Weather news

Storm hits area Saturday; debris drop-off available
July 1, 2020
Tonganoxie residents were cleaning up Saturday morning after an overnight storm brought some hail and strong winds that caused damage to several trees. City residents can drop off tree limbs and brush from the storm, in the lot next to the Tonganoxie City Fire Station on Fourth Street if they have some debris still to move. The city is allowing the drop-off for two weeks after the storms, so residents still have some time.
No school Friday for Tonganoxie, McLouth or Genesis Christian Academy
January 24, 2020
Inclement weather has forced the cancellation of Friday classes for the second consecutive week in Tonganoxie and McLouth. There will be no school Friday for Tonganoxie USD 464, McLouth USD 342 or Genesis Christian Academy. Other area school districts canceling classes are Basehor-Linwood, Lansing, Pleasant Ridge, PIper and Bonner Springs.
Genesis Christian Academy joins Tonganoxie USD 464, McLouth USD 342, other area public schools in canceling Monday classes
06:34 p.m., December 15, 2019 Updated 05:25 a.m.
Tonganoxie USD 464 teachers and students have their first snow day of the school year. And now, Genesis Christian Academy will have a snow day also. Tonganoxie school district officials called off Monday classes early Sunday evening. GCA made its decision early Monday morning. McLouth USD 342 also canceled Monday classes due to inclement weather. Tonganoxie joined all other Leavenworth County school districts (Basehor-Linwood, Pleasant Ridge, Lansing, Leavenworth and Fort Leavenworth) and McLouth in calling off Monday classes Sunday. The cancellations were consistent throughout the region. Baldwin, Lawrence, Oskaloosa, Piper and Bonner Springs school districts also canceled Monday classses.
High waters at area lakes to hinder July 4 recreation
July 3, 2019
Jet skiing, tubing and most camping might be off limits this Independence Day at both Perry and Clinton lakes, where historically high waters are complicating holiday recreation.
Family, friends and even strangers help clean up after Linwood tornado demolishes dairy
June 12, 2019
Lawrence firefighter Rob Leach spoke into a portable radio microphone, giving instructions to a group of volunteers to move from the pasture to a cornfield as they picked up debris Saturday morning at Lin-Crest Farm. “My fire department training has come in handy,” he said. Rob’s family dairy farm, 3 miles north of Linwood, was demolished on May 28 by the EF-4 tornado that cut a 32-mile path of destruction through Douglas County and Leavenworth counties. Eleven days after the life-changing storm, Rob and his wife, Lisa, coordinated Saturday’s cleanup, with the help of about 100 volunteers, including folks from the show-cattle circuit, colleagues from work, 4-H club members and even strangers.
Genesis Christian Academy cancels Wednesday classes
February 20, 2019
Genesis Christian Academy has canceled Wednesday classes. GCA officials posted on social media Tuesday night that they would make a decision on whether to cancel classes early this morning. Tonganoxie USD 464 and other area schools called off classes Tuesday night.
Closings and late starts for the Tonganoxie area on Nov. 26
08:49 a.m., November 26, 2018 Updated 09:13 a.m.
Winter Storm Brutus caused many early closings on Sunday and cancellations and late openings Monday.
Winter Storm Bruce causing several cancellations in area
November 25, 2018
Winter Storm Bruce is making for an extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend for many students and teachers in the area. All Leavenworth County school districts — Tonganoxie USD 464, Basehor-Linwood USD 458, Lansing USD 469, Leavenworth USD 453 and Easton USD 449 (Pleasant Ridge) — all will have a snow day Monday. Genesis Christian Academy in Tonganoxie also will not have classes tomorrow.
Weather in Tonganoxie causes outages, postponement
11:51 p.m., March 6, 2017 Updated 09:15 a.m.
Crews worked overnight to fix power outages in Tonganoxie and elsewhere in northeast Kansas, thanks to severe weather Monday night. Westar Energy’s website reported five outages in Tonganoxie still affecting about 1,800 customers just before 11 p.m.
Leavenworth County under tornado watch; red flag warning set for Tuesday
March 6, 2017
Tonganoxie is under a tornado watch until 10 p.m. Monday, while a wind advisory is set to end at 6 p.m. Monday.
Norway: An adventure of a lifetime
October 6, 2016
Velkomen! Jeg heter Catherine Davidson, and this summer I got to experience an adventure that I will never forget.
Get out, drought: Kansas currently completely free from dry status
September 28, 2016
What would eventually become Kansas was once described as an arid region barely hospitable enough for habitation. “These vast plains may become in time as celebrated as the sandy deserts of Africa,” the explorer Zebulon Pike wrote in 1810. Western portions of the Sunflower State were part of what was called the Great American Desert for decades. Though settlers moving into the region in the middle of the 19th century discovered they could make a living in what seemed at first to be unforgivable conditions, the Dust Bowl that defined the “Dirty Thirties” in the following century had many wondering whether the region was destined to indeed become a desert, The Wichita Eagle reports.
Kansas sees more tornadoes than normal, but most weak
December 14, 2015
Meteorologists say Kansas saw more tornadoes than normal this year, but all but a few were weak and short-lived.
Icy road conditions claim 4 more lives in Kansas
November 29, 2015
Authorities in Kansas are blaming four more traffic deaths in the Wichita area on the icy conditions gripping the state and other parts of the nation’s midsection.
Scientists fly Kansas sky to study ferocious storms
July 20, 2015
No thrill-seekers here. These jetliner-flying storm chasers are on a scientific mission. They’re trying to figure out how to better predict a little-examined peculiarity of summer weather on the Great Plains: its enormous, and often ferocious, nighttime thunderstorms.

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