Derricks Discussion – Severe weather returns to Kansas again today

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Severe weather looks to return for western Kansas again today. All threats are on the table, but today looks more of a large hail and strong wind event. 

Current winds now are sustained 30+ MPH across all of Kansas. This is bringing in warmer air and why temperatures will return back into the 80’s. Some wind gusts could exceed 50+ MPH. Stronger storms return to western Kansas later today. This is where the severe weather looks to spark up this evening. Parts of NW Kansas and SW Kansas will stay in a slight risk this evening. This is where the greatest potential of severe will be. However, where the darker green areas are (marginal risk) is where some severe storms could roll through too. The greatest threat with these storms today will be large hail and damaging winds. The tornado threat is low, but one or two could spin up at anytime. The timing of these storms look to flair up after 2 this afternoon. With some of the stronger storms coming shortly after 5 this evening. Most of these storms will lose their energy as the sun sets. Come tomorrow, this looks to be a more widespread severe weather event. Storms get even more organized and push eastward. Again, all severe weather threats will be on the table. Wednesday is a little to far out still, but it does seem like the ingredients are there for another active weather day. This could bring some large hail to the Wichita area. We can’t rule out the possibility of tornadoes around Kansas either. It’s time to start making a plan. I don’t want to scare you, but anything can happen with these storms. Note, many of these storms will be very isolated and many areas won’t even see rain.

-Meteorologist Derrick Jackson

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