Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Weekend blur

Wow...an incredible weekend of weather! On Saturday, Storm Team 12 Chasers Lance Ferguson and Scott Roberts pursued a supercell storm with a wall cloud near Lambert, OK. In the meantime, Eric Lynn was on another storm that developed in Sumner County. It produced wall clouds near Oxford then north of Winfield. Eric was still on the storm when a tornado touched down east of Douglas in Butler County. All three streamed back live video to the station, allowing us enhanced coverage from the field.

Mother Nature wasn't done Sunday either, as the Storm Prediction Center upgraded parts of southwest and southcentral Kansas to a High risk of severe weather, including a "particularly dangerous situation (or PDS) Tornado Watch. The first of Sunday's storms moved through with the sirens going off in Wichita thanks to a storm in the northeast part of the county. Lance got video of a funnel north of Rose Hill, dashed back (at the posted highway speeds!) to the station to drop it off and then headed out again. Later, both he and Scott streamed back live video of the storm that produced the tornado in western Sedgwick County. Scott was first on the scene, streaming back video of the house damage near Lake Afton. As he did that, he assisted at the scene, shutting off a propane tank. The home owner was very grateful for that. Click here for our Severe Weather Coverage page where you can find Lance's video of the tornado.

Meanwhile, chasers Mikey Gribble and Tony Laubach ventured down to the Sooner state. Tony caught an amazing tornado north of Roll, OK. Click here for his blog with the pictures.

The storms then Sunday night transitioned to a heavy rain and flooding event, with many places in town reported 6-plus inches of rain (including my house in east Wichita).

Glad things have quieted down...for now.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Severe Weather Looming

Good afternoon!

If you watched this morning's show, I talked quite a bit about the severe weather chances for our area late this afternoon and tonight. In fact, the Storm Prediction Center says we'll likely be under a Tornado Watch by 5pm. From their discussion in the last hour:

"THIS WILL LIKELY YIELD LONG-LIVED SUPERCELLS WITH POSSIBLE STRONG TORNADOES WHICH MAY LAST WELL BEYOND SUNSET ACROSS WEST-CENTRAL/ NORTH-CENTRAL OK INTO SOUTH-CENTRAL KS."

Could be a very long evening...please stay tuned!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

14 1/2 hours

That was the length of my day Saturday, courtesy of Mother Nature. Let's just say I slept soundly last night.

First storms of the day erupted northwest of Dodge City with a tornado touching down northeast of Ingalls in Gray County. The storm continued to produce more tornadoes as it moved northeast near Kalvesta and into western Hodgeman County. No injuries to speak of but some minor property damage.

I want to thank Steve and Shannon Dewey and Edward O'Neal for sending us Stormshots of the tornadoes out there yesterday afternoon.

Later on, KWCH Storm Chasers Lance Ferguson and Mikey Gribble intercepted a massive supercell storm near Alva, OK. Check out this video, streamed back to us by Lance as he was north of Alva, looking west-southwest at a wall cloud:

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Great job by the team yesterday afternoon. We'll have time to regroup, with a warm and dry forecast for all of this week.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Soggy end to Easter Weekend


Well, it's not the greatest timing but periods of rain, some locally heavy, will be around on this Easter Sunday. While severe weather isn't a threat today, some locally heavy rainfall is. Above is a rainfall forecast through 7am Monday. This guidance suggests Wichita will receive over an inch of rain. I think some spots will get over 2".

Speaking of severe weather, we were a little busy Thursday afternoon with the hail and wind across southcentral Kansas. Thanks to our storm chasers who braved the elements to provide live reports for you.

On that subject, I want to congratulate two of our chasers: Tony Laubach and Brandon Ivey. They both informed me last week that they will be a part of Discovery Channel's hit series "Storm Chasers". Brandon will be helping with forecasting duties while Tony, who also is a part of the TWISTEX research project, will be featured too. I'm very excited for both of them! Congrats Gents! Make us proud!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Cold One Tonight

Brrrr howdy!! I'm not looking forward to the overnight hours here in town. Record-setting cold temperatures are headed our way. I talked about it today at Noon: Wichita's record for tomorrow morning is 23 degrees, set back in 2007. Our current forecast is 20. Yeah, bring in the potted plants tonight if you haven't already. Thankfully with last week's snow and other bouts of chilly stuff, I haven't gotten the green thumb yet. I actually like to wait until mid-April...

Looking ahead this week, we'll get some warmer weather Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by a chance of storms Thursday. There are big question marks though on the amount of moisture that will return ahead of the system. The air is very dry all the way to the Gulf (thanks to northwesterly winds). We'll keep ahead of it for you.

Stay tuned and most importantly...stay warm!