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Weather Blog - Record Low & Frost Advisory Tonight

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Posted at 7:35 AM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 08:36:37-04

Good morning bloggers,

It's FRIDAY! A FROST ADVISORY is in effect for later tonight and early Saturday morning.

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The darker blue color shows all of the Freeze Warnings, and the lighter blue color shows the Frost Advisories. Kansas City has a frost advisory for later tonight, issued by the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, MO. The record low for tonight is 35° set in 1980. We are forecasting a low of 34°, and if it does drop to 32°, which is possible, it would be the latest freeze in KC's recorded history.

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The rainfall total from this last storm was anywhere from 0.25" to 0.50" in most areas. With temperatures this cool, that soaks into the ground, and is added moisture for tonights potential frost development.

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The wet ground, and the sunshine on the buildings created this beautiful picture over the Plaza this morning. The weather will continue to be calm for a few days. There is some potential for thunderstorms later next week that we will monitor closely.

The record low tonight is from 1980, when it was 35°. And, the latest first tornado of any year in Kansas History happened on May 28, 1980. Then, there was a major heat wave in the summer of 1980. It is something to think about, and quite interesting. We use the LRC, the best weather forecast method known for long range forecasting. According to my theory, every year is unique, so even though those stats point towards a possible major heat wave, we just don't see that with this pattern. The chance is low of a major heat wave this summer, but there will be some smaller ones that last three or four days at a time. There has yet to be one tornado reported in Kansas in 2020. I love records like this. Only storm chasers are sad about that statistic.

Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day reading the Action Weather Blog! Have a great Friday Night In The Big Town!

Gary