I hesitated before I composed this morning’s heads-up outlook. My thoughts were along the lines of “here it is Wednesday, and I’m looking at model data from Tuesday night, and the models I can access differ significantly — yet I feel the need to post about it now.” A really good discussion has erupted online today, not having to do with this system but with the tropical system forecast by the GFS next week. I’m…
A lot of the storm-related narrative so far this year, at least in the Wichita TV market (i.e. most of Kansas) has been chaser hordes. There are many reasons we try to avoid them. The real problem is not the number of chasers…it’s the hangers-on who fancy themselves chasers because they have a cell phone and a radar app. There are some chasers who have a legitimate purpose on the road, and an order of magnitude more who do nothing but make it more dangerous for everyone.
Monday, August 10, 2020 started as just another “normal” Monday for the folks in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Amidst the daily hustle and bustle, the corn was nearing full maturity, and students were preparing to start socially distanced classes at the height of a global pandemic. Nick Stewart, a meteorologist for Iowa’s News Now in Cedar […]Read More
What has been called the state tree of Kansas and has mostly outlived its usefulness in tornado warnings? The "tornado" siren. Here's why *not* to rely on the sirens for your warning.Read More
As Kansans, we live in some of the most progressive areas of the country for the advancement of weather science. Two examples: Impact-Based Warnings and Warn-on-Forecast.Read More