Saturday, August 22, 2020

To Kansas Readers... No Rain From Laura or Marco

I have been receiving communications via Twitter asking if we are going to get needed rains in Kansas from the tropical systems in the Gulf of Mexico. The answer, unfortunately, is no.

Here is a rough forecast of the inland rainfalls from Laura and Marco (quite subject to change).
The rain isn't anywhere near Kansas, which is the normal condition for Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic hurricanes. They almost always veer off to the east. It appears the drought in southeast Kansas and the separate area of drought in the High Plains will only get worse the next two weeks. 
Current drought conditions
When we do get rain from tropical systems, they usually originate in the Pacific. The storms come ashore over Baja and their remains move northeast toward the central Great Plains. Surprisingly, this is often a formula for heavy rain.

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