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People in the know on the Net have been screaming about these machines for years- now the Great State of California has banned certain machines made by "Diebold Election Systems- Hart InterCivic and Sequoia Voting Systems" according to the AP article.
Why? Because these machines can be accessed by hackers and the voting results altered- the very thing the people in the know on the Net have been saying.
As always- I'm scrolling though the latest news and come across what I thought was kind of an odd article HERE- seemingly odd anyway because your Captain has always been an Equal-Opportunity lover.
It dealt with black woman- and the seeming dearth of decent- eligible black men to mate with. It also deals with the issue of interracial relationships and how it's "okay" for black women to date white guys.
The article mentions how it's often a "status symbol" for black men to marry white women.
Silly me- I thought it was just L-O-V-E.
Call and wake me please when we're all color-blind.
It's estimated the town's population is around 400 these days- down more than 1100 since the deadly tornado struck in May. A number of folks in Greensburg don't think the town will ever recover- according to this Associated Press article.
A heavy thunderstorm with torrential rain is indicated as you can see by the radar picture- near downtown KC-MO.This cell will produce street flooding. Other cells in Jackson County MO and on the state line near Leawood.
The Mayor met with Clay Chastain last month to try to find a way to move forward with a shared light rail plan. As you know, the Mayor supports a regional light rail plan as it is desperately needed in order to bring people, hence money, back to the City. Mr. Chastain agreed that a regional plan would be much than his starter line but stated that he was uncomfortable changing his plan because it is what the citizens voted for. The beauty of the discussions that the Mayor is having is that they will not delay Clay’s starter line, as that line cannot begin work until the Federal Government completes its Alternatives Analysis Study first. The Mayor believes that the metropolitan community would prefer a regional light rail plan, if they were given that choice.
The ordinance terminating the City Manager’s contract so that a new contract could be negotiated that reflects the Mayor and Council’s goals came up for vote yesterday. It lost by one vote. Unfortunately, the ordinance became a political issue instead of what it is: a necessary step in contract negotiations. The Mayor is trying to make sure that Kansas City has a professional City Manager who works for the Mayor and the Council, for the good of the citizens as a whole. The current contract will most likely come up for another vote next week.
Funk and I are taking the weekend off; our first since before the campaign began last November. We are going to our little cabin in the woods with our family. While there we will probably list it for sale so that we can buy something closer to home in the near future.
That said, I’m cutting this newsletter short this week to begin packing. Please try to attend the weekly Town Hall meetings, which are ongoing, and the Economic Development and Incentive Task Force meetings, which will wrap up at the end of this month. For a schedule of both meetings, please go to our website at, www.funksfrontporch.com.
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The Mayor’s top ten priorities:
1. Establishing a good working relationship with the Council 2. Getting the City’s finances in order 3. Making downtown work 4. Tending to our neighborhoods 5. Implementing the Housing Policy task force recommendations 6. Improving the perception and the reality of public education in Kansas City 7. Reducing Crime 8. Repairing our sewer systems 9. Establishing an excellent regional transit system, which includes light rail 10. Improving citizen satisfaction with City services.
In case you missed a paragraph toward the bottom of the last AP story I linked to- note:
"Among counties with more than 100 bridges, the problem appears to be most significant in the Midwest. In Nemaha County in southeastern Nebraska, about 58 percent of 194 bridges are structurally deficient. More than 55 percent of neighboring Pawnee County's 188 bridges are in the same shape. Of the 10 worst-off counties with significant numbers of bridges, seven are in Oklahoma or Nebraska."
The county seats of the two counties are Auburn and Pawnee City respectively.
According to a list of Kansas City bridge ratings published in Friday's K.C. STAR- spans that carry a "sufficiency rating" equal to or less than the "50" assigned to the failed I-35W span in Minneapolis are:
*Fairfax (southbound span) built in 1935 and Platte Purchase (northbound)- built in 1957- bridges over the Missouri River- rated 49 and 42 respectively. * Eastbound span of I-70/Lewis & Clark viaduct- built in 1907- rating 49.
The next lowest-rated bridges were:
* Eastbound span of the I-70 Blue River/Manchester Trafficway bridge- built in 1960- rated 51. * Westbound span of I-70/Lewis & Clark viaduct- built in 1963- rated 52. * The Paseo bridge which carries I-35 over the Missouri- built in 1954- is rated at 55.
Five are confirmed dead and 79 were injured when the 8-lane structure fell just after 6pm Wednesday evening. Traffic was reported "bumper to bumper" on four of the bridge's 8 lanes and construction crews were working on the bridge's roadway on the other 4 lanes when the bridge failed.
The recovery effort continues- albeit it slowly- due to debris- currents and the murky conditions of the Mississippi River.
Below is the NWS-Topeka radar rainfall-estimates image. Some areas- one near LAWSON-MO and another over Hillsdale Lake in NW Miami County KS indicated more than 5 inches in the random but drenching storms dotted around the MetroRegion today.Most of this activity has died out with the loss of the sun's heat. Of course- just sprinkles on my tomatoes.
From live media news conferences monitored here- there are now "6 confirmed dead" in the bridge collapse that occurred just before 6:10 pm Wednesday evening. One construction worker- among the crew doing work on four of the bridge's 8 lanes- is missing.
There are an estimated 50 vehicles in the Mississippi River itself that remain to be searched for victims.
Several dozen were injured including some of the 60 or so children who were travelling on a school bus when the bridge's elevated approach collapsed. The bus stayed on the tilted though intact span upright. Six of the injured were reported to be in critical condition. The death toll will no doubt continue to rise as the submerged vehicles are searched.
There is still no confirmed reports of fatalities- but unconfirmed reports of up to 3 dead- after a 2000-foot long section of the Interstate-35W(est) bridge in downtown Minneapolis collapsed just after 6 pm Central time. Screen captures show at least 2 dozen vehicles trapped on collapsed sections of the bridge. Some are hanging off collapsed portions of bridge.
The fires on the east end of the collapse are no doubt vehicles crushed by the falling concrete and steel on a parkway that ran perpendicular to the bridge- where the fire department aerial is parked.
Minneapolis-St. Paul medical centers report "at least 15 trauma patients" and divers are searching for victims in the Mississippi river.
At 12:39pm- Raytown police- fire and EMS are toned-out to a crash "at 63rd Street and Hadley" where it's reported "a KC-MO police officer on a motorcycle" is involved. It's reported the officer's injuries "serious" by paramedics on scene.Paramedics report a car turned in front of the officer's cycle- he struck the car- "flying over the hood" and onto the ground beyond. The male officer's condition on the EMS med report did indeed sound serious to critical. KC-MO police provided an escort for the Raytown EMS unit to a nearby trauma center.
At 12:45pm- there is yet another crash reported involving KC-MO police- this one's at "U.S. 71 (Watkins Expressway) and Gregory. Fire Dept. there at 12:48pm reports "4 cars involved." no report of injuries here yet.The officer injuries here is reported as "a broken arm." Northbound U.S. 71 here is closed at this time.
The Tennessee Valley Authority or TVA was established during the Great Depression of the 1930's by President Franklin Roosevelt's administration to control the raging floods on the Tennessee River with locks and dams- thus providing commerce- water supplies- recreation and more importantly- electricity to the poverty-sticken area.
Later- nuclear energy was added- the facility seen in the image is one TVA plant- the last nuclear power facility to come on-line in the U.C.S.A. in 1996. A second plant- planned- partially built but never finished- will now be completed- according a TVA board of director's decision in a meeting this morning reported by the Associated Press.
Here's that storm cluster I was mentioning in last post. This cluster is barely making any forward progress- with a number of areas under these storms already suffering rainfalls of more than 4 inches. Incidentally- this weather radar program I use IS available for public use- for the VERY reasonable cost of about $80 for the GR-Level3 radar program. It updates automatically- provides virtually ALL functions the NWS people use (warnings-rainfall rates- storm tops- radial velocities- etc.). Their Website is HERE if you are interested.
The Captain is happy to help any of my faithful readers buying the program with any questions regarding it's uses and functions too.
Three days after this accident took place- this morning's KANSAS CITY STAR reports the cyclist killed Saturday morning on Parallel & College Parkways in KC-KS- reported HEREfirst- was 46-year-old Terry R. Gaggins of KC-KS.. Besides reporting the time and place this crash happened- THE STAR reports "no further details" although a female passenger on Gaggins' bike was critically hurt (no mention of THAT at all). --- Also referring to the OVERNIGHT REPORT from last Saturday morning- the "48-year-old" driver of the vehicle in the 2nd accident reportedHEREthat morning- at Forest and Kansas Streets in Liberty-MO- has died. That driver's name was Arthur R. Hall of Drumwright-OK reports the STAR. Hall reportedly had struck the concrete base of a traffic signal at that intersection. --- THE STAR also ran another story- no address- this just apparently happened SOMEWHERE in the 318-square miles of Kansas City-MO- at "10:15pm Sunday night" (2 days ago- no news like old news): 28-year-old Jose Sanchez died "of asphyxiation" after the Chevrolet Suburban land yacht he was working underneath fell on him- then rolled down the driveway with Mr. Sanchez still under it and struck a tree. --- I'm watching a fairly small but intense cluster of thunderstorms this morning in southeastern Nebraska and northeastern Kansas- moving eastward (not toward KC) toward northwestern Missouri north of St. Joseph- just beyond the MetroRegion.
I'm hoping for some sort of outflow boundary that may fire some storms later close to the K.C. Metro.
The NWS-SPC in Norman has parts of northern and central Nebraska outlooked for a "slight risk" of severe thunderstorms later today and tonight. Some portions of south-central Nebraska have also received torrential rains this morning ... everywhere it seems but HERE- for our tomato plants!
With no earth-shattering news going on- how about a true story from 31 years ago? Only the names are shortened to protect the incompetent ...
It was the hottest day of July- and 1976 thus far. It was 90-degrees at 10 am and heading for a high of 105. The only saving grace was a steady south wind- that gusted to 30 miles per hour by late afternoon.
What started on the 7am- 24-hour 'C-Shift' of the Kansas City- Mo Fire Department's Pumper Company No. 9 as a crew of 4 had shrunk to 3- Captain Pete and driver or 'fire apparatus operator (FAO) Ed and myself. Joe- the other firefighter- had gotten injured at an apartment fire we ran about 11am that day. In fact- we'd already had a half-dozen runs since we'd come on at 7am.
Joe was treated and released from the hospital as well as duty for the rest of our 24-hour day- and had returned to the engine house on Southwest Boulevard at 24th Street for a change of clothes and his car. Only the bunk room- captain's room and the downstairs watch room were air conditioned- so of course- Joe and I sat in the upstairs dining table & kitchen with fans blowing the 100-degree-plus air around. With the way the day was going-now late afternoon just after 4 pm- I preferred to stay acclimated to the heat.
I was about to get the plenty of heat 5 minutes after the innocent- two tones still alarm now sounding over fire department dispatch radio.
"Pumper 9- a trash fire - 21st Street and Holly."
I take the hose tower rope rather than the pole to the apparatus floor-kick off my dress shoes- into the fire boots and step up on the tailboard of the late-1960's model convertible Seagrave 1500 GPM pumper truck. FAO Ed turns the truck hard left and we take 24th Street to Belleview then north. Only FAO Ed and myself have our fire helmets on- Captain Pete's has his arm around the front seat as if on a Sunday drive. When we hit 23rd Street is when I saw it.
Thick- black smoke was rolling low above us to the left about 3 blocks away. I murmur "Holy shit" as I'm putting on full fire gear while holding on to the rail on the pumper's tailboard going up hills at 35 mph. I try everything I could in the next 2 blocks to get Ed and Pete's attention. Ed wasn't watching his mirrors and the siren and the pumper's roaring diesel engine drowned out my yells and pounding on the handrail with the hydrant key. I heard the upgraded alarm come in as we turned onto 21st Street. Pete turns around with big eyes and sees me decked out and ready to go with thick-black smoke rolling low ahead.
Not 3 weeks earlier- we had a district drill that included Pumpers 2 and 8 and Truck 6 on this street a block west of Holly at 21st Street & Mercier. 21st Street ended in a downhill dead-end with a fire hydrant- the bluffs above Kemper Arena. On the south side of that dead-end running east to Mercier was a row of 2-1/2-story row houses- with only a narrow walkway's space between them.
It had been decided that day- Captain Pete- FAO Ed- Firefighters Joe and myself in attendance- that ANY structure fire in that block have the first-arriving pumper (us if we're in the house) back down that hill- hook up to that hydrant- then pull the truck up the street to the fire.
The reasoning? If a pumper got nose-down the hill and the row houses got going- the pumper would be trapped. The drill decision was a pumper in the line of fire could hose-clamp the feeder- break the pumper connection and get out.
Pete points at a hydrant at the corner of 21st Street and Mercier- the only plug for a block besides the one at the bottom of the dead-end- FAO Ed and Captain Pete pull nose-down the hill- in front of the heavily-smoking vacant row house.
After I jump off the pumper- the next 60 seconds turn crazy. I get the feeder line hooked up fast- ready to turn it on. Suddenly- I'm surrounded by a group of 8-10 kids- yelling someone's in one of the houses in proximity to the one where the thick black smoke is pouring out of. I can see between the kids- FAO Ed and Captain Pete fumbling with the feeder hose to connect to the pumper. I hear Truck 6 approaching as all Hell breaks loose.
Even over approaching Truck 6's siren- over the south wind gusting to 30 mph- over the yelling kids- I hear a loud WHOOSH and instantly see the entire 2-and-a-half-story row house auto-ignite into a tower of flames 30 to 40 feet high- and being blown right at and over Pumper 9 only 20 feet away. Ed and Pete had at that very moment gotten their end of the feeder line connected and the truck's captain yells at me to turn it on as they roll by. Important here to remember- all this takes place in the space of maybe 30 seconds.
I ran down to the pumper and the heat was unbelievable (I later found I had a nice "sunburn" on my face from the heat and melted parts on my coat). I tried to pull a section of inch-and-a-half pre-connect to just keep us cool- but the pump panel was facing the flames- licking out to within 10 feet of us and now involving the row houses on either side.
I ran around to the side away from the direct heat and found Captain Pete frozen with the radio microphone in his hand. I grabbed the mike and yelled "This is Pumper 9- Give us a 2nd-alarm at 21st Street and Holly!" then threw the mike down on the floor. I then pulled Pete away from the truck and the fire back to Mercier. Ed had already abandoned ship- both him and Pete were burned. Other than their helmets & boots- neither one had their protective turnout coats on. I had managed to get on the coat- gloves and Nomex hood in addition to helmet & boots.
With the Captain and FAO out of the game now- I was the only crew member left on 9's Pumper. Little more than 200 feet away was Pumper 9- still running in pump gear. The truck was now mostly obscured by the huge plume of heavy black smoke with flames inside blooming 70 feet into the air. The hose in the pumper's hose bed was smoking when I turned to find assignment to another company.
I was assigned to chaos. The last time a half-block of homes was lost was a gas main explosion and fire around 46th Street and Wyoming in 1962. Companies were just arriving and those who found hydrants had little water pressure. Pumper 9 had the only working hydrant still hooked up and no one seemed to have the time to shut the hydrant down and clamp the feeder. I pulled a 2-1/2-inch line a block and a half to a hydrant just to find hardly any water pressure.
The fire grew to 3-alarms plus- 10 pumper and 4 aerial companies all told in addition to the various commanders and support vehicles. Crews even trekked up the steep bluff from the south on busy 23rd Street (now Chavez) with hand lines to attack the fire using the gusty south upwinds. We ran hand lines down the alley between 21st Street and 20th Terrace and fought our side of this mini-conflagration into the wind from the front yards of the houses on the north side of 21st Street- mostly keeping Pumper 9 from bursting into flames and little else.
The fire burned every house of the south side of 21st Street west of Mercier- 8 in total. The fire's eastward advancement past Mercier was stopped only by a vacant lot at the corner. Pumper 9 is still running- the paint on the side facing the fire cooked- the exposed edges of hose in the hose bed singed or melted- as well as the plastic air tank covers and the cover for the pumper's front warning light or "cherry top."
I got the assignment of operating the pump panel to use the pumper's powerful deck gun to bring down a 2-story chimney left standing. After that a hand line I was using on the embers of one house experienced a pressure surge- lifting me up in the air over a still-hot foundation and face-down into the house's smoldering rubble in the basement. By luck- my helmet had fallen over my face first and another firefighter next to me kept me cool with a refreshing soaking actually. Unhurt- the event is seen by Deputy Chief Bennie- who lauds my work and orders me to take a break.
The only injuries are the burns to Pete and Ed. The murderous summer sun had just sank below the horizon when a fire department mechanic replaces melted light lenses and checks that sturdy Seagrave over- other firefighters are assigned to load the feeder line- then with an overtime driver and captain and the last assigned member of Pumper 9 C-shift- we head home.
Drinking one of a six-pack with injured firefighter Joe back at the engine house later- I feel damn good about my performance in the face of 40 foot wall of flames. Joe had gone to 9's roof after we pulled out of the engine house and he too saw the black smoke- got in his car and drove to the scene. He too was amazed that Pete and Ed had disregarded the conclusions from the earlier drill at that very location and went nose-first downhill- and trapped- and he and I thought Captain Pete might get some reprimand over it.
It was only 3 days later- next working day- when I incredulously learned of a hearing with the district's battalion chief and others- when I was told- dumbstruck- that Pete and Ed were framing me for what happened that July day in 1976 when Pumper 9 was left to burn.
Structure fires at the two locations came in at virtually the same moment- 12:13 pm.
*** The KC-MO fire is at the "Hi-Line Motel" in the 15000 block of East U.S. 40 highway. There was a "fire in the walls" of one of the motel's bungalows there. That fire's been brought under control with no reports of injuries as of this writing...
*** The other is a house fire in a Crystal Lakes subdivision- northeast of Excelsior Springs in the 31200 block of Mark Drive. This is a working firefight right now in a "2-story single-family" house- with fire crews from Wood Heights- Excelsior and Lawson-MO on the attack. Apparently there is some injury- as it's said an EMS crew is "looking over the homeowner" for unknown problems.
The image below depicts all watches and/or warnings in effect for the Central U.S.. Note the number of Kansas counties covered in flash flood warnings- from the Topeka Metro northwest to north of Concordia-KS.
I am closely watching possible storm activity developing near Anderson-Linn and Miami Counties-KS. ... keep tuned....
There is a blood drive session being held for the American Red Cross at the Wayside Waifs animal shelter on Martha Truman Road (119th Street) about 3/4-mile west of Grandview Road on Saturday- August 11 from 11am to 4pm.
According to the flyer I picked up at the vet's office this morning (annual rabies shot and licensing for Snoball)- the blood drive will take place in Wayside Waif's conference room.
FLASH FLOOD WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS 1024 AM CDT TUE JUL 31 2007
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TOPEKA HAS ISSUED A
* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... OSAGE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL KANSAS... SHAWNEE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL KANSAS...
* UNTIL 130 PM CDT
* AT 1021 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A COMPLEX OF THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM THE TOPEKA VICINITY SOUTH TOWARD MELVERN. THE THUNDERSTORMS WERE SLOWLY TO THE NORTH. RADAR INDICATED RAINFALL RATES IN THE 1 TO 2 INCH PER HOUR RANGE. PORTIONS OF OSAGE COUNTY RECEIVED HEAVY RAINS EARLIER THIS MORNING CREATING SATURATED GROUNDS.
THIS INCLUDES THE KANSAS TURNPIKE BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 162 AND 188.
THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 35 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 157 AND 168.
THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 70 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 348 AND 355.
A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNING AREA MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY. RESIDENTS ALONG STREAMS AND CREEKS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY.
STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR LOCAL MEDIA OUTLETS FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION CONCERNING THE SEVERE WEATHER.
You good folk along the Gulf Coast who lost it all to Mother Nature almost 2 years ago have until next Tuesday to apply for government assistance to rebuild.
There is a reported $6.4 billion dollars available- but as is typically the case with ANYTHING the government does- according to the AP article- if everybody eligible for assistance applied- the fund would be "an estimated $5-billion short" of what was needed.
*The K.C. Royals lost 3 to 1 to the Minnesota Twins last night (okay- I owe a Twins fan a Pig's Eye then). Why can't our guys get Gil Meche any run support?
*There's going to be- as there is around Topeka and Fort Scott now- more scattered showers and thunderstorms around the MetroRegion (area within a 50-mile radius of Downtown K.C.) today. Some areas within 25 miles of this station have gotten anywhere from 5 to 10 inches of rain in July. Here at the NewsCenter? Barely an inch of rain for the month.
THE Lady in Vancouver- B.C.- Canada with the most incredible eyes in the History Of Bo tells me I don't need a passport- birth certificate or even a valid driver's license to visit Canada again. And I don't need to clear Customs (save a 45 minute wait there).
I can hop a freight train in Washington State!
The Songbird and her 2 grandkids were coming home from Vancouver's famous Celebration of Lights pyrotechnics show last Wednesday when they got behind two male "grungers" who were talking loud enough for Birdie to hear.
Sweets (another nick for her g) heard one of the guys ask the other where they were- the other told him Vancouver- Canada. The one asking says "Wow- I slept all the way from Blaine (Washington)?"
That's right- walking along further- Birdie heard that the 2 young men probably around 20-years-old had hopped a freight train across the border in Blaine and rode it into Canada- undetected.
Now let's say these are two young men IN Canada looking for adventure here in America- or maybe not adventure but murder.
This warning is until 2 pm this Monday afternoon. Some roadway flooding has been reported in NW Linn County KS by authorities- according to the NWS warning statement.
A serious situation is developing over the warned area- as well as earlier southwest Miami County where at least 5 inches of rain has fallen since 3 am- and Anderson County KS- where it's indicated as much as 3 inches of rain has fallen since 6 am.
Affected waterways are the Pottawatomie and Middle creeks and the Marais des Cygnes river.
This advisory also includes northern Linn County KS and Bates County-MO..
Below is the latest radar-indicated precipitation image- showing an area of 5.5 inch rains in a triangle between Beagle- Lane and Osawatomie in southwestern Miami county. Torrential rains continue over these same areas.
Below is the latest radar-indicated precipitation image from the NWS WSR-88D from Topeka (TWX). As you can see on the figure "4.50" on the bottom border of the image- that was centered on the red area you see southwest of Osawatomie. At this posting- I have heard of NO flooding reports from Miami County sheriff or fire agencies. This increasingly-serious situation of thunderstorms with very heavy rain sitting over the same areas since 3 am- rainfalls approaching 5 inches- certainly needs close monitoring and precautions.
Radar-indicated rainfalls of nearly 2 inches an hour are indicated in the Pottawatomie Creek watershed southwest of Osawatomie- as you can see by the images below- spaced about an hour and a half apart. Persons driving along U.S. 169 in southwestern Miami and northeastern Anderson counties should be alert for possible localized roadway flooding- and for rapid rises along Pottawatomie Creek during the next 2 hours.
... Central Jackson County Fire Protection District firefighters were called out to a house fire in the 900 block of N.W. Oak Ridge Drive just after midnight.
Flames were reported coming from the back of a house there- a neighbor tried to put it out with a garden hose before fire crews arrived.
The fire is under control at 12:19 pm and no occupancy status of the house was mentioned. No injuries were reported.
**Car Rammed Into KC-MO Northland Bar **
...No one was reported injured in this incident that came in at 5:23 am in the 9300 block of North Oak. It was reported a car had crashed into Buster's Bar & Grill there and the car was on fire.
When the first fire company arrived 2 minutes later- they reported smoke showing and requested the fire response upgraded- however the flames were quickly knocked down and brought under control several minutes later. The fire reportedly did not get into the bar.
The driver of the car was not injured and damage to the building reportedly restricted to "an outdoor patio area" of the bar.
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Clouds were on the increase overnight and by dawn-showers and a few thundershowers were found north of the Missouri and Kansas rivers in the Metro and approaching the western edge of the MetroRegion near Topeka at 7 am.
Temperatures overnight stayed in the 70'sand winds were light from the east.
There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms today over most of the Kansas City MetroRegion and these rain chances will be around in the afternoons and evenings most of this coming week to usher in August. Temperatures will continue to stay pleasantly summertime normal. ____________ First with Metro Kansas City Breaking News - NBC41 ACTION NEWS. ____________