Weather blog – Return of the sun and preview of next week’s storm!

Hello bloggers,

It’s Friday! We went through a 4 day storm system that started when the rain moved in on Monday and then ended yesterday afternoon with our last rain. We had pouring rain and some mixed snow early Wednesday. Are we done with snow for the season? Remember, it snowed on April 17, and it snowed significantly last year. We have a few other storm systems lining up, and if we end up on the cold side, the winter part of the storm systems, there will still be a chance or two of snow.

We entered the week with a red flag alert on Sunday. The rain eliminated any fire hazard on Monday evening, and now we have too much moisture in the ground. Water accumulates everywhere. Look at the precipitation totals for this month at KCI Airport:

March precipitation

We had the average for almost every month this week, which added to the previous rainstorm and snowstorm totals this month. The March weather madness continues.

Next level stream tonight

Next level stream tonight

This week’s weather pattern is now influenced by that block I talked about in the last blog entry. The block is gaining strength and it is already showing an influence on this weather pattern. It’s really a complex thing to discuss, but let me try one more time. Take a look at this next map of predicted altitude flows valid for Monday:

Block Aloft Valid Monday

Block Aloft Valid Monday

The block can be seen through these high altitude centers over the far northern territories. There are two forming, and one of them you can see above. It’s up in northern Alaska. This causes a colder air mass to move south and the jet stream is energized and storm systems are created a bit stronger by this blocking influence. A strong storm is expected to move into California by Monday.

Monday’s storm in California will produce good, bad and ugly influences for us. The first influence is good. A big warm-up is likely on Monday:

Surface forecast valid at 5 p.m. Monday

Surface forecast valid at 5 p.m. Monday

A warm front will likely remain dry and lift north of KC by Monday afternoon or evening. This will allow for a big temperature jump into the 70s with the wind moving south.

By Tuesday, the California storm will move closer and cause a strong surface low to form, as you can see below:

Surface forecast valid at 5 p.m. Tuesday

Surface forecast valid at 5 p.m. Tuesday

As this low pressure system strengthens, air from the Gulf of Mexico will erupt. This warm, humid air will be watched closely as it will fuel next week’s thunderstorms. We will learn more about the timing and strength of this storm today!

We get to see the sunrise this morning, and it’s a special day! Today is the 7th anniversary of SUNNY THE WEATHER DOG. Happy birthday to Sunny. Here is a picture of her when she was just 8 weeks old in 2015:

Sunny the weather dog

Sunny the weather dog

Thank you for sharing this weather experience and spending a few minutes of your day reading the weather blog. Have a nice day!

Gary

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