The Kansas skies are good for more than just storm watching. Woke up early this morning and took my son, an astronomy major, my youngest daughter and two of my nephews out to the Lake Afton Observatory to check out the total lunar eclipse. The skies were crystal clear, the temperature was 27F with a hard freeze and a thick frost. There is a small pond just east of the observatory that, due to its shallower water, is warmer than the lake, and the radiation fog coming from it was spectacular. The eclipse itself was a nice one, but the thing that made it stand out from the many lunar eclipses I have seen was that it was setting at totality just as the sun was rising in the east. We in Kansas often take for granted what a wonderful gift it is to live in a “flat” state where you can watch the full moon set and the sun rise at the same time from just about anywhere. This same flatness makes viewing storms amazing and just from Wichita, we can see storms all the way to Oklahoma City, almost to the Colorado border, all the way to Nebraska and almost to Missouri. What a blessing to live where we do!
Raised on a farm near Kingman, KS in the middle of tornado country sparked a love for meteorology early in life. I went on to study Atmospheric Science at the University of Kansas where I graduated in 1990. I worked for WeatherData, Inc. (now AccuWeather) full time before moving over to KSNW-TV full-time in 1995.
I remained on air until 2013 before taking a brief break, then starting up my own independent weather forecasting for various radio and TV stations. I also began teaching meteorology at Butler Community College and continue to do so. Currently, my forecasts can be heard and seen on KSOK and KGPT.
I am married with three adult children and enjoy spending time on the family farm (mostly looking at the wide-open sky!).