Can you see hail on the radar? How much damage does hail cause? You may be surprised! Hail consistently outperforms all other spring risks in terms of economic impact.
Monday, August 10, 2020 started as just another “normal” Monday for the folks in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Amidst the daily hustle and bustle, the corn was nearing full maturity, and students were preparing to start socially distanced classes at the height of a global pandemic. Nick Stewart, a meteorologist for Iowa’s News Now in Cedar Rapids, watched the weather late Sunday evening into Monday morning. A complex of storms developed in eastern Wyoming and western
What has been called the state tree of Kansas and has mostly outlived its usefulness in tornado warnings? The “tornado” siren. Here’s why *not* to rely on the sirens for your warning.
Enhanced Risk, Marginal Risk, Moderate Risk — I’m So Confused! What the outlook categories really mean.
Will it be a “busy” storm season? It’s all relative! If there’s only one single tornado this year, that’d be a dud, right? Unless it hits your house or town, then 2020 is a “bad” year…for you. Mark Bogner looks at the climate hints that point to what this spring may look like.
Thanks to Trooper Ben for the impetus for this post! Here’s a map and photos of the Kansas Turnpike shelters, along with a discussion of where to seek shelter in your community if your home does not have underground shelters. I also talk about considerations if you’ve been thinking about a shelter for your home.
Mental preparation for the aftermath of a disaster is difficult — most of us have the feeling it’ll never happen to us. Knowing what to expect after is one of the best things you can do to be prepared before.
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.