Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanks before Thanksgiving

A big thanks to the volunteers from the Wichita Eagle and KFDI who stopped by the station yesterday to help out with our Travel Hotline. And thanks everyone who called for their free forecast. Sorry, I don't have a final count but it was decent. The most distant forecast request I took was from a family headed to Erie, PA today.

Safe travels to all...I hope you and your family have a great Holiday.

Friday, November 21, 2008

First morning in the Teens

Brrrr.....howdy! I had a nice little layer of frost on the windshield this morning before I left for work. (I can't get my side of the garage cleaned up fast enough!) It was nice and cold on the northeast side of town as Jabara Airport was at least 17. Officially, we dropped all the way down to 19 for the low at Mid-Continent Airport.

When was the last time we were that cold? The KWCH Storm Team 12 research department (Mark and I) looked up the information. On March 8, we had a low of 11.

I hope you have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Rare November Tornado in Stanton County

National Weather Service forecaster Mike Umscheid was out chasing yesterday in southwest Kansas yesterday afternoon. He made a brilliant forecast: he took pictures of a large tornado that formed northwest of Johnson City.

Here's a link to his blog. Enjoy!

Also, a big thanks to all of our military, past and present, on this Veterans' Day!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

A big thanks

A big thanks to all of you who participated in my Live blog Wednesday afternoon. We had over 300 views to the page, keeping you updated on the progress of the storms. Thankfully, the activity didn't get too out of hand but we did have plenty of hail to the southeast of Wichita.

Kudos to all of our chasers who headed out too. Given the limited coverage and severity we only managed 1 live report, that from Lance Ferguson. He was getting pelted by quarter size hail west of Sedan during the 5pm news.

We may get more rumbles toward tomorrow morning and into Monday. It appears the worst of the weather will be to our south in Oklahoma and Texas.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Some Sunday thoughts

Boy that extra hour of sleep last night was great but I'll be rather sad this afternoon when the sun sets at 5:30pm. You can bet I'll be spending a fair amount of time this afternoon outdoors, enjoying the unseasonably warm weather (highs again in the 70s).

The warm weather should continue through Election Day then look for some changes afterwards. For the past few days we've been talking about storm chances. Right now, it looks like Wednesday would be the prime day. While the exact details are still a bit fuzzy this far out, I think the area under the gun would be east of a Mankato to Anthony line. We'll have to see if things speed up or slow down but needless to say, stay tuned for more early this week.