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Friday, June 27, 2008

K.C. MetroRegion BREAKING WEATHER: New Severe Storm Watch Until 4AM Saturday

ST Watch Number 626- valid until 0400 CDT Saturday morning- includes all Kansas City Metro counties and cities.
Cities and towns included in this severe storm watch include Richmond- Lexington- Harrisonville- Butler- Warrensburg- Clinton- Sedalia- Eldon- Mendon- Carrollton- Chillicothe- St. Joseph-MO and in Kansas- Paola- Ottawa- Atchison- Oskaloosa- Lawrence & Topeka..
A line of strong to severe thunderstorms continue to move southeastward into northeastern Kansas and northwestern Missouri.

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for counties near St. Joseph- as well as Clinton County-MO.

Persons in northern Platte- Clay and Ray counties MO should prepare themselves for possible high winds in severe thunderstorms within the next hour or so..


K.C. MetroRegion BREAKING WEATHER: Severe Thunderstorm Watch No. 622 Until 10pm

The National Weather Service's (NWS) Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a severe storm watch- or forecast- that includes the image-indicated counties (click all images for full size).

Beside Kansas and Missouri- Nebraska and Iowa counties are also included in this storm watch.
ST Watch Number 622- valid until 10pm- includes all Kansas City Metro counties as well as Harrisonville- Butler- St. Joseph-MO- Paola- Ottawa- Atchison- Lawrence & Topeka-KS..


K.C. BREAKING NEWS: Passenger Jet Declaring In-Flight Emergency Lands Safely At KCI

At 3:14pm- KC-MO Fire department crews were sent to Kansas City International airport on an aircraft in-flight emergency.

An unknown airlines passenger jet with 145 people on board had an unstated problem with oil pressure on the aircraft..

As of 3:26pm- the jet has landed without incident and is taxiing to a terminal .


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K.C. MetroRegion WEATHER: Severe Storm Watch Possible Soon

That's what the NWS-SPC says in a forecast discussion- "MCD 1593"- a communication to affected local NWS offices from the SPC.

There's presently no activity on weather radars in the K.C. MetroRegion as illustrated by this latest visible satellite image.


Thursday, June 26, 2008

KANSAS CITY METRO BREAKING WEATHER: Severe Thunderstorm Watch No.611 In Effect

The NWS-SPC has issued Severe Thunderstorm Watch No. 611 that will include the Kansas counties in the Kansas City Metro.

ST Watch No. 611 also includes generally the northwest 1/4 of the MetroRegion (see-click on image) valid until 1m Friday morning.

Here's the latest Doppler weather radar image from NWS-Topeka.

There is also an increasing risk of flash-flooding in areas presently receiving thunderstorms.


K.C. MetroRegion WEATHER: Severe Storm Watch Possible Soon

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center (NWS-SPC) just issued a statement saying that a severe thunderstorm watch may be needed for the thunderstorm activity building to our northwest and north (see radar image below- click to enlarge).

The northern about 2/3 of the MetroRegion- including the Metro- continues to be in a "slight risk" area for severe storms- with the primary severe threats being large hail and damaging stright-line winds.

Any risk for a tornado- while there with ANY severe storm- remains low in this scenario.

More here as the situation develops.

K.C. MetroRegion WEATHER: NWS-SPC: "Slight Risk" Of Severe Thunderstorms

According to the latest NWS-SPC convective (thunderstorm) forecast- about the northern 2/3 of the Kansas City MetroRegion- including the K.C. Metro- is now under a "slight risk" of severe thunderstorms from now until early Friday morning.

The entire MetroRegion is under that same storm risk on Friday as well.

What I'm watching is an outflow boundary left over from this morning's thunderstorm complex that grazed the eastern part of the Metro.

This visible satellite image clearly shows that outflow boundary to the south and west of K.C. (marked by a red dashed line-click image for full size).

This boundary could serve as a focus point for thunderstorm development during the afternoon into this evening.

I'm also watching thunderstorms in northwest Missouri moving southeastward generally along the outflow. These storms should re-generate along this outflow boundary as these storms move southeast toward St. Joseph and eventually- the K.C. Metro.

Note as well all the flash flood & flood warnings in Iowa.

Check local radio or TV for updates- as well as here at CSW.


U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Gun Ownership Rights

In KC-MO- if someone is breaking into your residence and you call 9-1-1- you'll probably be dead or at least cleaned-out before the police arrives anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes later.

So anyone be damned who tries to restrict Americans rights to protect themselves on their own property instead of waiting from later to forever to too-late for the cops to show up.

For once- the United States "Supreme" Court got it right- narrowly (by a 5-4 decision) approving the right that most Americans just assumed were guaranteed under the Second Amendment- according to this Associated Press dispatch.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

U.S. "Supreme" Court Gives Exxon-Mobil A BIG Break

If you're making money hand over fist- the last thing you want to have to do it pay that profit out in a legal judgement.

Our slacker- pro-corporation Supreme Court agreed- giving Exxon-Mobil a HUGE break from the $2.5-billion judgement against the company after it's 1989 Exxon Valdez enviromental disaster in Alaska.

According to this Associated Press story- E-M only has to pay 1/5 of that amount- or $500-million.

In totally unrelated news- President Hoover W. Bush says "Iraq's economy is improving."

If we can't persuade the Bushes to MOVE to Iraq when he quits darkening our nation with his "leadership"- the next appointed or elected president should make him Ambassador to Iraq.

Bad Economy Means More News

My feeling- after being in the news-gathering business for nearly 20 years- is that locally and nationally we're going to see an increase in general crime this summer.

Civil disturbances- shootings- stabbings- general assaults in particular- as well as a marked upturn in robberies and burglaries.

The economy is already in the toilet for a growing number of Americans and I think things will get even worse before it shows any signs of improvement.

I point to:
1) another spike in food prices come fall due to all the inclemate weather in the Farm Belt and
2) the pollys in Washington D.C. (Dead Cerebellums) continue to completely FAIL to bring ANY relief for high fuel & food prices to Americans.

Blame the Demoblicans AND the Republicrats as Bush does his Hoover imitation.

The tight money and continued loss of jobs is going to play Hell on Americans lives (already is)- and our society will respond in kind with the type of violence that is America's legacy.


WEATHER BULLETIN: Serious Flash Flooding Likely Northeast MetroRegion

Here is the latest NWS-Pleasant Hill (EAX) Dopplar radar-indicated rainfall across the MetroRegion today.

Refering to the color key on the left of the image (click for full size)- you see an area of dark purple- or 8+-inches of rainfall in Linn County Missouri.

It appears the middle (North) Grand River will catch the full brunt of this and general 6 to 8-inch rainfalls indicated on the radar image. Especially where several streams meet near Mendon-MO.

Daviess- Grundy- Sulllivan- De Kalb- Livingston- Linn and Chariton counties Missouri in the Kansas City MetroRegion are under flash flood warnings- and residents in these counties should take this situation VERY seriously!

Here also is the latest Doppler radar image showing the current precipitation area:


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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

K.C. Metro WEATHER: "Slight Risk" Of Severe Storms Continues

Just about the entire Kansas City MetroRegion is included in a NWS-SPC-issued forecast area for a "slight risk" of severe thunderstorms through Wednesday morning.

The K.C. Metro is in the bulls-eye of this "slight risk" area.

Besides deadly lightning and very heavy rain- any severe thunderstorms could also produce large hail and damaging winds- as well as a low tornado risk.

Here are the latest visible satellite & radar images that cover the MetroRegion:

Log into CSW and I'll keep you advised....


What Is Black And White ...

Has 4 wheels and is funny as Hell?

It's these 2 guys- driving over a cliff together.


K.C. Metro-MetroRegion WEATHER: "Slight Risk" Of Severe Storms Today

All of Metro K.C.- and most of the Kansas City MetroRegion except eastern and southeastern portions are forecast to have a "slight risk" of severe thunderstorms today into early Wednesday morning.

The primary severe threat will be large hail & possible damaging wind gusts in excess of 58 m.p.h.- deadly lightning and heavy rains.

The risk of tornadoes are low.

Here's the latest MetroRegion Doppler radar image from NWS-Topeka:


Monday, June 23, 2008

Comedian George Carlin Dead At 71

Comedy icon George Carlin- the unofficial voice of a generation- died in Los Angeles of heart problems on Sunday.


Sunday, June 22, 2008

K.C. MetroRegion Weather Update: Severe Storm Risk Continues But Is Low

About the southern half of the MetroRegion or those areas roughly along and south of I-70 remain under a "slight risk" forecast area for possible severe thunderstorms.

NWS-SPC graphic (click all graphics for full size)

A quick three-tenths of an inch fell just before 8am here from a small- but intense thundercell.

You can also see by the NWS-TWX Doppler weather radar graphic that most of the present precipitation activity remains in southwest Kansas- moving southeast.

According to the visible satellite- nothing immediately upstream in Nebraska or Iowa yet....


60th Anniversary Of Berlin Airlift Thursday

It was during the era when you were damn proud to be an American and- unlike the present White House occupant- you at least trusted President Harry S. Truman.

The Soviet Union's Joe Stalin tried to force the Allies out of war-divided Berlin- which was entirely inside the USSR's East Germany. Stalin shut off all forms of ground transportation- but even Stalin was smart enough not to challenge America's air superiority.

This Thursday marks 60 years when the Great Berlin Airlift started- where planes flown by American- British- Canadian- Australian- New Zealand and South African pilots saved Berlin from starving.

Many Germans fondly remember- and see hope in one of America's presidential candidates- according to this Associated Press article on the Berlin airlift anniversary.

K.C. MetroRegion Weather: Chance Of Severe Storms Again Today

Even though most of us saw no thunderstorms Saturday- the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) again predicts a "slight risk" of possibly severe thunderstorms over the entire Kansas City MetroRegion.

There are some mostly light showers and thundershowers in the northwest & west Metro/MetroRegion right now- as depicted by this currect NWS/EAX weather radar image (click for full size):