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This is not a weather forecast

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Kansas City keeps getting hit by winter storms, but meteorologists say it’s become so much harder to predict how bad the snow will be — if it even snows at all. Plus, the latest attempt by conservative activists to fight teachings of race and gender in Kansas schools.

By the time you hear this podcast, we’ll probably already know how this week’s winter storm is playing out. But even by the middle of this week, meteorologists were having a hard time predicting how much snow the Kansas City area would get. We spoke to National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Blair about why the weather can be so hard to predict this time of year, and how climate change is making that uncertainty more common.

As Kansas lawmakers and conservative activists look to limit discussions of race and sexuality in public schools, some are lining up to support a new effort: curriculum transparency. But as Suzanne Perez of the Kansas News Service reports, copyrighted teaching materials make the discussion even more complex.

Kansas City Today is hosted by Nomin Ujiyediin. It is produced by Byron Love with Trevor Grandin and edited by Gabe Rosenberg & Lisa Rodriguez.

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As a newscaster and a host of a daily news podcast, I want to deliver the most important and interesting news of the day in an engaging and easily understandable way. No matter where you live in the metro or what you’re interested in, I want you to learn something from each newscast or podcast – and maybe even give you something to talk about at the dinner table. You can email me at nomin@kcur.org and find me on Twitter @NominUJ.
As an on-demand producer, I am focused on using my skills and experiences across multiple digital applications, platforms and media fields to create community focused audio, video and on-demand products for KCUR Studios. The media that I produce aims to inform, entertain and connect with the Kansas City metro area as we continue to learn from each other. Email me at byron@kcur.org.