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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 this service, we can access even more weather information for viewers such as:

  • Current Conditions
  • Full Weather Alert Texts
  • Detailed Forecasts
  • Multi-Day Forecasts
  • and MORE!

At this time, we don't have an estimated release date for the changes. As of 4/23/2019, we are still in the experimentation phase as we are seeing if the API will work with current INWIDC (Intelligent Network Weather Information Downloader Computer) designs and software and getting bugs worked out.

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 in central Kansas will be strong with dime sized hail and 50 mph winds possible.

The AWL Weather Network will be in alert mode this afternoon with live storm coverage beginning later today. You can watch live coverage by clicking here.

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 massive explosion we hear as thunder. You can actually tell how far a thunderstorm is by counting between the lightning strike and the clap of thunder.

What To Do When a Lightning Storm Happens

We recommend that you go inside and what ever you do, do not go outside. WHEN THUNDER ROARS, GO INDOORS! If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

Also, it is a good idea to unplug any electronics such as computers, TVs, and stereos, which could be damaged because of lightning. Althouse Sound has seen lightning damage sound systems on multiple occations.

Just remember, WHEN THUNDER ROARS, GO INDOORS and stay safe this severe weather season!

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 thunderstorm has matured, it grows so high into the atmosphere it hits the upper level winds and creates an anvil. 

Now back to the tornado, a spinning column of air is rotating horizontally in the atmosphere. A developing thunderstorm causes the column to turn vertically. In a matter of moments this mesocyclone starts spinning faster and faster and then forms a funnel. This funnel reaches from the cloud base to the ground and then a tornado has formed.

The EF Scale

Tornadoes are rated on how much damaged they do via the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Which goes from EF-0 to EF-5.

EF 0: 65-85 MPH

EF 1: 86-110 MPH

EF 2: 111-135 MPH

EF 3: 136-165 MPH

EF 4: 166-200 MPH

EF 5: 200 MPH +

Tornado Safety

When a tornado warning is issued for your area, the National Weather Service says you should go to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move the closest shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. A basement, under a staircase, an interior bathroom without windows make perfect tornado shelters. 

This afternoon at 10 AM, the National Weather Service in coordination with emergency managers across the state of Kansas will conduct a Statewide Tornado Drill. This will be the perfect time to reherse your severe weather plan.

If severe weather strikes, trust the AWL Weather Network to provide a reliable service to you and we hope you stay safe this severe weather season.

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. 

The National Weather Service broadcasts weather information via a NOAA Weather Radio. These radios are different than your standard AM/FM radio. These radios are designed to listen to the weather radio broadcast and when an alert tone comes across the broadcast, it will sound a loud alert tone if the alert is for the area you programmed into it. Weather radios can range from $40.00 all the way up to $150.00. They can be purchased at most retail stores such as Wal-Mart, Walgreens, and Dillions.

A first aid kit has tools in it to help patch up injuries. They can be picked up at most retail stores and are a must for any emergency kit.

It has been a while since Kansas has seen any severe weather or tornadoes. Tomorrow, the state of Kansas will conduct a statewide tornado drill at 10 AM Central. This is the perfect time to reherse your severe weather safety plan or just go over your plan with your family.

Remember that tomorrow is the statewide tornado drill, you may get a test tornado warning tomorrow via your cell phone, weather radio, and outdoor sirens (tornado sirens).

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 with gusts at 30 to 35 mph gusts will cause blowing and drifting snow with blowing snow and reduced visibilities Sunday night.

Kansas will remain in the freezer Sunday night into Monday morning with wind chills of -10 to -20 below zero possible.

Please stay tuned for updated forecasts with the upcoming snow and freezing wind chills.

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 AM Mountain)
  • WEDNESDAY: Lightning Safety
  • THURSDAY: Hail and Wind Safety
  • FRIDAY: Flood Safety

An informational packet has been developed which details information about severe weather awareness week, severe weather statistics, and other information about severe weather in Kansas. To view this packet, please click here.

The AWL Weather Network and Althouse Sound and Weather will NOT be broadcasting the EAS message on the AWN livestream. However, many of our products and services may display a test tornado warning that day. Please do not be alarmed and it will only be a test.

If a tornado warning is issued for your area, it is best to go to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sterdy building. Avoid windows! If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the cloest shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. Remember that if a tornado occurs at night, that they can be hard to see at night. Never wait to see or hear the tornado coming, by then, it is too late.

The AWL Weather Network and Althouse Sound & Weather hope you stay safe this severe weather season and we look forward to making sure that you get accurate weather information anytime and especially when severe weather strikes. You can get weather information from us from the following sources:

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 senior high schools. Austin Althouse is a student from Douglass High School who has a diagnosis of Autism, has turned a strength and interest of electronics and working with sounds systems into a skill that has served Douglass High School the community well right now, and will benefit Austin in the future. “He started bringing his computer to baseball games and practices to play music and it has blossomed from there to include all of the performances in the auditorium,” explains Jason Menard, Douglass High School Assistant Principal/Activities Director. “It started as an administrator to student relationship that is now almost a business relationship, where we are partners in many of the things we are doing. He has even put up proposals for us to upgrade our sound systems all over the district.” The KSHSAA Student Advisory Team participates in the selection of the state of Kansas honoree. “The unique way Kansas selects their State winners is without parallel. No other state association utilizes students as their selection committee,” said Executive Director, Gary Musselman. John Gills, NFHS Associate Director wrote to the KSHSAA Student Advisory Team, saying, “Thank you for the outstanding work you do to generate Kansas nominations for these NFHS Awards. You play a very important role in recognizing these very deserving individuals at the state and national levels.” As the state honoree, Althouse will receive a plaque to be displayed at his school. The presentation of the plaque will take place at a KSHSAA tournament or local event that is yet to be determined. Douglass High School’s winning nomination of Austin Althouse has been submitted for consideration by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). This is the fourth year the National Federation has presented the NFHS Heart of the Arts award. The NFHS will announce a national honoree at its annual summer meeting in early July. Kansas was the first state high school association in the nation to develop a state Heart of the Arts Award for the express purpose of recognizing outstanding acts of character, leadership and demonstrating the true heart of arts in educational performing arts programs,” said Executive Director, Gary Musselman. “We believe it is important to focus attention on the many positive acts which occur in our programs every year. Without question, every Kansas high school has students and faculty who demonstrate the true heart of the performing arts on a daily basis. Bringing recognition to Austin Althouse from Douglass High School is in keeping with the mission of the KSHSAA.”

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.