Severe Weather

Gas furnace
Brian Grimmett / Kansas News Service

WICHITA, Kansas — Last February, the city of Cheney, Kansas – located just west of Wichita – paid about $2 per thousand cubic feet, or unit, of natural gas on the wholesale market.

But last week, during the height of the winter storm, it was paying more than $600 per unit.

“We didn’t have the option to just say, ‘We don’t want gas for our community,’” said Cheney City Administrator Danielle Young.  “We just had to take the price we were given to make sure our residents were staying warm.”

Brian Grimmett / Kansas News Service

WICHITA, Kansas — Rolling electrical blackouts rippled across the Midwest Monday while the region shivered in an arctic blast and suddenly found itself short on electrical power.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has issued a State of Disaster Emergency due to the extreme cold and the stress it's placing on utility companies.

KMUW/Sean Sandefur

Homeless shelters and city officials are working to make sure Wichita's homeless population stays safe during this ongoing cold snap.

Temperatures and wind chills are expected to remain brutally cold through the middle of next week. There also is a chance for between five and 10 inches of snow over the weekend.

A winter storm watch will be in affect late Saturday night through Monday afternoon. Road conditions are expected to be slick in parts of the state.

John Monteverdi via National Weather Service website

WICHITA, Kansas — Tornadoes aren’t forming at the same pace as usual this year, creating one of Kansas’ quietest storm seasons in recent memory.

New Exhibit On Wild Weather Blows Into Exploration Place

Sep 27, 2019
Exploration Place

Here's your chance to immerse yourself in extreme, real-world weather conditions.

Fly through a hurricane, swirl along a tornado’s path, map lightning strikes or stand in the middle of a raging winter storm.

Wild Weather, a national traveling exhibit, arrives at Exploration Place on Saturday. Throughout the exhibit, participants can learn about different types of weather conditions. They also can go behind the scenes with meteorologists and learn about the science of severe weather.

(Updated at 4:45 p.m.) 

With trees shredded into tinder and homes ripped asunder, scores of families in and around Lawrence and Linwood, Kansas, surveyed lives that forever will be marked by the time before and after Tuesday’s tornado.

Updated at 9:49 p.m. with tornado warnings canceled — A large tornado caused damage south of Lawrence and in the small town of Linwood, Kansas, on Tuesday night, but looked to miss the majority of the Kansas City metro area.

Niccolo Ubalducci / flickr Creative Commons

Kansas is about to make it through the end of April without a tornado for only the fourth time since record keeping began.