First tornado of the season in Kansas a meek one

Kansas recorded its first tornado of the spring late last week, but it wasn’t much to write home about.

The weak, brief tornado touched down in Chautauqua County on April 2. Joseph Tyree nonetheless managed to capture images of it, however, and he shared a couple with the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service.

The tornado touched down in a rural area and did no appreciable damage, however, so the weather service did not conduct a field survey or attach an F rating to it.

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Wichita weather: Afternoon showers likely

Wichita can expect some rain showers this afternoon and and then possibly again tonight, forecasters say.

Highs should approach 60, with north winds in single digits early but gusting to more than 25 miles an hour later. Skies should gradually clear late Monday night and early Tuesday, forecasters say, with lows falling into the upper 30s.

Tuesday should be sunny, with highs in the mid-60s in the Wichita area. North winds will again be robust, forecasters say, gusting to nearly 30 miles an hour.

Those winds will become light and variable overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, with lows settling in the low 40s. Wednesday should be much warmer and breezy again, forecasters say, with highs near 80.

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Wichita weather: A chance of rain in the afternoon

Friday could see some light rain in the region as highs top out in the upper 50s, forecasters say.

Northerly winds will be light on a mostly cloudy day in the Wichita area. Lows will be chilly, sliding into the low 30s.

But the weekend should be a treat, forecasters say, with sunshine and highs in the upper 60s on Saturday and the mid-70s on Sunday.

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Wichita weather: Rain moves out, but wind stays

Showers that lingered overnight should move out of the Wichita area by the start of the work day Thursday, forecasters say.

But the wind that made Wednesday such a blustery day will hang around. Gusts could top 35 miles an hour on a day when the temperature is expected to top 70 under gradually clearing skies. Steady south breezes will be in the 20s before switching to the north-northwest in the afternoon.

Overnight lows are projected to dip into the mid-30s, forecasters say, with the northerly winds easing to the teens. Friday will be cooler, with highs not quite reaching the 60s. There’s a slight chance of showers as well, forecasters say. Winds will be light out of the north, touching double digits on occasion.

The weekend should be sunny and pleasant, forecasters say, with highs in the mid-60s on Saturday and the mid-70s on Sunday.

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Wichita weather: A rainy, windy day ahead

March will flex its reputation for wind again today in the Wichita area – so much so that the National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory stretching from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The advisory covers more than 50 counties in the eastern half of Kansas, including the Wichita metropolitan area. Wind gusts could approach 50 miles an hour at times this afternoon and evening, officials say.

Highs should top out in the mid-50s today in Wichita, with a good chance of rain this afternoon and evening. Southerly winds will intensify throughout the day, forecasters say, reaching steady breezes in the 30s by late afternoon.

Chances for rain continue overnight, when lows settle in the mid-40s, and persist into Thursday morning. Highs on Thursday could reach 70, forecasters say, with robust southerly winds switching to the west and northwest by late afternoon. Gusts could approach 35 miles an hour.

Lows Thursday night will be in the upper 30s, forecasters say, with Friday seeing temperatures only in the mid-50s.

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Wichita weather: Sunny but chilly

Sunny skies will rule the day in the Wichita area, but highs only in the 40s and a north wind pushing into the teens will make for a chilly day.

Lows will settle in the mid-30s overnight, forecasters say, with winds flipping to the south and intensifying. Gusts could approach 25 miles an hour.

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms arrives Wednesday, forecasters say, with highs climbing to near 60. Those south winds that arrived overnight will grow even stronger with the arrival of the front, gusting to more than 40 miles an hour at times. Steady winds will top 30 miles an hour by the afternoon.

Showers and thunderstorms remain possible overnight and into Thursday, forecasters say, with lows in the upper 40s and highs near 70. South winds will remain robust, blowing steadily in the 20s and gusting to more than 35 miles an hour.

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Wichita weather: Sunny and breezy

It’ll be a breezy Monday in the Wichita area, forecasters say, with highs in the mid-50s and a few clouds dotting the sky.

Winds will be out of the south in the morning, then switch to the north and gust to nearly 30 miles an hour at times. Overnight lows will fall into the mid-20s under mostly clear skies, forecasters say. Winds will be blustery out of the north before easing to the single digits in the early morning hours.

Tuesday will be sunny but colder, forecasters say, with highs only in the upper 40s. Winds will be in the teens out of the north, gusting occasionally to about 20 miles an hour.

Lows should settle in the low 30s, forecasters say, with winds shifting to the south after midnight. Highs Wednesday are expected to vault into the 60s.

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Wichita weather: Sunny and 60s

Although it won’t be as warm as Thursday was, Friday will nonetheless offer another course of classic Kansas springtime weather.

Sunny, 60s and a hearty breeze are expected in the Wichita area, forecasters say. North winds will be in the teens, gusting to more than 25 miles an hour at times.

Overnight lows will settle in the mid-30s under mostly clear skies, forecasters say. Winds will only ease a little, with gusts still topping 20 miles an hour.

The weekend will be chilly and blustery, forecasters say, with highs around 50 and winds gusting above 25 miles an hour.

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Wichita weather: 70s, sunny and breezy

It’ll be a warm day in Wichita Thursday, but it’ll be windy, too.

Highs should top 70 today, forecasters say, with sunny skies and south-southwesterly winds gaining strength as the day stretches out. Winds will be in the teens in the morning and intensify into the 20s by afternoon. Gusts could top 30 miles an hour.

Lows early Friday morning will bottom out in the lower 40s, forecasters say, with winds easing to the low teens. Friday will be a bit cooler, with sunshine and highs in the low 60s. Winds will switch to the north and become blustery again, with gusts nearing 30 miles an hour.

The weekend will be cooler, forecasters say, with partly to mostly cloudy skies and highs around 50.

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Wichita weather: Winds ease a little

Wednesday won’t be as windy as the past couple of days have been in the Wichita area, forecasters say.

That doesn’t mean it’ll be a tranquil day, however. Gusts out of the north-northwest will still top 20 miles an hour at times on a day when the temperature will climb near 60 under clear skies, forecasters say. Steady breezes will be in the teens.

Lows tonight will be in the mid-30s, with winds flipping to the south and easing into single digits.

Thursday should be warmer in Wichita, with highs touching the 70s. Sunshine and winds intensifying as the day extends are also expected, forecasters say. Steady winds will be in the teens and low 20s, with gusts topping 30 miles an hour.

Lows Thursday night will settle in the 40s, forecasters say, with Friday offering a few clouds and highs in the 60s.

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