Daily Archives: 30 January, 2013

Storm spotter training classes in the Topeka area

Storm spotter training classes get under way in less than three weeks in the Topeka area.

Here’s a list of the presentations, which are free and open to the public.

Storm spotter training talk schedule for central and southwest Kansas

The Dodge City branch of the National Weather Service has released its schedule of storm spotter training talks for its coverage area, which includes southwest Kansas and portions of the central part of the state.

They are free and open to the public. Even if you’ve gone to one in the past, I find them worthwhile to see again so you can be kept abreast of new information.

Record-setting tornado fatality drought ends

The national tornado fatality drought came to an end today when a large tornado killed a man in a mobile home in Adairsville, Ga.

There hadn’t been a tornado death in the U.S. since June 24 – a span of 220 days. The previous record tornado fatality drought had been 197 days, ending February 28, 1997, according to Weather Underground.

Until today, Weather Underground reports, the last time the U.S. saw a tornado death was at Venus in Highlands County, Florida, from an EF-0 tornado associated with Tropical Storm Debby.

Here’s a brief video of the Adairsville tornado north of Atlanta.

UPDATE: A second fatality has been reported in the Nashville area of Tennessee.

Snowfall totals around Kansas

Wichita officially recorded .10 of an inch from the snow that fell overnight – though it was enough to make the morning commute treacherous in spots around the metropolitan area.

Heavier snow fell in northern Kansas, with more than 5 inches reported in Concordia.

Here’s a map of snowfall in the Wichita area, produced by the National Weather Service.

Here’s a list of snowfall totals for cities in the Topeka branch’s coverage area.

The Dodge City branch of the weather service also has a short list of snowfall totals in southwest Kansas.

Wichita weather: Clearing, windy and cold

Those 70s on Monday will seem a long way away today in the Wichita area, with highs projected to be less than half that.

Morning clouds will gradually move out of the area through the course of the day, forecasters say, but the sunshine will do little to boost temperatures. Highs will only reach the mid-30s, with north-northwest winds gusting to more than 30 miles an hour.

Tonight’s low will be in the low 20s under mostly clear skies, forecasters say. Winds will shift to the south-southwest and ease to the single digits.

Thursday will be a bit warmer in Wichita, forecasters say, with highs in the low 40s, mostly sunny skies and light and variable winds.

Temperatures are expected to warm into the 50s for the weekend.

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