Focus shifts from flooding to severe storm potential

Weather

*Flash Flood Watch for Anderson and Coffey counties until 10am Thursday*

It’s been an incredible spring temperature-wise, but the long periods of rain are creating bigger issues over time. Fields have become shallow ponds, rivers are at or above flood stage in many areas, and leaky basements are becoming more of an issue as the ground cannot hold more water.

After getting a break for a few hours overnight Monday into Tuesday, a big batch of rain south came surging in. A rainy morning became a drier afternoon. However, late day sun destabilized the atmosphere and wind shear became stronger. Those elements contributed to the formation of widely scattered tornadic thunderstorms. Most of the tornadoes in northeast Kansas were small, short-lived and weak.

Mostly sunny to partly cloudy and warmer today. Wind won’t be as strong. Temperatures should reach the mid to upper 70s which is near normal for the late days of May. There may be a few storms south for this afternoon and evening.

Greater Topeka Wednesday
Highs: 76-80
Wind: S/SW 12-22

Sunshine will be limited toward the weekend with such an unsettled pattern. It will become warmer and more humid with increasing instability Thursday through Saturday. T’storms become more likely through the period and some cells may become severe. There is a slight risk for severe storms toward the holiday weekend.

Isolated storms on Sunday and Memorial Day will make all flooded areas take so much longer to recede and become dry. The temperature pattern may not alter much into early next week with 80-84 degree highs.

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Be happy for the drier day ahead…
KSNT Meteorologist David George

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