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|Posted on April 23, 2019 at 9:35 AM||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:
|Posted on April 17, 2019 at 11:05 AM||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.
|Posted on March 7, 2019 at 9:20 AM||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.
|Posted on March 6, 2019 at 9:25 AM||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!
|Posted on March 5, 2019 at 9:20 AM||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 +
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.
|Posted on March 4, 2019 at 9:35 AM||comments (0)|
Today kicks off Kansas's severe weather awareness week with day 1.
Let me ask you a few questions.
|Posted on February 28, 2019 at 9:40 AM||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.
|Posted on February 27, 2019 at 9:20 AM||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:
|Posted on February 26, 2019 at 1:40 AM||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.
|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.
|Posted on February 15, 2019 at 2:10 PM||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.
|Posted on February 15, 2019 at 10:40 AM||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.
|Posted on February 13, 2019 at 1:30 AM||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.
|Posted on February 8, 2018 at 6:35 PM||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.”
|Posted on August 5, 2017 at 3:35 PM||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.