Weather Conditions

06/12/2010 at 5:53 pm 4 comments

Let’s talk a little about stormy weather.

Tornado Alley

The High Plains of North America (yes, we’re High at 3,055′ in elevation) is a breeding ground for strong storms and tornados, meaning turbulent weather often kicks up in our area and intensifies as it heads east (click on the image to go to more discussion on Tornado Alley).

Our weather can change drastically in a matter of 2 minutes. We can go from a calm breeze to a 45 mph gust with little warning. That’s why we recommend you not use your awnings. With that in mind, let’s continue.

Our TV stations are broadcast out of Wichita, which is 5 hours away from us. They report the weather for most of the state, and they will interrupt local programming to instruct those who are in harm’s way … and those who aren’t get the same interruption.

Are you in harm’s way? While you’re staying with us, you are in Thomas County, Kansas.  You are about 5 miles north of Logan County. Your registration package shows all of the Kansas counties so you can easily determine if the instructions are for us (the same map can be seen by clicking here).
Typically, most of the tornadic activity is to our east and moves further east or northeast (away from us), but it’s smart to remain alert to the forecast because we can get strong storms even when they don’t produce tornados.
So … where are you? Let me show you how to locate us on the radar maps.

Most people picture straight east-west and north-south lines when they think of Kansas, including Interstate 70. Wrong! And that’s precisely what makes it so easy to locate us on a map.

Here’s Kansas, and I-70 is clearly visible. See the stretch in NW Kansas that runs from northwest to southeast? That’s the stretch between Oakley and Colby, and that’s where we’re located. It’s easy to spot.

Go ahead and use the minus button to zoom out. Even as you begin to see more states on the map, you can still spot that little section of I-70 that angles so sharply.

Now, to hone in more closely for those who are either looking for driving directions or are studying weather radar during storm warnings, our property is marked here with the “A” bubble, and you can zoom in or slide the map around to gain a sense of where we’re located vs where your radar shows the current storms.

Click here to see the current local weather radar.

If you are uncomfortable staying in your camper during a storm, you are welcome to sit out the storms in the main building:  the laundry room and restrooms are open 24 hours a day.



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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Vballkel  |  06/14/2010 at 4:34 pm

    Glad you added this. I think it’s important that people understand the weather conditions before camping. I live in an area where the weather definitely can impact camping and change unexpectedly. It would be helpful if people knew what the conditions will be like before leaving home.

  • 2. Charles Stabler  |  08/07/2010 at 6:38 pm

    Very nice RV resort. Mary in the office was so nice and helpful. Will let friends and family know abouit this area.

    • 3. HighPlainsCamping  |  08/07/2010 at 6:58 pm

      Thank you. Always great to hear that my guests are enjoying the park … and that you found me to be “nice & helpful.” Such a wonderful way to start my evening!

      We’ll be happy to greet and host your friends & family when they travel this way. Hope to see you, again, too!

  • 4. Dan  |  08/10/2010 at 11:14 pm

    I agree. Camping plans and preparation will be absolutely a waste, a total disaster. The weather is very unpredictable that is true so I always schedule our camping trip during summer. Although there is what we call back-up plans but things will never be normal and as expected. You will feel bad the whole time trapped in your RV or worried that your tent will fall down. The best part is you put your self in a great danger.


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