Today: The End of the World as We Know It? Nah.

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
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8 Responses to Today: The End of the World as We Know It? Nah.

  1. j-mac says:

    How to Contact you
    Hearne – Im interested in talking to you guys about advertising but all of the links at the bottom of the page seem to be broken?

  2. harley says:

    guy flips coins to determine the weather. He’s been the worst meteoroligist this year…a horrible
    year for his predictions because the guy is more into show than actual weather information.
    His dogs could predict weather more accurately than he can.
    He’s right about as often as glazer predicting sports.
    But make no mistake…no one knows pussy better than glazer…and he’s the best at
    predicting the temp for his harem of one night stands.
    Hopefully lezak is right…no more tornados. But pay attention to katey horney. She’s ready
    to pack her bags in kc and head out so she’s about ready to scare the shit out of everyone
    including orphans/widows/deaf/ blind people one more time before she’s put on a
    train to tullucaville where she can scare the piss out of them.
    Why do we get the bottom of the barrel forecasters. Bring back dan henry…at least he was
    accurate 50% of the time without all that advanced tech weather equipment.
    Hey…just watch the gees4e out a t corporate woods…they’lll know the weather thats
    As for hearne….you need to pick this site up ….its slipping …need some new blood and
    yes i will be giving my end of may analysis of the royals for my fans…disciples and
    readers to lead them into the rest of the season.

  3. Over? says:

    Aren’t we still in the mid-west?
    The official tornado ‘season’ may be over but haven’t we all lived here long enough to see tornado weather well into the Summer months?

  4. smartman says:

    Blow by Blow
    The irony of blow by blow…….coming,(hee-hee), from Gary Lezak was worth the read! I digress. Pretty lighthearted take on what could have been a HUGE disaster in the metro. We all need to give thanks to Mr. Jesus or our spiritual leader of choice that it didn’t touch down. Pictures of the funnel clouds over KC are abundant on the net. I don’t think we appreciate how fortunate we were. God Bless the cities of Joplin and Sedalia. With the media circus winding down they are really going to be dealing with some heavy duty emotional and psychological stuff in the coming months. Keep them in your prayers and donations. Better yet, drive down and spend a day volunteering. There is nothing like helping your fellow man in person and getting a real sense of the devastation and loss they have experienced.

  5. Hearne Christopher says:

    Hmmm. Well, how about email me @

  6. Hearne Christopher says:

    Can’t wait. Hey, this site started out with just me. Then Greg. Then Brian and Jack wanted in.

    Look, in this free ranging Web world, people come and go. On whims. More will go. More will come.

    I will heed your advice.

    But remember, the fewer people I have to enlist and edit, the more time I have to sally forth and deliver the goods. Look for more of that in the days ahead.

    You know, for better and for worse

  7. Hearne Christopher says:

    Probably. But this has been a heckuva season and it’s somewhat of a relief to put it in the rearview mirror

  8. Hearne Christopher says:

    At the risk of sounding trite, amen

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