K-State Research and Extension News
Kansas State Climatologist Mary Knapp offers this weekly series of short programs on weather phenomena and recent meteorological events in Kansas.
 
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- 6/26/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains the phenomenon known as St. Elmo’s Fire, which sailors have observed for centuries.

- 6/26/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp answers a listener question about heat lightning.

- 6/26/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp gives a brief history of the development of the UV Index, which tracks the amount of ultraviolet, or UV radiation, from day to day.

- 6/19/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp gives a brief history of the development of weather charts.

- 6/19/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks at how some familiar weather phrases came into being. 

There are differing opinions as to how the moon affects weather, says K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

- 6/8/2015
When water vapor condenses into water, it collects on a solid surface, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

- 6/8/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks back at a devastating storm that took place in northeast Kansas nearly 50 years ago.

- 6/8/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp points out that wind plays a major role in defining the difference between monsoons and other storms.

- 6/1/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reveals how tropical storms get their names.
 

Atmospheric pressure can be measured by two different methods, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.              

- 6/1/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how both standard and automatic gauges are used by different groups to measure rain totals.

- 5/22/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how the start of the season can have different meanings, depending upon perspective.

- 5/22/2015
Hail is a common weather event, but some hailstones can get dangerously large, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

- 5/22/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks back at the devastating storm that hit southeast Kansas on May 25th more than half-a-century ago.

- 5/15/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says there are reasons why frost might form somewhere, but not on the ground.

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains that lightning can be a threat, even though a storm may be miles away.    

- 5/15/2015
Thunder and lightning are usually observed together, but not always, says K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how large rain totals are measured, and looks at record rains in Kansas history.

- 5/8/2015
Rising water volume can pose serious dangers, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.       

- 5/8/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says that heavy rainfall isn’t the only reason that flooding occurs.

- 5/1/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reminds us that as temperatures rise outside, they rise even more in closed vehicles.

- 5/1/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reveals that despite the image the state has from “The Wizard of Oz,” Kansas is not the number one state for twisters.

- 5/1/2015
Weather conditions change throughout the day and have their own measurements, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

- 4/24/2015
One way to measure moisture formation is what is called “dew point,” says K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

- 4/24/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp has a formula to let us know when to take shelter during stormy weather.

- 4/24/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp warns of the dangers that the sun’s rays.
 

- 4/17/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (nap) reminds us that a few days of warm weather doesn’t mean freezing temperatures are over.

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says that spring conditions increase the chance of severe weather.

- 4/17/2015
Temperature and humidity are used to calculate what is called a “heat index,” as K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains.

- 4/10/2015
Warmer weather brings waves of increased temperatures, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says many factors can contribute to the range of concurrent temperatures in a local region.

- 4/10/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (nap) explains the differences in a warm front, a cold front, and a stationary front.

- 4/3/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains the different between partly cloudy and fair.  

- 4/3/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks at these unique clouds which usually indicate severe weather.

- 4/3/2015
Winter weather may not quite be over, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

- 3/27/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says April rains are important to the emergence of spring plants.     

- 3/27/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how the meaning of “normal” varies in the weather world.                 

- 3/27/2015
Severe weather can play nasty tricks on April 1st, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

- 3/20/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains this study of the weather’s effects on nature’s life cycles.

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