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A stormy day for central Kansas?

Storm chasers are converging on the Sunflower State today, hopeful that they’ll see tornadoes develop in central Kansas.

The Storm Prediction Center has posted a slight risk for severe weather in a large chunk of the state. The better chances for tornadoes appear to be in portions of Missouri and Iowa, however.

The key for strong storm development in central Kansas will be whether the capping inversion, or “cap,” erodes enough for the thunderstorms to push into the upper atmosphere. A “cap” forms when a layer of warm air sets up in the upper levels of the atmosphere, which hinders the development of thunderstorms.

Stay tuned.

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