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Archive for Thursday, October 12, 2006

Cold start, high to hit only 50

First frost of season expected Friday morning

October 12, 2006

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No, this morning's temperature didn't dip below the 32-degrees freezing point in Lawrence, said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.

"It is still a cold start," Schack said. "With the wind chill factored in, it's below freezing."

At 7:15 a.m., Lawrence Municipal Airport's temperature was 40 degrees, the humidity was 44 percent and winds were out of the northwest at 17 mph, putting the windchill at 31 degrees.

The average low temperature for this date is 50 degrees. The record low was 26 degrees, set in 1909.

Today's high will climb to only 50 degrees, with a few afternoon clouds, Schack said. The average high temperature for this date is 72 degrees. The record high was 91 degrees, set in 1975.

Winds today will be out of the west-northwest at 5 to 15 mph, she said.

"The wind chill should stay in the 40s in the afternoon," she said.

Friday's morning low will dip below the freezing point, hitting a low of 29 degrees, Schack said.

"It should be our first frost," she said. "If you haven't turned that furnace on you might want to turn it on."

She said a "hard freeze" of about 28 degrees - which generally will kill most flowers - might happen in some outlying areas, but won't be widespread.

However, if you have outdoor plants, you might want to cover them or bring them indoors, she said.

Friday's high will climb to 59 degrees, with mostly clear skies, she said.

Saturday's morning low will reach 32 degrees, she said. Saturday's high will climb to 65 degrees, with sunny skies.

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