Another Round of Flooding Downpours in Kansas, Missouri

By , Senior Meteorologist
August 12, 2013; 6:57 AM ET
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After the weekend ended with violent thunderstorms across portions of the central Plains, the storms will shift south on Monday. In addition to the threat for strong storms, the danger of flash flooding will return to Kansas and Missouri.

Locally severe thunderstorms rattled parts of southwestern South Dakota late on Sunday afternoon. One such thunderstorm dropped ping pong ball-sized hail on an area near Silver City, S.D., on Sunday afternoon. Enough hail covered a portion of Highway 385 near Custer, S.D., that plow trucks were needed to clear the road.

Showers and thunderstorms will be ongoing on Monday morning from Nebraska to Oklahoma. The main threat with storms during the morning will be drenching downpours.

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More strong and heavy thunderstorms will erupt in the afternoon and at night across not only southeastern Kansas, but also southwestern Missouri, northern Oklahoma and northern Arkansas.

The most widespread threat with these storms will be the potential for flash flooding from heavy downpours. Some of the stronger storms will also produce damaging wind gusts and hail.

The storms are being fueled by the combination of a cold front slowly moving down from the north and moist air coming up from the south. This front will keep the threat for showers and drenching thunderstorms on Tuesday and Wednesday.

That is not good news for those in this area who were recently ravaged by severe flooding from Wichita, Kan., to Springfield, Mo.

The saturated ground will have a difficult time absorbing rain from the impending downpours, quickly leading to flash flooding in these areas. Swollen streams and creeks could rapidly overflow their banks.

Any bursts of heavy rain on Monday could also slow down the rate at which flood waters are receding on the larger rivers.

However, a repeat of the extremely wet start to August is not expected in these areas as drier air arrives later in the week.


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