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Stormy Action In Kansas

In the pursuit of severe storms, you have to make a decision. In which direction do you travel? You base it on a synopsis from the National Weather Service, what your personal weather radar tells you and just plain old intuition.

After spending a night in Omaha, we decided to head into northern Kansa. For most of the day it looked bleak (from a storm chaser’s perspective); blue skies with little cloud. Our radio showed no precipitation anywhere in the central plains, then suddenly around 4:00pm, things started to happen.

Before getting to our target area we discovered that just outside the town of Lebanon, Kansas, there was a plaque marking the geographical centre of the United States. We were the only ones there, posed for a photo, and then drove into the town itself. We spoke with the librarian for this town of only 200 folks and she told us that many small towns in the great plains have suffered with empty store fronts and declining populations. It’s a similar story in Australia.

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Finally, around 4:30 a rain disturbance showed up on our radar in northern Kansas. We raced to the region near the town of Colby where the system had grown into three cells of severe storms. We saw some beautiful cloud formations, plenty of lightning and a dramatic rainbow as well. It was a great ending to the day.

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Posted by PassionRetirees 05:19 Archived in USA

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