Rainfall totals. Severe weather tonight?

Thanks again to all of you that joined me in the chat room last night during the severe weather. Fortunately, there was limited low-level wind shear, so we didn’t see any tornadoes around the area (although the big rotating wall cloud that tracked along the south side of the 435 loop was very ominous). Dopper Estimated Rainfall Of course, the biggest story was the excessive rainfall. Some areas picked up over 4 inches of rain in a short period of time.

Here are some rainfall totals:

  • Greenwood: 5.67" (per NBC Action News )
  • Overland Park (Heritage Golf Course): 4.45"
  • Belton: 4.25"
  • Stillwell: 4.18"
  • Johnson Dr. @ Turkey Creek in Merriam: 4.02"
  • Downtown Olathe: 3.62"
  • Plaza: 2.36"
  • KCI: Only a trace of rain

While we should get through the day dry, another area of thunderstorms will form this evening north and west of Kansas City. I’ll have to monitor this as severe weather is certainly not out of the question. In fact, I just now see that the Storm Prediction Center has placed northern and central Kansas into NW MO under a moderate risk for severe thunderstorms with a 10% probability of a tornado with 25 miles within the moderate risk. I’ll likely be away from the computer for the early afternoon, but will do my best to keep an eye on things as the severe weather threat evolves. The threat in the metro would likely be between 6pm and midnight. … but that’s just guesstimating based off quickly looking over the data this morning.

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