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Joe’s Weather Blog: About the “mud” rain (WED-4/13) | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV

So this may be the last blog for about 10 days or so. I will take time from Friday and tomorrow I have a lot to do in the morning so I won’t have time to blog. These dandelions need to be mowed!

Things are greening up in places and the trees are growing gradually but a bit slowly. I think one of the reasons we’re seeing the leaf slower is what happened last fall. Do you remember how long the leaves hung. We have blogged and spoken about it many times. Really almost until November. Between that and the pretty funky weather we’ve seen over the past few months…maybe an explanation for the slow leaves in my opinion.

The humidity situation has also really changed so far this year. The first 2 months of the year were pretty dry…only about 1 1/2″ of precipitation. The last month and a half (with more to come in the next 5 days) have been considerably wetter. Nearly 5 3/4″ of precipitation. We have therefore, at least temporarily, turned around as far as possible.

Yesterday’s thunderstorms have weakened significantly as they approach KC. We talked a lot about this potential… and it happened. When the storms broke out in north-central KS, they created an outflow of cooler air that was drawn eastward in the same direction the storms were moving. So the storms ended up ingesting their own rain-chilled air (at least on the surface)…which helped weaken them as they headed towards the State Line.

There was a storm that turned violent briefly and it was around 1:15 a.m. early Wednesday morning. It produced winds of 59 MPH at the downtown airport, then weakened almost as quickly. So it’s okay… long night of radar observation.

The storms produced tornadoes in IA and TX…some biggies too.

Tornado in Iowa

Tornado in Iowa

The magnitude of this big storm is/was impressive. A massive blizzard was the story in ND… feet of snow blown around.

Pretty bad up there with all the drifting too. Most roads are closed, including the highways west of Fargo.

The storm’s circulation also brought dirt and dust from western KS, OK, NM and TX.

As this dust and dirt mixed with the raindrops, we ended up with the rain of mud…my car is covered in brown spots from the nighttime storms. Quite impressive and certainly not the first time this has happened this spring. These dynamic storms do that. Winds were gusting to 60 MPH in parts of the area yesterday… just strong southerly winds. For reference, the winds of a thunderstorm to be considered severe must be at least 58 MPH…so yesterday’s winds without the storms in the bright blue sky…were as strong in some cases as the winds of a violent storm!

So it’s ok… Spring in the plains…

See you in 10 days!

Jo