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Post-storm recovery: Be careful what you sign!

A contractor may ask you to sign a document similar to the one you sign at the doctor’s office, assigning benefits from your insurance coverage directly to the contractor. By doing so, you may be giving up significant rights…and control over your ability to get future insurance.

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Severe Weather Awareness: Lightning

People have been struck by lightning more than 20 miles away from a storm, in clear skies. The rules for lightning safety have changed in the past five years.

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Severe Weather Season Gears Up this Week. Are You Prepared?

Multiple rounds of severe weather are possible in Kansas this week, with longer-range forecasts showing a fairly active pattern through early June. With the slightly late start to the season, some have become complacent about severe weather in our area. If you are new to the area or haven’t updated your plans and preparedness activities, here are some tips.

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Severe Weather Awareness: The Rain came Down, the Water Came Up

Flash flooding is consistently one of the top storm-related killers each year. In 2016, floods closed many roads in Sedgwick, Sumner, Cowley and Butler counties following a couple of very heavy thunderstorm complexes in the late summer, and one person died. Simple action can save your life the next time you encounter high water.

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Severe Weather Awareness 2017

Time to get ready for severe weather season in Kansas, starting with the annual Severe Weather Awareness Week. Get started a bit early…kind of like the season…with interesting information about the WSR-88D. It’s the weather service’s eye on the sky.

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Salina CLASS: Intro to Storm Tracking

Learn why some days produce supercells and others produce squall lines. Find out how to interpret radar and the sky to position yourself safely to observe and report severe weather.

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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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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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Comparing SPC Risk Categories and the Categories We Use

SPC has posted an infographic concerning the meaning of their five-tier system for communicating storm risk in their outlooks. Our terminology matches SPC and our usage is generally identical. However, the areas we serve are different, which can lead to occasional discrepancies.

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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

Grey skies with a few showers will be the weather story to finish out the workweek, but the payoff is a beautiful weekend. We are also closely monitoring what appears to be the first significant severe weather threat of the season for the state.

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A Tribute

2020 04 20

Though he passed nearly two months ago, our hearts are still hurting over the loss of a valued member of the KSStorm.Info team — Steve Boleski. As we enter storm season we offer a look at some of the chasing photos Steve was able to take over the past four seasons.

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