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We knew it was coming! This is the time of the year when we start talking about the first frost or freeze of the season. So, it’s not shocking that computer guidance is pointing toward a first or freeze this weekend. Read more

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We wrapped up September with yet another warm day. That means September 2019 was a very warm month. The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill says this was the sixth warmest September since record keeping started. Here’s a synopsis of the September stats. Read more

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Monday marked the beginning of Fall when the sun's rays were shining directly over the equator, also known as the autumnal equinox. The Autumnal Equinox occurred at 2:50 a.m. local time, but technically speaking, we haven't seen equal hours of daylight and darkness in Kansas City just yet. Read more

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We’re past the Autumnal equinox and nights are now lasting longer than daytime. Less daylight means less solar energy to heat the earth. In addition, the sun is also at a lower angle in the sky. So it takes more of the sun’s energy to heat the same area as it did in the Summer. Read more

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Remember, the “Facts of Life” TV show theme song? “You take the good, you take the bad and there you have, the facts of life”? We’re going to be living those lyrics this weekend. The cooler air you have all been rooting for is coming, that’s the good. But it comes with an almost certain chance of rain at times this weekend, that’s the bad. Read more

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High temperatures are expected to be close to 90 degrees much of this week. The week got off to a hot start when a warm front jumped through the area Monday afternoon. Add in the heat index and it will feel like it’s in the mid to upper 90's right through Wednesday. Read more

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Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end of summer, is here! One last chance to soak in summer festivals, hit the lake or just relax. So we need, no we want, good weather for all the events and happenings. Well, sorry to say, for at least half of the weekend, great weather isn’t happening. Read more

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The summer weather pattern is undergoing some type of transition. I’m not 100% sure what that transition is yet. Is it a more permanent change toward a fall weather pattern? Or, is it simply summer colliding with brief, weak shots of cool air from Canada? Read more

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There are several rain chances headed our way. Let me emphasize chances, just like the last two weeks, rain chances don’t always translate into rain in your backyard. Sure, it rains in parts of eastern Kansas and western Missouri, but it seems as if some of us keep missing out on generous rain. Read more

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The heat breaks Sunday! It will be the final day of a hot stretch of weather in Kansas City, but we could pay for the cooler weather by putting up with a period of severe thunderstorms Sunday evening.  Read more

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It might be 5,000 miles away, but dust from the Saharan Desert may be in the Kansas City area as early as Wednesday. The dust is easy to pick out on the NASA satellite image below. The image was taken two weeks ago by NASA's VIIRS satellite. VIIRS-20 scans the earth twice a day and uses multiple visible and infrared channels to obtain high resolution imagery of clouds, storms, and atmospheric aerosols. Read more

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There was talk of rain as the week began. Computer projections painted a wide swath of two inches of rain for our area between last Monday and this upcoming weekend. This guidance took us down a path of repeated rainfall that promised to keep the rivers and streams bursting at their seams. Read more

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This will be a quick blog that relies heavy on graphics to get the message across. Hopefully I can add some context to give some meaning to the graphics. Don’t be afraid to share this outlook as it’s always good to give our friends a heads up when a potential severe weather set up is taking place. Read more

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Severe weather season, so far, is kind of quiet, but it could ramp up in a hurry this weekend. Cooler than average temperatures and a lack of humidity have kept a lid on strong storms around Kansas City. Read more

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There is little doubt this will be a busy weather week across the Kansas City area. High winds, hail, deadly lightning, tornadoes and flash flooding will all be possible and it all starts tonight! Read more

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We are tracking storms for Wednesday evening, and the risk some storms could be severe with large hail and damaging winds. The best timeline for storms looks to be after sunset heading into the 10 p.m. Wednesday. Read more

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There was a lot of talk earlier this week about another round of winter weather headed for the Kansas City metro. Well, you can throw that all out with the garbage because it’s not going to snow in KC tonight. It might not even rain!  Read more