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Weather Wonders

Kansas State climatologist Mary Knapp offers this weekly series of short programs on weather phenomena and recent meteorological events in Kansas.  Each segment is approximately 1-minute in length.

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10-18-19CONTINENTAL CLIMATE– Last week’s weather highlighted a feature of a continental climate, one of about five different climate types on our planet. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp explains.WW1 10-18
10-18-19COLD SNAP– Some years, winter comes in fits and starts. However, there was one year when winter hit with full force, right at the outset.WW2 10-18
10-18-19EARLY BLIZZARD– Major blizzards are somewhat rare for this time of year, but they’re not completely unheard of. Learn more about one of the big ones.WW3 10-18
10-11-19INDIAN SUMMER– It goes by several names throughout the world, but many nations and cultures recognize that brief period of special weather that precedes the permanent onset of winter. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp has more.WW1 10-11 
10-11-19OCTOBER TORNADOES– We’re probably a good six or seven months away from the “official” severe weather season. However, it still pays to stay alertWW2 10-11
10-11-19LIGHTNING DETECTORS– A flash or two of lightning is often enough to clear a swimming pool or golf course, or bring a sporting event to a halt. But just how are lightning strikes measured?                  WW3 10-11
10-04-19EARLY SNOW– Last year, Belleville, Kansas recorded 40 inches of snow. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp looks back at an event that caught that town by surprise.WW1 10-04
10-04-19MUNICIPAL DELUGE– A little more than a year ago, east central Kansas found itself treading water in a very big rain event. WW2 10-04
10-04-19FOG BREATH– It won’t be long before excited youngsters marvel at the sight of their own breath on cold mornings. Do you know the science behind that phenomenon?WW3 10-04
09-27-19WHEN THE COLD SNAPS– If you’re looking forward to the first cold snap of the fall, Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says it may come sooner than you think.                        WW1 09-27
09-27-19“FAIR”– When it comes to weather forecasts, there’s a fine, fine line between “partly cloudy” and “clear” skies. WW2 09-27
09-27-19SNOW BOARDS– You may not know that Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp is a snow board enthusiast – but we’ll let her explain.WW3 09-27
09-20-19AUTUMNAL EQUINOX– September 23rd is the official date of a particular astronomical event. But Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says in Kansas, we get to wait three more days. WW1 09-20
09-20-19HURRICANE SEASON– During hurricane season, we all look east, towards the Atlantic ocean, to watch the storms churn up. However, it's wise to look behind you every so often. WW2 09-20
09-20-19THE FIRST SNOWFALL– While we’ve had some warmer than normal temperatures to start September, autumn has officially arrived...and the first snowfall might be closer than you think.WW3 09-20 
09-13-19WIND SPEEDS– Wind speeds are tracked and reported in many different ways. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp (“nap”) tells us about a few of them.WW1 09-13
09-13-19VERY RARE WEATHER– Has it really been 100 years since we last had a flood that big? Well, it depends on how you look at it.WW2 09-13
09-13-19FALL COLORS– The reds, oranges and golds of autumn tree leaves are something many people look forward to every year. And, there's some science behind those colorful leaves.WW3 09-13
09-06-19HURRICANES IN KANSAS– Hurricane Dorian has left more than a few Kansans wondering if a hurricane has ever made it this far inland. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp has the answer. WW1 09-06
09-06-19FOG– You’ve probably had at least one morning commute when it felt like you were driving through clouds. But, did you know that there are different types of fog? WW2 09-06
09-06-19JET STREAM– It brings a burst of air through the atmosphere, and commercial pilots love the burst of speed they can get from it. But just what is the jet stream? WW3 09-06
08-30-19THE KEYS HURRICANE One of the worst hurricanes in U.S. history occurred in early September. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says the hurricane ravaged the Florida Keys and killed hundreds.WW1 08-30 
08-30-19PREDICTING WINTER– A lot of folklore exists for predicting winter weather. Sometimes these predictions are right. However, science shows they are just as likely to be wrong.WW2 08-30 
08-30-19ONCE IN A BLUE MOON– A “once in a blue moon” occurrence is something that rarely happens. But what is a blue moon?WW3 08-30 
08-23-19KRAKATOA ERUPTIONAugust 26th marks the anniversary of one of the most powerful volcanic eruptions ever recorded. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp has the story.WW1 08-23
08-23-19BACK-TO-SCHOOL– Back to school weather has been on the warm side. However, you might wonder, “How cold can it get in August?” The answer may be surprising.WW2 08-23
08-23-19KANSAS EARTHQUAKES– Whether or not you’ve felt them, small earthquakes occur intermittently in Kansas. Learn about a time when people thought earthquakes were caused by…well, you can probably guess!WW3 08-23
08-16-19DEW POINT It’s a measurement referenced in most TV weather reports, but just what is the dew point?  Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp explains. WW1 08-16
08-16-19CRICKETS– Can a common insect tell you the current temperature? Actually, it’s possible, if you listen very closely.WW2 08-16 
08-16-19CLIMATE ZONES– If you enjoy the variety of weather conditions our state has to offer, "you’re in the zone.”WW3 08-16 
08-09-19DIFFERENT TEMPERATURES– When different areas of your town record different temperature readings, it’s probably not just minor differences between thermometers. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp explains.WW1 08-09 
08-09-19A VERY HOT SUMMER– We’ve had some hot days this summer, but it doesn’t come close to one of the hottest summers recorded in Kansas.WW2 08-09 
08-09-19HURRICANES– As the 2019 hurricane season continues, here's a look back at two of America’s most destructive storms.WW3 08-09 
08-02-19HABOOBS– In very dry regions of the world, summer can sometimes bring an unusual blend of two very different weather events. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp explains.WW1 08-02
08-02-19VAPOR PRESSURE DEFICIT– TV meteorologists often talk about relative humidity and dew point, but a different way of measuring moisture is gaining popularity.WW2 08-02
08-02-19FALLING STARS– An annual astronomical event is just a few days away.WW3 08-02
07-26-19WHAT IS A MONSOON?– We may know the term monsoon, but Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says we’re probably wrongfully associating it with heavy rain rather than wind patterns.WW1 07-26
07-26-19FLASH FLOOD DANGER– Flash flooding in the mountainous west can be dangerous – even deadly. One such incident occurred in northeastern Colorado in 1976.WW2 07-26
07-26-19STRAIGHT LINE WINDS– Straight line winds can be just as damaging as a tornado. One of the worst thunderstorms on record for Kansas occurred in 1986, causing damages in excess of 71 million dollars.WW3 07-26
07-19-19HURRICANE SEASON It’s summer, and that means hurricane season in the Atlantic. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp tells us of the unusual origin of this year’s first big storm. WW1 07-19
07-19-19HOTTER THAN HOT– Hot weather is an expected part of the summer, but how hot is “hot?” WW2 07-19 
07-19-19YEAR WITHOUT A SUMMER– We’ve seen a roller coaster of summer weather, with high temperatures and record lows. However, there was one year when there were arguably only three seasons. WW3 07-19
07-12-19DOG DAYS– We are moving into the hottest part of the summer, also known as the “dog days.” Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp looks at the history behind this phrase.WW1 07-12
07-12-19POPUP THUNDERSTORMS– The clear blue skies have suddenly given way to a brief downpour. This is what's known as a popup thunderstorm.WW2 07-12
07-12-19HEAVY RAINS– This summer may seem unusually wet in Kansas, but this kind of thing has happened before.WW3 07-12
07-05-19MUGGY– We’ve all heard the weather described as “muggy,” but what does the word actually mean? Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp takes a look at the word’s very old roots.WW1 07-05
07-05-19COOL JULY– July is typically a month of hot, summer sun and sweltering heat. However, there are exceptions.WW2 07-05
07-05-19MIST, HAZE, FOG– You see something moist hanging in the air, obscuring your view of the road ahead. What is it? Science has the answer.WW3 07-05
06-28-19SUMMER HAIL– We occasionally see hail storms in the middle of summer, but Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp tells us about a storm from 20 years ago that battered one familiar Kansas town.WW1 06-28
06-28-19THE AIR UP THERE– Have you ever thought about our air? I mean, really thought about it?WW2 06-28
06-28-19SOIL MOISTURE– With all the recent rainfall, it’s not uncommon to see water standing in crop fields. Have you ever wondered why some puddles dry up faster than others?WW3 06-28
06-21-19WETTEST MONTH– Heading into the final full week of June, Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp reminds us that there’s still time to reach a meteorological milestone.WW1 06-21
06-21-19HOT CARS– As we move from cool, spring-like temperatures, into the searing summer heat, we need to remember the dangers associated with leaving people or pets in vehicles -- even for a short time.WW2 06-21
06-21-19RECORD RAINS– With summer thunderstorms, we sometimes see torrential rains. Learn more about one of the biggest rainfall events in Kansas history.WW3 06-21
06-14-19HEAT BURST– You’ve probably heard of a cloudburst, a torrential downpour of rain – but how about a heat burst? Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp explains.WW1 06-14
06-14-19DRY LIGHTNING– Imagine a thunderstorm in which the raindrops evaporate on their way down. Actually, you don’t have to imagine it – it’s a real weather phenomenon.WW2 06-14
06-14-19SUMMER SOLSTICE– Today may not be the hottest day of the year, but it will be our longest! WW3 06-14
06-07-19HUMIDITY AND RAIN– Some people associate humidity with precipitation; a balmy, sticky afternoon can only lead to thunderstorms that night. But Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says, not so fast! WW1 06-07
06-07-19EDDIES– They are the rebels, the problem children of wind currents. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp  explains.WW2 06-07 
06-07-19JUNE TORNADOES– As we near the end of the 2019 severe weather season, we're reminded that we can still have plenty of severe weather in the month of June.WW3 06-07 
05-31-19HEAVY HAIL STORM– We’ve often heard of, and seen images of large hail stones. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp tells us about an incident when hail was measured by the inch.WW1 05-31
05-31-19“DEATH RIDGE”– Storm chasers have their own colorful and flamboyant terms for weather phenomena. Learn more about one of those terms.WW2 05-31
05-31-19TOPEKA TORNADO– It was then, and still is today, one of the most-famous weather events in American history – and it was covered live on TV. WW3 05-31
05-24-19BIG TORNADOES– Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp looks back at a series of tornadoes that wreaked havoc in southwest Kansas in 1996.WW1 05-24 
05-24-19 DODGE CITY– What happens when you get just under two inches of rain in a little less than an hour? The citizens of a well-known town in southwest Kansas can tell you.WW2 05-24 
05-24-19 JOHNSTOWN FLOOD– Many have heard of the largest flood disaster in U.S. history – but what they may not know is that the weather pattern that contributed to that event started right here.WW3 05-24 
05-17-19FISH IN THE STREETS– We’ve all probably seen flash flooding that happens frighteningly fast. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp tells us of one event that had a rather unusual effect.WW1 05-17
05-17-19HAIL OR SLEET?– When precipitation falls from the sky as ice, there are at least two possible forms it could take. WW2 05-17
05-17-19BOW ECHO– A feature sometimes seen on the latest weather radar displays can be a harbinger of severe winds, or worse. WW3 05-17
05-10-19STRAIGHT LINE WINDS– While spinning, twisting tornadoes are often the first things we think about during severe weather seasons, Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says there are other dangers to be wary of. WW1 05-10
05-10-19“TORNADO DAY”– While tornadoes are generally rare and sporadic in their appearances, there are days when they take over the weather map.WW2 05-10 
05-10-19WIDE TORNADOES– Just how big and wide can a tornado get? You’d be surprised!WW3 05-10 
05-03-19UNDER PRESSURE– Atmospheric pressure, also called barometric pressure, is measured by various types of barometers. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says how the pressure is reported – either as station pressure or sea level pressure – can be confusing.WW1 05-03
05-03-19THE UV INDEX– As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, we typically spend more time outdoors. As a result, we should be paying attention to the UV Index to avoid overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.WW2 05-03
05-03-19MORNING GLORIES– A relatively uncommon cloud form that results from disturbances related to gravitational waves in a stable boundary can make a glorious start to the morning.  WW3 05-03
04-26-19“SILENT” LIGHTNING– If you’ve ever seen lightning flashing off in the distance, you’ve probably also noticed the lack of accompanying thunder. But what's the science behind this phenomena?WW1 04-26 
04-26-19MAY BRIDGE– May marks the transitional month that ends spring – the bridge between winter and summer. During this transition, temperature extremes can occur.WW2 04-26 
04-26-19GREENSBURGMay 4th marks the 12th anniversary of one of the biggest tornadoes in history – a monster that literally changed the face of an entire town.WW3 04-26 
04-19-19FROSTY NIGHTSWhen you hear the phrase, “cloud cover,” are you reminded of the covers on your bed? Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says it’s a fitting metaphor.WW1 04-19
04-19-19A LATE FREEZE– The further we get into spring, the more concern there seems to be over a late freeze. Do the record books confirm that concern?   WW2 04-19
04-19-19PHENOLOGY– You’ve heard of meteorology and climatology – but what about phenology? It's actually a field of study devoted to changes.WW3 04-19
04-12-19CATS AND DOGS– Can it really “rain cats and dogs?” Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp investigates.WW1 04-12
04-12-19FLOODINGWe know about general flooding and flash flooding, but what other factors cause flooding? WW2 04-12
04-12-19VIRGA– What happens when rain falls out of the sky, but never touches the ground? It results in an interesting weather phenomenon.WW3 04-12
04-05-19EXTREME ANNIVERSARYThis may seem late in the year for snowfall, but Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp (nap) tells us about two very big winter storms from years past.WW1 04-05  
04-05-19DUST BOWL– The next time you drive by a farm and notice the long lines of trees along a fence line or near the house, remember that those trees have a big job to do. WW2 04-05 
04-05-19BIG FLOOD– Incidents of extreme flooding have been in the news lately. This may bring back memories of another such event in Kansas.WW3 04-05 
03-29-19APRIL FOOL’S DAYApril 1st is April Fool’s Day – when pranksters like to play tricks. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says the weather can also play tricks on us.WW1 03-29
03-29-19SEVERE WEATHER SEASON– As we move into April, we move into severe weather season. This is the story of one particularly bad day.WW2 03-29
03-29-19APRIL SHOWERS, MAY FLOWERS– One of the most well-known sayings about weather is particularly true in Kansas. Mary Knapp explains.WW3 03-29
03-22-19COLD SNAPLast week there was a lot of talk about the “bomb cyclone” that ravaged much of the Midwest.  Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp tells us about one aspect of that event.WW1 03-22
03-22-19VOLUNTEERS WANTED– There’s a way you can contribute to your local weather reports – and you don’t even need a degree in meteorology! To volunteer, visit: www.cocorahs.org.WW2 03-22
03-22-19WINTER IN SPRING– The calendar may say that spring is here, but Mother Nature doesn’t always follow our calendars.WW3 03-22
03-15-19LONGER AND STRONGERIn Kansas, spring “severe weather season” typically starts about now. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says there might be a reason for this.WW1 03-15
03-15-19LATE WINTER– Even if the temperatures outside are warmer, that doesn't mean we're done with winter just yet.WW2 03-15
03-15-19FOLK TALE– When you get right down to it, weather forecasting is a means of predicting the future. Mary Knapp offers this “folk prediction” that you might want to try.WW3 03-15
03-08-19WINDY MARCHIn Kansas, March is famous for its windy weather. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp tells us about one year when high winds really left their mark.WW1 03-08 
03-08-19DEEP FREEZE– Winter weather has persisted in Kansas this year. As we look forward to more spring-like conditions, we might want to remember the winter of 1992–93. WW2 03-08 
03-08-19WIND ADVISORIES– If you enjoy bicycling, hiking, or other outdoor activities, there’s one part of the weather forecast to really take note of.WW3 03-08 
03-01-19WINDThe wind features prominently in the legend and lore of Kansas. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp considers what the weather records say about this.WW1 03-01
03-01-19WIND SPEED– When measuring wind speed, even minor differences in altitude can make a difference.WW2 03-01
03-01-19LAST FREEZE– How late can the last spring freeze occur? There are actually a lot of possibilities.WW3 03-01
02-22-19TWILIGHT TIMEAs we move towards spring, we gain a bit more daylight, day by day. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp delves into the various terms used to describe the setting of the sun.WW1 02-22
02-22-19THE WIND AND YOUR MIND– Strong winds have their advantages and disadvantages. In some circumstances, they can actually wreak psychological havoc.WW2 02-22
02-22-19LIONS AND LAMBS– We’ve all heard the familiar saying about the month of March – but is there any science behind the adage?WW3 02-22
02-15-19“THUNDER SNOW”– A storm event is usually characterized by its most destructive element. So what happens when you have snow and thunder in the same event? Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp explains.WW1 02-15 
02-15-19FEBRUARY IS STILL WINTER– Even though we may have a few warm days in February, there was one year when some of the coldest weather of the year occurred that month.WW2 02-15 
02-15-19HIGHS AND LOWS– Because February sits right on the edge of winter, temperatures and precipitation can vary greatly from year to year.WW3 02-15 
02-08-19IT’S STILL WINTERYoung lovers may have thoughts of spring, but Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says Old Man Winter isn’t done with us just yet.WW1 02-08
02-08-19VALENTINE’S DAY WEATHER– What kind of weather is most associated with Valentine’s Day? History shows it could be just about anything.WW2 02-08
02-08-19ATMOSPHERIC RIVER– “Atmospheric river” is a term that has been mentioned in the weather news lately. But what does it mean?WW3 02-08
02-01-19HYPOTHERMIAA sudden, drastic drop in your core body temperature is dangerous, sometimes even fatal.  Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp has more.WW1 02-01
02-01-19ICE DAY– In certain parts of Europe, schools don’t close just for heavy snowfall. They're actually watching out for something else.WW2 02-01
02-01-19SUBLIMATION– Is it possible for ice to melt away, even if the temperature never climbs above freezing? The answer might surprise you. WW3 02-01
01-25-19SNOWY JANUARYIf you feel like snow has finally returned to winter, you’re probably not alone. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp explains why this month has seemed so cold and white.WW1 01-25
01-25-19HIGHS AND LOWS– Sometimes, temperature changes can be particularly drastic and sudden -- and there are several examples of wide temperature swings.WW2 01-25
01-25-19GROUNDHOG DAY– Groundhog Day is billed as the day we find out how much more winter we’re likely to have to endure. However, the prediction may not be reliable.WW3 01-25
01-18-19HIGHS AND LOWS– Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says the date of January 21st is associated with several weather records.WW1 01-18 
01-18-19SOME BIG SWINGS– Massive storm systems and cold air masses can sometimes result in dizzying drops in temperature...and the numbers can be surprising.WW2 01-18 
01-18-19WINTER MOISTURE– When it comes to winter moisture, “snow” and “sleet” barely scratch the list of different forms. So, here's the other forms to keep an eye on.WW3 01-18 
01-11-19 BLIZZARDS FROM THE PASTKansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp looks back at a couple of deadly blizzards from the late 19th century.WW1 01-11
01-11-19 SINGULARITY– Once is happenstance; twice is coincidence. And if it frequently happens, year after year, on or about the same day on the calendar? As you might imagine, there’s a word for that, too.WW2 01-11
01-11-19 POLAR VORTEX Many meteorologists have been referring to the “polar vortex,” but what is it? Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp explains.WW3 01-11
01-04-19 THE TEMPERATURE OF ICE– We typically think of the temperature of ice as 32-degrees Fahrenheit. However, Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says that’s just one form of ice.WW1 01-04
01-04-19 SAFETY THICKNESS OF ICE– Unless you live in a region that normally experiences deep winter conditions, you should stay off the ice in the winter.WW2 01-04
01-04-19 THE FREEZE/THAW CYCLES– A freeze/thaw cycle is the number of times the temperature moves from above freezing to below freezing. But how does that cycle compare between Kansas and two other states?WW3 01-04
12-28-18END-OF-THE-YEAR WEATHER– On average, there is a 25 percent chance of seeing snow and ice on New Year’s Eve in Kansas. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp recalls a memorable snow storm at the end of 1978 and the beginning of 1979.WW1 12-28
12-28-18TEMPERATURE IMPACTS FOG– We often think of fog as being a heavy, soupy mist. However, there is also a freezing fog and a frost fog. However, it’s unlikely to see a frost fog in Kansas.WW2 12-28
12-28-18SLEET, SNOW GRAINS, GRAUPEL– Most people are familiar with snow and freezing rain. However, they may not be as familiar with sleet, snow grains and graupel.WW3 12-28
12-21-18STORMY CHRISTMAS– One of the more unusual weather events occurred two years ago when snowfall was preceded by something rarely seen in December. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp  has more.WW1 12-21
12-21-18REVOLUTIONARY WEATHER– Of all the important figures of the American Revolution, one that rarely gets credit is the weather.WW2 12-21
12-21-18WATER– We simply would not have life on our planet without water. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp explores one of water’s more interesting characteristics.WW3 12-21
12-14-18TOO COLD TO SNOW?The next time you hear someone remark that “it’s too cold to snow” tell them you know what’s really happening.WW1 12-14
12-14-18WINTER SOLSTICE– December 21st marks a beginning – and an ending. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp explains.WW2 12-14
12-14-18COLD BLAST– Almost 40 years ago this week, a severe cold front dropped temperatures across Kansas, setting new records in several locations.WW3 12-14
12-07-18WIND CHILLFew things get colder than the air temperature. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says there's a common method of determining the effect of wind and cold on warm-blooded animals.WW1 12-07 
12-07-18ICE STORMS– Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp looks back at one of the worst ice storms in Kansas history.WW2 12-07 
12-07-18WINTER STORM– The year 1987 is remembered for a major winter storm that ravaged more than three states. WW3 12-07
11-30-18FREEZING RAIN– A more unusual type of winter precipitation, freezing rain rarely looks as dangerous as it really is. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp explains.WW1 11-30
11-30-18 FOUR CORNERS STORMS– A particular type of storm system is known for generating lots of snow over southwest Kansas. Learn more about the Four Corners storm.WW2 11-30
11-30-18 HOARFROST– There's one particular type of winter precipitation that makes trees and shrubs look like they have white hair. WW3 11-30
11-23-18LIQUID EQUIVALENTHow much water would you get if you melted down an inch of snow? Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says there are several factors to consider. WW1 11-23
11-23-18BLACK ICE– It’s slippery, treacherous, and you usually don’t see it until it’s too late. What is it?WW2 11-23 
11-23-18HEATING DEGREE DAYSThere is a climate measurement that can be used to get a rough estimate of heating fuel demands. You can learn more by visiting: http://mesonet.ksu.edu/agriculture/degreedays.WW3 11-23 
11-16-18BLIZZARD Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp delves into the use and origins of a common winter word—one you might associate with a popular ice cream treat.WW1 11-16
11-16-18WINTER TORNADOES– You may not think tornadoes are possible in winter, but you might be wrong!WW2 11-16
11-16-18WINTER OF ‘92Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp looks back at one of the biggest winter storms in Kansas history.WW3 11-16
11-09-18TWO RECORDS, ONE DAY– How far can temperatures drop in a single day? Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp tells us about one of the most dramatic cold waves on record in the central United States.WW1 11-09
11-09-18HYDROMETEORKansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp introduces us to a weather term that covers a lot of bases.WW2 11-09
11-09-18WINTER ROAD READINESS – Before you do any extensive driving this winter, you should make iversity climatologist Mary Knapp suggests you make a few preparations.WW3 11-09
11-02-18WINTER WEATHER READINESS– Winter is approaching, and Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says it’s best to start preparing for it sooner, rather than later.WW1 11-02
11-02-18METEOROLOGY– The origins of weather forecasting are rooted closer to the stars above, rather than the earth beneath our feet. WW2 11-02
11-02-18RAINFALL REPORTS– It’s a simple question, frequently asked: “How much rain did we get last night?” Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says there’s an intricate network in place to give us the answer.WW3 11-02
10-26-18WIND DIRECTION– Does wind direction have a direct influence on air temperature? Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says that’s not always the case.WW1 10-26 
10-26-18TRICKS AND TREATS– If you’re sending out little monsters and witches to collect candy Halloween night, it might be a good idea to bring a sweater along.WW2 10-26
10-26-18“FALLING BACK”– Are you ready to change all your clocks and other devices back to standard time? Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp looks into the history of this practice.WW3 10-26
10-19-18CARBON MONOXIDEWhile present throughout the entire year, a deadly gas tends to build up more easily during winter. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp explains.WW1 10-19
10-19-18BLIZZARD OF ‘97– One of the most ferocious winter storms in Kansas history occurred in October. WW2 10-19
10-19-18HURRICANE MITCH– As hurricanes go, this 1998 storm is responsible for at least 11,000 deaths. WW3 10-19
10-12-18HURRICANE HAZELOne of the deadliest hurricanes of the 20th century left a good portion of New England in ruins. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp (“nap”) looks back at Hurricane Hazel.WW1 10-12
10-12-18SNOW BOARDS– Many meteorologists use snow boards – but not the ones you might be thinking of.   WW2 10-12
10-12-18SEICHEWe’ve heard many references to a tidal surge in conjunction with hurricanes. However, a similar phenomenon can occur on inland lakes.WW3 10-12
10-05-18DEVASTATING FIRES– The deadliest single wildfire in United States history is also one of the least known, largely because it was overshadowed by another fire. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp has the story.WW1 10-05
10-05-18FALL COLOR– The reds and golds and oranges of fall tree leaves are the result of a complex formula. Learn how weather impacts the final result.WW2 10-05
10-05-18MINNESOTA FIRES– October may seem a bit late for wildfire activity, but that's when a massive wildfire occurred in the northern United States.WW3 10-05
09-28-18FROST– As mornings become cooler and cooler, Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp  says morning frost usually happens when the temperature reaches 32 degrees Farenheit, the freezing point of water. WW1 09-28
09-28-18HARD FREEZE– A listener recently asked, “What is a ‘hard freeze?’” Turns out the answer is a bit complicated.                                                WW2 09-28 
09-28-18INDIAN SUMMER– Pleasantly warm days, followed by pleasantly cool evenings; traditionally, those periods are referred to as “Indian Summer.” However, it’s a weather pattern with many names.     WW3 09-28 
09-21-18SATELLITES– Weather satellites have been assisting meteorologists for decades. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp tells us about some of the newest observers high above our heads.WW1 09-21
09-21-18MICROBURSTSDamage from severe winds doesn’t always come in the form of tornadoes. It can also be the result of microbursts.WW2 09-21
09-21-18FROSTY BREATH– Whether you’re age 5 or 85, there’s something fun about seeing your own breath on a frosty morning. But what's the science behind this bit of magic?WW3 09-21
09-14-18FAIR SKIES– “Fair” is word frequently used in weather forecasts, but what exactly does it mean? Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp explains.                                  WW1 09-14
09-14-18DID IT RAIN?– When we wake up to moisture on the ground in the early morning, it might be dew, rather than rain. WW2 09-14
09-14-18EARLY SNOW– If today seems way too early for snow, a quick check of the history books might change your mind.WW3 09-14
09-07-18HURRICANES– Have full, intact hurricanes ever made it up into Kansas? Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp has the answer.WW1 09-07
09-07-18FLOODING– Recent floods in certain parts of Kansas have been devastating. However, one of the worst flash floods occurred some 40 years ago.WW2 09-07
09-07-18EARTHQUAKE WEATHER–  We know better in the 21st century, but there was a time when earthquakes were linked to weather patterns.WW3 09-07
08-31-18RECORD HAILWorld records have always been fascinating – the tallest, the biggest, the heaviest. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp looks at one meteorological record Kansas once owned.WW1 08-31
08-31-18RED MOON – Last month, the moon caught the attention of many sky gazers, notably for its color.  Learn about the science behind the color.WW2 08-31
08-31-18GALVESTON– The United States has been hit by many large hurricanes during the past one hundred years or so, but one of the biggest is still one of the oldest.WW3 08-31
08-24-18COLD AUGUST DAYS– August is typically associated with warm, if not hot, temperatures. However, Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says that’s not always the case.WW1 08-24
08-24-18THAT’S REALLY WET!– Kansas has seen its share of wet weather recently, but the records show it can be a lot wetter.WW2 08-24
08-24-18DAMAGE IN THE KEYS– One of the worst hurricanes to ever hit the United States was a category 5 when it slammed into the Florida Keys in early September.WW3 08-24
08-17-18THE END OF SUMMER?On what day does summer really end? Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says, you have some choices.WW1 08-17
08-17-18WEATHER MAPS– The process used to forecast weather begins with how weather patterns are viewed. However, modern meteorology began with one simple tool.WW2 08-17
08-17-18FOG, MIST, HAZE– When you’re driving to work early in the morning, and you can’t see more than a few feet in front of your car, it could be one of three things.WW3 08-17
08-10-18HOTTER DAYS– The month of August began with tremendous heat across much of the state, but Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says the record books document a much hotter August.WW1 08-10
08-10-18WIND SPEED– There’s more than one way to measure and report wind speed.WW2 08-10
08-10-18HOT SUMMER NIGHTS– While night time temperatures are generally cooler, there have been a few years when the setting of the sun offered no relief.WW3 08-10
08-03-18A FAMILIAR AROMA– The title song from the Broadway musical “Oklahoma!” features the line, “And the wavin' wheat can sure smell sweet, when the wind comes right behind the rain.” Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp delves into the science behind the scent.                  WW1 08-03
08-03-18SUMMER SNOW?– While there has been some weather data recording snowfall in July and August, it helps to dig a little deeper for the truth.WW2 08-03
08-03-18SUMMER HAIL– While most severe weather happens in the spring, summer hail storms have been known to be particularly destructive.WW3 08-03
07-27-18DESTRUCTIVE WIND FEATURESMost wind damage from severe storms is caused by straight line winds, not tornadoes. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp explains. WW1 07-27
07-27-18NON-TORNADIC THUNDERSTORM– August 1st marks the anniversary of the one of the worst non-tornadic thunderstorms on record for Kansas. WW2 07-27 
07-27-18A THUNDERSTORM AND DUST MIX – Haboobs are typical of very dry regions, such as the Sahara. However, these storms can also occur in the southwestern U.S.WW3 07-27 
07-20-18STAY HYDRATED– If you’re going to be outside in the heat, plan ahead by drinking ahead. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp discusses why that’s important.WW1 07-20
07-20-18HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES– With temperatures soaring into the triple digits, it’s important to watch out for heat-related illnesses. And, here's what to look for.WW2 07-20
07-20-18HURRICANE HUNTERS– While these aviators spend their “off-season” investigating winter storms, this is the time of year hurricane hunters earn their name.WW3 07-20
07-13-18POPUP THUNDERSTORMS– During the hottest summer days, late afternoon or evening thunderstorms can pop up out of nowhere. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp explains the science behind these storms.WW1 07-13
07-13-18HOTTEST DAYS OF KANSAS– To experience the hottest days ever recorded in Kansas, you’d have to push your thermometer well into the triple digits. WW2 07-13
07-13-18A BIG FLOOD– Twenty-five years ago, one Kansas county experienced a flash flood event that is still being talked about today. WW3 07-13
07-06-18COLD JULY?– The summer heat has arrived! While you’re focused on the upper end of the thermometer, Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp reminds us that for one extreme, you can usually find another.WW1 06-07 
07-06-18FIRESTARTER– We all know that lightning can be dangerous. In addition to the risk of injury or death to individuals, lightning can sometimes lead to catastrophic loss of property.                                                 WW2 06-07
07-06-18DOG DAYS– We’re approaching the hottest part of the summer, known as the “dog days.” But what's the story behind this rather odd phrase?                                                 WW3 06-07
06-29-18RIDGELocal TV meteorologists sometimes talk about a “ridge” on their maps, and in their forecasts. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp explains just what that means.WW1 06-29
06-29-18HEAT BURST– Have you ever heard of a “heat burst?” K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains when and where you’re most likely to encounter a heat burst.WW2 06-29
06-29-18MIRAGE– In old movies, people stranded in the desert might see a mirage off in the distance. However, the scientific explanation is easier to see.                                                 WW3 06-29
06-22-18DEW POINT– One basic measure of humidity is the dew point. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp explains the science behind it.WW1 06-22
06-22-18HEAT WAVE– Warm weather has arrived, but is it a heat wave? The answer probably depends on where you live.                                                 WW2 06-22
06-22-18MUGGYFor his high school newspaper, the late John Lennon once wrote a brief weather forecast: “Today will be muggy, followed by tuggy, wuggy and thuggy.” Those last three words aren’t actual weather conditions, but we know a lot about muggy.                                                 WW3 06-22
06-15-18HEAT LIGHTNINGWhen it happens, the overhead skies are usually clear, and you probably don’t hear thunder. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp explains what it is.WW1 06-15
06-15-18SUMMER SOLSTICE– June 21st marks an important annual astronomical and meteorological event. WW2 06-15
06-15-18RAINIEST MONTH– You might think that the wettest month for Kansas would be April or May, at the height of severe weather season. However, you’d be wrong.WW3 06-15 
06-08-18A CAPPED INVERSION– It looks like a storm might develop, but then nothing happens. Why does occur? According to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (nap) it might be the result of a capped inversion.WW1 06-08
06-08-18TWO COLD JUNE DAYS– We think of June as being one of our warmer months. However, that’s not always the case. There was a very cold June day in California in 1907 and one in Kansas in 1998.WW2 06-08
06-08-18A TORNADO OUTBREAK– June 15, 1992 is in the history books as the second largest two-day tornado outbreak in U.S. history – and it began in Kansas. WW3 06-08
06-01-18FLASH FLOODINGWhen heavy rains drench an area in just a few hours, Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp says it’s important to be aware of this weather hazard.       WW1 06-01
06-01-18GROUND FOG– Morning motorists sometimes experience the effect of driving through clouds. But, just what exactly is this phenomenon?                             WW2 06-01
06-01-18HEAT INDEX– High temperatures and high humidity can combine to cause illness, or even death. But, do you know how the heat index is calculated?WW3 06-01
05-25-18WIND SPEEDHow strong and fast is the wind today? Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp  says we owe a debt of gratitude to a 19th century British naval officer who first decided that wind speed measurements were important.WW1 05-25
05-25-18BALL LIGHTNING– A bright light, a crackle, perhaps a lingering odor of sulfur. Learn more about this very rare, almost mythical atmospheric phenomenon.WW2 05-25
05-25-18DANGERS OF LIGHTNING– As summer thunderstorms develop, it’s important to remember one of the major hazards of thunderstorms.                                                 WW3 05-25
05-18-18FLASH FLOOD– We’ve all seen video of cars and people stuck in the waters of a flash flood. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp has the story about one flash flood that turned the streets into a river, fish included!WW1 05-18
05-18-18SUNDOGS– You may be familiar with sun spots and solar flares, but there's a much rarer phenomenon to watch for.WW2 05-18
05-18-18SOIL MOISTURE– Much of Kansas has been stuck in a drought, leaving parched soil and stressed vegetation. However, there has been a question about soil moisture.WW3 05-18
05-11-18ROLL CLOUDSKansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp tells us about a rare type of cloud that you just might spot during severe weather season.WW1 05-11 
05-11-18VIRGAIs it possible to have rain falling from the sky, with little or none of it even hitting the ground? While it may be rare, it can happen.WW2 05-11
05-11-18VOLCANOESWith all the attention on Hawaii recently, many are wondering what effect volcanic eruptions can have on weather.WW3 05-11
05-04-18BOLT FROM THE BLUE– If you’ve never seen a bolt of lightning come out of a clear blue sky, it may just be a matter of time. Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp explains.WW1 05-04
05-04-18NOT JUST TORNADOES– Most of us associate severe weather with the occurrence of tornadoes – it’s the “worst case scenario” we immediately gravitate to. However, other occurrences can be just as bad...maybe worse.WW2 05-04
05-04-18HAIL OR SLEET?– When ice particles fall from the sky, is it hail or sleet? Believe it or not, there actually are differences between the two.WW3 05-04
04-27-18WESTERN KANSAS BLIZZARD– Western Kansas was hit by a major blizzard in late April last year. According to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp, snowfall amounts of one to two feet were common – and cattle loss was an estimated 100,000 head.WW1 04-27
04-27-18TORNADO ACTIVITY IS DOWN– Tornado activity in Kansas is off to a slow start this spring. However, tornado activity can still pick up – possibly as early as next month.WW2 04-27
04-27-18THE GREENSBURG TORNADO– May 4th marks the 11th anniversary of the devastating Greensburg Tornado. This Level 5 tornado literally erased over 90% of the town.WW3 04-27
04-20-18APRIL HIGH TEMPERATURES– April can see a range of temperatures – from bitterly cold to extremely warm. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks at some of the warmest temperatures recorded in Kansas in April.WW1 04-20
04-20-18UNUSUAL STORM WARNING– We’re used to a variety of weather warnings being issued in Kansas. However, there was a rather unusual warning issued in April of 1994.WW2 04-20
04-20-18TWILIGHT AND CIVIL TWILIGHT– Because it occurs gradually this time of year, the additional sunlight gained is hardly noticeable. In addition to giving sunrise and sunset times, other terms might be included in local weather reports.WW3 04-20
04-13-18U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR– A special measuring tool that integrates stream flow, precipitation, and vegetative health is getting a lot of use these days. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains.WW1 04-13
04-13-18HIGH WIND DAMAGE– While most associate high wind damage with rotating phenomena such as tornadoes and hurricanes, straight-line winds can wreak just as much havoc.WW2 04-13
04-13-18FREEZING CONDITIONS– The average date of the last freeze varies across the state. For example, in Yates Center, the average date is April 8th while in Atwood it's May 8th. As for this year, conditions appear optimal for a late freeze.WW3 04-13
04-06-18MESONET– In addition to the big weather stations and Doppler radar systems you occasionally see, Kansas has a smaller network of weather recording stations that deliver helpful data. K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains.WW1 04-06  
04-06-18APRIL FOOL’S SNOWFALL– If someone told you it was snowing outside on April 1st, you might think it was an April Fool’s joke. But there have been some astounding amounts of snowfall recorded on that date.WW2 04-06 
04-06-18APRIL SHOWERS– April is not only a time for rain “showers” – some heavy amounts of rain have been recorded. this is a look back at one such day. WW3 04-06



500-YEAR EVENTS?Just after the landfall of Hurricane Harvey, journalists and meteorologists were using terms like “500-year storm” or “100-year flood.” K-State climatologist Mary Knapp (“nap”) shares some insight into these terms.