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Archive for Sunday, February 2, 1992

RESIDENTS BASKING IN BALMY WEATHER

February 2, 1992

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Somehow, it just didn't feel right leaving the winter coat in the closet Saturday. But it wasn't comfortable wearing it, either.

The only people wearing heavy coats in Lawrence Saturday were ski-shop customers. The rest of them whether biking, walking, rollerblading, or jogging down Clinton Parkway or Naismith Drive left their coats at home.

At 2 p.m., tennis players jammed the courts at the Lawrence Tennis Center near Lawrence High School. Frisbee tossers, basketball enthusiasts, young lovers and those simply in the mood to lounge flocked to parks throughout Lawrence.

Golfers also took advantage of the unusually mild temperatures, which reached an official high of 67 degrees.

"BUSINESS IS booming," said Sarah Johnson, assistant professional at Alvamar Golf & Country Club. "We've been very busy. This time last year I think we had snow on the ground."

A handful of fishermen brought their poles out of winter retirement to test their luck at the spillway east of Clinton dam.

"This weather is crazy," said Keith Hunter, Lenexa. "I haven't gotten a bite yet, but it's worth it just to come out and cast. It's better than sitting at home watching television."

January 1992 will be remembered more for its springlike weather than for the chilly month it was supposed to be.

The average high temperature for the month was 47.4 degrees, a balmy 9.3 degrees warmer than the historical average of 38.1 degrees. January posted three days with highs in the 60s, eight days in the 50s, 12 days in the 40s, seven days in the 30s and one day in the teens.

THE TEMPERATURE surpassed the normal high on 22 days during the month and exceeded the freezing mark on all but one day. The lone exception was Jan. 15, when a high of 16 and a low of 4 was recorded.

January's warmest day was Thursday, when the temperature hit 63 degrees. And even its average low temperature of 29 degrees was well above the 18.6-degree norm. Despite the unseasonable warmth, no records were set during the month.

The month's precipitation also exceeded the average, but not by much. Lawrence received 1.18 inches of precipitation during January. The average for the month is 1.11 inches. The wettest day of the month was Jan. 22, when 0.48 of an inch was measured by the Kansas University Weather Service.

The city recorded precipitation on nine days during January.

FEBRUARY may not turn out as nice as January, but it's off to an warmer-than-usual start. The average February day records a high of 44.6 degrees and 24.1 degrees on the low side. The normal precipitation for the month is 1.25 inches.

Even those who took advantage of the mild weather Saturday were wary of expecting the favorable weather to continue.

"We'll probably end up paying for this weather later on," Hunter said.

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