5:42 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Kansas City Area School Closings On Thursday, December 18

The following schools are closed, unless noted otherwise:

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9:54 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Thousands Still Without Power Across Kansas City Metro

This map shows how many people in the Kansas City metro area were without power, as of 9:50 a.m. Tuesday. Green zones mean 1 to 49 people are without power; yellow means 50 to 499; orange means 500 to 999.

Updated, 1:30 p.m.

According to an update on the KCP&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."

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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.

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7:51 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Wet June Helps Ease Drought Conditions In Kansas

Last month was the fifth wettest June on record, and that has helped ease drought conditions across Kansas.

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.

July is also a wet month in some areas, and Knapp says possible cooler weather this month could help further reduce the drought.

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12:30 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Flooding Risk Along Missouri River Lessens

For weeks, the Missouri River has been at flood stage upstream of Kansas City in Nebraska and eastern Kansas.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

If current forecasts hold, the Missouri River should fall below flood stage late Friday.

For weeks, the Army Corps of Engineers has been monitoring a stretch of the Missouri between Rulo, Nebraska, and Leavenworth, Kansas, after heavy rains fell upstream in South Dakota and Iowa.

On Thursday, though the river remained above flood stage in St. Joseph, Kansas City District Chief of Emergency Management Jud Kneuvean says the metro has been relatively fortunate.

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3:34 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

What It Takes To End A Drought

It takes numerous rainstorms to turn around a drought.
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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?

On Wednesday's Central Standard, we talk with Brian Fuchs, who explains the mechanics of a drought.


  • Brian Fuchs​, Climatologist at the National Drought Mitigation Center
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8:51 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Federal Aid Unlikely After Orrick Tornado

There probably isn’t enough tornado damage in Orrick, Mo., to qualify the small town 30 miles east of Kansas City for federal assistance.

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.

“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.”

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4:53 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Why Did The Turtle Cross The Road?

The box turtle is making its way across Missouri in search of love. The problem? It's trying to cross the road, and it's not all-too speedy.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

It’s that time of year when turtles become easy targets on Missouri and Kansas highways.

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.

In the final portion of Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with a biologist from the Missouri Department of Conservation about those all too vulnerable turtles.


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2:20 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Has Summer Weather Already Arrived In Kansas?

Kansas climatologists say a dry, hot spring could be setting the stage for drought later this summer. But mixed reports are also keeping them guessing.
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A hot, dry spring is sending mixed signals to Kansas climatologists trying to predict what kind of summer the Central Plains will have.

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.

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3:46 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Things Kansas Citians Would Try To Save From A Tornado

What would you grab if a tornado was approaching? Tweet your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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What do rosaries, guitars and “Lord of the Rings” DVD box sets have in common?

They’re all objects that Kansas Citians said they would try to save if a tornado was on the way.

Given this week’s severe tornadoes across the United States, we used social media and the airwaves to ask you: What would you grab if a tornado was approaching?

We don’t advocate spending a lot of time scooping up material items if an incoming tornado is close to your home.

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9:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Finding The Origins Of Tornado Chasers

Tornado chasing got its start in the 1920s.
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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. 

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4:34 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

How To Know When It’s Really Spring In Kansas City

Spring is here when you see the "first wild crocus in the woods (taken last week)," @kctomato tweets.
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It’s official. Winter is over.

After months of snow storms in Kansas City, Thursday marked the first day of spring.

Calendar or not — we wanted to know when you really know spring is here.

This week, we asked listeners: For you, what’s the first sign of spring?

Many of your answers stemmed from nature, such as peeping frogs, chirping birds before sunrise and crocus flower sightings.

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2:37 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Tell KCUR: For You, What’s The First Sign of Spring?

For you, what's the first sign of spring? Tweet us your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.
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Spring makes its official debut on Thursday.  

But we want to know what you think are the more telling indicators that winter is behind us.

Perhaps it’s March Madness basketball or the blooming of tulips.

Maybe spring is here when it’s warm enough to go outside without a jacket — or when Easter candy hits the stores.

Tell KCUR: For you, what’s the first sign of spring?

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3:08 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Kansas City School Closings For Monday, March 3

Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

  Updated 7:19 p.m.

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. 

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.

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11:18 am
Sat March 1, 2014

It's March, But January Weather Is Back

Credit courtesy: National Weather Service

Sleet, snow, and possibly a record low temperature for March - it's all moving our way.

The National Weather Service 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.

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7:28 am
Fri February 7, 2014

MoDOT Prepares For The Next Winter Storm

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.

A tractor trailer loaded with salt pulled into a Lee’s Summit storage dome Thursday within minutes of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's arrival for a press conference.

The dome was last filled six weeks ago, but it was virtually empty after recent snowstorms.

Missouri Department of Transportation Director, David Nichols says salt is being shipped into and then around the state to meet demand.

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4:04 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

The Coolest Things That Happened To You On A Kansas City Snow Day

What's the coolest thing you've ever done on a snow day? @TutoriousKC tweeted us this photo: "Here at Tutorious, we like to make snow angles! #TellKCUR"
Credit @TutoriousKC

Snow days in Kansas City mean sledding with the kids and game nights with friends.

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.

Thousands of Kansas Citians found themselves at home this week during a snowstorm that dropped 10 or more inches across the metro area.

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1:04 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

And, Another One: Kansas City School Closings For Thursday

Some Kansas City area schools canceled classes for a third consecutive day.
Credit Heather Prewitt

Updated: Wednesday, 7:49 p.m.

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.

The following schools have canceled or delayed classes for Thursday, Feb. 6:

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2:35 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

No Business Like Snow Business

We want to know your favorite sledding hills.
Credit HubertK / Flickr-CC

Forget the responsibilities a snow day brings for a moment and embrace your inner child. 

On Tuesday's Up to Date, 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 recommend the best kind of shovel.

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1:15 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

PHOTOS: What Your Snow Day In Kansas City Looks Like

Reporter Peggy Lowe's dog, Harley, loves snow days too.
Peggy Lowe KCUR

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.

We rounded up photos in the slideshow above from KCUR employees for a glimpse of what is going on across the metro.

We also compiled photos from social media users in the region, you can see their photos below:

12:09 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Kansas City School Closings For Wednesday

Around 5 inches of snow had accumulated in south Kansas City by 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Updated: Tuesday, 9:34 p.m.

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.

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11:53 am
Tue February 4, 2014

The Top Sledding Hills In Kansas City

We're looking for the best sledding hills in Kansas City on Up to Date.
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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.

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6:47 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Kansas City Invention Makes Snow Removal Easier Across The Country

A tow-plow removes snow on a Missouri highway.
Credit Courtesy / MoDOT

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. Since those days, its use has spread to other parts of the county. 

The contraption is pulled behind a truck instead of pushed from the front.

Efficiency of the 'tow-plow'

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6:23 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Tell KCUR: What's The Coolest Thing You've Ever Done On A Snow Day?

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Kansas Citians are pretty accustomed to snow days after the past 12 months.

A year ago, a winter storm clobbered Kansas City with 20.5 inches of snow.

The February snowfall, which made it into the record books at the National Weather Service,  preceded several other severe snow storms that hit Kansas City in 2013.

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2:57 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

MoDOT Urges People To Stay Off Roads And Highways Tuesday

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.

"This storm is forecast to shape up much like the heavy snow we faced nearly a year ago," said MoDOT engineer Dan Niec, in a release Monday.

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.

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2:42 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Kansas City Area School Closings On Tuesday

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Updated: Tuesday, 7:18 a.m.

A storm is expected to move across the Kansas City area Tuesday bringing moderate to heavy snowfall.

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.

Due to the severe weather, the following schools have canceled classes:

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5:21 am
Mon February 3, 2014

School Closings On Monday, February 3

The following schools are closed on Monday, February 3:

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3:12 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Winter Storm Expected To Bring Ice, Snow To Kansas City Metro

Winter weather is expected to move across the Kansas City area this weekend, likely bringing freezing rain, snow and ice.

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 up to eight inches of snow.

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2:06 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Mandela Service Set For Saturday Canceled

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.

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.

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.

“It’s sad, but I think it’s the right choice for us at this point,” Zimmerman said.

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9:26 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Winter Weather Closes Schools And Cancels Activities

Updated 3:04 p.m.

Rain is expected to continue this afternoon with snow tonight and overnight, according to an update from the National Weather Service.

In the latest report, NWS forecasters say: "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."

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for the metro area through 9 a.m. on Saturday.

School and community closings (Saturday)

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8:11 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Drought Hits Northern Missouri, Again

Drought conditions are again plaguing the northern half of Missouri, according to the latest U.S. drought monitor report.

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. 

Anthony Artusa is with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center at the University of Maryland.

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