For 2022, the National Weather Service offices which forecast for Kansas have designated March 7-11 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week. As the traditional beginning of our spring storm coverage, KSStorm.Info and our partners at HutchPost.com will feature daily content related to being ready for the impacts of severe weather in Kansas this spring.
Monday March 7: General Preparedness
Preparing for an event starts now! Ask yourself what YOU would do in case of severe weather. Do you have multiple ways to receive alerts? Do you have adequate shelter & supplies?
Tuesday March 8: Tornado Safety
Tornadoes pack some of the fastest winds on Earth and are deadly to anyone caught in their path. Kansas averages 95 tornadoes per year but has seen up to 187, with the peak tornado season running from April to June. DUCK for tornado safety!
Wednesday March 9: Lightning Safety
Every lightning strike can be deadly. Lightning strikes the U.S. 25 MILLION times and kills 47 people on average each year. Many of these deaths occur outdoors and are preventable. When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors
Thursday March 10: Hail/Wind Safety
Damaging winds and large hail are two other weapons in a storm’s arsenal. Hail can exceed softball size and straight-line winds can down trees & destroy property. They often garner less respect than tornadoes, but are just as deadly.
Friday March 11: Flood Safety
Floods kill more people in the United States each year than any other thunderstorm-related hazard. Many flood deaths are the result of people driving into flooded roads. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
Spotter Training Events Underway
For the NWS Wichita Warning Area: https://www.weather.gov/ict/spottertalks (Online, In-Person and Advanced Classes)
For the NWS Dodge City Warning Area: https://www.weather.gov/ddc/2022_Spotter_Talks (In-Person)
For the NWS Goodland Warning Area: https://www.weather.gov/gld/spottertraining (Online)
For the NWS Topeka Warning Area: https://www.weather.gov/top/spottertalks (Online, In-Person)
For the NWS Springfield Warning Area: https://www.weather.gov/sgf/SkywarnSpotter (Online)
NWS Hastings and NWS Kansas City did not provide links to their spotter talk schedule on their home pages as of February 21.