Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wichita tornado thoughts

Thanks to everyone for the overwhelming chorus of complements concerning our tornado outbreak coverage on April 14th (and 15th!).  Let's not forget the folks directly affected by the tornadoes, who continue in recovery mode.  I'm still amazed that a large (up to a mile wide at one point) EF-3 tornado could strike Wichita, at night no less, with no loss of life.  So instead of thanking us, I should be saying THANK YOU to everyone for paying attention to the weather conditions that Saturday, and taking shelter when it was time.

My message to you now is the same as March 15: DON'T LET DOWN YOUR GUARD!

We're almost into May, typically our most active severe weather month of the year.  There will be more active days this Spring, though hopefully not as bad or worse than the 14th.  It's important that you pay close attention to the weather forecast and have a plan of action should severe weather strike.  

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Heads up weather days

As I mentioned in my last post, you'll want to pay special attention to the changing weather situation over the next 3 days.  The storm threat today will be mainly western and central Kansas, those areas highlighted in yellow.  Large hail, high winds and a few tornadoes are possible later this afternoon and evening.  The focus of attention will push eastward for Friday afternoon and evening, with again a few tornadoes, hail and wind the concerns.  Saturday has the potential to be a very active day across eastern Kansas, especially in the orange-shaded area.  This includes Wichita, Hutchinson, El Dorado, Salina, Emporia and Topeka, just to name a few of the cities.

This post isn't to scare you but simply make you aware of the threat that Kansas is facing.  Now is the time to plan and prepare!  If you have special activities going on any of these highlighted areas, just have a plan in place and know ahead of time where you would go if severe weather threatens.
If you haven't already, now would be a great time to download our free Storm Team 12 app, available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Active weather pattern ahead

If you watched my Noon weathercast today, you heard me talking about an increasingly active weather pattern late this work week.  Check out this satellite (water vapor) image from this afternoon.  I've highlighted the centers of two upper-level storm systems, one off the west coast of the U.S. and the second which is south-southeast of the Aleutian Islands.  The first system will pass through in a few pieces through late Wednesday-early Thursday.  The second one is forecast to organize into a western U.S. storm by late Friday-Saturday.

As the second upper level system organizes, our thunderstorm chances will be on the rise.  Here is the Storm Prediction Center's forecast for severe weather later this week:

The first map is the forecast risk area for Thursday, while the red and purple areas on the second map is for Friday and Saturday, respectively.

It's important that you keep up to date with the forecast, especially from Thursday afternoon right through (at least) the first half of the weekend.  You can watch our broadcasts on KWCH, KSCW and Always On Storm Team 12, along with all of our on-line efforts (KWCH.com, Storm Team 12 app, Twitter and Facebook).