Thursday, February 19, 2009

News and bits with my 100th Post!!

I wouldn't have believed it were it not for the counter on Blogger. This is my 100th blog post! It's certainly not worthy of any award or anything but it's a stat none the less...and you know how much I like numbers.

The mild temperatures over much of the state today were nice but tomorrow looks warmer! It won't last long though as a powerful cold front blasts through Friday evening and cools us off for much of this weekend.

For my birthday last month, my wife got me two tickets to last night's KU game vs. Iowa State. I took my brother along and we had a great time (even in the nose-bleed section!) That was my first game in the Fieldhouse since 2001...boy a lot has changed there. It brought back some great memories though!
Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Some new things

The creative juices have been flowing recently as "Twitter mania" has swept the station, including my blog page here! While the regular, longer blog section will continue to get updated 1-2 times per week, I've been pretty good so far at updating my Twitter feed daily, sometimes multiple times. Please tell me what you like or don't like about it...I appreciate your feedback.

Not only is my blog sporting a fresh look but so is our entire web page! Our web team has really had their noses to the grindstone recently! And you can "expect more" on our page in the coming weeks.

For those of you who had to struggle to find our blogs, yeah sorry about that. Before the facelift to the web page, our blogs were listed right on the main page. Now you have to click on "Web Exclusives" to reach us here. Hey, why am I telling you that? You're here so you know that already!

Back to the grindstone...

Monday, February 9, 2009

Feels More Like March

The wind has been rattling the roof here at the station for most of the morning and now the afternoon. Temperatures have reached the 60s...what another nice March day. Oh wait, it's still bad. Call it calendar confusion.

It's had a March-like feel too with the severe showers that pushed through today, bringing 70 mph winds to the Emporia area and near 60 in the Manhattan area. I say "severe showers" because not once did Mark and I see any lightning depicted on the radar display. Not one bolt. But the Topeka NWS office did the right thing and issued the severe thunderstorm warnings this morning.

This energetic pattern will continue this week with yet another storm system pushing in our direction by Tuesday night. It's over southern Nevada as I type this...and there's even a severe thunderstorm warning in Arizona. We'll likely see some strong, if not severe storms in southeast Kansas tomorrow night (better chances of severe in Oklahoma).

Another system will arrive by Friday. This could bring some rain and snow.

Stay tuned!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Enter February

A new month is here already which means a quick review of January. What a dry month it was! Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport only received 0.08" of precipitation. That ties it with 1903 as the 8th driest January on record! Places like Salina and Chanute officially received a "Trace". Both spots tied their driest January on record.

And of course the temperatures were all over the place. Case in point: look at this week. 71 was the warmest temperature we had (yesterday) and it was also a new record high for the date. Earlier this week (Wednesday morning) we dropped down to 3 for the coldest temperature of the month. Crazy huh?

Today through Tuesday should be close to normal but look for yet another warm up by mid week.

I love Kansas.