Williams’s Wrap: Heat Relief Coming

June 18, 2018 - Leave a Response

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Monday will look and feel a lot like the weekend. Warm and muggy in the morning and then hot and humid in the afternoon. Highs reach the low to middle 90s with a southerly breeze and mostly to partly sunny skies. There’s a small chance for a storm in far NW MO but the area will be mainly dry.

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Rain and storm chances will be on the increase Tuesday. Starting in the morning and especially during the afternoon. Severe risk is low but there could be a stronger storm with strong gusts and hail. The cool down begins Tuesday as highs drop to around the middle 80s. We’ll continue to cool down through the work week with more rain chances.

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Ronelle Williams
Meteorologist (CBM) | KCTV5 News
4500 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Fairway, KS 66205
T: 913-677-7235
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Williams’s Wrap: HOT Father’s Day

June 17, 2018 - Leave a Response

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The temperatures we’ve been dealing with get put on repeat Sunday. Shortly after sunrise, temperatures were already around 80 degrees and we’ll make another quick jump into the middle 90s by the first part of the afternoon. There’s a very small chance that an isolated shower pops up in the heat of the afternoon. Winds pick up out of the south again and could gust up to 30mph. Even with a breeze, Heat Advisory criteria will continue Sunday and into Monday too.

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Thunderstorm chances return to the area Monday evening/night and continue through the rest of the week with cooler temperatures in the 80s.

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Ronelle Williams
Meteorologist (CBM) | KCTV5 News
4500 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Fairway, KS 66205
T: 913-677-7235

Williams’s Wrap: Dangerous Heat Continues

June 16, 2018 - Leave a Response

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A Heat Advisory will remain in effect through the weekend as highs top out around the middle 90s with heat indices between 100 and 105.

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A gusty southerly wind won’t provide much relief. If you have to be outside, stay out of the sun and take plenty of breaks. We won’t start to see any changes until Monday. Highs fall closer to the low 90s with a chance of storms late in the day and evening. Temperatures in the middle 80s the rest of the work week will be welcomed relief but we’ll have to keep an eye out for a few storms.

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Ronelle Williams
Meteorologist (CBM) | KCTV5 News
4500 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Fairway, KS 66205
T: 913-677-7235

Amble’s Ramble

June 15, 2018 - Leave a Response

The weather will resemble the middle of July, on a HOT day, over the next several days. Dealing with intense heat is just about the same as dealing with extreme cold. Checking on pets and loved ones is essential but there’s one thing that’s different about the heat. The growing season for plants is over after the first hard freeze so when the sub-zero stuff arrives dealing with your garden is the last thing on your mind. The heat however is a different story. The growing season is in full swing but if you’re not careful it won’t be for long.

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Tomato watering 101. I’m sure you’ve heard that you can over water tomatoes. It’s true, you can. I learned this lesson about how to take care of your tomatoes from a horticulturist who I believe is one of the best in the Midwest. Dave grows orchids in the caves and distributes them all over our area, that hint may have given him away. He told me years ago the simple method of watering tomatoes. Here is his secret:

 Let ’em go dry. That’s right, let them dry out a little then flood them. It’s almost like you want them to be thirsty before you hit ’em with a full glass of water. Trust me, they’ll love you for it. 

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Checking on them for moisture is rather simple as well. Merely stick your finger in the ground near the plant a feel if the ground is moist below the surface. If it’s still a little wet then let the plants sit a day or two. If the ground is dry then soak ’em with the garden hose. 

 Today I did one better. I watered in a little fertilizer first ( very small amount ) then soaked the garden with water. I figured instead of a big glass of tap water I’d treat them to a little flavored drink mix! You shouldn’t grow them unless you love them.

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Williams’s Wrap: Weekend Heat Advisory

June 15, 2018 - Leave a Response

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Dangerous heat is expected beginning Friday and continuing through the weekend. Highs over the next three days will be in the middle to upper 90s with heat indices between 100 and 105. This has prompted a Heat Advisory for the area.

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A gusty south wind Friday won’t provide much relief and sunny skies will keep those who have to be outside in the shade. Rain and thunderstorm chances return Monday as temperatures start to come down.

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Ronelle Williams
Meteorologist (CBM) | KCTV5 News
4500 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Fairway, KS 66205
T: 913-677-7235

Brett’s Blog (Heat Waves)

June 14, 2018 - Leave a Response

We’re headed for a heat wave!  Temperatures the next 5 days will top the 90-degree mark.

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The National Weather Service defines a “Heat Wave” as “a period of abnormally and uncomfortably hot and unusually humid weather. Typically a heat wave lasts two or more days.”  By that definition the next 5 days will be a solid heat wave.

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5 days in a row! But that’s nothing compared to 1934!  That Summer, for 39 consecutive days, between July 8th and August 15th, the temperature reached 90-degrees or higher.    The most recent long stretch of excessive heat happened July 14th to August 8th 2012 when for 26 straight days the thermometer read at least 90-degrees.  The trend for longer lasting heat waves goes back to the 1970s.

How does all of this impact you! It’s still June and we’re going to have more of these hot spells. Prolonged hot spells can raise the risk of heat-related illnesses like heat stroke, especially in cities where the impacts are compounded by the heat of buildings, sidewalks and other factors. Longer heat streaks can also impact your money. Extended hot streaks raise cooling costs and put added stress on the electrical grid.

And we better get used to it. Data from Climate Central, an independent organization of leading scientists and journalists who survey and conduct scientific research, shows Kansas City’s 90-degree streaks are getting longer.

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I’ll admit there’s a lot of variation from year to year in the length of these hot spells, the trend suggests more prolonged periods of high heat in many cities other than Kansas City too.   But it’s safe to say if this trend keeps up,  you will be hearing “We’re headed for a Heat Wave” more often than in the past.  Stay cool Kansas City.

 

Williams’s Wrap: The Heat Is On!

June 14, 2018 - Leave a Response

Today will be the first day of another long stretch of miserable heat. Temperatures take off once the sun comes up and jump from the low 70s to the low to middle 90s. Most heat indices should get close to or exceed 100.

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There’s a small chance of an isolated shower across far North Missouri this morning but the area will be mainly dry. We’ll continue this dry and hot trend all the way through Father’s Day with sunny skies.

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It’s important that we all practice staying as cool and hydrated as possible. However, relief is in sight as temperatures will come down during the next work week.

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Ronelle Williams
Meteorologist (CBM) | KCTV5 News
4500 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Fairway, KS 66205
T: 913-677-7235

Williams’s Wrap: One More Bearable Day

June 13, 2018 - Leave a Response

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Very mild and humid to start your Wednesday. Skies will remain mostly cloudy all the way into the afternoon but clouds will help keep temperatures in check as highs only reach the middle 80s. There’s a small chance of rain this morning and possibly into the afternoon for areas to the extreme south of KC but the area will stay mainly dry.

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Another small chance of rain continues into Thursday but temperatures will start to work their way back into the 90s.

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Ronelle Williams
Meteorologist (CBM) | KCTV5 News
4500 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Fairway, KS 66205
T: 913-677-7235

Williams’s Wrap: Some Heat Relief

June 12, 2018 - Leave a Response

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Tuesday will be dry and noticeably cooler but still summer-like. Clouds stick around through the morning but we should start to see some cloud breaks by midday, and then some sunshine by the afternoon. Highs will be toasty in the upper 80s. Our next chance of rain arrives late Tuesday night and Wednesday.

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It’s only a 20% to 30% chance and severe weather isn’t expected. Wednesday’s highs will be even cooler and closer to the middle 80s. But 90s return by Thursday.

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Ronelle Williams
Meteorologist (CBM) | KCTV5 News
4500 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Fairway, KS 66205
T: 913-677-7235

Amble’s Ramble

June 11, 2018 - Leave a Response

The evening hours will begin quiet enough with showers and thunderstorms well northwest of the Metro until after sunset. Those storms well northwest of our area will be very strong especially during the late afternoon hours:

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By the time those storms work southeast into the Metro area the sun will have completely dropped below the horizon and the air at the surface will begin to cool taking away a little potential energy from the coming storm system. the arrival of the storms should be between 10:00 PM and midnight with a few of the storms still packing a strong punch:

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Damaging winds and large hail will be the primary threat from these storms as they blow through just as many in the area try to slip into slumber. The storms shouldn’t last long with most pushing through the area shortly after midnight:

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The benefit will be the rain but the latest model information suggests many will see less than 1/2″ of rain from this complex:

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Cross your fingers and hope for the best because this will be our best chance for rain over the next seven days. If this round of rain misses you it might be time to break out the garden hose!