Eureka, KS, to Jefferson City, MO, Weather: 7/9/21

We arrived at a rest stop along US-54, somewhere east of Eureka, KS, last night and decided this was a good place to stop for the evening. We ran the generator for the first time on this trip, and it worked great.

Today, we will be driving from Eureka, KS, as far northeast as we can get. I put Jefferson City, MO, and I think we’ll get farther than that, but it’s hard to say. We both have a few deadlines at work that we need to knock out, so we may sit and work for a bit.

The NWS in Wichita, KS, forecasts (for Eureka, KS) a mostly sunny day, with a high temperature of 93 F. The winds will be from the south-southwest at 10-18 mph, gusting to 28 mph.

The NWS in Norman, OK, forecasts (for Jefferson City, MO) a mostly cloudy evening, with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms and a low temperature of 73 F.  The winds will be from the south at 3-6 mph.

Current visible satellite imagery shows a few, light clouds along our route.

The Nested NAM simulated reflectivity shows virtually zero chance of showers and thunderstorms during the day, but a Mesoscale Convective System (MCS) is expected to roll into both KS and MO overnight.

The Nested NAM predicts temperatures will rise into the mid 90s F, and then decrease to the mid 70s F overnight.

The Nested NAM shows that the dewpoints will remain in the 70s F along our route.

The Nested NAM shows strong wind gusts are possible, particularly along our route.

The Nested NAM predicts that there will be sunny skies along our route, but then clouding up tonight as the MCS passes through.

It’s already warm here, but we are hanging out and getting a few things knocked off our “to-do” lists. We will need to watch the MCS and strategically plan our stops, as well as watch the gusty winds. While 20 mph isn’t that strong of a gust by New Mexico standards, it is with the RV and trailer in motion.

Thank you for reading my post.

Sources:
The forecasts from the National Weather Service are from The NWS Homepage
The upper air soundings and mesoscale analysis plots are from the Storm Prediction Center website.
The satellite data, model data, and forecasted soundings are from College of DuPage – SATRAD

About highplainschasing

This blog is about my tales in storm chasing. My name is Seth Price and I am an instrumentation instructor at New Mexico Tech. My amateur radio call sign is N3MRA.
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