rain in central and eastern Kansas DO NOT look promising at all. So you're going to see some big changes to the 7 day forecast on the air later today. Have a great weekend. I know this rain setup is frustrating, but once again, some of us just aren't in the right spot right now.