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Dry For Today!
As you read in Gary's blog entry below... once again yesterday we had thunderstorms in the area. These were ISOLATED... so most of you did not see rain. But those that did... picked up quite a bit once again! Doppler radar estimates across eastern portions of Jackson and Cass Counties shows that three inches of rain fell! Heavy rains between Grain Valley and Lone Jack!
Today we are expecting DRY conditions as a large surface high is building in. You can see it on the surface map below:
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I call high pressure our fair weather friend, as air is sinking... and we typically see more sunshine! When I do school talks to local kids, I always show them this graphic, to help them remember the difference between high and low pressure:
I usually get a good giggle out of that one!
High pressure will be with us at the surface through Saturday. Now on Sunday, we have to watch an area to our Northwest. Gary mentioned it a few days ago... There is an upper level ridge in place over the Southwest US, with a clockwise flow around that ridge:
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There could be an ongoing cluster of thunderstorms over the Dakotas or Nebraska Saturday night into Sunday. If it holds together, the flow around that ridge would have them drifting our way. The best chance of rain would be Sunday for us... it does not look like an all-day thing, just an hour or two. Here is the NAM showing what could happen:
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Stay tuned, and I will keep you updated through the weekend!
Since things have been SO quiet around here, severe weather-wise, I thought I would share a little Friday Fun with you. It is a warning simulator! YOU get to sit "in the hot seat"... and go through a severe weather situation... issuing warnings! You will be scored, so pay attention!! Here is the link:
HOT SEAT WARNING SIMULATOR
Quite the fun game! Let me know what you think!
Lastly, a lot of you have questions about our Weather Plus Channel, and how to get it. Our agreement with the local cable carriers states:
"The multicast channel (WeatherPlus) will either be adjacent to or in as close proximity as possible to the current KSHB-DT High-Definition channel."
Everest will be on 631
Time Warner will be on 1442
Comcast - not sure but will either be adjacent to or in as close proximity as possible to the current KSHB-DT High-Definition channel.
Have a Fabulous Friday!!
Posted by at June 2, 2006 5:54 AM
Just did the simulator! Wow! I never realized how nerve racking issuing warnings can be! I definitely need to work on my severe storm warnings. I issued 15, 6 were verified and I missed 8. I did do better on the tornado warnings though. I issued 4 warnings, 4 were verified and I only missed one! This simulator was really fun and gave me a new appreciation for all that you do! Your team is awesome! Keep up the good work!
I am glad you liked the simulator! I thought it was fun, too!
Posted by: Janine at June 2, 2006 10:23 AM
Jamie, will we be able to see the WeatherPlus on DirecTV? Thanks!
I am not sure. Our webmaster will put up a Weather Plus 101 page soon... that may answer your question. We'll let you know when it's up and running!
Posted by: Matt at June 2, 2006 11:02 AM
Will have to check out the simulator! Sigh...the pattern is still boring, but atleast I have my tropics.
Watch for a depression in the Caribbean in the next week...
Posted by: Scott at June 2, 2006 11:10 AM
Good Afternoon, Jamie & Gary
Jamie, the simulator is way cool, great way to watch for those cuplets and get that warning finger in shape!! really neat..thanks so much for the great link. ( and a tip o the cap to the NWS for giving everyone a feel for severe wx forecasting and computer interfacing ) Lets keep an eye on those wrap around chances this weekend as it will be warming up and drying out in these parts..I see you guy's posted 30%..thats in the realm.
Glad you liked the simulator! The chance of thunderstorms is still showing up for Sunday.
Posted by: SkyMan at June 2, 2006 12:06 PM
Let me get this straight. If I have digital cable, but I don't have high definition, I won't be able to receive your new weather station?
Our webmaster is working on a Weather Plus 101 page. The answer to all the technical questions will be found here! We'll let you know once it is up.
Posted by: Dave at June 2, 2006 2:07 PM