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.
Weather Wonders
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- 10/16/2014
At this time of year, many remember one of the most devastating hurricanes in this region’s history.  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks back. 

- 10/16/2014
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp warns of the danger that can occur if caution is not taken during the cooler month when we rely on heat sources in the home.

- 10/16/2014
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (nap) explains that the term can have any number of meanings.

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how snowfall records tell only part of the story.

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks back at an unusual autumn snowfall seventeen years ago.                                                  

Measuring snowfall is done with the help of a different kind of snow board, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

- 10/3/2014
A rapid fall in temperature can create a cold wave, as K-State Climatologist Mary Knapp explains.     

State climatologist Mary Knapp offers tips on taking your personal interest in weather to the next level.                                                                      

- 10/3/2014
State climatologist Mary Knapp tells what conditions define the time of year sometimes called Indian Summer.                                                                                

- 9/26/2014
How does one define “twilight?”  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains.   

State climatologist Mary Knapp explains that it’s more about moisture than temperature.                                                                                  

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp notes that while the west coast suffers lack of rain, the central plains have had plenty.

- 9/19/2014
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains this commonly used weather term.

Can one predict the severity of weather by observing animal behavior in the fall?  Mary Knapp looks at some common beliefs.

- 9/19/2014
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says that while we’ve had some cold days and nights recently, they didn’t come close to the record lows set a few years ago.

- 9/12/2014
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains that the equinox is not necessarily when the day and night are of equal length.    

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp defines what makes a sky “fair” rather than simply partly cloudy.         

- 9/12/2014
When are the first freezes due to hit Kansas?  Mary Knapp of K-State looks at when frost typically first appears in Kansas. 

- 9/5/2014
Mary Knapp explores how and why dew forms.

- 9/5/2014
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains “smog,” which is not a modern day problem.

- 9/5/2014
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp tells us about different types of fog.

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp examines whether or not insect behavior forecasts weather events.          

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks back at one of the worst hurricanes ever to hit the U.S.        
   

What was the largest hailstone ever recorded hitting Kansas?  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp tells us. 

- 8/22/2014
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains the important role that water vapor plays above Earth.
 

K-State’s Mary Knapp examines one of the most important volcanic eruptions in recorded history.

- 8/22/2014
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks back at one of the deadliest U.S. hurricanes of the last 100 years.                                                

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp compares the various terms used to describe wind velocity.
                            

- 8/15/2014
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how changes in sunlight and temperature affect in intensity of colors in leaves and flowers.                                                

- 8/15/2014
Does weather affect the frequency or severity of earthquakes?  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp offers the modern science perspective.                                                

It’s during the last few weeks of summer that we can expect to see some of our most colorful blooms in the home landscape.  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp tells us about this unique perennial, and what it may say about the weather weeks ahead.

- 8/8/2014
If Kansas weather sometimes feels a bit extreme, it’s not just you—there really is a reason for the state’s hotter hots… and colder colds. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how geography and a mix of climate zones give Kansas a unique climate.

Have you ever noticed that your favorite weather radar sometimes displays that characteristic “rain green” coloring over your area, even when it’s dry outside?  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says it’s not a technical glitch, but a little-known weather phenomenon.

While we’ve had a few hot days in Kansas so far this summer, K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says they pale in comparison to the summer of 1936.
 

Tropical storms originating along the equator tend to be inconsistent in their movements. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says there’s a simple climatological reason for that.
 

This summer has seen its share of temperature extremes…from typical hot days to stretches of abnormally cools days.  But nearly 100 years ago, K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says a volcano led to what was called a “year without a summer.”

- 7/24/2014
Despite a run of hot days recently, this month of July is well short of record heat…in fact, just the opposite.  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp has the details.

- 7/24/2014
Occasionally, lightning can stray far away from the actual storm.  In fact, as K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports, lightning strikes can occur even under a fully clear sky.
 

- 7/24/2014
The month of August provides an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the wide-open Kansas night sky, and enjoy meteor watching.  K-State climatologist Mary Knapp talks about how to make the most of that.
 

- 7/18/2014
Many of us have seen unusual weather combinations, such as winter storms that combine rain, sleet and snow. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says there’s another rare occurrence during warmer months to look out for.

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