Rain chances are slim, but there’s a chance

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Main threats

No hazardous weather in sight.

Summary

More hot and dry weather is in store for us today. Be careful if you’re out in the heat this afternoon.

By tomorrow, we can look for a few showers or storms across the plateau. That rain chance drops a bit for Friday but at least there’s a chance. Unfortunately, it looks like many of us will stay dry both of these days.

Saturday looks hot and dry before another slight chance of a shower or storm comes into the picture for Sunday. We could see another chance next Tuesday.

It is entirely possible that some of us will go through the next seven days without a drop of rain. Let’s hope the low rain chances bring a bit of rain to us all, and not just to the same folks over and over again.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

Light travels at different wavelengths, with each color of light having its own unique wavelength. Clouds are white because water droplets and ice crystals are large enough to scatter the light of the seven wavelengths (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet). This scattering leads to the color white.

Records

Spring came late for the folks of Montana on this day in 1989. For the second day in a row, it snowed in Great Falls, Montana, dropping a foot of snow on the town. This pushed the winter season snowfall total to 117.4 inches.

Spring storms brought a violent tornado to the folks of Fort Rice, North Dakota on this day in 1953. The tornado tore a 20 miles long path across this part of the state, killing two people. A Catholic church in the path of the twister was completely destroyed, with some pews jammed four feet into the ground!

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Yesterday’s record high: 87 (2012, 1962)

Yesterday’s record low: 32 (1961)

Today’s record high: 87 (1982)

Today’s record low: 41 (1984)

Today’s sunset: 7:49

Tomorrow sunrise: 5:25

Today’s day length: 14 hrs 24 mins 03 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 14 hrs 25 mins 05 secs

One year ago today

The high was 66 degrees and the morning low was 66. Over half an inch of rain fell, with a total of 0.67 inches recorded at the Crossville airport.

News

An absolutely violent, mile wide tornado tore across the Kansas countryside last evening. Some homes were completely swept away. Miraculously, there are no fatalities to report! One family emerged from their storm cellar to find everything completely gone, but they emerged without so much as a scratch!

The tornado-producing storm prompted the rare use of a Tornado Emergency for Kansas City. Supercells tend to cycle, with each cycle leading to the development, occurrence, and dissipation of a tornado. The supercell was cycling through the tornado dissipation stage as it entered northern Kansas City. It began producing a new tornado after it crossed the city. Lucky break!

There is speculation that damage surveys will determine that this tornado was at least an EF-4.

This photo of the tornado was taken by a news helicopter. Look how wide that tornado is! This is why I keep trying and trying to get Adam Strachn to take me storm chasing in an airplane out there. He has his pilot’s license, you know? What’s he gonna do with that license that would be better than this? Am I right?

For some reason, he keeps saying no. Can you imagine what all we’d see?! 🙂

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Incidentally, it’s been 40 years since we’ve seen this much tornado activity in the U.S. in the month of May.

You all have a great day!

 

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