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 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 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 Winter Storms Trigger Widespread Salt Shortage http://kcur.org/post/winter-storms-trigger-widespread-salt-shortage <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you think the roads you’re driving on seem worse than usual this winter, you’re probably right.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The waves of snowstorms in much of the country have exhausted supplies of rock salt, the main tool that road crews use to melt ice and snow. Even areas with vast quantities of salt underground are having a hard time getting it onto their streets this year.</span></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:02:17 +0000 Frank Morris 51373 at http://kcur.org Winter Storms Trigger Widespread Salt Shortage 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 Encore Broadcast: The Children's Blizzard http://kcur.org/post/encore-broadcast-childrens-blizzard <p>January 12, 1888, began as an exceptionally warm winter day. Farmers were tending to their fields as boys and girls raced to school with no coats or gloves.&nbsp;</p><p>Mid-morning in the Dakotas and around afternoon dismissal in Nebraska, hurricane-force winds and torrential snow engulfed the plains. By midnight, wind-chills had plummeted to 40 below zero.</p><p>The next morning, up to 500 people lay dead on the prairie, many of them school children, who died while trying to find their way home.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:39:59 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 50818 at http://kcur.org Encore Broadcast: The Children's Blizzard Snow Storm Means A Sleepover For Emergency Hospital Workers http://kcur.org/post/snow-storm-means-sleepover-emergency-hospital-workers <p>Be grateful if your employer allows you to stay home on snow days. For hospital workers, they can mean days away from home.</p><p>University of Kansas doctors, nurses and other emergency health providers slept in cots at the hospital before and after the snow storm that pummeled Kansas City on Tuesday.</p><p>"We're operating like a hotel," says Jill Chadwick of KU Hospital.</p><p>KU Hospital's clinics were closed Tuesday, but the emergency room, as well as services like chemotherapy and organ transplants, continued operations as scheduled.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:04:45 +0000 Alex Smith 50792 at http://kcur.org 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 State And City Officials Encourage Residents To Stay Home http://kcur.org/post/state-and-city-officials-encourage-residents-stay-home <p>The snow storm approaching the Kansas City metro area could deliver the deepest blanket of white this year.&nbsp; The storm is prompting <a href="http://kcur.org/post/modot-urges-people-stay-roads-and-highways-tuesday">calls for people to stay off the streets Tuesday</a>&nbsp;– when the heaviest snowfall is expected between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.&nbsp;</p><p>The prospect of further clogged highways and streets in and around Kansas City has brought pleas from both the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Missouri Department of Transportation.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 00:16:23 +0000 Steve Bell & Dan Verbeck 50731 at http://kcur.org 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 90-Mile View: Freezing Temperatures Stop Trains In Their Tracks http://kcur.org/post/90-mile-view-freezing-temperatures-stop-trains-their-tracks <p>An Amtrak train carrying more than 200 people arrived in Chicago early Monday morning, Jan. 6, after the bitterly cold weather stopped it for more than eight hours.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:05:50 +0000 Danie Alexander & Cody Newill 49467 at http://kcur.org 90-Mile View: Freezing Temperatures Stop Trains In Their Tracks As Frigid Weather Rolls In, Service Agencies Reach Out http://kcur.org/post/frigid-weather-rolls-service-agencies-reach-out <p>In answer to the bitter cold, a Kansas City Salvation Army team that deals with the camp-living homeless will be out for the next three nights. The numbers served are small, but the services are life-saving.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On a Summer night, relief volunteers see about a hundred people in the makeshift camps. Numbers dwindle to 30 or 60 a night when the harshest winter hits. </span></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:31:13 +0000 Dan Verbeck 49321 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 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 Are KDOT And MoDOT Ready For Winter? http://kcur.org/post/are-kdot-and-modot-ready-winter <p>Kansas City area drivers have had 8 months—to the day—to forget what it’s like to drive through 12 inches of snow falling in a single day. That February 21, mammoth fall was followed by an identical one four days later.</p><p>So, as we gear up for winter again, how ready are the metro Kansas City highway departments for 2013?</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:50:06 +0000 Dan Verbeck 47242 at http://kcur.org Are KDOT And MoDOT Ready For Winter? Kansas City Heat Forecast To Moderate This Week http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-heat-forecast-moderate-week <p></p><p>There is relief forecast for metro residents who sweltered through the last work week.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Normal temperatures this time of year in Kansas City range from 89 to 91 degrees.&nbsp;</p><p>The trend departs from the season of 2012.</p><p>Records show there were 11 days of 100 degrees or higher up to July 22 of&nbsp; last year. The highest at downtown airport was 107. Kansas City International was 106 degrees.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:00:00 +0000 Dan Verbeck 40520 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Heat Forecast To Moderate This Week Heat Advisory Issued for Kansas City Area http://kcur.org/post/heat-advisory-issued-kansas-city-area <p></p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">Temperatures could hit as high as 98 degrees Tuesday with the heat index reaching 108 degrees, but those temperatures aren’t expected to last long. The National Weather Service has issued a <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=eax&amp;wwa=heat%20advisory">heat advisory for the Kansas City area</a>.&nbsp; It begins at noon and lasts until 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:13:43 +0000 Payne Roberts & Maria Carter 39832 at http://kcur.org Heat Advisory Issued for Kansas City Area Heavy Rains Cause Flooding In Multiple Areas Across Metro http://kcur.org/post/heavy-rains-cause-flooding-multiple-areas-across-metro <p><strong>UPDATE 11:51 a.m. Storm Water Withdrawing:</strong></p><p>The heavy rain and thunderstorms across the Kansas City area Friday are receding.</p><p>According to Chris Bowman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, the main event appears to be over.</p><p>"It's just really kind of cleaning up from the morning's heavy rain," Bowman said.</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 16:25:37 +0000 Briana O'Higgins & Payne Roberts 37699 at http://kcur.org Heavy Rains Cause Flooding In Multiple Areas Across Metro New System Warns Cell Phone Users Of Tornadoes, Other Emergencies http://kcur.org/post/new-system-warns-cell-phone-users-tornadoes-other-emergencies <p></p><p>People in the path of severe weather (and other emergencies) now have a new way to find out about threats: text message alerts, sent straight to mobile devices.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 16:01:29 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Ryan Schuessler 37512 at http://kcur.org New System Warns Cell Phone Users Of Tornadoes, Other Emergencies Power Outages Diminish As Crews Labor Into Monday http://kcur.org/post/power-outages-diminish-crews-labor-monday <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Updated 10:15 a.m&nbsp;</span>Storms Aftermath Shows Power Restoration:</strong></p><p>Utility troubleshooters from KCP&amp;L have restored a large portion of service to harder hit areas. The utility’s web site indicated the Raytown area had 237 outages just after 10 a.m.</p><p>Six hours earlier there were 4500 without electricity. Missouri outages of more than one hundred customers in other area districts and cities include:</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 15:14:01 +0000 Dan Verbeck & Briana O'Higgins 37036 at http://kcur.org Power Outages Diminish As Crews Labor Into Monday Spring Storm Brings High Wind, Heavy Rain http://kcur.org/post/spring-storm-brings-high-wind-heavy-rain <p><strong>Update 8:33 p.m. Spring Storms Move East Out Of Metro:</strong></p><p>The spring storm system that rolled through the Kansas City area Sunday evening brought heavy rain and high winds, but had dissipated enough to spare the region&nbsp;from the large hail and tornado-producing conditions that racked parts of Kansas and Oklahoma.</p><p>Still,<a href="http://www.kcpl.com/kcmaps/frameset_menus.htm"> thousands of homes and businesses were without power</a>&nbsp;Sunday night&nbsp;and there were numerous reports of downed trees.</p> Sun, 19 May 2013 23:06:46 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 37025 at http://kcur.org Spring Storm Brings High Wind, Heavy Rain Despite Uncommon Weather Pattern, KC Area Tornado Watch Cancelled http://kcur.org/post/despite-uncommon-weather-pattern-kc-area-tornado-watch-cancelled <p><strong>6:50 pm update: National Weather Service cancels tornado watches for most of the Kansas City metro area. A watch remains in effect in Linn and Miami counties.</strong></p><p>A storm system is developing over the Kansas City region that is more likely than not to produce tornadoes.</p><p>By <a href="http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=eax" target="_blank">reckoning of forecasters</a>, the gathering of forces is unusual.&nbsp;</p><p>Super-cells had already formed and fallen apart in areas of east central Missouri by mid-afternoon.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:25:18 +0000 Dan Verbeck 35264 at http://kcur.org Despite Uncommon Weather Pattern, KC Area Tornado Watch Cancelled Record Snow And More Possibly On The Way http://kcur.org/post/record-snow-and-more-possibly-way <p>This snowstorm was a record-breaker, dumping the most snow Kansas City has ever seen on a February 21<sup>st</sup>.&nbsp; Kansas City got 9.2 inches at KCI, but some towns in the area saw even more snow than that.</p><p>Belton and Leawood both got 11.5 inches; Roeland Park totaled 12 inches, and Overland Park received the most, some 13 and a half inches.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:56:44 +0000 Dan Verbeck 32393 at http://kcur.org Record Snow And More Possibly On The Way Snow Snarls Traffic, More Snow Expected http://kcur.org/post/snow-snarls-traffic-more-snow-expected <p>It was a bad day to try to get around in Kansas City. <a href="http://www.flykci.com/">KCI</a> essentially closed at mid-morning with about 300 flights cancelled. Although flights are expected to resume later tonight, more cancellations are all but certain tomorrow morning. Driving was terrible, too. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 00:56:26 +0000 Frank Morris & Dan Verbeck 32375 at http://kcur.org Snow Snarls Traffic, More Snow Expected Snow Day! An Update From Kansas City Officials http://kcur.org/post/snow-day-update-kansas-city-officials <p>You know it's bad when the host of <em>Up to Date</em> needs a push into the parking lot at KCUR.</p><p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 19:41:05 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 32354 at http://kcur.org Snow Day! An Update From Kansas City Officials Snow To Continue Through Tuesday Morning http://kcur.org/post/snow-continue-through-tuesday-morning <p>A winter weather advisory is in effect for the Kansas City area until 6 a.m. Tuesday.</p><p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:06:34 +0000 Emilie Mutert 29746 at http://kcur.org Snow To Continue Through Tuesday Morning Gusting Winds Cause Difficulties For Drivers http://kcur.org/post/gusting-winds-cause-difficulties-drivers <p>Wind speed was one of the chief concerns Thursday morning as the first real snow of the season pummeled parts of the region. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:35:09 +0000 Dan Verbeck 29317 at http://kcur.org Gusting Winds Cause Difficulties For Drivers KCMO Snow Plow Crews At The Ready http://kcur.org/post/kcmo-snow-plow-crews-ready <p>The Kansas City metropolitan area started gearing up yesterday for the season's first winter storm. One to three inches of snow was forecast for the area overnight.</p><p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:25:29 +0000 Laura Spencer 29316 at http://kcur.org KCMO Snow Plow Crews At The Ready Top Of The Morning News: December 18, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-december-18-2012 <p>Governor Jay Nixon says his administration may seek legislation to protect school children. U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says greater gun control is not the answer. Those stories and more from KCUR News. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:53:41 +0000 Dan Verbeck 29184 at http://kcur.org Top Of The Morning News: December 18, 2012 Heat, Drought & You http://kcur.org/post/heat-drought-you <p>Your neighbors' lawn is green. And yours? A pale shade of brown, with grass that crunches underfoot. Area golf courses remain emerald and pristine, yet corn fields in Missouri, Arkansas, and elsewhere wither, their kernels destined for silage.</p> <p>The drought affects each of us a bit differently: will you spike your water bill just to keep your lawn green, your plants flowering, and your vegetables growing? Can area farmers salvage what little remains of their crops?</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 04:05:24 +0000 Stephen Steigman, Steve Kraske & Frank Morris 21452 at http://kcur.org Heat, Drought & You