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Rain, rain, go away: It will, but not until late in the week in Kansas City

It's a lot of rain, but it's good for tulips

Plants have been the beneficiaries of the recent wet weather. At the Euphrates Gallery at 24th and Chestnut in Kansas City, a rare variety of 4000 tulips have been in bloom. The tulips are part of a project called Neighborhood as Museum, which foc
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Plants have been the beneficiaries of the recent wet weather. At the Euphrates Gallery at 24th and Chestnut in Kansas City, a rare variety of 4000 tulips have been in bloom. The tulips are part of a project called Neighborhood as Museum, which foc

If it feels like it’s been a while since you’ve seen a sunny day in Kansas City, you’re correct.

Monday was the 11th consecutive day in which a trace or more of precipitation has fallen on the metro area. The last day of prevailing sunshine was late last month.

“We’ve had little breaks of sunshine here and there, but the last dry, clear day was March 23,” said Jonathan Welsh, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.

The rain will likely continue Tuesday and Wednesday, Welsh said. Up to 1.5 inches of rain is expected to fall in the Kansas City area before tapering off later this week. Some locations could see higher amounts.

Strong storms will be possible Tuesday night, mainly south of the Kansas City area. These storms could produce small hail and gusty winds.

The recent streak of days with precipitation has helped Kansas City’s drought condition. Kansas City had 1.87 inches of precipitation as of March 23, about 2.31 inches behind normal.

As of Monday afternoon, Kansas City had 5.99 inches of precipitation, closing in on an inch above the normal of 5.19 inches of precipitation for this time of year.

Last week, Kansas City was facing moderate drought conditions. The drought conditions will be updated Thursday.

“It’s safe to say we will see a noticeable improvement,” Welsh said.

Dry weather returns Thursday, with highs in the upper 50s. That dry spell is expected to continue into the weekend, with temperatures warming into the 70s on Saturday and Sunday.

The chance of storms, however, returns Sunday afternoon into Monday.

With all this midweek rain and then the sunshine later this week, the Kansas City metro area should green-up quickly, Welsh said.

That means the sound of lawn mowers will be heard across the metro area.

“With this upcoming dry spell, it’s time to get back to reality,” Welsh said.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb

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