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I hope everyone is enjoying the warm weather across the area. Highs on Wednesday will approach record levels. The forecast is 81 and the record high for March 14 is 82 degrees set back in 1935. Expect MUCH cooler weather for the rest of the week with mainly 50s for highs from Thursday-Saturday.
Severe Weather Awareness week continues with today's topic of tornado safety. Here is the article from the NWS.
IN MISSOURI...THE PEAK SEASON FOR TORNADOES IS APRIL THROUGH
JUNE...DURING THE MID AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY EVENING HOURS...BUT
TORNADOES CAN OCCUR ANYTIME OF DAY AND ANY MONTH OF THE YEAR.
MISSOURI AVERAGES 30 TORNADOES A YEAR. LAST YEAR...2006...A NEW
RECORD WAS SET AS 102 TORNADOES WERE DOCUMENTED IN THE STATE. THAT
BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 86 SET IN 2003.
WHEN A TORNADO THREATENS...YOU MAY ONLY HAVE SECONDS TO SAVE
YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY. HAVE A PREPAREDNESS PLAN FOR YOUR HOME...
SCHOOL...AND WORKPLACE. KNOW WHERE TO FIND THE BEST TORNADO
IN A HOME...GO TO THE BASEMENT AND GET UNDER THE STAIRWELL...OR
UNDER A HEAVY PIECE OF FURNITURE. IF THERE IS NO BASEMENT...GO TO
AN INTERIOR CLOSET...HALL OR BATHROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR AND STAY
AWAY FROM WINDOWS. THE MAIN IDEA IS TO GET AS MANY WALLS BETWEEN
YOURSELF AND THE OUTSIDE AS YOU CAN. TRY TO PROTECT YOUR HEAD WITH
PILLOWS OR SOFA CUSHIONS AS IT IS HEAD INJURIES THAT OFTEN LEAD TO
IN SCHOOLS...HOSPITALS...CHURCHES AND OFFICE BUILDINGS...GO TO
SMALL INTERIOR ROOMS OR HALLS ON THE LOWEST FLOOR. STAY AWAY FROM
WINDOWS. AVOID LARGE OPEN AREAS WITH FREE SPAN ROOFS SUCH AS
GYMNASIUMS AND CAFETERIAS.
IN HIGH RISE BUILDINGS...IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO GET TO THE LOWEST
FLOOR...BUT GO TO INTERIOR HALLS...BATHROOMS OR CLOSETS. STAY AWAY
FROM DOORS AND WINDOWS.
IN SHOPPING CENTERS...AVOID LARGE OPEN AREAS AND GLASS. SEEK
SHELTER IN BATHROOMS...SMALL INTERIOR SPACES AND BEHIND COUNTERS.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ESCAPE IN YOUR VEHICLE.
ABANDON MOBILE HOMES AND VEHICLES FOR A NEARBY REINFORCED
BUILDING. AS A LAST RESORT LIE FLAT IN A DITCH. DO NOT SEEK SHELTER
UNDER AN OVERPASS.
Posted by jnelson at March 13, 2007 3:47 PM
I would really like to see some cooler temperatures again with lows at least below freezing again. It is already extremely warm and it is only the middle of March. When will the pattern transition back to a ridge in the Pacific? Also, many areas missed out on the rainfall from the last few storm systems and it is extremely dry in some areas!!!
Temps will very likely be below freezing a few more times(maybe more) before we hit spring in full stride. Also, the pattern looks very wet beginning next week. Hopefully all areas see some rain.
Posted by: Devin at March 13, 2007 6:09 PM
Hello, I hope I'm not asking much, but could you possibly forward this to you're webmaster? I'm very happy now that you have the personalites up on the site, but what about the stations history. I always like to read that. I know you may not want it up, but I really thought it would be good since you're the only station that has it(?). Again, I hope this isn't much to you and (to everybody) that you are still having the new site built.
Thanks for the post! We will pass along your suggestions.
Posted by: Alden at March 13, 2007 6:20 PM
I enjoy the blog and do not mean to sounds mean spirited... but, what's with the site. It has never been corrected. I understand change happens but I can't get used to this.
Too much white.
I do like the quick hit blog archives.
Why only on 1/2 of my screen ( and this is more than my settings).
Otherwise, keep it up. Fantastical weather. What is this rain you speak of next week?
The website is being updated everyday...some is noticable...other areas like you mentioned have not been changed YET.
Next week looks quite active with some decent chances of rain. Still too early to tell if severe weather would be an issue or not.
Posted by: hank at March 13, 2007 10:24 PM
So Jeremy, you have been here for a bit...what are your thoughts on KC? I see your previous station still has all your info on the the site bios. The thing of interest for me is that you would have liked to report on the OK outbreak in '99, I suppose this would be the event that all meteorlogists would have liked to have reported on - at a distance. Also...I see you did some work at Weather Central. In researching that a bit, looks like you covered Ivan. What are your thoughts on working the tropics compared to the midwest? I am a junkie for both, but curious to get your thoughts.
My last job was complex in that I was employed by Weather Central...but was on-air at the FOX & ABC stations. All three companies had different ownership, but an agreement that worked for each. Weather Central makes graphics computers, like the ones the NBC Action Weather Team uses everyday. Weather Central provides weather pages for newspapers(KC Star). Basically anything weather related to on-air, online, and print they have a hand in.
It was a great experience to work there, but I needed a bigger challenge in a bigger market closer to the action. So far KC has been great. From my co-workers to the community everyone has been very welcoming.
I'm not sure if you saw me doing a few promotional clips on the Weather Central site in regards to Ivan. That was taped probably 1-3 years ago...but that was just staged stuff(isn't TV great!). It was to show off the graphics more than anything. Outside of what I learned in college and any seminars or journals...I have no first hand experience with tropical weather.
Posted by: Scott at March 13, 2007 11:05 PM
Graphics. Hmmm..you have mentioned previously in earlier blogs that this is an interest of yours. Is this a skill you have in creating graphics, or do you seek just to find better ones and more informative graphics for the viewers? Also, as far as tropics, its funny…by studying hurricanes, this is what brought be back into studying the land based storms, but having a tropical base, it’s a slightly different base of reference. Instead of focusing on the tropical models and warm core storms, obviously, much different on land. I will say that there are principles I learned in the tropical world that do apply for land based that most folks don’t consider. I think this is where I became so relationship focused in cause and effect and how other features relate. This is a huge concept required in the tropics, less on land based to an extent. I will say, this conceptual relationship model I work from did help me very quickly understand the LRC and the internal workings…
When it comes to graphics you have to walk a fine line of using the graphics to look good and 'pretty'...but keeping them simple enough for viewers to understand. I think a good example of this is when we use LIVE ESP. Some things are complex on it, but with our experience and educational background we are able to tell people what they are looking at and why it is important.
Posted by: Scott at March 14, 2007 8:56 AM