Severe weather and Kansas: be prepared!

I love the variety of Kansas weather, but even I would rather not see weather in all its forms happening at once. In my little chunk of central Kansas, we experienced 60-degree weather on Thursday; sleet, rain, thunder, freezing rain, and snow on Friday; freezing fog on Saturday; and thunderstorms and hail on Sunday. Still, we were fortunate; Lawrence experienced flooding, and Southeastern Kansas heard their tornado sirens go off Sunday afternoon.

Sunday's radar for Kansas, from the National Weather Service

With the last few days in mind, I highly encourage everyone – from die-hard Kansans to newbies experiencing their first Kansas summer – to take advantage of the free Storm Spotter Talks offered by the National Weather Service. In just a few hours, you’ll have a much better understanding of what it is you’re seeing on a weather map, and how to distinguish dangerous clouds from clouds that just look scary. Storm Spotter Talks are happening all over Kansas during the month of March. Did I mention they’re free?

If you can’t make it to a talk, take a look at the information the National Weather Service has put together for Severe Weather Awareness Week, which runs March 7-11, 2011. This page includes the basics of weather safety.

Big, rolling thunderstorms are one of my favorite natural occurrences in Kansas. Staying safe during a storm is even more important.


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