Regional Weather Summary
Issued by NWS Dodge City, KS
AWUS83 KDDC 301647
Regional Weather Summary for Western Kansas
National Weather Service Dodge City KS
1147 AM CDT MON MAY 30 2016 /1047 AM MDT MON MAY 30 2016/
Tranquil weather prevailed across the High Plains during the
morning hours. The cluster of thunderstorms that developed in
northwest Kansas Sunday afternoon weakened during the evening
hours, and additional development occurred in southwest Nebraska
along outflow from the Kansas cluster. Other thunderstorms that
formed in eastern Colorado weakened quickly during the evening.
Residual mid and high level cloudiness from the dissipated
thunderstorms gradually evaporated overnight, and skies became
mostly clear except for a few residual clouds in central Kansas by
mid morning. Winds were light and somewhat variable early today,
becoming south to southwest around 10 mph by mid morning. Mostly
clear skies, light winds and relatively dry air supported strong
radiational cooling in western Kansas. Temperatures fell into the
mid 40s in western Kansas, while lows were in the lower 60s in
central and eastern Kansas.
An upper level low centered in northwest Montana will move across
the northern Rockies into western North Dakota by Tuesday morning.
Another upper level trough from central Wyoming into eastern Utah
late this morning will propagate into the Central Plains and
should extend from western Nebraska into eastern Colorado by this
evening. At the surface, an area of low pressure in western South
Dakota can be expected to move into eastern North Dakota tonight.
A Pacific cold front will move from Wyoming into northwest Kansas
late this evening and will extend from northeast Kansas into the
central Texas Panhandle by Tuesday afternoon.
Thunderstorms will develop late this afternoon along the Pacific
cold front from western Nebraska into northeast Colorado and along
a trough of low pressure in eastern Colorado. Some of the
thunderstorms may be severe, especially from western Nebraska into
northeast Colorado and northwest Kansas. The primary threat from
the thunderstorms will be large hail and damaging winds. The
cluster of thunderstorms will propagate into central Kansas by
midnight with some potential for strong winds and local heavy
Temperatures this afternoon should rise into the mid 80s in most
areas, and lows tonight will range from near 50 behind the cold
front in northeast Colorado to the mid 60s in northwest Oklahoma.
Cooler air will spread across western Kansas behind the Pacific
cold front Tuesday, and highs Tuesday should vary from the upper
60s in northeast Colorado to the lower 80s in northern Oklahoma.
with low to mid 70s across southwest Kansas. Thunderstorms are
likely to redevelop along the cold front from northeast Kansas
into northern Oklahoma Tuesday afternoon with a marginal threat of
hail and damaging winds.
An extended period of very quiet weather in the central United
States can be expected after the cold front finally moves out of
Kansas late Tuesday. A ridge of high pressure will build in the
western United States while an upper level trough wallows over
Texas. Dry north to northwest upper level flow will persist into
next week, while offshore flow along the Gulf coast will preclude
the return of rich low level moisture.