A few late day storms could be severePosted: Updated:
Sunny, hot and turning a bit more humid today across KAKEland with highs climbing back into the 90s. The hot and moist air across KAKEland will provide fuel for some late day storms that could turn severe in North Central and South Central Kansas. Storms that develop late in the day Tuesday could produce large hail, high wind gusts and even a couple of tornadoes.
A handful of storms are expected to fire up in North Central Kansas after 4pm. These storms could quickly turn severe with large hail stones possibly topping ping pong ball size, wind gusts over 65mph and possibly even a few tornadoes. These storms will generally track east and south southeast through the afternoon and evening hours. Storms may eventually merge into a line segment as they slide southeast. If storms merge into a line the threat will likely shift more toward high wind potential. These storms are expected to weaken as we approach the midnight hour.
Storms this afternoon will be watched closely as they could impact South Central Kansas, including Wichita, if they take a more southerly track. At this point and time, if they do impact Wichita it appears that the most likely threat will be high wind gusts.
A stray shower or storm will be possible into the early morning hours of Wednesday but they are not expected to be rowdy. Additional pop up showers and storms will be possible across KAKEland through the remainder of the week and into the weekend. The chances of being hit by these storms will be quite low. While a few of them could be strong and marginally severe, the most likely threat with these storms will be deadly lightning and brief but torrential rain.
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