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Weather Blog: Spring Forecast & Another Storm Arrives Sunday

Posted: 8:27 AM, Mar 20, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-20 09:27:54-04
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Good morning bloggers,

We recorded our Spring Into Action special with the spring forecast online last night. We will get the link to that soon, once it is posted. Today is the first full day of spring, and it begins with a cold blast. Another storm is approaching and it will trap some of this cold air in here and there is a chance of a few more snowflakes on Sunday, or just a cold rain.

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This map shows the forecast for 1 PM Sunday. Rain will spread in from the southwest by late Saturday night, and it may change to snow just northeast of KC. We will have to see how cold it is during the day Sunday. It appears it will be around 38 or 39 degrees near KC, and this would keep most of the precipitation in the form of rain. Off to the east, it appears more of the cold air will be trapped and that 33 degrees in Columbia, MO implies it would be snow there.

The weather pattern is cycling according to the LRC, and it looks like we will have around four or five significant severe weather set ups near KC this spring. There is a signature part of the cycling pattern that will produce strong storm systems, and this will arrive around April 10th and June 7th, This part of the cycling pattern already produced significant severe weather in the first three LRC cycles, and the last two cycles produced snow in KC. I doubt it snows on April 10th, and we just have to see how it sets up.

Kansas City averages 14.12" of rain during April-May-June. We are predicting near average rainfall this spring:

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It has been very wet with high water near the Mississippi River this winter, and this is still the concern area. The Missouri River is still high as well, so if the rainfall amounts are a bit higher than my forecast, we will still need to monitor and see if the waterways go above flood stage:

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It's Friday! We hope everyone is staying safe as we spend so much time in doors. I recommend push-ups and sit ups to stay in shape during this difficult time. And, when the air warms up, try to get in those walks and jogs outdoors. I am going to do 300 push-ups today before going into work.

Have a great weekend. The rain will arrive early Sunday, and it may be mixed with a few snowflakes.

Gary