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National Weather Service's API to Power Local Weather Information on AWN

Posted on April 23, 2019 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The AWL Weather Network will be switching service providers for weather information and forecast seen on air at the bottom of the screen. Currently, the current conditions and forecasts are obtained via the OpenWeatherMap API while weather alerts are downloaded directly from the National Weather Service's ATOM feeds.

All weather information in the Local Forecast Insider and Lower Weather Display will come directly from the National Weather Service via their API service. With...

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Enhanced Risk for Severe Thunderstorms

Posted on April 17, 2019 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

An enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms is possible across portions of Southern Kansas and Southern and North Central Texas. These storms may bring large hail, damaging winds, and heavy rain. A brief tornado can not be ruled out but chances remain low. 

According to the National Weather Service in Wichita, KS, South Central Kansas including the Wichita area can expect quarter to golfball sized hail, damaging winds up to 65 mph, and locally heavy rainfall. Storms ...
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Wind & Hail | Day 4 - Wind & Hail Safety

Posted on March 7, 2019 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Thunderstorms produce a variety of products including tornadoes and floods. But thunderstorms can also produce hailstones and damaging winds. If a hail storm or strong wind comes through, get inside, stay away from windows and don't go outside.

Lightning | Day 3 - Lightning Safety

Posted on March 6, 2019 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Did you know lightning is 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun? That is 49,703.65! 

How Does Lightning Form

Lightning forms when the positive charges of a cloud meets the negative charges on the ground. This completes an electrical circut and BOOM! A lightning strike is formed.


Thunder is the after product of lighting. A lightning strike happens so quickly and its so hot, the air expands causing a m...

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Tornadoes | Day 2 - Tornado Safety

Posted on March 5, 2019 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Tornadoes are some of the most freightening products of thunderstorms. They can pick cars up like toys and destroy entire towns. But how do tornadoes form and what safety procautions should I take when a tornado warning is issued?

How Do Tornadoes Form

Tornadoes form when warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico meets cool dry air from Canada. When these two air masses meet, they create thunderstorms. These storm grow becoming stronger and stronger. When a ...

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Are You Prepared? | Day 1 - Preparedness

Posted on March 4, 2019 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Today kicks off Kansas's severe weather awareness week with day 1.

Let me ask you a few questions.

  • Do you own a weather radio?
  • Do you own a first aid kit?
  • Does your family have a storm shelter or other designated safe spot?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, great. However, many people don't have these home essentials. 

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Expect Freezing Temperatures and Snow For a Few More Days

Posted on February 28, 2019 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Another system is coming into the state bring with it snow and very cold temperatures. The National Weather Service says that wind chills will be in the -4 to -7 below in Central Kansas and 0 to -4 in South Central Kansas.

This same storm system will bring snow accross Kansas Saturday Night and continue though Sunday afternoon. The National Weather Service says that snow amounts are not clear right now but all areas are expected to get accumulating snowfall. North winds at 15 to 25 mph ...

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Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week 2019 Information

Posted on February 27, 2019 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The National Weather Service in coordination with local emergency management agencies will conduct a statewide tornado drill at 10:00 AM Central Time on Tuesday, March 5th with the back up day on March 7th. This drill is part of the Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week. Which runs from March 4th to March 5th. Each day has its own type of weather topic:

  • MONDAY: Preparedness
  • TUESDAY: Tornado Safety (Statewide Tornado Safety Drill at 10 AM Central/9 A...
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Blizzard Brings Heavy Snow and Strong Winds

Posted on February 26, 2019 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

A blizzard impacted Central Kansas for the second time this winter. According to the National Weather Service, it struck on Saturday, February 23rd as a intense low pressure system lifted Northeast. Snowfall rates were in the 2 to 3 inch per hour range plus 35 to 45 mph winds created blizzard and whiteout conditions and closed I-70 from Salina to the Colorado border. The National Weather Service also noted that 8 to 12 inches of snow fell from this storm in the hardest hit area.

City of Douglass Family Movie Nights | Douglass, KS

Posted on February 15, 2019 at 2:25 PM

Althouse Sound has ran the sound system for the City of Douglass Family Movie Nights. The sound is clear and every seat is a good seat in the Douglass Community Building and the sound is loud and clear.

Douglass United Methodist Church | Douglass, KS

Posted on February 15, 2019 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We designed and installed a digital sound system for the Douglass United Methodist Church. The system uses the existing Electro-Voice EVI series loudspeaker and Altec-Lansing 70v speakers all powered by QSC and TOA amplifiers. New digital signal processing, digital mixer, wireless microphone, and a amplifier were installed. A new rack was also installed to house the all the amplifiers, DSP, and power sequencer.

Fast Moving Storm System Brings Winter Weather to End the Week

Posted on February 15, 2019 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Winter weather is back into the forecast as a storm system brings freezing rain, sleet, and snow to parts of Kansas. Friday's weather looks like it has freezing rain to a wintery mix. Satuday brings a light wintery mix. Snow accumulations will remain light in the Wichita area.

Ice Storm Brings Widespread Thunder on February 6th

Posted on February 13, 2019 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Kansas saw a very significant winter storm on February 6th. According to the National Weather Service, a shallow Arctic cold front pushed through the state on February 5th. Along with warm air and moisture just above the surface as it moved northward, this set the stage for widespread freezing drizzle, freezing rain, and sleet. The NWS also noted that the warm air above the artic air at the surface also provided the setup for scattered thunderstorms which produced sleet and hail.

Austin Althouse Awarded with KSHSAA "Heart of the Arts" Award

Posted on February 8, 2018 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Austin Althouse a student from Douglass High School is being honored with the 2017 KSHSAA Heart of the Arts Award, which recognizes the values of participants in high school arts programs that go above and beyond the norm. KSHSAA Executive Director Gary Musselman invited all member high schools of the Association to submit the name of a student(s), teacher(s), or group(s) demonstrating such qualities. Austin Althouse was selected from five outstanding nominations submitted by KSHSAA member se...

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Austin Althouse Recognized By Kansas Dept of Education's TASN for Sound System Work at DHS

Posted on August 5, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Austin Althouse has been featured by KWCH 12 Eyewitness News and the Butler County Times for his knowledge of weather. But this past May, he was recognized by the Kansas Department of Education's Technical Assistance System Network or TASN for short. TASN, according to their website, provides technical assistance to help and support school districts' implementation of evidence-based practices. The video production occured on Friday, May 12th.