Frequently Asked Questions
This page is intended to quickly provide some answers to commonly asked questions regarding our webpage. If you have a question that is not answered on this page, feel free to email our webmaster at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The quickest way to locate past weather data is via our Monthly Station Data Page(F6). This form will allow you to quickly locate such data as precipitation, wind speed, wind direction and even the amount of sunshine in a given day. It's not surprising that our f6 page is one of our most visited pages.
If you are looking for weather data that goes back farther than 1997, then we would suggest going to NCDC. Be aware that most of the data on NCDC's site is not free.
Snowfall reports are sent out as a Local Storm Report. NWS Wichita's Local Storm Reports can be viewed here. Our daily COOP regional temperature and precipitation report will also have snowfall data. This product can be viewed here, and the graphical version of this product is located here. Keep in mind that this COOP version of the regional temperature and precipitation is only sent out once per day, around 9:30 am.
Our road conditions page can be found here.
The quickest way to track down severe weather reports is by using SPC's storm reports page. On this page there is a section titled "Storm Report Data for Past Days" which will display all of the severe weather events for a specific day you select. Keep in mind that this data is preliminary and one should visit NCDC Storm Data for final tabulations. The only downside to using NCDC's Storm Data page is that it's typically a few months behind on storm reports.here.
After attending a spotter training session, you will have the necessary tools to be an NWS Wichita spotter.
The next step will be how to get your severe weather report to the NWS Wichita Office. The easiest way will be to use a program called ESpotter, which uses the internet to send your report directly into our office. Click here to register for Espotter.
If you would like to become more involved in storm spotting, I would recommend that you contact your local emergency manager to inquire about their volunteer spotter program.
National Weather Service Forecast Offices issue forecasts out 7 days. Rather than give specific weather forecast beyond this time frame, the Climate Prediction Center offers monthly outlooks. These outlooks show the areas of the country where above and below normal temperatures and precipitation are expected to occur.
Yes, you can request a talk from an NWS Wichita meteorologist. Simply go to this page and fill out the form, or call our public line which is answered during normal administrative hours: 316-942-3102.
In addition to providing talks, we also have a series of weather DVDs you can have sent to you for free if you live in Kansas. Here is the website to order these DVDs.
Below are typically the most requested pages on our website (in no particular order):
* Our point and click forecast which is typically attained from clicking on the map on our main page.
* Local F6 data
Most occupations with the National Weather Service are either for people trained in meteorology, atmospheric sciences, climatology, hydrology or related fields. Jobs available with the NWS are posted at: http://jobsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/a9noaa.asp
Tours of the NWS Wichita are available. We have given tours to boy scouts, church groups, families, school tours and folks that are just interested in weather . To set one up either email us at: email@example.com , or call us at 316-942-3102.
Yes there are volunteer opportunities at the NWS Wichita. These opportunities range from summer volunteers to shadowing a forecaster for a day. For additional information on volunteering at the NWS Wichita, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org , or call us at 316-942-3102.