Weather http://kcur.org en Thousands Still Without Power Across Kansas City Metro http://kcur.org/post/thousands-still-without-power-across-kansas-city-metro <p><strong>Updated, 1:30 p.m. </strong></p><p>According to an update on the KCP&amp;L website: "We have restored nearly 90 percent of our affected customers. During the span of the storm, we had approximately 73,000 customers without power...Currently, we have approximately 6,500 customers remaining without power."</p><p><em>Our original post continues here:</em></p><p>Although there were no serious injuries reported in Monday night’s severe storms, rain and powerful wind gusts knocked out power for thousands across the Kansas City metropolitan area.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:54:52 +0000 Ben Palosaari 58533 at http://kcur.org Thousands Still Without Power Across Kansas City Metro Wet June Helps Ease Drought Conditions In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/wet-june-helps-ease-drought-conditions-kansas <p>Last month was the fifth wettest June on record, and that has helped ease drought conditions across Kansas.</p><p>Assistant State Climatologist Mary Knapp says June was a critical month, because in parts of Kansas it's normally the wettest month. A lack of June rain would have meant Kansas missed a good chance to reduce the drought.</p><p>July is also a wet month in some areas, and Knapp says possible cooler weather this month could help further reduce the drought.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:51:33 +0000 Stephen Koranda 58473 at http://kcur.org Flooding Risk Along Missouri River Lessens http://kcur.org/post/flooding-risk-along-missouri-river-lessens <p>If current forecasts hold, the Missouri River should fall below flood stage late Friday.</p><p>For weeks, the Army Corps of Engineers has been monitoring a stretch of the Missouri between&nbsp;Rulo, Nebraska, and Leavenworth, Kansas, after heavy rains fell upstream in South Dakota and Iowa.</p><p>On Thursday, though the river remained above flood stage in St. Joseph, Kansas City District Chief of Emergency Management&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jud&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kneuvean&nbsp;says the metro has been relatively fortunate.</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:30:49 +0000 Elle Moxley 58340 at http://kcur.org Flooding Risk Along Missouri River Lessens What It Takes To End A Drought http://kcur.org/post/what-it-takes-end-drought <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite recent storms, parts of Missouri and all of Kansas are still experiencing some level of drought. What creates these extreme conditions, and how much rain does it take to bring us back to normal? </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Wednesday's&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.kcur.org/centralstandard" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Central Standard</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we talk with Brian </span>Fuchs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who explains the mechanics of a drought.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:34:46 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 57543 at http://kcur.org What It Takes To End A Drought Federal Aid Unlikely After Orrick Tornado http://kcur.org/post/federal-aid-unlikely-after-orrick-tornado <p>There probably isn’t enough tornado damage in Orrick, Mo., to qualify the small town 30 miles east of Kansas City for federal assistance.</p><p>Though the May 10 tornado ravaged homes and the local school, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says it's unlikely claims will top the $8.4 million threshold needed for federal disaster relief.</p><p>“We had a chance to tour the school today," says Nixon, who visited Orrick Wednesday. "The bottom line is that community, we’re working very hard to get the debris out of there.”</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 13:51:36 +0000 Elle Moxley 56127 at http://kcur.org Why Did The Turtle Cross The Road? http://kcur.org/post/why-did-turtle-cross-road <div>It’s that time of year when turtles become easy targets on Missouri and Kansas highways.<br /><br />Turns out that male box turtles don’t know any better. They’re just out looking for mates, and that journey has them crossing busy highways where too often they become road kill.<br /><br />In the final portion of Tuesday's <em>Up to Date</em>, Steve Kraske talks with a biologist from the Missouri Department of Conservation about those all too vulnerable turtles.<br /><br /><strong>Guest:</strong><br /> Tue, 20 May 2014 21:53:14 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman 56062 at http://kcur.org Why Did The Turtle Cross The Road? Has Summer Weather Already Arrived In Kansas? http://kcur.org/post/has-summer-weather-already-arrived-kansas <p>A hot, dry spring is sending mixed signals to Kansas climatologists trying to predict what kind of summer the Central Plains will have.</p><p>At the beginning of May, temperatures in Wichita, Kan., topped 100 degrees three times. Combine that with a lack of rain to the southwest, and crops across the state are starting to show signs of stress.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 19:20:06 +0000 Elle Moxley 56039 at http://kcur.org Has Summer Weather Already Arrived In Kansas? Things Kansas Citians Would Try To Save From A Tornado http://kcur.org/post/things-kansas-citians-would-try-save-tornado <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What do rosaries, guitars and “Lord of the Rings” DVD box sets have in common?</span></p><p>They’re all objects that Kansas Citians said they would try to save if a tornado was on the way.</p><p>Given this week’s severe tornadoes across the United States, we used social media and the airwaves to ask you: <a href="http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-what-would-you-grab-if-tornado-was-approaching">What would you grab if a tornado was approaching?</a></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 20:46:57 +0000 Alyson Raletz 55082 at http://kcur.org Things Kansas Citians Would Try To Save From A Tornado Finding The Origins Of Tornado Chasers http://kcur.org/post/finding-origins-tornado-chasers <p></p><p>The booming thunderstorms and crazy spring weather have moved in, and any Midwesterner knows what comes with them—tornadoes. Most of us retreat to basements when those sirens sound, but a select few take that as a cue to go hunting for the cyclones.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 54272 at http://kcur.org Finding The Origins Of Tornado Chasers How To Know When It’s Really Spring In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/how-know-when-it-s-really-spring-kansas-city <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s official. Winter is over.</span></p><p>After months of snow storms in Kansas City, Thursday marked the first day of spring.</p><p>Calendar or not — we wanted to know when you really know spring is here.</p><p>This week, we asked listeners: <a href="http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-you-what-s-first-sign-spring">For you, what’s the first sign of spring?</a></p><p>Many of your answers stemmed from nature, such as peeping frogs, chirping birds before sunrise and crocus flower sightings.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:34:29 +0000 Alyson Raletz 52967 at http://kcur.org How To Know When It’s Really Spring In Kansas City Tell KCUR: For You, What’s The First Sign of Spring? http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-you-what-s-first-sign-spring <p></p><p>Spring makes its <a href="http://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-spring-vernal-equinox">official debut on Thursday</a>. &nbsp;</p><p>But we want to know what you think are the more telling indicators that winter is behind us.</p><p>Perhaps it’s March Madness basketball or the blooming of tulips.</p><p>Maybe spring is here when it’s warm enough to go outside without a jacket — or when Easter candy hits the stores.</p><p><strong>Tell KCUR: For you, what’s the first sign of spring?</strong></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:37:51 +0000 Alyson Raletz 52776 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: For You, What’s The First Sign of Spring? Kansas City School Closings For Monday, March 3 http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-school-closings-monday-march-3 <p><strong>&nbsp; Updated 7:19 p.m.</strong></p><p>Snowy, winter weather made another visit to the Kansas City area over the weekend, bringing multiple inches of snow and subzero temperatures to the region.&nbsp;</p><p>Snow packed roads, ice and continuing temperatures below freezing prompted many area schools to cancel or delay classes for Monday. The list below will be updated as closures and cancelations come in.</p> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 21:08:56 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 52033 at http://kcur.org Kansas City School Closings For Monday, March 3 It's March, But January Weather Is Back http://kcur.org/post/its-march-january-weather-back <p>Sleet, snow, and possibly a record low temperature for March - it's all moving our way.</p><p>The <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=39.0362552&amp;lon=-94.57533939999996&amp;site=all&amp;smap=1&amp;searchresult=Kansas%20City%2C%20MO%2064110%2C%20USA#.UxIX8Sfpcpc">National Weather Service</a> has issued a winter storm warning for the Kansas City metro area in effect from Saturday at 6 p.m. to Monday at midnight. According to the NWS, four to eight inches of snow is possible, as well as up to one inch of sleet.</p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 17:18:28 +0000 Laura Spencer 52012 at http://kcur.org It's March, But January Weather Is Back MoDOT Prepares For The Next Winter Storm http://kcur.org/post/modot-prepares-next-winter-storm <p style="margin-left:.5in;">The state of Missouri is shipping fresh supplies to storage barns in Kansas City, but there is no guarantee there will be enough to last until spring.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">A tractor trailer loaded with salt pulled into a Lee’s Summit storage dome Thursday within minutes of&nbsp;Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's arrival for a press conference.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">The dome was last filled six weeks ago, but it was virtually empty after recent snowstorms.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:28:17 +0000 Dan Verbeck 50925 at http://kcur.org The Coolest Things That Happened To You On A Kansas City Snow Day http://kcur.org/post/coolest-things-happened-you-kansas-city-snow-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Snow days in Kansas City mean sledding with the kids and game nights with friends.</span></p><p>But snow days also have brought once-in-a-lifetime experiences, like a first kiss or making a new set of friends on a stalled bus, according to feedback from our listeners this week.</p><p>Thousands of Kansas Citians found themselves at home this week during a snowstorm that dropped 10 or more inches across the metro area.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:04:21 +0000 Alyson Raletz 50901 at http://kcur.org The Coolest Things That Happened To You On A Kansas City Snow Day And, Another One: Kansas City School Closings For Thursday http://kcur.org/post/and-another-one-kansas-city-school-closings-thursday <p><strong>Updated: Wednesday, 7:49 p.m.</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here we go again. Some school districts across the Kansas City metro are calling for another snow day Thursday as a result of snow, ice and bitterly cold temperatures.</span></p><p>The following schools have canceled or delayed classes for Thursday, Feb. 6:</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:04:02 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 50820 at http://kcur.org And, Another One: Kansas City School Closings For Thursday No Business Like Snow Business http://kcur.org/post/no-business-snow-business <p>Forget the responsibilities a snow day brings for a moment and embrace your inner child.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we want your suggestions for the best sledding hill in KC. Plus, we all grumble about shoveling snow, so what’s the best way to do it? We talk with an expert to get you some tips and <a href="http://thesweethome.com/reviews/best-snow-shovels/" target="_blank">recommend the best kind of shovel</a>.</span></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:35:41 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 50752 at http://kcur.org No Business Like Snow Business PHOTOS: What Your Snow Day In Kansas City Looks Like http://kcur.org/post/photos-what-your-snow-day-kansas-city-looks <p>Heavy snow blanketed the Kansas City metro Tuesday, bringing a snow day for most students and a holiday (or work-from-home day) for many adults.</p><p>We rounded up photos in the slideshow above from KCUR&nbsp;employees for a glimpse of what is going on across the metro.</p><p>We also compiled photos from social media users in the region, you can see their photos below:</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:15:14 +0000 Briana O'Higgins & Alyson Raletz 50766 at http://kcur.org PHOTOS: What Your Snow Day In Kansas City Looks Like Kansas City School Closings For Wednesday http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-school-closings-wednesday <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Updated: Tuesday, 9:34 p.m.</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A winter storm moved across the Kansas City metro Tuesday bringing heavy snow to the region. Forecasters expect snow to stop falling by early Wednesday, but the amount of snow will close some schools for the second consecutive day.</span></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:09:52 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 50758 at http://kcur.org Kansas City School Closings For Wednesday The Top Sledding Hills In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/top-sledding-hills-kansas-city <p>If you're itching to get out there today with your saucer or sled and cruise down some hills, we've got recommendations for the best sledding hill in the metro area.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:53:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff 50757 at http://kcur.org The Top Sledding Hills In Kansas City Kansas City Invention Makes Snow Removal Easier Across The Country http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-invention-makes-snow-removal-easier-across-country <p>Kansas City area drivers may not love multi-inch snowfalls but since 2005 they have stood a better chance of getting through it. That was the first time something called a “tow-plow” showed up on highways and it was created in Kansas City as one-of-kind.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since those days, its use has spread to other parts of the county.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The contraption is pulled behind a truck instead of pushed from the front.</p><p><strong>Efficiency of the 'tow-plow'</strong></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:47:36 +0000 Dan Verbeck 50745 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Invention Makes Snow Removal Easier Across The Country Tell KCUR: What's The Coolest Thing You've Ever Done On A Snow Day? http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-whats-coolest-thing-youve-ever-done-snow-day <p>Kansas Citians are pretty accustomed to snow days after the past 12 months.</p><p>A year ago, a winter storm clobbered Kansas City with 20.5 inches of snow.</p><p>The February snowfall, which <a href="http://www.crh.noaa.gov/eax/?n=kcwinterstats">made it into the record books at the National Weather Service</a>, &nbsp;preceded several other severe snow storms that hit Kansas City in 2013.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:23:32 +0000 Alyson Raletz 50719 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: What's The Coolest Thing You've Ever Done On A Snow Day? MoDOT Urges People To Stay Off Roads And Highways Tuesday http://kcur.org/post/modot-urges-people-stay-roads-and-highways-tuesday <p>A winter storm that is expected to move across the Kansas City metro area Tuesday has prompted the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDot) to urge people to stay home, if possible.</p><p>"This storm is forecast to shape up much like the heavy snow we faced nearly a year ago," said MoDOT&nbsp;engineer Dan Niec, in a release Monday.</p><p>Niec said in February 2013 many employers sent workers home midday after they realized how heavy the snow was falling, clogging highways and interstates and bringing snow removal efforts to a standstill.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 20:57:52 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 50704 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Area School Closings On Tuesday http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-area-school-closings-tuesday <p><strong>Updated: Tuesday, 7:18 a.m</strong>.</p><p>A storm is expected to move across the Kansas City area Tuesday bringing moderate to heavy snowfall.</p><p>A winter storm warning has been issued for 6 a.m. Tuesday until at least 9 a.m. Wednesday. Forecasters expect 6-10 inches of snow, with the heaviest accumulations across the Kansas City metro and the northern part of Missouri.</p><p>Due to the severe weather, the following schools have canceled classes:</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 20:42:34 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 50682 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Area School Closings On Tuesday School Closings On Monday, February 3 http://kcur.org/post/school-closings-monday-february-3 <p><strong>The following schools are closed on Monday, February 3</strong>:</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 11:21:01 +0000 Maria Carter 50675 at http://kcur.org Winter Storm Expected To Bring Ice, Snow To Kansas City Metro http://kcur.org/post/winter-storm-expected-bring-ice-snow-kansas-city-metro <p>Winter weather is expected to move across the Kansas City area this weekend, likely bringing freezing rain, snow and ice.</p><p>The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Kansas City metro. Ice accumulations on Saturday are expected to be less than an inch, Saturday night could see <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=39.0703574&amp;lon=-94.5676009&amp;site=all&amp;smap=1&amp;searchresult=Kansas%20City%2C%20MO%2064109%2C%20USA#.UrSOb_RDvq8">up to eight inches of snow</a>.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:12:26 +0000 Briana O'Higgins & Dan Verbeck 48669 at http://kcur.org Mandela Service Set For Saturday Canceled http://kcur.org/post/mandela-service-set-saturday-canceled <p>A celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela set for Saturday at the Kansas City Library – Plaza Branch has been postponed due to winter weather.</p><p>A Kansas City committee that included Lebert Schultz, honorary consul for South Africa, made the decision late Friday morning, said Karen Zimmerman, a member of the organizing committee.</p><p>The group chose to err on the side of caution, she said, as an ice storm hit Kansas City on Friday and more poor weather was expected for the next few days.</p><p>“It’s sad, but I think it’s the right choice for us at this point,” Zimmerman said.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 20:06:22 +0000 Peggy Lowe 48313 at http://kcur.org Winter Weather Closes Schools And Cancels Activities http://kcur.org/post/winter-weather-closes-schools-and-cancels-activities <div class="school"><p><em>Updated 3:04 p.m. </em></p><p>Rain is expected to continue this afternoon with snow tonight and overnight, according to an update from the National Weather Service.</p><p><span class="fbPhotosPhotoCaption" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:45,&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;*G&quot;}" id="fbPhotoPageCaption" tabindex="0"><span class="hasCaption">In the latest report, NWS forecasters say: "</span></span>Light snow accumulations will be possible with a dusting to 3" in the local area. Snow will end by daybreak Saturday, with a chilly day anticipated."</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:26:38 +0000 Laura Spencer, Maria Carter & Briana O'Higgins 48287 at http://kcur.org Winter Weather Closes Schools And Cancels Activities Drought Hits Northern Missouri, Again http://kcur.org/post/drought-hits-northern-missouri-again <p>Drought conditions are again plaguing the northern half of Missouri, according to the latest U.S. drought monitor report.</p><p>Right now, a large portion of north central Missouri is experiencing severe drought, with most of the rest of northern Missouri is in moderate drought.&nbsp;</p><p>Anthony Artusa is with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center at the University of Maryland.</p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 13:11:07 +0000 Marshall Griffin 42961 at http://kcur.org Labor Day Promises Heat Relief In Kansas City Metro http://kcur.org/post/labor-day-promises-heat-relief-kansas-city-metro <p></p><p>Metro Kansas City is baking in what may turn out to be the hottest day of the calendar year, August 30.</p><p>That could be a hundred degrees or higher.</p><p>Spotty rain is expected before the holiday weekend is half way through.</p><p>Downtown is 6.25 inches below the norm for the year, Olathe by more than 3.5.</p><p>Data shows even more dehydration if one considers the period June through August with Olathe scoring a mere&nbsp; 7.4 inches. That amounts to a summertime deficit of 6.02 inches.</p><p>Relief is anticipated within a matter of days.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:27:40 +0000 Dan Verbeck 42874 at http://kcur.org