Severe Weather

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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The formation of severe weather
More Severe Weather
Severe storms possible over much of Kansas
09:10 a.m., April 8, 2015 Updated 10:13 p.m.
State emergency management officials are monitoring a storm system that is expected to bring large hail, damaging winds and the possibility of tornadoes.
Officials fear Kansas is complacent about tornado season
12:49 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 10:18 p.m.
Weather officials in Kansas are worried that the state’s lack of tornados last year will make citizens complacent going into tornado season this spring.
Midwest likely to encounter ‘mega-drought’ this century, researchers say
February 15, 2015
Global warming will bring the” risk of a decades-long mega-drought in the American Southwest and Great Plains during the second half of the century, researchers say. The forecast, published online in the new journal Science Advances, contrasts sharply with other recent assessments that report more uncertainty about future droughts, according to study authors. By The Associated Press
CLOSINGS for Feb. 2
February 1, 2015
Weather-related closings for Monday, Feb. 2.
CLOSINGS for Jan. 7
08:26 p.m., January 6, 2015 Updated 09:16 p.m.
Check back with the Journal-World for more closings.
Statewide storm damage totals dropped in 2014
January 5, 2015
The amount of storm damage reported in Kansas in 2014 was the lowest amount in 16 years.
Officials say ‘tornado days’ not likely in Kansas schools
09:50 a.m., October 6, 2014 Updated 10:44 a.m.
Oklahoma officials are kicking around the idea of instituting “tornado days” in which classes would be called off when the threat of tornadoes is unusually high, but school and weather officials in Kansas think the idea could cause more problems than it solves.
Severe weather possible in Lawrence tonight
September 9, 2014
Severe weather is expected in the region tonight, with a possibility that it could reach Lawrence, the National Weather Service is reporting.
Severe thunderstorm warning issued until 10:15 p.m.
09:40 p.m., August 31, 2014 Updated 09:51 p.m.
Severe thunderstorm warning issued until 10:15 p.m. for Douglas County
Severe thunderstorm watch issued until 1 a.m.
August 31, 2014
The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas County until 1 a.m. Monday.
2 confirmed tornadoes cause damage in NE Kansas
June 4, 2014
A pair of tornadoes damaged several homes and blew dozens of empty coal cars from railroad tracks in far northeast Kansas, but nobody was killed in the late-night storms, the National Weather Service said. The first tornado was an EF-3 carrying winds up to 140 mph Tuesday in Nemaha and Brown counties, said Chad Omitt, warning coordination meteorologist with the weather service office in Topeka. The twister struck south of the tiny town of Bern, with a population of just over 150, and north of Oneida, a community of 75 residents nine miles away, Omitt said.
Risk of strong tornadoes in Kansas, four other Midwestern states
June 2, 2014
It has been a fairly quiet tornado season so far this spring but that could change on Tuesday in five Midwestern states, where the National Weather Service predicts a heightened risk of severe storms that could produce strong twisters.
Forecasters: 2014 shaping up as quiet tornado year
May 20, 2014
A weak jet stream and prevailing weather patterns suggest that this tornado season may remain quiet, forecasters said.
Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Douglas County until 10 p.m.
May 8, 2014
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas and area counties until 10 p.m. Thursday evening.
Brownback and Jenkins to tour tornado site in Baxter Springs
April 28, 2014
An aide to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins will visit Baxter Springs to view tornado damage in the southeast Kansas town.