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HAILSTONE RECORDS Play Audio



Hail is a common weather event, but some hailstones can get dangerously large, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

5/21/2015 7:00:00 PM


UDALL TORNADO Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks back at the devastating storm that hit southeast Kansas on May 25th more than half-a-century ago.

5/21/2015 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

5/21/2015 7:00:00 PM


START OF SUMMER Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how the start of the season can have different meanings, depending upon perspective.

5/21/2015 7:00:00 PM


Celebrating 25 Years of the Forest Stewardship Program



25 Years of Forest Stewardship Program video

The Kansas landscape could be described as rather unique when considering how central hardwood forests meet the tallgrass prairie to produce an ecotone—a place of transition from one plant community to another.

5/21/2015 8:00:00 AM


MISSING THUNDER Play Audio



Thunder and lightning are usually observed together, but not always, says K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

5/14/2015 7:00:00 PM


A BOLT FROM THE BLUE Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains that lightning can be a threat, even though a storm may be miles away.    

5/14/2015 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

5/14/2015 7:00:00 PM


WHY FROST FORMS Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says there are reasons why frost might form somewhere, but not on the ground.

5/14/2015 7:00:00 PM


Study: Spring Heat More Damaging to Wheat than Fall Freeze



A team of researchers including a Kansas State University professor has released results of a study that measures the effects of climate change on wheat yields, findings that may have implications for future wheat breeding efforts worldwide.


5/13/2015 8:00:00 AM


Municipal Water Use: Efficiencies of Electronic Systems



A decade ago, the small town of Riley, Kansas, was facing big issues related to municipal water. Officials in the town of less than 1,000 people, located about 20 miles northwest of Manhattan, realized a 30 percent water loss for about five years consecutively.
5/13/2015 8:00:00 AM


Agroforestry Comes to Kansas May 20-21



Farming and ranching, economic viability, quality of life, conserving our natural resources and good stewardship for Kansas are all subjects for the upcoming Kansas Agroforestry Workshop May 20-21, in Topeka, Kansas.
5/11/2015 8:00:00 AM


FLOOD HAZARDS Play Audio



Rising water volume can pose serious dangers, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.       

5/7/2015 7:00:00 PM


TYPES OF FLOODING Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says that heavy rainfall isn’t the only reason that flooding occurs.

5/7/2015 7:00:00 PM


HIGH INTENSITY RAINFALL Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how large rain totals are measured, and looks at record rains in Kansas history.

5/7/2015 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

5/7/2015 7:00:00 PM


A Tale of Two Rivers: Kansas, Missouri River Regions have Differences and Similarities



Like all residents, Pam Fortun cares about clean water coming out of the faucet. As a civil engineer with the fast-growing City of Overland Park, however, designing systems to avoid flash flooding, ensuring water quantity and quality, and minimizing runoff from new neighborhoods are also priorities for her.
5/7/2015 8:00:00 AM


After a Flood, Think Food Safety



Floods can be devastating in a variety of ways. They damage property and can leave lasting effects on communities. With cleaning up and reorganizing on the mind, consumers might not think about the consequences floodwater can have on foods.


5/6/2015 8:00:00 AM


Education Key in Understanding Kansas Water Issues



Cookies, cereal, marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, milk and ice cream can create a fun lesson—and a tasty snack—to model the rock, soil and liquid layers of an aquifer.
5/1/2015 8:00:00 AM


TORNADOES IN KANSAS Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reveals that despite the image the state has from “The Wizard of Oz,” Kansas is not the number one state for twisters.

4/30/2015 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

4/30/2015 7:00:00 PM


HEAT IN CARS Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reminds us that as temperatures rise outside, they rise even more in closed vehicles.

4/30/2015 7:00:00 PM


DIURNAL VARIATIONS Play Audio



Weather conditions change throughout the day and have their own measurements, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

4/30/2015 7:00:00 PM


Weather and Climate—What’s the Difference?



Weather and climate are often viewed as synonyms. Climate change is a highly publicized topic. With the popularity of these words and phrases, it can be confusing as to what they all mean and how they are intertwined.

4/30/2015 8:00:00 AM


The International Year of Soils: Soils Clean and Capture Water



2015 International Year of Soils: Soils Clean and Capture Water video

Picture transitioning from a rural setting that includes woodlands, wildlife habitat and farms, to urban areas that consist of concrete, parking lots, streets and buildings. Rural land in a more natural state has the ability to soak up water in the soil more efficiently than urban areas with impervious surfaces that can lead to more runoff.
4/27/2015 8:00:00 AM


Local Citizens Develop Water Saving Taskforce



Some of the best tasting tap water in the world comes from Emporia, Kansas.
4/24/2015 8:00:00 AM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reports on Kansas agricultural weather.

4/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


30/30 RULE Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp has a formula to let us know when to take shelter during stormy weather.

4/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


EXPOSURE TO SUNLIGHT Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp warns of the dangers that the sun’s rays.
 

4/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


DEW POINT Play Audio



One way to measure moisture formation is what is called “dew point,” says K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

4/23/2015 7:00:00 PM