Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Millie as a Model?

If you've been keeping up with the blog lately, Millie and I had a modeling session last week for Goodwill. Yes, there were other guys there so it made it a little easier to walk down the aisle. I definitely lack model skills, but I sure gave it my best. Millie stole the show though as she modeled some of the dog clothes that Goodwill makes. They have safety vests and all kinds of clothes that would look good on dogs. Millie's fan club is growing and she handles the attention so well.

The severe weather has been keeping us busy in the storm center. Sunday was especially crazy with the brief tornado touchdown here in Sedgwick county. The meteorologists at the National Weather Service think the tornado was "skipping" (meaning it was touching the ground, then it lifted, and then it came back down to the ground). Fortunately, if it had been on the ground for too long, we could've had some serious, widespread damage. The tornado received an EF-1 rating on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. I'm attaching another picture of a shelf cloud that moved through the area Sunday evening. What I love about this picture is that you can see the intense rain and wind on the left side of the picture, but on the other, the weather just looks cloudy and quiet. The flooding has been bad too over the last few days and we really need some dry weather. Maybe western Kansas will get some beneficial rain in the coming days.

Finally, I had a school visit on Tuesday. I visited Jefferson Elementary school where I had a chance to visit with the 4th graders about severe weather. They had some really good questions for me. Maybe I'll get to visit again next year. Have a great week.

Monday, April 20, 2009

A Good Looking Week

Our weather changes for the warmer this week across Kansas. We finally see an area of high pressure in the atmosphere that will last for more than a day or two. Dry weather is expected all the way into the weekend and it is going to get very warm too. Highs in the 80s should be expected by Wednesday and will continue into the weekend.

We had some crazy weather Saturday afternoon in western Kansas. Here is a picture of one of the tornadoes that touched down near Kalvesta in eastern Finney county. Fortunately, the damage was minor and the tornadoes didn't stay on the ground for too long.

Millie and I will be taking part in a Goodwill Fashion show Wednesday. We haven't done anything like this before, but I'm sure when Phil and Jan from 104.5 The FOX get involved, it's going to be quite comical. If any pictures surface after the event, I will post them right here. Our event is at the All American Indian Center in downtown Wichita. Should be fun.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Does It Work Wednesday

Maybe you've seen Millie on a Does It Work promotion in the last week, but she will not be featured in the segment Wednesday night at 10 p.m. Kim Setty tells me the actual segment is going to include a cat lover and how she is fighting serious cat hair on her furniture. Someone sent us an email asking if Millie gets any royalties for her appearance in the promotion, but sadly, she doesn't. Her hard work just earns her a little fame around the area (even more so than me, which makes me laugh)

There is a website where you can now create Obamicons and turn a picture into a cartoon. Millie has been Obamanized, so I thought I would post the picture.

Another storm system is coming in for the 2nd part of the week. Look for more rain and thunderstorms. It looks like western Kansas is going to get the brunt of the moisture through Friday, which should bring some smiles to farmers faces. However, I know some are getting ready to plant corn, so this next round of rain is going to set them back a few more days. Next week, there should be a big change in the overall weather pattern, which will mean a warmer and drier stretch of weather ahead for Kansas.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Random Thoughts

As I write this entry, I'm in the middle of my morning radio updates thinking about the active weather pattern that has been going on for a month or so. When I say active, I'm talking about the fact that we have had one storm system after another, some bringing rain and storms, while others have dropped heavy snow on the area. It is good to get moisture at this time of the year because everything is trying to green up and grow. It seems as if the trees and even some of the plants are a little slow to green up. Of course, the hard freeze earlier in the week didn't help.

This chart has many lines on it, but I highlighted what may be of most interest to you. This is model of the northern hemisphere storm systems that will be affecting the central Plains over the next week or so. There are 3 of them lined up and ready to come through. The first one will be gone by the weekend, but storm number 2 is coming in for Easter Sunday. So be ready, hunting eggs may not be much fun outside on Sunday, especially over central Kansas.

We are still working on our weather special that will hit the air at the end of the month. I don't have a date yet, but I will let you know when it's ready to go on the air. It was pushed back this year because of the new weather graphics that we had to learn to use. Have a great weekend and Happy Easter.

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