Weather Blog: Tracking areas of rain, thunderstorms Friday in Kansas City

Posted at 10:15 AM, Aug 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-19 13:35:18-04

Good Friday bloggers,

The current area of rain and thunderstorms along and south of I-70 will drift south of KC by 2-3 PM. We will be watching for new scattered showers and thunderstorms to form after 3 PM across northeast Kansas, northern Missouri, southeast Nebraska and south Iowa. These showers and thunderstorms will track southeast across the region later this afternoon and tonight.

This will all be out of here for Saturday and Sunday as we will see some great summer weather.

So, if you are heading to the KC Current game tonight, keep an eye to the sky and you may want an umbrella as we can't take rain out of the forecast. But, that does not mean it will rain during the game. It could rain for a few minutes, not at all or for 1-2 hours.

Why is this so ambiguous? It is because we are tracking scattered areas of showers and thunderstorms that the computer data does not pick up very well. We have to rely on radar (nowcasting). This means it is hard to say more than one or two hours in advance where one of these shower and thunderstorm areas will be tracking.


Now, for the Chiefs game the forecast is not ambiguous. This is because the system and front causing these thunderstorms will be east of here. This means great football weather!


How much rain has fallen as of noon Friday?
There has been a trace to .50" from around I-70 south and west. These are radar estimated rainfall totals, so your rain gauge may read different.

Most locations should see .10"-1" of beneficial rain by Saturday. A few locations may end up with 1"-2" of rain. The severe threat is quite low this afternoon as the morning rain and thunderstorms have kept temperatures down.


————————————————————————————————————————————————————Areas of rain and T-Storms will cross the region today and tonight. It will not rain every hour & this greatly reduces an already low severe threat for this afternoon. Just more beneficial rain with amounts .10-1", a few locations 1-2".

It looks like most of the rain will occur along and south of I-70 as everything is moving southeast or east-southeast at 20-25 mph.

One of the bigger areas of rain and thunderstorms will affect KC between now and 2 PM.


There are a lot of events this weekend.

The KC Current game at 7 PM tonight & Parkville Days:
Keep an eye to the sky as a period of rain and T-Storms is possible.

Commanders vs. Chiefs on KSHB41 (3 PM):
Right now it looks like great football weather with temperatures in the low to mid 80s, a light north wind and no chance of rain.

BIGGStemps 5K Sunday morning:
Right now it looks like great running weather with temperatures around 60°, a light north wind and no chance of rain.

I will update this blog later today.

Have a great weekend and stay healthy