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Wintry spell puts spring in deep freeze

April 7, 2007

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6News weather at 10 p.m., Friday April 6th

6News meteorologist Jennifer Schack brings us today's weather forecast as well as predictions for the rest of the weekend. Enlarge video

Kansas University graduate student Laura Hayes, Lenexa, is enveloped in her blanket as she watches Friday's baseball game between the Jayhawks and the Texas Longhorns at Hoglund Ballpark. Many Jayhawk faithful attended the game in winter attire despite the cold and bitter winds, and more of the same weather is in store today.

Kansas University graduate student Laura Hayes, Lenexa, is enveloped in her blanket as she watches Friday's baseball game between the Jayhawks and the Texas Longhorns at Hoglund Ballpark. Many Jayhawk faithful attended the game in winter attire despite the cold and bitter winds, and more of the same weather is in store today.

Tom Le isn't supposed to dress in a hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans in April.

The Kansas University freshman sat on a bench Friday afternoon in front of Snow Hall with the hood over his head and hands jammed in his pockets, waiting for a bus and lamenting the cold, blowing Lawrence air.

"I hate it," Le said.

Especially after last week's weather, which resembled summer rather than recent winterlike temperatures.

"I had my shorts on and I was ready for the warm weather," Le said. "And then this happened. I'm pretty disappointed."

So are many people in Lawrence after temperatures plunged into the 30s this week.

"Everyone whines about it," Le said. "They can't remember a time when it was this cold in April, especially after we had an 80-degree day."

The recent cold spell is unusual for April, but not unprecedented.

"It's been a long time since we've had this kind of cold incursion in April," said Mary Knapp, Kansas State University climatologist.

The icy air will continue through the weekend with highs in the 40s before returning to balmy 60-degree weather Tuesday.

At least one person isn't bemoaning the icy winds.

Ryan Banning, owner of Banning Mowing, said the freeze lets his landscaping business get caught up after last week's sun made the grass grow faster than usual.

"It got unseasonably warm and then it got unseasonably cold," Banning said. "That's Kansas weather right there."

Comments

jmadison 7 years, 4 months ago

Al Gore is spot on re global warming.

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bearded_gnome 7 years, 4 months ago

yeah, I wanna see AlGore walk down Mass st. today wearing a bathing suit and then let's see how much global warming preaching he can still do!

"Everyone whines about it," Le said. "They can't remember a time when it was this cold in April, especially after we had an 80-degree day."

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Sean Livingstone 7 years, 4 months ago

I'm quite surprise how one day of cold could send a message that global warming is not happening. Global warming is more than simply look outside your window and find that it's cold and then there's no global warming. Faster than normal melting ice in the North Pole, sinking island in the pacific, dying coral reefs.... there are many signs..... the temperature outside your home is not the only indicator of global warming.

So, please clear out your ignorance by reading more about global warming indicator...

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Sean Livingstone 7 years, 4 months ago

My example is one gun shot incident in Lawrence doesn't make Lawrence, the most dangerous city in USA. You have to look at the total police force, types of crime, total number etc. That goes the same with global warming. You may live in Lawrence, but indicators are not just gathered from Lawrence. Reports have shown that global warming may benefit some communities but damages many more. For example, if Lawrence weather is warmer, we can grow more crops, but the problem is many others will face longer drought period, like what's happening in Australia etc. We are hold accountable. It's unusually warmer in California with longer drought and possibly more fire. Put your eyes on the world when you talk about global warming... if you only take lawrence into the picture, that's what I call "narrow mind".

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preservation 7 years, 4 months ago

Hey bearded_gnome

Global Warming= Global.

If "global warming" were only in Douglas County it would therefore be referred to as, "Douglas County Warming." And since I've never heard that term, nor is it on a wide enough scale to be scientifically relevant in reference to the planet as a whole, you should be having one of those, "I'm a fool" moments.

That's okay though, we all have those moments.

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Sigmund 7 years, 4 months ago

Ice melting at above normal rates at the North Pole is not a sign of global warming anymore than ice melting at below average rates at the North Pole is a sign of global cooling. This could be little more than standard deviations from the norm. Neither the are sinking or rising islands, islands do that over time. A bunch of hurricanes one year and a near absence the next gives you an average number of hurricanes. Variations year to year means little except that the number of hurricanes varies year to year.

Inference piled upon inference are only as strong as the single weakest link. The important question, that is still open for debate, is how much of this is due to human activity and how much is due to natural cyclical variations of the earth itself or in the single largest force impacting the earth, the sun. After all, the "global warming" that is currently occurring on Mars is unlikely to be caused by human activity.

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Mike Blur 7 years, 4 months ago

All y'all bickering, and you don't even realize there is a five-minute Jennifer Schack video on this page.

Shame on you all.

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Tychoman 7 years, 4 months ago

A cold incursion? Enact government sanctions against the cold to make sure an incursion like this doesn't occur again.

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3e8 7 years, 4 months ago

It's over 50 degrees and sunny in Fairbanks, Alaska; people are wearing shorts. BRING IT ON, GLOBAL WARMING!

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bearded_gnome 7 years, 4 months ago

livie you are now guilty of what you say I'm doing. you point to indicators elsewhere on the globe. how about elsewhere in the solar system. ice caps are melting on Mars too, but there ain't any man made pollution there! hmmm, you suppose that might just have something to do with increased solar output? wow, amazing! I don't argue that the earth isn't warming, when compared to the mid-'70s. but from the mid-'50s to the mid-'70s the earth was cooling, and your ilk was all sweaty about global cooling and pollution winter, and we were all gonna die. I absolutely do not buy that mankind is the source of 'global warming' that fits into a whole pattern of warmings and coolings going back through the entire history of the world. too many models with too little information. too much inference drawn from too short a time period. there are many scientists who question this too. also, the writer Michael Crichton describes the man-caused global warming as having become a modern religion with all the trappings.


Mikie, you bet I noticed that vid! Jennifer Rocks she's about the best weather babe in this area. her reports are straightforward and I've never seen her get in that "we're all gonna die mode" of so many.

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Sigmund 7 years, 4 months ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A top hurricane forecaster called Al Gore "a gross alarmist" Friday for making an Oscar-winning documentary about global warming.

"He's one of these guys that preaches the end of the world type of things. I think he's doing a great disservice and he doesn't know what he's talking about," Dr. William Gray said in an interview with The Associated Press at the National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans, where he delivered the closing speech. http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070407/D8OBK1DG0.html

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Curtis Martell 7 years, 4 months ago

Anyone can look at the thermometer today and realize this "global warming" thing is just a big left wing conspiracy against the oil companies. Jeeze.

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