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Weather Blog: Near record warmth, then changes

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Posted at 12:27 PM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 13:36:45-05

Good Monday bloggers,

We are in for more nice weather through Thursday. This weather is great to have in December if you do not like winter weather. But, we have an increasing moderate drought and we do need precipitation of any type. There is a chance or two of precipitation Friday into the weekend.

Let's go day by day.

MONDAY: After morning low clouds and fog we are back to 100% sunshine. This will take our highs to the low and mid 50s. The wind will be W-NW at 5-15 mph.

TUESDAY: It will be sunny with highs 55-60. The wind will be W-SW at 5-15 mph. The surface winds are marked by red arrows. They form a "U" shape with our region at the base of the "U". This is usually a strong warming signature and the models way under do the warm up. We are going for a high of 58, but it would not surprise us if we jumped into the 60s. The record high for KC is 69 set in 1946. So, we will likely not break or tie the record Tuesday.

WEDNESDAY: If we do not reach the 60s on Tuesday, we will on Wednesday. The record is 68 set in 1897. We are going 67, but we could easily break the record and reach 70! The wind will be S-SW at 5-15 mph.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY: We will see increasing clouds on Thursday with highs around 60. It will still be a nice day with south winds 10-20 mph. The first system to track moves through Friday as temperatures drop from the 50s to 30s. Right now it looks like one band of rain for us with more widespread rain and snow across Nebraska and Iowa.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY: This is where it could get interesting as we track a second system. As is, it does not look like much as it gets absorbed and affected by the first system. You can see we have some rain and snow showers moving through Saturday as the main precipitation occurs from Nebraska to the Great Lakes.

We will see more of a storm this weekend if the first storm is weaker allowing the second to dominate and/or the second one is a day slower so that it does not get so close to the first one. We will have to update this as the week goes on.

RAINFALL FORECAST THE NEXT 7 DAYS: As is, we do not see much around here with amounts .05" to .50". Again, this is subject to change if the second storm system becomes more prominent. There is a chance the first one could bring more rain, but it will be moving fast.

Again, here is the latest drought monitor and most of the rain shown in the map above misses the driest locations. Stay Tuned!

Have a great week and stay healthy.