Monthly Archives: October 2012

So how did forecasters do with Hurricane Sandy?

There were complaints that meteorologists were over-hyping the threat, that Sandy wouldn’t be that bad.

Nobody’s saying that any more.

Sandy is blamed for more than 60 deaths in the U.S. and the damage will be measured in the billions. Coastal cities are burning, and for some life will never be the same.

As clean-up and recovery begins, scientists are taking a look back at how closely reality matched the forecasts. According to one science blogger, the forecasters nailed it.

Wichita weather: A spooktacular day

There shouldn’t be any scary weather in the Wichita area for Halloween, forecasters say.

In fact, it should be beautiful – sunny skies, light winds out of the south-southwest and highs in the low 70s. Trick-or-treaters can expect comfortable conditions tonight, with a bright moon overhead.

Overnight lows under mostly clear skies should drop to the upper 40s, forecasters say, and Thursday is expected to offer more sunshine and highs in the mid-70s.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.

Hoax photos flourishing as Hurricane Sandy pounds New York and the northeast

As Sandy moves inland from pounding New York and a vast stretch of the eastern U.S., thousands of images have been captured conveying the storm and the tremendous damage it’s doing.

Predictably in this age of altered images, not all of them have been authentic. One hoax has already been shared more than 540,000 times by Facebook users. I wonder how many of them think it’s real? I’m guessing quite a few.

Sedgwick County Emergency Management Homeland Security Planner Rick Shellenbarger posted the actual photo of Sandy approaching New York, which is pretty striking in its own right. Ironically, it’s only been shared 81 times as of early Tuesday morning. has compiled other Photoshop images to emerge from Sandy.

Wichita weather: Warmer, calmer

As Hurricane Sandy churns through the northeastern United States, it’s put the brakes on weather features moving east. That means the warm, placid conditions over the Great Plains figure to linger for a few more days.

Highs in Wichita today should reach the low 70s under mostly sunny skies, forecasters say. Winds will be light and variable, staying in the single digits.

Lows tonight will fall to the low 40s under mostly clear skies. Winds will remain light and variable.

Wednesday is likely to be a few degrees warmer than Tuesday, forecasters say, with highs in the mid- to upper 70s. Sunny skies and light breezes out of the south are also anticipated.

Sunny skies and highs in the 70s are projected for the rest of the work week in the Wichita area.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.

The most important weather forecast since D-Day?

A meteorologist makes that claim about Hurricane Sandy in a compelling blog post. You can read it here.

Wichita weather: Windy, with a warming trend commencing

Wichita looks poised to enjoy a week of tranquil conditions and warm temperatures.

Highs today will climb into the mid-60s, forecasters say, with mostly sunny skies and south winds in the teens. Gusts will approach 25 miles an hour.

Skies should remain partly cloudy overnight, when lows are projected to fall into the low 40s. Tuesday will be sunny, warmer and calmer, forecasters say, with highs in the low 70s and winds should be light and variable.

Lows Tuesday night will again be in the low 40s.

The rest of the week looks sunny and mild, forecasters say, with highs in the low 70s.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.

Weather officials implore residents to heed warnings as Hurricane Sandy approaches

A rare personal appeal by a weather official to residents in Sandy’s path – let’s hope they listen.

What will Wichita’s winter be like?

The answer to that question depends on who’s doing the talking.

Here are a series of maps showing what various agencies are predicting for the coming winter. The Farmers Almanac claims an accuracy rate of 80 percent, though a review of last year’s forecast by Golden Gate Weather Services suggests the publication whiffed rather badly.

The next map is the outlook provided by AccuWeather, while the next two come from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

Friday morning freeze warning for Wichita canceled, but new freeze warning issued for early Saturday morning

The National Weather Service has shelved the Friday morning freeze warning for south-central Kansas, but issued a new freeze warning for the region for late Friday night and Saturday morning.

The new freeze warning is in effect from 10 p.m. today until 10 a.m. Saturday, and includes 11 counties – among them the Wichita metropolitan area. Temperatures are expected to fall into the mid-20s overnight.

The freeze warning is for Sedgwick, Harvey, Butler, Reno, Kingman, Sumner, Harper, Cowley, Greenwood, Woodson and Allen counties.

Wichita weather: Freeze warning in the morning, followed by freeze watch tonight

A freeze warning for the Wichita metropolitan area will be in effect until 9 a.m. today, before sunshine boosts temperatures into the low 50s under mostly sunny skies.

Winds will remain out of the north, forecasters say, with steady breezes in the teens and gusts climbing into the low 20s. Temperatures are expected to fall into the mid-20s tonight – thus prompting the National Weather Service to issue a freeze watch for the region – and the weekend is projected to bring highs in the 50s under mostly sunny skies.

The nights will remain cold, with highs in the low to mid-30s.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.