WELLINGTON, Kan. - In anticipation of possible icy weekend weather, the City asks that you to keep a few things in mind:
STAY AWAY FROM ANY DOWNED LINES. Treat all power lines as live and dangerous. Treat everything near power lines as dangerous. Be alert to the possibility that tree limbs or debris may hide an electrical hazard. If lines are down and sparking call 911. If you see downed lines, or you do not have power, please call the City Power Plant at 620-326-2561. This number is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.
WELLINGTON, Kan. - The Wellington Compost Site will be open today, July 8, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM to accommodate cleanup from this morning’s storm.
Normal hours on Saturday are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. City crews will be out today picking up limbs along the streets in the affected areas of town.
Since Sunday, May 15 Wellington has received nearly 3.5 inches of rain. The recent Spring showers put Sumner County in a flood warning on Tuesday morning.
The additional precipitation has caused the City of Wellington to close Woods Park until further notice due to rising water levels (see video of Woods Park from May 17).
Unofficially, Wellington has had 13.35 inches of precipitation so far in 2016m which is off the pace from a year ago when at this time there was nearly 15 inches of the wet stuff.
It's storm season, which means people will be spending a lot of time watching the weather forecast, or severe storm coverage on TV. But before all the radars with their bright colors, fancy instruments and measurements all people had to go on was what they could see in the skies.
In the latest episode of Nate's Notes, host Nate Jones look at the science of meteorology - how it started and evolved to where it is today. Watch the entire show in the video above or on local cable channel 55.
Sumner County is included in a fire weather watch beginning tomorrow, April 5 for areas along and to the west of I-35 and I-135.
In the picture below, areas in the yellow shaded area are considered an extreme fire danger by the National Weather Service, this area includes the western edge of Sumner County – outdoor burning is greatly discouraged. In the blue shaded area there is a very high grassland fire danger.
There is a Red Flag Warning in effect for Sumner County and the surrounding area from noon to 9 p.m. today, March 22.
Issued by the National Weather Service out of Wichita, all outdoor burning in the County is prohibited during the RFW, as stated in a County resolution.
Winds will be strong out of the south on Tuesday, resulting in extreme grassland fire danger once again over most of central and eastern parts of the state. The bright pink shaded area in the picture below is where the RFW applies.
Severe Weather Awareness Week 2016 is winding down, but that means the time for keeping a vigilant eye on the skies is here.
The National Weather Service has a lot of good info readily available for anyone who wants to get more in-depth details about weather events and how to prepare.
One of their resources is a booklet that covers nature's most violent storms. It explains why people need to pay attention to their surroundings even if it's “just a thunderstorm.”
Tornadoes are a fact of life in this part of the country. Wellington and Sumner County are certainly no strangers to such weather.
In Wellington there are two public storm shelters: Sumner Regional Medical Center, 1323 N. A, and Wellington Health and Rehab, 1600 W. 8th.
The storm shelter entrance at the hospital is at the very east end of the campus, on the south side of the building – there are a set of grey double doors with storm shelter signage. These doors lead into the basement of SRMC.
Being prepared is essential when the threat of severe weather increases. The Centers for Disease Control have put together a “shopping list” of items to have on hand in an emergency situation should the big one hit.
It is recommended that emergency preparedness kits include one gallon of water per person, for at least three days. Food such as canned soup, dry pasta and powdered milk are also a good to have as they are all easy to make and won't spoil. The three-day supply rule also applies to any medicines.