Yes, there’s rain out there today, but don’t expect this to be a drought buster

September 21, 2020 Morning Forecast
Published: Sep. 21, 2020 at 8:17 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - It’s been dry for over a week, but there is finally some rain out there this morning. Unfortunately, this is going to be of the lighter variety and won’t have an impact on the dry conditions we’ve had over the past two months. The showers and isolated thunderstorms will mainly remain west and north of the Tri-Cities today, lifting off to the northeast through the afternoon. The biggest concern with much of the rain evaporating before reaching the surface is the threat for dry lightning. This could lead wildfires in some locations. Farther south and east, there will be more sunshine mixed with a few clouds. Along with the additional clouds, it will be another day with smoky haze due to fires to our west. Winds will become a bit breezy out of the south at 10 to 20 mph. Temperatures will be back above average in the low to mid 80s. It might get to the upper 80s for parts of Southwest Nebraska. Expect quiet weather tonight with mostly clear skies and perhaps some patchy fog. We’ll have lows in the upper 40s and low to mid 50s.

Dry weather is then expected for the rest of the work week with a good amount of sunshine. Smoky haze will likely continue. High temperatures on Tuesday will likely be right back into the 80s, but they will be near 90° to the west and northwest. Wednesday will be very similar. Both days will be a little breezy. Thursday will not be quite as breezy with another day of similar temperatures to Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures will peak on Friday ahead of a cold front. Highs will reach the mid to upper 80s and lower 90s. Winds will be a bit breezy again.

A cold front passes through Friday night, bringing a return to more seasonable temperatures this weekend. It will also bring a very small chance of rain on Saturday, but rainfall amounts are expected to be minimal. High temperatures on Saturday should mostly be in the 70s. They might get to around 80° in the southeast. Once again on Sunday, highs will mostly be in the 70s. It may approach 80° to the southwest. The rest of the month should end out being near or just a little below average. Unfortunately, dry weather looks to stick around into early October.

Also of note, astronomically speaking, tomorrow we will officially say goodbye to summer as the autumnal equinox occurs at 8:30am CDT.

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