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Weather Blog: Monday Thunderstorms With A Hail Risk

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Posted at 8:55 AM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 09:58:37-04

Good morning bloggers,

Thunderstorms are heading into KC this morning. A few of these may be severe. The main risk this morning is large hail. A few spots may see hail as big as the size of a quarter, and possibly larger. Most areas will not experience severe weather, and most of us will experience lightning, thunder, and some very heavy rain.

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This map above shows the enhanced satellite picture. It is the infrared satellite picture taken around 8:40 PM. All of KC has now gone under the anvils of the thunderstorms, and this is becoming an organized complex of thunderstorms which will soon become an MCS, or Meso-Scale Convective System. When these mature, they often turn east and southeast and may begin producing high winds. This is more likely south of KC later today. We are monitoring this closely.

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As of 8:43 AM, you can see the thunderstorms just southwest of Lawrence. Tbese are growing and moving east-northeast at 25 mph. Look at the set up for this afternoon:

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Wow, look at this. 103 degrees in Altus, OK at 4 PM today, and only 57° in KC. Wow again! This will place the more signicant risk of severe thunderstorms over Oklahoma, southeast Kansas, southern Missouri, and Arkansas later today.

Kansas City Weather Time-Line:

  • Now through 3 PM: There is a 100% chance of thunderstorms. A few may be severe with large hail being the main severe weather risk. This is not a tornado set up, and we will be monitoring it closely as thunderstorms at this time of the year can become quite strong. Temperatures in the 50s this afternoon.
  • After 3 PM: The thunderstorms will be ending with a few rain showers continuing, and then ending this evening.

Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day reading the Action Weather Blog. Have a great start to the week, and stay with 41 Action News, and we'll keep you advised.

Gary