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EASTER BLIZZARD OF 1873... Play Audio



It may be spring, but that doesn’t mean winter weather is completely behind us. To prove that point, K-State climatologist Mary Knapp details a blizzard that raged from North Dakota to Kansas in mid-April, 1873 – resulting in huge snow drifts and tremendous cattle losses.
 

4/10/2014 7:00:00 PM


UNDERSTANDING WIND SPEED... Play Audio



Just as the temperature can be reported in Celsius or Fahrenheit, wind speed can be reported in knots, miles per hour and one meter per second. According to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp, understanding these different types of wind speed measurements is really the only way to know just how windy it is.
 

4/10/2014 7:00:00 PM


WHY SMOKE GETS TRAPPED... Play Audio



Spring burn season has arrived and there have been several days when the smoke lingers and fails to dissipate. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says one of the major reasons for lingering smoke has been an inversion – which traps the smoke at the surface until the inversion is displaced or the cap erodes.
 

4/10/2014 7:00:00 PM


K-State climatologist Mary Knapp... Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather...which includes a good chance of rain for parts of the state this weekend.
 
 

4/10/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey... Play Audio



Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey goes over the extensive public feedback that has been received over the past several months, that will be funneled into the state's 50-year water plan...that input will be reviewed and discussed at a major water summit to take place this Friday in Manhattan.
 

4/8/2014 7:00:00 PM


K-State climatologist Mary Knapp... Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.
 

4/3/2014 7:00:00 PM


CIVIL TWILIGHT, NAUTICAL TWILIGHT... Play Audio



Weather reports typically include the sunrise and sunset times, but other terms are also used. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains the terms used to refer to twilight: the time before sunrise and after sunset.
 

4/3/2014 7:00:00 PM


FACTORS AFFECTING TEMPERATURE... Play Audio



Manhattan, Salina and Topeka are geographically close, but the temperature is often higher or lower in one city compared to another. According to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp, several factors can affect temperature, including terrain, elevation and local variations in air mass.
 

4/3/2014 7:00:00 PM


READING ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE... Play Audio



Atmospheric pressure is the force exerted by the atmosphere over a particular point. It is usually reported in terms of inches of mercury or millibars. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says what can make it confusing is that the pressure is reported as station pressure and as sea-level pressure.
 

4/3/2014 7:00:00 PM


THE DEW POINT TEMPERATURE... Play Audio



Dew point – the water drops that appear on your lawn at night – is one basic measure of humidity. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains the difference between the dew point temperature and humidity and why it’s a good indicator of how low the night temperature can get.
 

3/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


K-State climatologist Mary Knapp... Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp covers the Kansas agricultural weather scene.

3/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


A RECOGNIZABLE CLOUD TYPE... Play Audio



Cumulonimbus clouds are probably one of the most recognizable cloud types. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says these clouds – which form huge columns that flatten at the top in an anvil shape – are closely associated with severe weather.
 

3/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


APRIL SHOWERS, MAY FLOWERS... Play Audio



April showers bring May flowers” is probably one of the most quoted and most accurate weather sayings. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how the moisture in April and the warmer weather in May combine to produce an abundance of blooming plants.

3/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


Severe Weather Season Part 2: Preparing Yourself and Your Family



You might not be able to tell exactly when a severe weather event will hit, but following weather updates, including watches and warnings, and being prepared for a weather disaster, could help keep you and your family safe.
3/27/2014 8:00:00 AM


Severe Weather Season Part 1: Understanding the Storms



Fifty-six tornadoes were reported in Kansas last year, which made it the quietest year for tornadoes since 1994. According to the National Weather Service, only five of the tornadoes ranked as strong, violent tornadoes. There was one injury and no deaths.

3/27/2014 8:00:00 AM


Brown Recluse Research Results



K-State entomologist, Jeff Whitworth, talks about his research findings on how effective household sprays and sticky traps are on brown recluse spiders. See video


3/25/2014 8:00:00 AM


Funds Still Available to Improve Kansas Windbreaks, Streamside Forests



Kansas landowners now have until April 18 to apply for cost-share funds to restore or enhance windbreaks and streamside forests, also called riparian forests. The funding is available through the 2014 Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI).
3/21/2014 8:00:00 AM


MASSIVE MARCH SNOW TOTALS... Play Audio



Just because spring has arrived, doesn’t mean we won’t experience winter weather. In fact, K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says the Kansas City area was buried by as much as 37 inches of snow on March 24, 1912 -- setting records that still stand today.

3/20/2014 7:00:00 PM


THE START OF TORNADO SEASON... Play Audio



Early May to June is considered the peak tornado season in Kansas. However, tornadoes can occur any time and March is no exception. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp details four strong tornadoes that struck in the Pratt/Reno County area in March 1991 and the 55 tornadoes that hit the Wichita-Andover area one month later.
 

3/20/2014 7:00:00 PM


K-State climatologist Mary Knapp... Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp covers the Kansas agricultural weather scene.
 
 

3/20/2014 7:00:00 PM


PROTECTION FROM UV RADIATION... Play Audio



Outdoor activity typically increases on warm spring days. A concern associated with spending more time outdoors is overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet or UV radiation. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp talks about the UV Index and the precautions we can take to protect ourselves from the sun’s harmful rays.
 

3/20/2014 7:00:00 PM


Online Tool Can Help with Efficient Crop Irrigation, Plus Projects Net Returns



Its name is as straightforward as it comes. The Crop Water Allocator developed by Kansas State University has a simple name but can help producers navigate complex decisions regarding crops and rotations that best utilize water based on net economic returns. And using scarce water to help grow the global food supply is of utmost importance on the High Plains.
3/18/2014 8:00:00 AM


FACTORS CAUSING FLOODING... Play Audio



Heavy or persistent rainfall can result in general and flash flooding, but what other factors cause flooding?  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says two forms of flooding associated with winter precipitation are rapid snow melt and ice dams.
 

3/13/2014 7:00:00 PM


A NATURAL LIGHT DISPLAY... Play Audio



The Aurora Borealis – or Northern Lights – is a natural light display that is produced when charged particles interact with atoms in the atmosphere at high latitudes. However, K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says the light display can sometimes be seen in the middle latitudes.
 

3/13/2014 7:00:00 PM


THREE “BAD” DUST STORMS... Play Audio



The windy conditions that have prevailed this month are reminiscent of the dust storms of the 1930s. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says a series of dust storms across southeastern Colorado and western Kansas during mid-March, 1935, left some areas buried under six feet of dust!
 

3/13/2014 7:00:00 PM


K-State climatologist Mary Knapp... Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

 

3/13/2014 7:00:00 PM


PREPARING FOR SEVERE WEATHER... Play Audio



Last year, there were 56 tornadoes reported in Kansas – making it the quietest year for the violent storms since 1994. According to the National Weather Service, only five of the tornadoes ranked as strong, violent tornadoes. There was only one injury and no deaths. Chad Omitt, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Topeka, says having a plan is one step we can all take to protect ourselves in the event of a violent storm or tornado.
 

3/13/2014 7:00:00 PM


K-State climatologist Mary Knapp... Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp covers the Kansas agricultural weather scene.
 

3/6/2014 6:00:00 PM


DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME... Play Audio



It’s that time again when we “spring forward and fall back” as part of Daylight Saving Time. However, we aren’t actually saving time. We are essentially switching the time when daylight occurs. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks at the history of Daylight Saving Time.
 

3/6/2014 6:00:00 PM


WIND AFFECTS BEHAVIOR... Play Audio



Kansas is certainly no stranger to strong winds. But, does the intensity of the wind or a lack of wind cause erratic behavior in people or animals? K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says the answer depends on whether the wind adds to our comfort or detracts from it.
 
 

3/6/2014 6:00:00 PM