Weather Blog: Wind, Rain and Fire

Posted at 8:20 AM, Mar 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-07 10:41:11-05

Good Saturday bloggers,

The weather is never dull around here and the next three days is no exception. We are tracking considerable wind, rain and a high fire danger. You throw in that this is occurring on Earth, you have the makings of a great 60s and 70s rock band.

When we talk about high fire danger, it means that any fires can spread fast due to strong winds, low humidity and dry ground. These are the conditions we have today. So, use common sense, for example, don't throw cigarettes out the window and use caution during grilling. It will be windier on Sunday, but higher humidity will reduce the fire danger a bit. Rain will reduce the fire danger to near zero by Monday.

We are also springing forward tonight as we start Daylight Saving Time. This is also the time to check the smoke detectors. It is perfect timing with the high fire danger. The sun will rise at 7:40 AM Sunday, but set at 7:19 PM. Spring is around the corner.

Now, let's go through the weather changes the next few days.

SATURDAY: We will see more high clouds this afternoon as winds gust to 40 mph with highs in the 60s. The fire danger will be high. Now, the weather looks good for the Sporting KC home opener tonight at 7:30 PM vs. the Houston Dynamo. It will be breezy and mild with temperatures in the 50s. The wind will make it feel cool, so a jacket will be helpful.

SUNDAY: The wind will be even stronger with gusts to 40-50 mph. Since the humidity will be higher the fire danger will be a bit lower. Highs will be in the 60s after lows 45-50. It will be a partly to mostly sunny day.

MONDAY: The rain chance will increase to 100% around midnight Sunday night. Once the rain arrives, we will have periods of rain and a few thunderstorms into Monday afternoon. It looks like a widespread rain and this is great news as we end the high fire danger.

It will be a windy and wet Monday morning rush hour with lows 50-55. Winds will be south at 15-25 mph.

A cold front arrives early Monday afternoon with the last round of rain and thunderstorms. Temperatures will rise to around 60 ahead of the front and then drop to the 40s by evening. The wind will switch to the northwest Monday afternoon while decreasing to 5-15 mph.

RAINFALL FORECAST THROUGH MONDAY: It looks like we will see a widespread .25" to 1". A few locations could see 1.25" and that will depend where any thunderstorms track.

RAINFALL FORECAST THE NEXT 10 DAYS: The system for Sunday night-Monday is the first of three systems the next 10 days. There is a smaller one timed for Wednesday and a bigger one timed for next weekend. So, when you add up all three systems a widespread 1" to 2" of rain is likely and there is potential for 3".

It is not just our area that will see rain the next 10 days. How about coast to coast and border to border. The rainy season ends in California in about 3-4 weeks, and they have dried out. So, it looks like there will be some nice rain before the rainy season ends. LA could see over 1".

Have a great weekend.