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Weather Blog - Hawaii & Texas Are The Targets Of Tropical Storms & Hurricanes

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Posted at 8:21 AM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 09:45:16-04

Good morning bloggers, It's Friday!

Topping the weather news is our heat building in Kansas City, and the tropics becoming increasingly active. I will have your Kansas City Weather Forecast Timeline at the end. Let's begin with Hawaii.

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Major Hurricane Douglas is tracking towards Hawaii. The water temperatures near the islands are just under 80 degrees, so this system will weaken as it gets close. Hurricanes thrive by utilizing the fuel from the warm water. When it is 80 degrees or warmer the energy available increases. The water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico and near Florida in the Atlantic are quite warm and near 87 to 88 degrees, and the water temperatures near Hawaii are in the upper 70s. The forecast track is right over Maui at the moment as you can see below:

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The big island and Maui are the main targets, but it may take a track over all of the Hawaiian Islands. This would be quite rare for it to survive and take that track, so let's see where it goes. Closer to home, take a look at Tropical Storm Hanna:

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Hanna is a strengthening tropical storm and tracking towards Texas. Weather2020 predicted Texas and Louisiana as the main target for this season, and this will be the second named storm to strike this region. Watch out, as the season is just beginning. Remember Cristobal? Cristobal made landfall in Louisiana and the part of the LRC, the cycling weather pattern, that created Cristobal will be returning in the first week of August. There will be another system tracking into this area of the Gulf of Mexico then, and it has been in our forecast for months now.

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Hanna may come close to hurricane strength, and then make landfall tomorrow. And, we have two more:

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Gonzalo is going to strengthen, then weaken, and it may be the one we have been anticipating in the Gulf of Mexico during the first week of August. We will monitor this one closely. There is another one coming off the African coast. So, the active early season is picking up again.

Kansas City Weather:
The weather pattern is interesting in KC, but maybe not quite as much as in the tropics. There will be a cold front approaching us from the northwest on Sunday night and the chance of rain will increase to 80% late Sunday night into Monday.

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On this map above, you can see the south to southwest winds ahead of the that cold front entering the northern plains Saturday. This will allow us to heat up into the 90s over the weekend. Kansas City has yet to hit 95 this summer, and Sunday may be the best chance yet. If it doesn't happen Sunday, it will be August before our first 95° day. The front will sag into the heat and humidity as shown below:

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Thunderstorms will be wide spread over Nebraska Sunday night, and we will just have to wait and see how they track into Monday morning.

Kansas City Weather Timeline:

  • Today: Mostly sunny, hot, and humid. A few cumulus clouds will build up again with the chance of an isolated thunderstorm at less than 10%. There may be a few near the Lake of the Ozarks. High: 92°
  • Tonight: Clear and warm. Low: 75°
  • Saturday and Sunday: Sunny, very hot, and humid. The Heat Index near 105°. Southwest winds 10-20 mph. Highs in the middle 90s!

Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day reading the Action Weather Blog. Have a great weekend.

Gary