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The mystery: We visit the National Weather Service in Norman, Okla., to observe the science of predicting the storms
March 11, 2009
On the day that Barack Obama was sworn in as president, the weather across the United States was fittingly peaceful. Computers in the nation’s Storm Prediction Center showed no signs of severe weather. Still, the center operated as it would on the other 364 days of the year.
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Severe weather seasons bring haunting memories of night in Andover

They say 13 people died and another 150 were injured that Friday in a small town east of Wichita, just off the interstate, a place few folks outside the area had ever bothered paying much attention to before.

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From snow to rain, lightning, and even clear skies, Kansas weather puts on a good show. Submit your photos and see what others have sent in.

Video: Tornado etched into Topeka's memory

Topekans watched on June 8, 1966 as an F5 tornado descended on the heart of the city. Watch »

Video: Tips to keep you safe during severe weather

With tornado season upon us, it's time to think of what you can do to keep your family safe during a tornado. Watch »

Video: Students learn techniques for twister safety

Stop, drop and tuck: that's what students at Sunset Hill Elementary did today during the state-wide tornado drill. Watch »

Video: Change coming to tornado warning alerts

Douglas County Emergency Management is making a critical change in how they deal with tornado warnings. Watch »

Eye of the Storm
Eye of the Storm: Part One Eye of the Storm: Part Two Eye of the Storm: Part Three Eye of the Storm: Part Four

The 6News weather team looks at the ferocious storms of years past and preparations for this year's severe weather season.

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In the Eye of the Storm
Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four 'We had a bad feeling ...' Don't take the over/under Driving during a tornado Which part of the basement? Safe at home Nighttime tornado

River City Weekly takes a look at severe weather and the people who track it.

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Inside the National Weather Center
The building Storm Prediction Center Forecaster's job Observation deck Science On a Sphere Toto isn't in Kansas Vehicle bay

Daphne Thompson has been the meteorologist education outreach coordinator at the National Weather Center for three years. So far, she estimates that she has provided tours to more than 8,000 people. She is married to Richard Thompson, a lead forecaster in the Storm Prediction Center. They met as students in the University of Oklahoma's School of Meteorology, which is located in the building that they work in today.

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Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Douglas County
April 13, 2014
Douglas County is included in a severe thunderstorm watch that the National Weather Service issued for much of eastern Kansas.
Thunderstorms forecasted for Lawrence on Sunday
April 12, 2014
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Jefferson County and a hazardous weather outlook for Douglas and Franklin counties Saturday night into Sunday.
Tonight’s tornado watch canceled for Douglas County
01:09 p.m., March 27, 2014 Updated 03:19 p.m.
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado watch for East Central Kansas, including Douglas County, that will remain in effect until 8 p.m.
Kansas weather officials seek clue to some tornadoes’ paths
March 9, 2014
Weather officials in Kansas will be watching major thunderstorms this year for a clue about wind speeds that may help indicate the path of potential tornadoes.
The Tonganoxie Split: Myth lacks scientific backing but remains intriguing mystery
March 8, 2014
If many people ever truly believed in the Tonganoxie Split, it’s a good bet that number dropped on May 11, 2000. That’s when — instead of being waylaid by any natural terrain or old Indian curses — a tornado twisted through the little Leavenworth County town, causing $2.1 million in damage to more than 200 homes. Anymore, the Split is generally accepted as folklore instead of a weather phenomenon. By Sara Shepherd
Tornado sirens tested Tuesday
March 3, 2014
When you hear the sirens tomorrow, don’t worry: It’s only a drill.
CLOSINGS and modified hours March 2-3
05:24 p.m., February 28, 2014 Updated 03:12 p.m.
Districts in Baldwin City, Tonganoxie and Basehor-Linwood are among schools that have canceled Monday classes because of extreme cold temperatures and dangerous road conditions. See other weather-related closings for March 2-3.
Lawrence residential streets plowed; public schools remain closed
February 6, 2014
Lawrence road crews worked all night to clean up after one of the worst snowstorms in the history of the city. The city announced this morning that all residential streets have been plowed, after crews spent much of Wednesday focusing on clearing major thoroughfares. By Giles Bruce
Cleanup continues after Lawrence hit with historic snowfall; several school districts close Thursday
08:01 a.m., February 5, 2014 Updated 06:05 p.m.
Lawrence continues to dig out of the snow, a day after one of the worst winter storms in city’s history. By Giles Bruce
Schools, legislature close as Lawrence prepares for season’s biggest snowstorm
February 4, 2014
Much of Lawrence spent Monday getting ready for the worst winter storm of the season so far. By Giles Bruce
CLOSINGS and modified hours Feb. 6
07:55 p.m., February 3, 2014 Updated 03:07 p.m.
Closings Feb. 4-5
Weather statement issued for Douglas, Franklin counties
November 1, 2013
The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather statement for Douglas County.
Douglas County under severe thunderstorm warning until 10:15 p.m.
08:55 p.m., June 27, 2013 Updated 09:56 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning in effect until 10:15 p.m. for northern Douglas County. A severe thunderstorm was located in Lawrence and moving east at about 15 m.p.h. The storm has a possibility of 60 m.p.h. wind gusts and quarter-size hail.
Thunderstorms moving through Jefferson and Douglas counties
June 15, 2013
Strong thunderstorms are expected to move across portions of southeastern Jefferson and Douglas Counties Saturday afternoon.
KU students help with tornado relief effort in Oklahoma
May 30, 2013
Like many people after last week’s devastating tornado in Moore, Okla., Morgan Hines had an urge to help. And she was determined to follow through with it. Hines, who recently finished her junior year at Kansas University, used some connections she had in the Oklahoma City area to organize a relief trip for herself and fellow members of Douglas County Young Life, a local Christian outreach ministry for area youth. By Giles Bruce

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