One week ago we were staring down the barrel of the tornado season from hell…
For the second time in just a few days I looked out the backdoor of my Prairie Village home as I listened to sirens and reports of impending storms. A tornado had touched down somewhere in Overland Park said one.
And KSHB weather wonk Gary Lezak perched on his hillside house in South O.P. watching an ominous, swirling cloud approaching from the south while laying down a live play-by-play on Channel 41.
"We were lucky that it didn’t get any stronger," Lezak says. "It was a funnel cloud and it touched down a few times. It flipped a car over and knocked over some trees. It was real close to being a tornado and I watched it from my house."
Until, that is, the cloud threatened to rain down on Lezak’s golf course mansion parade.
"I went down into my basement for about one minute when the circular cloud was over my house," Lezak says. "It was 100 feet over the ground and I was hoping it wouldn’t touch down. But it was rotating and I was on live with (fellow KSHB meteorologist) Brett Anthony giving him the blow by blow. From 11 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. I literally watched it and gave a street by street description of where it was at to Brett. It was a rotating wall cloud.
"The rotation was rather dramatic – it was incredible – from Louisburg to downtown. This thing just spun around as it went over Kansas City and it could have been a tornado any minute."
So how much longer are Kansas Citians going to have to continue to play Twister? Not much.
"We’re still in the same weather pattern but summer always settles in,"Lezak says. And as it gets warmer in June the Jet Stream shifts and with this next week the tornado season will end. Our tornado season will fade of the next few days."
Translation: Color it o-v-e-r