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Wintry Weather Across the Northern Tier of the U.S.; Fire Weather Concerns in California

Wintry weather is expected from the Northern Plains to Upper Great Lakes with periods of snow and freezing rain. Another system will bring more snow to the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains Wednesday night into Thursday. Meanwhile, fire weather and air quality concerns persist for portions of the Western U.S., including California. Temperatures will run above normal over much of the East. Read More >

Kansas experiences a wide variety of summertime severe weather, including: tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail, and flash flooding. Residents are encouraged to use this week to review their severe weather safety plans. Practice what you would do as if the event was REAL.

Tornado Drill

The National Weather Service in Topeka will conduct a Tornado Drill @ 10am Tuesday, March 3rd. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the drill by practicing seeking secure, safe shelter from a tornado. This test will be broadcast over NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio and many local television and radio stations. Local officials may also sound their warning sirens. Area residents, businesses, and schools are urged to treat the drill as if it were an actual tornado warning.

We will be focusing on several different severe weather safety topics through the week.











Receiving Weather Info Tornado Safety Lightning Safety Hail and Wind Safety Flood Safety

Preparing for an event starts now!

Ask yourself what YOU would do in case of severe weather. Do you have multiple ways to receive alerts? Do you have adequate shelter & supplies?

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Tornadoes pack some of the fastest winds on Earth and are deadly to anyone caught in their path. Kansas averages 95 tornadoes per year but has seen up to 187, with the peak tornado season running from April to June.

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Every lightning strike can be deadly. Lightning strikes the U.S. 25 MILLION times and kills 47 people on average each year. Many of these deaths occur outdoors and are preventable.

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

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Damaging winds and large hail are two other weapons in a storm's arsenal. Hail can exceed softball size and straight-line winds can down trees & destroy property. They often garner less respect than tornadoes, but are just as deadly.

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Floods kill more people in the United States each year than any other thunderstorm-related hazard. Many flood deaths are the result of people driving into flooded roads.

Turn Around, Don't Drown!

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For those wishing for a printable version of these safety guidelines, please see our Review page for a printable pdf document.

Public service announcements courtesy of Bill Kurtis

Interested in Learning More About Severe Storms?

Check our spotter training talk schedule and see if there is a session near you.
Sessions are free and do not require an RSVP!

Weather Spotter's Field Guide - An Excellent Source of Information

Field Guide in Spanish

June 8, 1966 Topeka tornado