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Monday, May 23, 2016

Metro KC Dodges Bullet With Excessive Rain Event

Heavy showers and thunderstorms moved through Metro Kansas City with the heaviest amounts near and along the I-35 corridor from Johnson county KS into Clay county MO..

Refer to the map image- you can see slightly over 4-inches fell on one of the 4 Rock Creeks located around the Metro- this particular creek runs from the south part of the KC-MO Northland into Avondale into North KC..

Some flooding did occur in NKC- but the creek has since receded.

Three-inch amounts fell further north in the Line Creek and Shoal Creek watersheds.

Some high water was reported in eastern Gladstone along another Rock Creek- but that water too has subsided.

Two to three-inch totals were observed along Turkey Creek from near Shawnee into southern KC-KS- but no flooding occurred along the Turkey.

Note that no measurable rain fell at the gage located at M-350 and the Little Blue River in far southeastern KC-MO (Knobtown).

Sunday, May 22, 2016

ATV Ride Turns Fatal in Platte County MO

Heard parts of this call on the scanner. Southern Platte FPD had reported the victim with "a head injury" with "CPR in-progress" after they arrived on-scene.

ATV ride turns fatal in Platte County: One person is dead after an ATV accident in Platte County early Sunday morning.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

CSW BREAKING: KC-MO PD "Operation-100" Called

KC-MO South Patrol officers reportedly were attempting to contact a person "in regard to stolen property" in a room at the motel at 11801 Blue Ridge- near the Grandview border.

That person- reportedly with a "nationwide warrant-" refused to open the door and officers said that person "threatened to shoot himself in the head."

Officers then requested an Operation-100 be called to that location- with the staging area at the Save-A-Lot "parking lot at Longview and Blue Ridge."

It is not yet known if busy Blue Ridge Boulevard- just north of I-49/U.S. 71- is being closed to traffic.

Kansas Basketball Coach Self, Other LLCs Avoid Taxes Under Kansas Law

Another reason Kansas is suffering financially...

Kansas coach Self, other LLCs avoid taxes under Kansas law: Bill Self isn't paying state taxes on the bulk of his millions of dollars of income as men's basketball coach at Kansas, all legal under 2012 tax reforms.

Meteor-Like Fireball Lights Up Sky in Portland, Maine

Combating Metro Kansas City's Feral Cat Boom

Combating the feral cat boom: Thousands of feral cats roam the metro. Rescue groups and communities have very different ways to try and control the population.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Monday, May 09, 2016

Severe Tstm Watch No. 154 Until 9 pm- KS-OK

ST Watch valid until 9 pm this Monday night includes the Kansas counties west of the first tier of counties along the Missouri border- or just west of Metro Kansas City.

Some nearby Kansas cities (counties) in this watch include: Garnett (Anderson)- Ottawa (Franklin)- Baldwin City and Lawrence (Douglas)- Oskaloosa and Valley Falls (Jefferson).

Friday, May 06, 2016

CSW BREAKING: Homicide in South-Central KC-MO

At least 2 were shot with one dead in the past hour in the 5300 block of Brooklyn in south-central Kansas City MO..

A short time ago- a 2nd death was reported regarding this incident.
No other details....

'This is as Bad as it Gets': Super 8 Motel Burns in Fort McMurray Alberta Canada

This is in Fort McMurray- a city of just under 90000 people in the oil-shale rich area of northern Alberta province Canada.

A huge out-of-control wildfire has forced the evacuation of virtually the area's entire population and has burned thousands of structures in and around Fort Mac.

Smoke from this very fire caused a midday haze in the skies over Metro Kansas City on Thursday.

Metro KC Severe Storm Chances on the Increase in Upcoming Week

The upcoming week will bring thunderstorms and the attending threat of severe weather to the Kansas City MetroRegion.
The following is the NWS' Storm Prediction Center (SPC) "Day 3" prediction is for the time frame of 7 am Sunday (Mother's Day) May 8 to 7 am Monday May 9.
At this time- it appears any severe weather in Metro KC proper will come late Monday into Tuesday morning- about 12 hours beyond the scope of the Day 3 forecast shown in the graphics here.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

2-Alarm Apartment Fire in KC-MO Near Old Northeast KC-MO

A 2nd-alarm has been requested for a fire in a 2-story apartment building at St. John and Brooklyn in near Old Northeast KC-MO.

The initial alarm was sounded around 11:30 pm with a 2nd-alarm ordered by the first-arriving fire company who reported "heavy fire showing" at 11:34 pm..

Three EMS units have responded to this incident- but no reports of any injuries as of this posing at 11:44 pm.

The fire has been declared under control at this time as well.

Refresh this post for updates......

At 11:47 pm- the 2nd-alarm fire companies as well as one of the EMS units had been "cancelled."

Still no injuries reported and searches have revealed no victims as of yet.


Kansas City International Airport New Terminal Plan Shelved

Just announced this Tuesday afternoon...

Kansas City's appropriately-named mayor "Sly" James says the city will not submit plans for a single airport terminal to voters this year.

Millions have already been spent on studies to consolidate KCI's 3 terminals into one-  against the wishes of many travelers who like the convenience of the present layout.

A grass-roots organization then mounted a petition drive to force the terminal issue to a public vote- which in itself actually killed the mayor and council's grandiose and costly plan.  

This comes on the heels of revelations of police officer shortages- fire station closings and exorbitant water/sewer bill increases.

Over 100 KC-MO Police Officer Jobs Eliminated

Imagine how many cops we'd have lost if the sacred "earnings tax" hadn't been renewed?

Remember- we're paying $10-15-million yearly for the Power and Light entertainment district.

Enjoy your high-priced meal and drink....

Over 100 KCMO Police Officer Jobs Eliminated: Concern is growing in communities tonight where police officers' jobs are being cut.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Severe Thunderstorm Watch No. 112 Valid Until 2 am CDT Wednesday Morning Includes Southern Half of Metro Kansas City

CSW WEATHER: Tornado Watch No. 108 Until 9 pm CDT- KS- NE

Tornado Watch Number 108 will include the Kansas counties immediately west of Metro Kansas City ... Franklin- including Ottawa- Douglas- including Lawrence and Jefferson- including Oskaloosa - until 9 pm this Tuesday evening.

Metro Kansas City will most likely be included in a new watch at or before 9 pm tonight.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

CSW Breaking Weather: Tornado Watch No. 102 Until 11 pm CDT- KS-OK

This Tornado Watch includes the Topeka and Emporia KS along with areas NW- W and SW of those 2 cities.

Four Federal Agents Injured During Shootout at Topeka Motel

I reported this on Twitter late Friday night.  You can request to follow my Tweets for breaking news and weather as Capt. GSpaulding ....

4 federal agents injured during shootout at Kansas motel: Authorities say four federal agents suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot while trying to make an arrest at a Kansas motel.

1967 Oak Lawn Tornado: Voice of a Tornado

Severe storms are expected this week in the Kansas City MetroRegion- later today and Tuesday-Wednesday.

Please- have a plan of where to go and what to do if you are affected.... 

This recording was made during the event by a man who was only blocks from the path of the deadly 'Oak Lawn' IL tornado of April 21 1967.

Friday, April 22, 2016

At Least 8 Dead in Ohio Shootings

An eighth victim was found after this was posted.....

UPDATE: At least seven dead in Ohio shootings: Authorities say at least seven people are dead in what they're calling 'execution-style killings' in three homes along a rural Ohio road.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

19-year-old Woman Shot at Party on KC's East Side

19-year-old woman shot at party on KC's east side: Police say a woman was hospitalized early Sunday morning in a shooting on Kansas City's east side. A woman injured in that shooting was transported to a local hospital with unspecified injuries.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Wright Career College Announces Closure

Something very wrong at Wright:

Wright Career College announces closure: Students at Wright Career College are wondering what's next after the school says it has closed its campuses in Overland Park and Wichita.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Severe Storms Possible Along- South of I-70 in Kansas and Missouri

Refer to the map image below- you see the greatest risk ("enhanced") of severe thunderstorms is south and southwest of Metro KC- Oklahoma City and SW from there.

The standard "slight" risk area extends from near Warsaw- west through Nevada MO- into Kansas- Fort Scott- Iola- Emporia and southward.

Watch live storm chasers at TVN HERE...

The window of possible strong- severe storms in Metro KC is small- generally between 4 pm to 7 pm. After that- a cold front sweeps through and virtually eliminates any risk of severe weather.

Any storm watches affecting those areas of the MetroRegion KC will be posted here later....

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Merle Haggard -- Are The Good Times Really Over

Sharing my favorite Merle Haggard tune with ya'all.

RIP Hag.....

(NOTE: The Jim Owen Entertainment company made YouTube take this video down as of April 12)

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Country Music Legend Merle Haggard Dead at 79

Country music legend Merle Haggard dead at 79: During the outlaw country period of the 1960s and 70s, Merle Haggard was one of the genre's biggest stars. Haggard had 13 albums reach No. 1 on the country charts.

Man Videos Tornado That Killed His Wife- Fairdale IL 2015

This was a year ago- April 2015 and the EF4 tornado that roared through Northern Illinois.

The story- and another copy of the video (less clear) is HERE.

As they say- PLEASE do not attempt this at your house if a tornado is in view!

Monday, April 04, 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Family Takes a Drive and Video During Owasso OK Tornado - March 30 2016

Listed as "Brad Saunders" and family- drive away from Wednesday evening's tornado.

An additional video shot from Tulsa International (TUL) airport HERE.

Other posts on this event HERE and HERE.

Tornado North of Tulsa OK - March 30, 2016

Related video- story- HERE.

Tornado Near Owasso OK- March 30, 2016

This estimated EF0 through possibly EF2 tornado was one of a series of touchdowns from North Tulsa to south of Claremore OK- an about 22-mile path.

Less than a dozen injuries- mostly minor but one serious-reported by Tulsa news media thru midnight Thursday morning..

Another view from further west- closer to Tulsa...

Severe Tstm Watch No. 61 Includes W-NW Metro Kansas City

Metro counties included are Douglas and Leavenworth in KS- and Platte county MO..

The cities of Lawrence and Atchison KS and St. Joseph MO are included in Severe Thunderstorm (Tstm) Watch No. 61 until 11 pm this Wednesday night.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch No. 58 - KS- OK- TX

STW #58 includes counties west and south of Emporia KS- and stretches SSW thru Wichita- Oklahoma City to Wichita Falls TX until 9 pm CDT..

Metro Kansas City is NOT in this watch- it runs about 100 miles SW of the Metro.

However- a watch including Metro KC is likely later this Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

VIDEO: Shocking : Explosion and Fire at a Russian Power Plant

Huge Fire in Ajman One Towers - UAE / حريق هائل بأبراج عجمان 1 الامارات ...

An extended video look at a massive fire in one of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) architectural high-rise torches Sunday night. 

There's been a number of like-fires of high-rises in the UAE over the past few years.

They tend to use some sort of poly-urethane-like exterior coating on their buildings- and flaming chunks of this exterior- at least one the size of a one-car unattached garage- fall and set lower floors ablaze.

Fortunately- reported only minor injuries.  

VIDEO: James Randi: Homeopathy, Quackery and Fraud

The USA Today:

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Winds Blow Smoke from Comanche Co. Grass Fire Across Southern Kansas

This fire started Tuesday in Oklahoma!

Winds blow smoke from Comanche Co. grass fire across southern Kansas: Update- 3:45 p.m. Brian Alexander, a rancher whose property is about two miles north of Highway 160 said Wednesday's wildfires were the worst he's ever seen.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Police Confirm Active Shooter At Kaufman (TX) Walmart

This is in Kaufman TX- about 50 miles SE of Dallas...Police Confirm Active Shooter At Kaufman Walmart: Authorities in Kaufman have confirmed that there is an active shooter scene at a Walmart store. This is happening in the 300 block of Kings Fort Parkway. People are advised to stay away from the area until the situation has been resolved.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Man Suffers Minor Injuries after Crashing Covered Wagon near Prague

What a news story from 1860 might look like:  Man suffers minor injuries after crashing covered wagon near Prague: KOKH reports that 83-year-old William States was in a covered wagon with two horses when he lost control of the wagon and crashed in a pasture.

Monday, March 14, 2016