We equaled a record yesterday when the thermometer rose to 91° at 2:59 p.m. This equaled the record set on May 9, 1963. Today’s record is 92°, set just weeks after I was born in 1962. Chances are we will tie that record today as well. The temperature never dropped below 77 degrees last night, so it’s starting to get hot on a hot day.
All that heat suits the LRC perfectly. During the first 5 days of March, it also warmed to record highs, reaching a record high of 84° on March 2, and four of the first five days of March were 74° or higher. This part of the cycling circuit is now in place. It also means that it won’t last long. It will last about as long, five days, and then it will collapse.
Look at the arrows on this first card. Notice they show circulation around a storm system near the southeast coast, and notice the opposite direction over KC from the southwest. There is a thin blocking ridge between these two streams. The main jet stream has retreated to the north. There were tornadoes with severe thunderstorms yesterday from northern Iowa to southern Canada. By Thursday, a series of thunderstorm systems, embedded in the flow of the jet stream, will follow the northern plains with more severe weather risks:
Serious risk today:
Today’s severe risk is Level 2 out of 5, and this will increase by Thursday towards our north and west:
The weather pattern just won’t stop from North Dakota to Minnesota. This area has had 50 to 60 inches of snow over the winter and farmers have yet to get out into the fields due to the humidity. Another strong storm is on its way.
For Kansas City, the risk of severe thunderstorms appears to remain north and west of our area. The streak continues in Johnson and Wyandotte counties. Three years is 1095 days (365×3). May 28, 2019 is the day Linwood, KS was hit hard by a powerful EF-4 tornado. The entire KC metro was under a tornado watch before this tornado formed. This is the last surveillance we had of the entire KC metro, almost three years ago. This series continues. I see some chances by then.
Here’s Sunny & Rainbow enjoying Shawnee Mission Lake on Sunday. There’s a great off-leash dog park there! They went home and each of them took long naps after their swim and exercise.
It will be another hot day in May that will break almost all records. Put on that sunscreen!
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