2017 KAKEland Severe Weather “Spotter Talks”

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service, in partnership with your local County Emergency Management agency, will prepare storm spotters and weather enthusiasts, like you, for the upcoming storm season.

In depth severe weather presentations engage the audience, teaching different storm types and individual storm features. Learn how to recognize a storm’s severe potential, submit needed hazardous weather reports, and severe weather safety. All classes are free and open to the public, lasting about an hour and a half.

Below is a list of this year's Spotter Talks

  • Meet The Weather TeamMore>>

  • Meteorologist

    Jay Prater, CBM

    Jay Prater, CBM

    Meteorologist

    Managing Meteorologist Jay Prater was designated as the first Certified Broadcast Meteorologist™ by the American Meteorological...

    Meteorologist

    Managing Meteorologist Jay Prater was designated as the first Certified Broadcast Meteorologist™ by the American Meteorological...

  • Meteorologist

    Frank Waugh, CBM

    Frank Waugh, CBM

    Meteorologist

    Frank Waugh covers the weather on Good Morning Kansas from 4:30 to 7am and on Good Day Kansas from 9 to 10am. Frank has covered everything...

    Meteorologist

    Frank Waugh covers the weather on Good Morning Kansas from 4:30 to 7am and on Good Day Kansas from 9 to 10am. Frank has covered everything...

  • Meteorologist

    Ben Pringle, CBM

    Ben Pringle, CBM

    Meteorologist

    Meteorologist Ben Pringle joined the KAKE First Alert Weather team in March 1994. Ben is designated as a Certified Broadcast...

    Meteorologist

    Meteorologist Ben Pringle joined the KAKE First Alert Weather team in March 1994. Ben is designated as a Certified Broadcast...

  • Weather Headlines

    • Heavy, wet snow continues in western Kansas

      More heavy, wet, accumulating snow and rain on the way for KAKEland as a slow moving storm system rolls out of the Four Corners Region into the Central Plains.

    • Two rounds of rain on the way for KAKEland

      Two rounds of rain are on the way for KAKEland between now and the end of the weekend. 

    • 26 years since devastating F-5 'Andover Tornado'

      Known as the Andover Tornado, the F-5 caused damage across Harper, Sedgwick and Butler Counties on April 26, 1991. 

    • Tuesday night storms could be severe

      A cold front working across KAKEland will bring cooler air for Wednesday and could spark showers and storms. Storms that fire up late across Southeast Kansas could be severe with large hail and high wind possible. The aforementioned front will bring a wide range of high temperatures across KAKEland Tuesday with temperatures in the 50s for Northwest Kansas to the upper 70s in South Central Kansas. Light rain will be possible during the day across Western Kansas and an isolated storm o...
    • Friday marks 16 years since devastating Hoisington tornado

      Sixteen years ago, the town of Hoisington was ravaged by an EF-4 tornado that destroyed nearly 200 homes and a dozen businesses. One man was killed.

    • A soggy Friday for much of KAKEland

      A soggy Friday is on the way for much of KAKEland. Rain showers could cause some flooding concerns Friday into Saturday for South Central and Southeast Kansas.

    • A few severe storms possible late Wednesday

      A cold front will sweep across KAKEland Wednesday evening. This cold front will bring cooler air to all of Kansas and could spark a few storms that could turn severe. The cold front will slide across KAKEland from the Northwest to the Southeast through the day on Wednesday. Ahead of the front highs should warm into the upper 70s to mid 80s for Western Kansas with the lower 80s for North and South Central Kansas. 

    • Cold front pushes threat of severe weather into KAKEland

      A slow moving cold front pushing into central Kansas this evening will be kicking off a few strong to severe t-storms over the next several hours across the southeastern two-thirds of the state. 

    • Memories of storm fuel vet's mission to keep pets safe in disaster

      With the spring storm season arriving the Kansas State Animal Response Team wants you to keep your pet safe. 

    • Friday marks anniversary of 2012 Wichita tornado

      It's been five years since a tornado ripped through parts of Sedgwick County and Wichita, destroying or damaging hundreds of homes and businesses. 

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