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Scott Roberts

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Possible Soon

From SPC Seasonably strong boundary-layer heating/mixing is ongoing, within a narrow pre-cold frontal corridor wrapping into the vicinity of a modest surface cyclone centered west/northwest of Hill City, KS. To the east of this axis, weak to modest low-level moisture return on southerly low-level flow continues. Beneath rather steep mid-level lapse rates associated with warm and capping elevated mixed-layer air, it appears that this is contributing to mixed-layer CAPE up to around 1500 J/kg, east

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Matt Harding

Severe Weather Threat Update: Tuesday, April 6, 2021

A handful of severe storms are possible this afternoon. There remains a bust potential in south-central Kansas, as a formidable cap is in place. If storms break the cap, hail to golfball size, winds to 70 mph are possible. There is a non-zero tornado threat, which will be driven by storm interactions.

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Scott Roberts

Threat Area Shifts Slightly North

Isolated to scattered severe storms possible in central, north central and northeast Kansas tonight. It’s far from a foregone conclusion; there’s still a blue sky bust potential. But storms that are able to break the formidable cap would generate quarter- to golf ball-size hail. Tornado probability is very low, but non-zero.

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Scott Roberts

Valentines Weekend Storm Update: NWS Situation Reports

Here’s a highlight from the NWS Situation reports around the region. The reports themselves are linked at the bottom. I will have an Outlook Update shortly, and Matt will produce a new Briefing around mid-day. Don’t forget our Facebook Live at 2pm with Matt and Mark Bogner!

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Matt Harding

Winter Storm Update: Sunday 4 pm

Right now, this still appears to be a scenario where the western and northern two-thirds of Kansas get the bulk of the snow, while areas such as Wichita, Emporia, Chanute, and Coffeyville remain all rain.

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Scott Roberts

Wind/Snow Event Update: 8am Friday

High Wind Warnings continue through late evening across much of the state. The already-low humididty and dry upper-level air mixing to the ground will combine to increase fire danger, so a Red Flag Warning is also in effect. Meanwhile areas north and east of the Turnpike will see snow, up to 3″ in the northeast corner of the state.

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Scott Roberts

Wind Event Update: 6am Thursday

High Wind Warnings and Red Flag Warnings blanket the region, as a strong low pressure center develops over Iowa and Minnesota. Sustained winds above 40mph and gusts as high as 70 are possible. Tap or click to see model forecasts for the next 48 hours.

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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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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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