Greetings and welcome to Wednesday!
Our wave train continues, with weather systems moving through on a cadence of once every two to three days. Yet another storm system will move through today, bringing widely scattered rain showers to the area. If you are lucky, you may see rain amounts of up to one-tenth of an inch. Highs today will be in the mid 60s across the state, with winds becoming south. Clouds will move out tonight, and lows will fall into the mid 40s.
We are back to sunny skies Thursday, with highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s, lows in the mid 40s to lower 50s for Thursday night.
Storm chances re-enter the forecast on Friday, but those should be fairly sporadic and confined to southwest Kansas. There is a large discrepancy within the models on highs, but for now, we’ll go with highs in the upper 60s to mid 70s. Interestingly, the GFS and NAM 12 km each have highs in the 50s for central and eastern Kansas that day, and the National Blend has highs near 70. Spin the roulette wheel and pick a number, I guess.
After that, we enter a semi-zonal pattern for the weekend, which allows for a return flow of moisture to set up. As this happens, we’ll see a shortwave move through the area with a cold front in tow. The combo of moisture and shear should be adequate for strong to severe storms Saturday afternoon into Saturday night. Still too early to get into specifics, as the models still have issues on low pressure placement. If we have sunshine, look for highs to get into the 80s, with lows in the 50s for Saturday night.
Cooler with partial sunshine for Mother’s Day. Look for more storm chances for the following week as we continue in this active pattern.
If you’re in the Hutchinson area, you can listen to forecasts from KSStorm on the Eagle Radio family of stations; KHMY 93.1 FM, KHUT 102.9 FM, KWBW 98.5 FM/1450 AM, and the HutchPost.com Weather Page!