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Weather Blog: A Changing Weather Pattern

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Posted at 10:16 AM, Oct 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-04 11:53:45-04

Good Sunday bloggers,

We had a foggy start to Sunday, but the sun won as it burned off the low clouds and fog, leading to a nice fall afternoon.

Sadly, there was no Sunday Chiefs game, but here is a view from around 6 AM as the fog rolled into to the Truman Sports Complex. It looks like the Chiefs game will be played at 6:05 PM Monday. The weather looks good with temperatures dropping from the 70s to 60s. It will be windy with gusts 25-35 mph from the southwest.

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We are at the time of year when we see a new pattern evolve. This is the LRC when a new and unique weather pattern sets up in October and November, then continues and cycles through the winter, spring, summer and following fall.

So, below we have rainfall totals from Kansas City for the last two unique weather patterns.

Average rainfall from around October 6th to October 5th of the next year, for KC, is around 35"-40".

October 6th, 2018 to October 5th, 2019 was rather wet with almost 65" of rain. This caused major river flooding.

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October 6th, 2019 to October 5th, 2020 saw 30" less rain which ended up being a bit below average.

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Rainfall the last 30 days has been low as we have seen many locations seeing under 50% of average.

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Nationally, it has been rather dry as well except locations from Texas to the southeast USA where there has been land falling tropical systems. There was a small wet area across eastern Iowa and northwest Illinois. The dry weather east of the Rockies has been good for the corn and soybean harvest and the winter wheat planting. Now, the winter wheat could use some rain before it goes dormant for the winter.

Another location that could use rain is California where the wildfires continue. It has not rained in Los Angeles since May 18th. Yes, that is a long time, but for southern California not unusual. That does not take away from the fact, that rain is needed on the west coast.

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We are seeing some interesting weather pattern changes as we go through the next 7-10 days. When is our next chance of rain? Are you missing summer like temperatures? Note, that the pattern changes are certain to occur, but just what the changes will be is yet to be determined. Our latest thinking is in the video below as we go day by day through October 13th.

Have a great week and stay healthy.