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This is likely the worst forecast we made all year. It rained around noon today as a complex of thunderstorms moved in from central Kansas. I was watching them early this morning, and I thought they would fall apart. They didn't. And, heavy thunderstorms moved across Olathe to Overland Park and south of that line.
Will this happen again early Friday? I think so, as we are in the tropical monsoonal flow. Another disturbance over New Mexico is heading our way and a complex of thunderstorms is likely again. But, where it tracks is still very uncertain.
Rainfall amounts for August, since today is August statistics day!
Pleasant Hill, MO: 12.82"
Shawnee, KS: 11.27"
Lee's Summit, MO: 10.55"
Prairie Village: 10.32"
Leawood, KS: 9.94"
Olathe, KS: 9.81"
KCI Airport: 8.34"
I will try to issue an outlook for September soon.
Posted by at September 1, 2005 6:25 PM
Hey just wondering why you havent blogged in awhile is nothing going on and when will u have a special on the winter and say what it will be like this winter
We try to Blog at least once every day. But, sometimes we get busy doing other things. We will try to stay on top of it.
Posted by: daniel at September 3, 2005 2:44 PM
Gary - would you be kind enough to simply explain the differences between "dew point" and "humidity"? I believe one has to do with how much moisture the air can hold, but then I'm lost. Love your weather and the weather team....never miss your forecasts, even on the radio in the am!
Thanks, Tricia Boudet
Someone called me with this question the other day! Let me see if I can break it down for you:
The Dew Point is a measure of moisture in the air. It is "the temperature air must cool to... to be saturated". Any dew point above 65 degrees will start to feel really muggy! Dewpoints below 60 degrees feel MUCH more comfortable!
Relative humidity is just that, RELATIVE. (The dew point is actually a better measure of moisture.) Humidity is a RATIO... it depends on what the TEMPERATURE is, too. When relative humidity is somewhere between 40% and 80% it feels comfortable IF the TEMPERATURE is also comfortable. But if it's 98 degrees with 80% RH... it is going to be quite unbearable!!
I know it is kind of a confusing concept... but I hope that explanation helped, some! Let us know if you have any more questions!
Posted by: Tricia Boudet (Booday) at September 5, 2005 9:53 PM
Re the August rain stats. We had more than 12" rain at our house in Lenexa, probably close to what Pleasant Hill had. Those huge numbers boost the yearly average, but don't really tell the story as to how much of that rain actually gets into the ground where it is needed. Probably 8" or more of the rain we received went down the storm sewer because of ground saturation. Is there any way for you guys to report the actual amount of precip that actually is absorbed and not runoff? That tells a better story about whether lawns, trees, etc. have the amount of precip they need. We were watering plants 7 days after the last large rain because all of it ran off.
Runoff becomes more and more of a problem as development continues. The increased concrete, and pavement in our communities means fewer places for the water to soak in! There is flash flood guidance put out for each possible event. If you read these discussions from the National Weather Service... it will give you an idea of how much water the ground can HOLD... but here at the station we have no way of measuring exact runoff.
Hope that helps some!
Thanks for blogging!
Posted by: robert masterson at September 8, 2005 5:26 PM