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Weather Blog: It Looks Like Rain

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Posted at 6:59 AM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 12:22:29-04

Good Monday bloggers,

The "Omega Block" weather pattern we have been talking about is setting up today. This means the weather experienced today will pretty much be the weather you will see through Wednesday-Thursday. The eastern upper low part of the "Omega Block" will be far enough away to keep rain out of our forecast, but close enough to keep lots of clouds in our sky.

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There are areas that could use some rain, and one of those locations is around KCI. This is the official site for Kansas City weather records and, so far, this month we are over 1" below average on rainfall.

We will go through the Memorial Day weekend which, on average, is one of the wettest weekends of the year.

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY: Each one of these days will have similar weather as we are in the blocking pattern which means slow to no daily changes in the weather. Each day will see highs mostly 65-70 with lows in the 50s. Each day will be mostly cloudy with periods of a partly cloudy sky and perhaps a brief sprinkly rain shower. Winds will be mostly 5-15 mph from the north then northeast then east. The western Plains will be out of the storm circulation which means sunshine will take highs to the 70s and 80s.

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THURSDAY: The block breaks down and a small system may bring a few showers and thunderstorms. There will be a bit more sun so highs will reach the 70s.

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THURSDAY NIGHT-FRIDAY: If you need rain on your yard or farm there are increasing chances for widespread heavy rain and thunderstorms with a low severe threat this period.

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The rain would exit during the morning, leading to a nice Friday afternoon with highs around 80.

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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: On average this is one of the wettest weekends of the year. Now, yes there are rain and thunderstorm chances each day, but they are not all day rain events. It is too early to time out the rain, but we will get more detailed as we get closer. Highs each day will be 75-85 with lows mostly in the 60s and there will be many nice hours.

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TROPICAL UPDATE: The first named storm of the season, tropical storm Arthur, will affect eastern North Carolina today with wind and rain. Arthur will turn out to the Atlantic Tuesday and weaken. Hurricane season officially begins June 1st, but this year it began on May 17th.

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This week, on our Facebook page, 41 Action News Weather Academy I will be posting all about tropical weather. How do hurricanes form? What causes them to fall apart? What is the latest with Arthur? The first post will be later this afternoon. There is currently all kinds of great weather information posted on the 41 Action Weather Academy from our weather team. Join our group if you have not yet. We hope to see you there.

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Have a great week and stay healthy.