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Saturday, December 27, 2008

K.C. BREAKING WEATHER: ICE STORM COMETH?



As a cold front plows into the Metro- an area of freezing rain is not far behind.


It was 34 at Lawrence & 33 in Topeka- both with freezing rain - at 5am..

Temperatures here in south KC-MO have fallen from 68-degrees at 4:45am to 40-degrees at 5:45am..

Keep close check on the weather for at least the next 2-4 hours as a large area of precip moves through the Metro as temperatures fall to near freezing this morning.
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Kansas City's BREAKING NEWS: Wind Damage in JoCo-Kansas - KC-MO



There are reports of structures- both residential and commercial- damaged by high winds from a severe thunderstorm that moved through between 4:30 and 5am Saturday morning.




Areas of West 159th and Outlook to the 151-15700 blocks of Metcalf are among those affected. Thus far- no injuries reported in these areas...



Probably high winds blew a semi-trailer truck into the median of I-435 south of 87th in Lenexa. The driver's injuries were not life-threatening.



Power lines are down throughout northeastern JoCo-KS. with widespread power outages through JoCo-KS & mid & southern KC/Jackson County MO..



Mission Road closed at 56th Street due to downed power lines just to name one of an increasing number. Trees reported down on houses in Prairie Village & KC-MO- 400 block of East 69th Street for this one.



No injuries heard from flying debris yet...





More later...

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K.C. Metro BREAKING WEATHER: Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Johnson COunty KS

Wind gust of 79 MPH reported at New Century Airport- also reported a tree fell on a police patrol car- possibly near Gardner- officer not injured.

Warning until 5:15am...


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K.C. MetroRegion BREAKING WEATHER: Severe Thunderstorm Warning- Douglas County KS- Lawrence

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
347 AM CST SAT DEC 27 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TOPEKA HAS ISSUED A


* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
DOUGLAS COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL KANSAS...
FRANKLIN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL KANSAS...
EASTERN OSAGE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL KANSAS...

* UNTIL 430 AM CST

* AT 343 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL...AND
DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 4 MILES
WEST OF POMONA STATE PARK...OR 22 MILES WEST OF OTTAWA...MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 75 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
OTTAWA...
CENTROPOLIS...
GLOBE...
RANTOUL...
LONE STAR...
CLINTON...
CLINTON LAKE...
PLEASANT GROVE...
BALDWIN CITY...
CLINTON STATE PARK...
WELLSVILLE...
VINLAND...
SOUTHEASTERN LAWRENCE...
EUDORA...

THIS INCLUDES THE KANSAS TURNPIKE BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 200 AND 206.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 35 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 158 AND 199.

A TORNADO WATCH IS ALSO IN EFFECT. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN PRODUCE
TORNADOES RAPIDLY.

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K.C. Metro-MetroRegion WEATHER: SPC Tornado Watch Continues



Tornado Watch Number 955 continues for the entire K.C. Metro and that part of the MetroRegion generally along and south of U.S. 36 until 5am this Saturday morning.

A thunderstorm squall line continues to develop from north-central into southern Kansas at this time- moving eastward toward the KS MetroRegion counties- and the Metro.
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Friday, December 26, 2008

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



No- it's NOT April 1st...

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman-OK has most of the southern half of the Kansas City MetroRegion- including about the southeastern half of the Central States- in a "slight risk" of severe thunderstorms and their accompanying weather.

This risk runs mainly later this Friday afternoon through early Saturday morning.

The following graphics (click on to biggen) show the risk area- as well as risks for tornadoes- hail and high winds.

CSW will be on-duty overnight tonight and tomorrow night (wintry precip) for updates....


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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Kansas City's BREAKING NEWS: Fire At Bayer Plant (KCPL Hawthorne Plant)



At 5:12pm- fourteen (14) KC-MO Fire companies were sent on a "high-rise response" to the KCP&L's Hawthorne power plant at 8400 Hawthorne Road in the East Bottoms.


The plant is northeast of the I-435 & Front Street intersection.

Firefighters arrived and waited- only to find out at 5:22pm the fire is at the Bayer plant next door.

Chief 104 reports "smoke and fire showing" at the Bayer plant a minute later. The Bayer plant contains many chemicals.

At 5:24pm- a 2nd-alarm was requested and seven (7) more fire companies were sent- more than half of the KC-MO Fire Dept. companies in the city..

More as received...


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UPDATE - 1943 CST - This fire- which was reported by the KC-MO FD as being a solvent used in making herbicides- was declared under control about 6:15pm.

The fire was in a tower-like structure that contained piping carrying the burning agent. Firefighting foam was applied to the fire via flypipe from a ladder truck. The Southern Platte Fire Protection District (Parkville) assisted with their foam unit.

No damage estimates were yet available and there were no reported injuries.

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America Owes Caroline Kennedy



You may disagree with me on this- but I think this country OWES Caroline that New York Senate seat Hillary Clinton is vacating.

If nothing else- because Caroline lost her father who was serving his country- again mind you.
If Caroline wants to serve the citizens of New York in this manner- I say more power to her and the seat SHOULD be offered to John F. Kennedy's lone surviving child.
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Merry Christmas From CSW

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White Christmas? Sort Of...



Snow has ended over most of Metro Kansas City- and will be ending from west to east over the Missouri MetroRegion during thr next several hours.


Snowfall totals ranged from around 1/2-inch in southern Overland Park and Olathe to nearly 3 inches in northern portions of the Metro- 2-1/2-inches reported at K.C.I. airport.

Conditions on area freeways and heavily-travelled roadways for the most part are patchy ice & snow spots. Side and lesser-travelled streets have snow and ice accumulations- but for the most part are passable.

A warm day Friday with temperatures in the 50's should melt most of this snow cover- in time for another snow system moving in here Saturday.

Travel safe and smart- and a heartfelt Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Kansas City Metro-MetroRegion WEATHER: NWS "Winter Weather Advisory" Overnight

From the National Weather Service offices in Pleasant Hill and Topeka:


.A COLD FRONT WILL BE ENTERING NORTHWEST MISSOURI THIS EVENING...MOVING TO NEAR A KANSAS CITY TO BETHANY LINE BY LATE EVENING.
BEHIND THIS COLD FRONT...LIGHT SNOW WILL BEGIN TO BREAK OUT ACROSS EXTREME NORTHEAST KANSAS AND THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF MISSOURI DURING THE LATE EVENING HOURS.
HOWEVER...THE HEAVIER SNOWFALL WILL NOT START TO FALL UNTIL THE OVERNIGHT HOURS. BY MORNING- AREAS FROM KANSAS CITY TO FAYETTE- NORTHWARD TO THE IOWA BORDER MAY PICK UP AT LEAST 3 INCHES OF SNOW- AND A HEAVIER BAND OF SNOW OF UP TO 5 INCHES MAY OCCUR IN THIS AREA.
TO THE SOUTH FROM EAST CENTRAL KANSAS INTO CENTRAL MISSOURI SOME FREEZING DRIZZLE MAY OCCUR BEFORE THE SNOW PICKS UP...SO AMOUNTS OF SNOW MAY BE 3 INCHES OR LESS.
ALL THE SNOW SHOULD TAPER OFF IN THE MORNING HOURS ON WEDNESDAY.



(Kansas Metro KC and Missouri Counties included are:) MIAMI- LINN KS- LAFAYETTE- CASS- JOHNSON MO- BATES- HENRY-ATCHISON KS- DONIPHAN- LEAVENWORTH- WYANDOTTE- JOHNSON KS- ATCHISON MO- NODAWAY- WORTH- GENTRY- HARRISON- MERCER- HOLT- ANDREW- DE KALB- DAVIESS- GRUNDY-BUCHANAN- CLINTON- CALDWELL- LIVINGSTON- PLATTE- CLAY- RAY- CARROLL- JACKSON-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF ATCHISON- TROY- LEAVENWORTH- KANSAS CITY KS- OVERLAND PARK- OLATHE- TARKIO- ROCKPORT- MARYVILLE- GRANT CITY- ALBANY- STANBERRY- BETHANY- PRINCETON- MOUND CITY- OREGON- SAVANNAH- CAMERON- GALLATIN- JAMESPORT- TRENTON- ST. JOSEPH- PLATTSBURG- KINGSTON- HAMILTON- POLO- CHILLICOTHE- PARKVILLE- PLATTE CITY- WESTON- LIBERTY- EXCELSIOR SPRINGS- RICHMOND- CARROLLTON- KANSAS CITY- INDEPENDENCE- PAOLA- MOUND CITY- LEXINGTON- CONCORDIA- RAYMORE- HARRISONVILLE- PLEASANT HILL- WARRENSBURG- BUTLER- RICH HILL- CLINTON-

422 PM CST TUE DEC 23 2008

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AM CST WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PLEASANT HILL HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AM CST WEDNESDAY.

SNOW WILL BEGIN TO DEVELOP ACROSS NORTHEAST KANSAS AND NORTHWEST MISSOURI DURING THE LATE EVENING HOURS BUT SHOULD NOT BECOME WIDESPREAD OR HEAVY UNTIL AFTER MIDNIGHT. THE SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES LATE TONIGHT THROUGH DAYBREAK...WITH AT LEAST 3 INCHES OF SNOW POSSIBLE BY MORNING. SOME LOCATIONS MAY SEE HEAVIER BANDS OF SNOW SET UP...WHICH MAY RESULT IN 4 OR 5 INCHES OF SNOW OCCURRING. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF WEDNESDAY MORNING.


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(Kansas Counties Included are:) JEFFERSON- MORRIS- WABAUNSEE- SHAWNEE- DOUGLAS- LYON- OSAGE- FRANKLIN- COFFEY- ANDERSON-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF TOPEKA- LAWRENCE- EMPORIA- OTTAWA

337 PM CST TUE DEC 23 2008

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 AM CST WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TOPEKA HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR FREEZING DRIZZLE AND SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 AM CST WEDNESDAY.

FREEZING DRIZZLE LATE THIS EVENING WILL TRANSITION TO LIGHT TO AT TIMES MODERATE SNOWFALL OVERNIGHT... WITH ACCUMULATING SNOW ENDING BY DAWN. A GLAZE OF ICE IS EXPECTED WITH THE FREEZING DRIZZLE... THEN ONE TO THREE INCHES OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED BY WEDNESDAY MORNING.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW... SLEET...FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES.
BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

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Next In America: The Worthless Dollar



This will be in response to the trillions of dollars government presses are printing to "ease" the coming Great Depression.


The Worthless Dollar BTW - is sponsored by Mega-Inflation and the Mega-Rich.

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K.C. Metroregion WEATHER: New Storm Not A BIG Deal



It now appears any new snow cover for Christmas Day appears negligible- maybe only an inch or two..

There will probably be at least 2-3 periods of light precipitation- some may be the frozen variety- but no major travel problems IN THE Metro and immediately surrounding areas- through Wednesday.


We also could see some sort of winter weather advisory due to light freezing drizzle or rain- but rising temperatures to around the freezing mark should make road treatments effective.

There COULD be some light precip on Christmas evening- but again that shouldn't be of great concern.

I'd be nice to see some snowflakes on Christmas Day anyway....
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Monday, December 22, 2008

Crude Oil Price Below $40



At 3:29pm- the listed price on CNBC of a barrel of crude oil stood at $39.80.


We had gas prices as low as $1.28 a gallon 2 weeks ago- most areas had gone back up to the $1.40 range.

Big Oil wasn't making enough money off us citizens.

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Denver Jet Just Missed An Airport Fire Station



The Continental jet that crashed off a Denver International airport runway missed one of the 4 DIA fire stations by a mere 200 yards- according to Associated Press reports and the following AP images.


Yes- it's a miracle that no one died in this one and that the jet didn't go off the runway 200 yards (600 feet) sooner....
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AP: No Accountability In Wall Street Bailout



The Feds will come after you in a heartbeat if you chince them out of a few HUNDRED dollars- but hundreds of BILLIONS in taxpayer dollars have literally disappeared.


In our continuing series Nothing Makes Americans Angry- here's more ammo for those who DO care- courtesy of the Associated Press and MyWay- your non-spam portal to news.
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K.C. Chiefs Reward Faithful Fans...



by losing again.


I wonder- did the K.C. Chiefs Inc. treat what few thousand fans showed up with ANY freebees?

Free parking? Hot coffee at least?

You'd think that Chiefs Inc. could afford it- seeing how they just got a $25-million tax break from the State of Missouri to move their "training camp" facility to St. Joseph.

If Chiefs Inc. DIDN'T give those faithful few that showed up Sunday a victory at LEAST (not)- then who can blame those that have said: To Hell with the Chiefs?

There are LOTS of other- CHEAPER and more rewarding things in life to be obsessed about anyway....
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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Visible Satellite and Snow Cover Over America



Here is a visible weather satellite from this Sunday afternoon.


Above the red line is the visible snow cover (where cloud cover doesn't hide it)- showing virtually the northern half of America covered in snow.
Earlier this morning- a freezing rain storm hit parts of the Pacific Northwest.

Here are a few traffic camera images from Seattle and Vancouver-WA- taken about 3AM Pacific Time.


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It's Now Officially Winter



Having had a lot of practice- we are now ready for what is official as this minute: winter.


I'm looking just as forward as you are to the announcement of the spring equinox next March.
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