Daily Archives: 8 January, 2013

Storm spotter training schedule set for Wichita area

Yes, the snow flurries and temperatures and wind chills remind us that winter is still in full force these days, but spring isn’t that far off.

One reminder of that is the arrival of the schedule for storm spotter training classes in the Wichita area. The National Weather Service has posted its schedule of storm spotter classes on its website.

The first class is Feb. 11 in Sedan and the last is April 11 in Wichita. That final session, along with meetings on April 3 in Salina and April 9 in Parsons, are advanced sessions. Those wishing to go to those talks are encouraged to attend one of the basic talks earlier in the spring.

The “basic” talk for Wichita will be held March 5 at Northwest High School.

The basic talks cover thunderstorm development, storm structure, the features to look for and where to find them. The audience is also taught how, what and when to report information.

Basic severe weather safety is covered in the presentation as well.

All classes are free and open to the public.

Wichita weather: Warmest day of the year

It’s not exactly cause to break out the shorts and T-shirts, but Wichita could well enjoy its warmest day of the year today.

Highs could climb to the mid- to upper 50s in the metropolitan area, forecasters say. That would top the 54 of Monday, which currently ranks as 2013′s warmest.

South winds gusting above 20 miles an hour will help temperatures climb, though a layer of thin high clouds will keep readings from going even higher.

Overnight lows are expected to bottom out in the low 30s under mostly cloudy skies, forecasters say. Winds will be light and variable, shifting from the south to the north as the overnight hours unspool.

Chances for rain enter the forecast Wednesday and persist through Thursday night, forecasters say.

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