Good Sunday midday. I hope your weekend has been great. Mine has been ok. I just went over the latest data and wanted to give you a blog update on our big storm system that is moving in. Also who felt the earthquake last night? I was working on the computer and things started to shake. I have never felt an earthquake before in my life. That was crazy.
It turns out that it was a 4.7 quake near Prague, OK with a few aftershocks a few hours after the main quake.
We have the cloudy skies with a few sprinkles across the area. I we will see scattered showers picking up during the afternoon. As of right now, there isn't much out there. You can see this on our current radar below.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms will pick up during the evening and the overnight hours. I think the best chances for scattered storms will be along and south of I-44. Here is a look at the simulated radar for late this evening.
We will have a cold front that stalls in our NW viewing area tonight. On Monday, the front will slowly retreat to the north. We will have scattered showers and thunderstorms again on Monday. But because the front will retreat a bit to the NW, I think the best chances for scattered thunderstorms will be north of I-44 on Monday. On Monday afternoon, we have a very slight severe threat, but this isn't something that I am worried about. Here is a look at the surface map for Monday evening.
Showers and thunderstorms will continue on Monday night. We could even see some heavy amounts of rain. On Tuesday, the cold front and upper level wave will push through the area. This will produce showers and thunderstorms again for us on Tuesday. Some of these storms could be strong and even a slight severe threat. I think the best severe threat will be in SW MO. Now I am not very worried about this, but I will watch it closely. Over the next 48 hours, we could see some heavy much needed rains. Here is a look at the rainfall totals possible with this storm.
I think on average, most areas will pick up between 1-1.5" of much needed rain.
Here is your latest 7-day forecast.
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LONG RANGE FORECAST
A mild start to the week with thunderstorm chances on Sunday. Then showers and turning colder by Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures will moderate a bit by the middle of the week with our next chance for precip on Wednesday and Thursday. Then cold and dry into the weekend.
Severe threat: Slight(Sunday)
A cool start to the week with temperatures warming up through the week. We will have chances for rain by midweek and lasting into the weekend.
Severe threat: None
November 27th-December 3rd:
A mild start to the week with rain chances. Colder air will work in by the middle of the week with precip chances continuing. The cold and dry for the rest of the week.
Severe threat: None