Skew-T Meteorologist in Kansas City

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May 28, 2019 storm

MRMS rotation tracks
MRMS rotation tracks
Detailed tracks showing stronger rotation outside the 435 loop
Detailed tracks showing stronger rotation outside the 435 loop

At the very end of a front it seemed like storms might just miss Kansas City, but a cell forming around Topeka ended up producing an EF-4 tornado up to around a mile wide. The tornado tracked east northeast south of Lawrence paralleling I-70 toward Bonner Springs. Thankfully the storm weakened and the tornado dissipated just west of the Kansas City metropolitan area. A tornado warning was issued for the area and I retreated to the basement but thankfully rain, wind, and lightning were the extent of it. Storm circulation intensified and another tornado was spawned northeast of the Interstate 435 loop, making it all the more amazing it spared the more densely populated areas.

Tornado near Linwood, KS from KMBC
Tornado near Linwood, KS from KMBC

Blizzard

A strong winter storm Sunday brought many hours of blizzard conditions to Kansas City and about half a foot of snow, the second highest one day day November total. Roads have gradually improved though many areas have melted and refrozen with chilly overnight temperatures. Many flights were canceled at nearby Kansas City International and I lost power at the house for about an hour, luckily with the gas fireplace already lit.

A mid-afternoon KCI observation shows the storm had quite a punch:

KMCI 252001Z 35030G41KT 1/4SM R19R/1200V1400FT BLSN FZFG VV004 M02/M03 A2969 RMK AO2 PK WND 34041/2001 P0002 T10221033 $

Warm Memorial Day Weekend

Too warm for Mocha
Too warm for Mocha

Kansas City International Airport reached 93°F today, one degree short of its daily record. Nearby St. Joseph topped out at 99, a new record.

My car reading 96 degrees
My car reading 96 degrees

National Hurricane Center on Jeopardy

Daily Double Jeopardy! clue
Daily Double Jeopardy! clue

First Thunderstorms of the Season