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Weather Blog: In Search of Sunshine and Rain

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Posted at 8:06 AM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 09:06:36-04

Good Tuesday bloggers,

There are many people that would like to see the sun, and there are many yards and farms that could use rain. So, we are in search of sun and rain. Both are going to be tough to find. Let's go through the forecast through Memorial Day weekend.

TUESDAY: We are still in this blocking pattern which means the storm system in the Midwest is still sending us clouds and just a few misty showers. Now, today we do have a chance to see more sun than we did on Monday. We will make a run at 70. Highs will be in the 70s and 80s across the western Plains where the sun is more abundant. Last week we thought we would be in the more abundant sunshine, but the upper low to our east stayed to close.

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Highs will be around 90 at Rapid City, SD, and near 100 at Lubbock, TX. So, at least we don't have to deal with that.

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WEDNESDAY: The low clouds will stream back in tonight and the chance of sunshine is low on Wednesday. We may even see a few light rain showers, a bit more than what has occurred today and Monday. Highs will be in the low 60s Wednesday if we do not see any sunshine. If we see some sun then highs will be in the mid to upper 60s.

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THURSDAY MORNING: The blocking pattern will begin to break down allowing a disturbance to track out of the western USA. The clouds will hang tough and you can see a nice area of showers and thunderstorms extending from central Nebraska to Oklahoma.

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THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING: The rain to the west arrives as it is falling apart. So, more clouds and not much rain. Highs will be 65-75, 70s with more sun, 60s with more clouds.

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FRIDAY: Another disturbance will make a run at our region, but the latest data has this falling apart as it approaches. Now, Friday afternoon, after the disturbance moves by we should see more sunshine. This will take our highs to 75-80.

So, today through Friday we still have not found much sunshine or rain. The disturbances Thursday afternoon into Friday could still end up being more than what it looks like now.

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SATURDAY-MEMORIAL DAY: There will be better rain and thunderstorm chances these days. Now, these will not be all day rain events and the severe threat is low. The details are yet to be worked out, so we are not going to get in to timing. But, total rainfall the next 7 days will be around .25"-1" in our region. Most of this rain will fall Friday through Memorial Day. 1.1" of rain would be nice, but not all locations will see these amounts as it stands now. Also, 1.1" of rain is about average for a week in May and at this time we are about 1.5" below average for the month.

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In conclusion, we do not see much sunshine through Friday although we could see a period of more sunshine this afternoon. Rainfall looks scattered Friday through Memorial Day as it stands now. So, we are still in search of sun and rain.

Have a great rest of your week and stay healthy.