Behind the Scenes: KSN Storm Track 3 Weather Center


WICHITA, Kansas – A KSN Storm Tracker 3 forecast begins several hours before you see it on KSN News or here on The process begins with our meteorologists making the forecast.

Quite a bit of time is required to review all of the information available to the modern meteorologist.  In fact, one of the greatest challenges is picking what are the right tools to examine on any given day from the wide range of information at our fingertips. Of course, one of the most important tools is the computer simulation or model of the atmosphere. Mathematical equations are used to describe what is happening in the atmosphere, and then to predict what will happen in the future. KSN Storm Tracker meteorologists look at several of these simulated atmospheres, comparing the results and other tools to determine which has the best solution. Other tools like surface reports, NEXRAD Dual Polarization Doppler Radar, and satellite are used extensively.

Once the meteorologists on duty have a good understanding of what the atmosphere will do, it is time to translate that into a forecast that is useful to you! This process is translating the science into language and icons (symbols), and it is taken very seriously. Every word in the forecast is carefully chosen to clearly communicate the meaning of the forecast in plain English. The goal is to make it easy for our viewers and readers to understand and remember our forecast.

The next challenge is making the pictures! The KSN Storm Tracker meteorologists make all of the forecast graphics that you see on KSN TV and here on The goal is the same – to make it easy for you to clearly understand what the weather forecast is, and how it will impact your day.

The most critical time for that, of course, is during severe weather. Here, the KSN Storm Tracker meteorologists use NEXRAD Dual Polarization Radar to analyze storms, identifying the most serious threats, and using tracking tools to show where the threat is moving and which communities and neighborhoods will be impacted. Each of the KSN Storm Tracker meteorologists works hard to stay abreast of current developments in severe weather forecasting and tracking–whether it is a winter storm or the threat of a tornado.

The KSN Storm Tracker 3 Team is also dedicated to providing you with information where you want it, when you want it. The way that our Storm Tracker 3 Weather Center is set up allows the meteorologists to quickly and easily generate weather information across all of today’s devices.

From the big screen TV, to the desktop, to tablets to your mobile phone, the Storm Tracker 3 Team wants to be your source for Kansas weather information.RELATED LINKS | KSN Weather App | KSN Weather Warn | KSN Twitter Alerts

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