Posts by Scott Roberts on KSStorm.Info

What I actually reported

Yesterday, I posted a just for fun item…offering you a chance to try your hand at making a storm report based on video of last Friday night’s event. Here’s how I called it at the time…

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Chase Logs
Scott Roberts

April 15, 2016 Chase Log

Numerous photos and videos from my storm chase from near Stratford, TX to near Elkhart, KS. Includes some panoramic shots and video; five tornadoes seen this day….three of them in the span of 2.5 minutes.

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Safety
Scott Roberts

The Best Argument for Getting a Weather Radio

You hear advice to pick up a weather alert (or all-hazards, they’re the same thing) radio before pretty much any severe weather outbreak. Here’s another view: why the off-season may be prime time to pick one up.

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NOAA Lightning at night
Blog
Scott Roberts

There is No Such Thing as a Professional Chaser

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.

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How to Prepare for a Severe Weather Outbreak

These are the things I’m doing to pre­pare for the storms. They are dif­fer­ent than yours may be, as I will be out in the storms and may be called to help in any response to a storm-impacted com­mu­nity I’m close to. I’ve high­lighted the things I think are impor­tant for any­one to do before a major storm.

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Reminder: Lightning Kills More People Than Tornadoes

One person has already died this year due to a tornado in the US. I hope that’s all there is. Did you know lighting, in a normal year, will kill more people in the US than tornadoes? The lightning safety rules have changed in recent years…this video explains what you should to to stay safe.

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General
Scott Roberts

On the Balance Between Communication and Hype

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

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Summer Heat Isn’t Far Away — Some Safety Tips Here to Tuck Away

With July 4th a day away, summer’s really starting to heat up for a lot of us. If you plan on spending a lot of time outside this weekend, it’s good to keep an eye out for heat-related illness. The New York Times does a good job outlining what to watch for and what to do.  Keeping Your Cool – NYTimes.com.

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The Deadliest Catch: Lightning at the Ball Game

…[A] single lightning flash could kill over 50 people with one strike.  It has happened in both China and India where people tend to crowd together during thunderstorms.  There is definitely not safety in numbers when lightning is involved. via Lightning could kill dozens at a sports venue: the importance of prevention. The old rule used to be 30-30. Now the first 30 has been dropped. The rule is when the thunder roars, go indoors. If you

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Warning impact: Two People

A thought-provoking piece concerning just how much land in the US is unpopulated…and several examples from recent days where storm warnings have affected as few as two people. Yet most of our warning infrastructure treats those situations exactly the same as warnings impacting hundreds of thousands. These Simple Maps Show How Little of the United States Is Populated. (via The Vane) How do we keep the warning system as effective when it impacts 2 people as

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Lovin’ Me Some Kansas in the Spring

This storm never was severe, but we enjoyed watching it from south of Ogallah, KS for more than an hour. Being able to just stand, watch, and listen — such a privilege. This is looking into the inflow, about 5 minutes after the horizon scan was taken. Here’s the radar shot from the same time frame:

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We’re calling it a night

Before it gets too dark, I thought I’d share this with you….a 360 degree look from just west of Stafford. Your browser does not support the video tag

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Clark County, KS 04/23/14

A lone LP Supercell over a Kansas field. Our best videos & photos from Clark County, KS last night. The last one is simply stunning — and the photo doesn’t do the storm justice!

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Do You Get A Lot of Tornado Warnings? Think Again…

Several counties along the Palmer Divide in Colorado, along with a batch of counties in the South, get far more warnings than any Kansas county…at least when you count it by minutes. Which Kansas county has the most? (Hint: it’s in the Goodland forecast area)

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Outlook

Good chances of rain begin in southwest Kansas this morning and spread north and east throughout the day. Some thunderstorm activity with small hail is possible, but severe weather is not expected. Widespread rainfall totals of 1/4 to 3/4 inch are possible in western Kansas.

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