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Energy Savings Through the Seasons



About 3 percent of the U.S. population is using a tablet or smartphone elsewhere to manage “smart” thermostats at home, according to Nielson’s recent Consumer Energy Sentiments report.
9/3/2015 8:00:00 AM


Climatologist Says Current El Niño Could Mean More Favorable Weather for Midwest Crops



Much-needed precipitation through the U.S. heartland this year has replenished soil moisture, refilled ponds and promises to boost crop yields, thanks to the weather phenomenon known as El Niño, according to Iowa State University agricultural climatologist Elwynn Taylor. And the benefits for the Midwest may continue into 2016.

The El Nino Effect on Crops Video

9/1/2015 8:00:00 AM


HISTORIC TORNADO OUTBREAK Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks back 40 years to a devastating tornado storm system.

8/31/2015 7:00:00 PM


TORNADO NUMBERS Play Audio



Kansas has a reputation of being a magnet for tornadoes, but other states have it worse, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.    

8/31/2015 7:00:00 PM


DEADLIEST KANSAS TORNADO Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says a devastating tornado 60 years ago led to the creation of weather warning systems in use today.

8/31/2015 7:00:00 PM


Helping Children Cope After a Disaster



Natural disasters come in a variety of forms and can forever alter the lives of those impacted. As communities and families rebuild, often times those around children do not know how to assist a child in the recovery process.
8/31/2015 8:00:00 AM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

8/27/2015 7:00:00 PM


Jumping Jiminy Crickets! Rainy Conditions May Have Boosted Kansas Cricket Population



First it’s the racket of 17-year cicadas. Now Kansans in some areas may be facing an influx of chirping crickets, aided by this year’s moisture that favors the insect’s survival and development, according to a Kansas State University specialist.
8/25/2015 8:00:00 AM


The International Year of Soils: Soils Support Health



Soils Support Health, International Year of Soils Video

More than a billion different bacteria, fungi, archaea and protists live in a single teaspoon of soil. While it might be difficult to imagine miles and miles of these microscopic organisms, called microbes, in that tiny teaspoon, perhaps even more interesting is scientists only know about 1 percent of them.


8/25/2015 8:00:00 AM


PREPARE KANSAS Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says that each year there is a way to help Kansans prepare for weather emergencies.

8/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


WHEN SUMMER ENDS Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how astronomy determines the true end of summer. 

8/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


EARTHQUAKE WEATHER Play Audio



Earthquakes can happen at any time and during any weather, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

8/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

8/20/2015 7:00:00 PM


Weather Patterns and Cropping Prospects, Part One Play Audio



From this week's K-State Risk and Profit Conference, K-State grain market economist Dan O'Brien is joined by renowned agricultural climatologist Elwynn Taylor of Iowa State University, as they talk about historical weather patterns and what they say about the likely weather trends to come:   they focus on the current El Nino, its expected persistence into 2016, and what that means about cropping prospects next year;  they also talk about the longer-range outlook for the next several years, and talk up the importance of producers ramping up their production and marketing risk management accordingly.

8/20/2015 7:00:00 PM


Weather Patterns and Cropping Prospects, Part Two Play Audio



Dan O'Brien and Elwynn Taylor continue their discussion of weather and its impact on agricultural production.

8/20/2015 7:00:00 PM


‘International Year of Soils’ Celebration Planned in Manhattan Sept. 27



In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we likely don’t consider that below us lies one of the essential components for life to exist. Soil, along with water, air and sunlight, are necessary to sustain life on earth.
8/19/2015 8:00:00 AM


CRICKETS AND TEMPERATURE Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says cricket sounds can be used to estimate temperature.

8/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


HOME WEATHER STATION Play Audio



Setting up a home weather station doesn’t have to be expensive, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.                                   

8/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


BOW ECHO Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains what meteorologists mean when they refer to a radar image as a bow echo.

8/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


CUT ENERGY COSTS WITH TECHNOLOGY Play Audio



Unless a home feels too warm or too cold, most Americans don’t pay much attention to where the thermostat is set. However, our love of technology may change that. Consumer awareness about smart thermostats – those that can actively learn about homeowner temperature preferences and be controlled remotely by smartphones and tablets – Is steadily rising and currently stands at about three percent. While the penetration of smart thermostats is still relatively low, K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss says everyone can take steps to lower their energy costs.
 

8/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp talks about the Kansas agricultural weather outlook, and the prospect of a "monster" El Nino moisture pattern affecting Kansas this fall and winter.

8/13/2015 7:00:00 PM


DIFFERENCES IN TEMPERATURE Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains that thermometer types and their locations can account for varying temperature readings.

8/6/2015 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural Weather Play Audio



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

8/6/2015 7:00:00 PM


YEAR WITHOUT A SUMMER Play Audio



Nearly two-hundred years ago a volcano created conditions that left much of the world without a typical summer, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

8/6/2015 7:00:00 PM


BLUE MOON Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp tells how the phrase “once in a blue moon” came to be. 

8/6/2015 7:00:00 PM


Time to Monitor Summer Fish Kills in Farm Ponds



Many who swim in ponds during the summer notice how the water toward the surface tends to be warm, with cooler layers below. Water in ponds and lakes is stratified in the summer, and those layers usually don’t mix until the fall in a process called fall turnover.

8/6/2015 8:00:00 AM


Use the Calm before the (Next) Storm: ‘Prepare Kansas 2015’ Registration is Open



K-State Research and Extension has developed a way for Kansans and others to prepare. Prepare Kansas is an online challenge, now in its second year, which focuses on simple activities every week during September. A goal is to make it as easy as possible for individuals or families to complete each activity – and become better prepared.
8/5/2015 8:00:00 AM


WIND DIRECTION Play Audio



Sometimes confusing terms for wind direction are explained by K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

8/2/2015 7:00:00 PM


WIND SPEED Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp defines the differences between different ways of measuring wind speed.

8/2/2015 7:00:00 PM


DUST AND RAIN Play Audio



K-State climatologist Mary Knapp tells how dust storms can combine with thunderstorms.

8/2/2015 7:00:00 PM