Daily Archives: 17 May, 2013

How to prepare for a tornado outbreak

Veteran storm chaser Scott Roberts has put together a checklist on what to do if a tornado outbreak threatens where you live. It’s worth reviewing.

Moderate risk of baseball-sized hail and tornadoes in northwest Kansas, southwest Nebraska

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman has upgraded the storm threat in northwest Kansas and southwest Nebraska to moderate for Saturday.

Forecasting models are suggesting conditions in that sector will support the development of tornadoes and large hail – as big as baseballs in some cases.

Among the cities included in the moderate are Hays, Stockton, Colby, Hill City, Atwood and Norton.

Suzanne Fortin, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service in Wichita, said she wouldn’t be surprised if the moderate zone for Saturday is eventually increased to include Russell and Rush counties in central Kansas.

Wichita weather: Patchy fog for morning commute

The morning commute could offer a few challenges in the Wichita metropolitan area, thanks to patchy fog expected to develop across the region.

Clouds will gradually dissipate, however, and winds will stir enough later this morning to clear the fog, forecasters say. Highs are expected to climb into the low 80s, with south-southeast winds eventually reaching the teens. Gusts could touch 20 miles an hour.

After an overnight low in the upper 60s, Saturday is expected to bring plenty of sunshine and highs in the mid-80s. Chances of strong thunderstorms arrive Sunday, forecasters say, so residents in the region should monitor forecasts and conditions closely.

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