severe weather

The month of March

Mar 20, 2015
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If you live on the Southern High Plains and you like to grow things, then you know what a gamble spring planting dates are.  Just when you think you'll have some early goodies to gather in a few weeks, a blizzard can rear its ugly head down in the Southwest and sweep across our part of the world in nothing flat, leaving us with seedbeds under a foot or two of snow.  In our part of the world, March comes in like a lion and often leaves with another mighty roar.  

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The National Weather Service serving the Central High Plains will no longer issue wind advisories. 

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Tornado season has begun, and it’s off to a pretty quiet start, but weather officials say that won’t last according to a recent article in the Wichita Eagle.

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The May hailstorm in Amarillo was the 10th costliest storm in the history of the state of Texas with an estimated price tag of $500 million.  With most of 2013 in the rear view mirror, the good news is that construction in Amarillo is up, and repairs from the spring storm is a significant part of the pie.  As a matter of fact, 43 percent of construction projects in the city are roofing according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

  While communities in the Texas Panhandle work to improve severe weather warning systems and equipment, experts say the best plan is your own.  

Rotating clouds drive High Plains residents to cover. Timelapse photographs reveal there is beauty to be found in the beast.

Loss of Storm Chaser Has Rippling Effects

Jun 5, 2013

Credit The Discovery Channel/Denver PostTim Samaras, right, an engineer who designed and deployed his own instruments in the path of tornadoes, recorded data to help scientists understand the thermodynamics of tornado formation.Edit | Remove

Keep Important Documents Safe During Storm Season

Jun 3, 2013

The spring storm season is in full force across the high plains, and one thing to cross off your worry list is your important documents.  The official federal government website, USA.gov, recommends that you keep one copy of vital documents in an off-site location, such as a safe deposit box, and another in a fire and water proof container at home for easy access.  You also may want to consider digitizing documents so they can be placed on a thumb drive.

Here is a partial list of documents to be included for safe keeping:

In order to provide notification of severe weather to the public, most of HPPR’s transmitter sites are equipped to continuously monitor the National Weather Service (NWS) and immediately interrupt regular programming and directly broadcast any severe weather warning issued by the NWS.  These warnings include severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings. 

The list below identifies the counties covered by this notification service.  Next to the county is the HPPR station(s) to tune to in order to hear the NWS warnings.

KANSAS