Daily Archives: 15 January, 2014

Schedules set for severe weather preparedness classes in Wichita area

Yes, it’s mid-January and we’ve seen no shortage of cold weather – or snow, for that matter.

But spring isn’t all that far away, as the arrival of severe weather preparedness classes demonstrates. The Wichita branch of the National Weather Service has released its schedule of classes. The classes are offered in each of the 26 counties of southeast Kansas that encompass the Wichita branch’s warning coverage area.

Sedgwick County Emergency Management has put together additional classes throughout Sedgwick County. Check each schedule to see which date is most convenient. The classes are free and are expected to last about two hours.

A poignant reminder of lightning’s danger

This collection of images taken by a photojournalist on assignment captures a woman being killed by a lightning strike in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Information indicates there had been numerous warnings urging people to stay away from the water.

She ignored those warnings – and paid for it with her life.

Take lightning warnings seriously. The consequences can be deadly.

Wichita weather: Sunny and a bit warmer

Wednesday figures to offer more pleasant weather than the day before in the Wichita area, forecasters say.

Highs could touch 50 under sunny skies, with north-northwest winds occasionally climbing into double digits. A few clouds will move in overnight, forecasters say, with lows falling to the low 30s.

It’ll be windier with the sunshine on Thursday, forecasters say, with highs climbing near the mid-50s and northwest winds in the teens climbing into the 20s by afternoon. Gusts could top 40 miles an hour.

Thursday night will be colder than the night before, with lows in the low 20s. Winds will still be in the upper teens, gusting to nearly 30 miles an hour at times.

Friday will be cold, forecasters say, with highs only in the upper 30s.

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