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Don’t put away winter coats; snow still in sight

April 12, 2007


Clouds linger overhead as Lawrence High School sophomore Will Pendleton vaults himself in the pole-vaulting pit. The weather is expected to get colder in the next couple of days, and snow is in the forecast.

Clouds linger overhead as Lawrence High School sophomore Will Pendleton vaults himself in the pole-vaulting pit. The weather is expected to get colder in the next couple of days, and snow is in the forecast.

Matt Ku has lived in Kansas long enough to know that he shouldn't be surprised by anything April weather brings, even if it's bringing snow.

The National Weather Service predicts that the recent cold snap could culminate with a few inches of snowfall Friday.

"It's all right," said Ku, a Kansas University masters student. "It's Kansas weather."

It appears that today's weather, with a high of 50 with partly cloudy skies, will be about as good as it gets for the next several days as thunderstorms are likely to move in tonight followed by periods of rain and snow Friday.

Jeramie Lippman with the National Weather Service in Topeka said snow could start in Lawrence after dark Friday with the heaviest accumulations overnight.

"Right now, we're looking at maybe three, three-and-a-half inches," he said.

For people planning to travel in the state, the Kansas Department of Transportation has issued an advisory. Snow may become heavy at times Friday with up to 12 inches of snow possible around Goodland and up to 10 inches of snow around Tribune. Up to 6 inches of snow is possible between Hays and Salina and in the Garden City area.

To find out road conditions, call 511 in Kansas, or (866) 511-5368 from anywhere or visit KDOT's Web site,

While snow in April isn't generally expected, Lippman said snow has been recorded in the first half of April several times since 1887.


trinity 8 years, 7 months ago


now i know why i'm spinning in to a black hole of depression; it's this damnable weather. yuk.

white_mountain 8 years, 7 months ago

But the rodent promised us there would be an early spring!!

conservative 8 years, 7 months ago

I'm waiting for someone to say this disproves global warming (which it doesn't).

However I did read an interesting article the other day that was talking about how average global temperatures on Mars have risen almost 2 degrees since the 70's. Now either those few spacecraft we've sent are really spewing out a lot of bad stuff or there is another factor.

Couldn't be anything like an increase in the amount of solar output, or the natural oscillation of the solar system through the galactic plane that at times means more dust in the solar system (creating ice ages) and at times less (creating global warming).

And before anyone gets on their high horse, I'm fully in favor of getting rid of polluting processes as quickly as feasible, because it just doesn't make sense to spew that much crap into the atmosphere. However obviously there can be factors to global warming other than human involvement.

conservative 8 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, I guess the increased solar output that was cited managed to just skip past the earth on it's way to Mars.

But as I clearly stated there are factors involved in global warming that have nothing to do with humans.

Christine Pennewell Davis 8 years, 7 months ago

who cares it is cold need spring to sprung already...

Redzilla 8 years, 7 months ago

No wonder I feel depressed. My body is convinced that after a week of summer, it's winter again. Why did I leave Florida?

gr 8 years, 7 months ago

"Or that there is no conclusive evidence that Mars' current warming is even caused by increasing solar radiation. Other than that, you are good to go."

Hmmm. Do you suppose there could be other reasons Mars has warmed? Could whatever is causing Mars to warm have a stronger affect on Earth warming than human activity?

MyName 8 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, I guess the increased solar output that was cited managed to just skip past the earth on it's way to Mars.

No the problem is that even assuming that there is an increase in solar activity (and specifically infrared activity), it is much more likely to affect the temperature on Mars than it is on Earth. This is because of the size of their respective atmospheres.

Mars has a very thin atmosphere and in many ways is like a desert, while the Earth has a relatively thick atmosphere, which in many was could be analogous to an Ocean. Just as in a desert, where the temperature can get bitter cold at night and heat up to extreme temperatures during the day, Mars' atmosphere is more directly effected by the Sun's rays. On the other hand, just as an ocean, or other large body of water, takes longer to heat up during the day and stays warmer at night, so too is the Earth less effected by the changes in sunlight because of the moderating effects of the atmosphere.

The negative impacts of global warming can be easily seen if you realize that, while it may take a long period of time to heat the mean temperature of the Earth, it will take just as long or longer for that temperature to be reduced should it raise to a level that is less hospitiable to life on Earth.

conservative 8 years, 7 months ago

The following is an excerpt from the article I was reading.

"Scientists are not sure whether the Martian warming is entirely due to Mars-specific forces or may be the result of other forces, such as increasing solar output, which would explain much of the recent asserted warming of the Earth as well.

Sallie Baliunas, chair of the Science Advisory Board at the George C. Marshall Institute, said, "Pluto, like Mars, is also undergoing warming." However, Baliunas speculated it is "likely not the sun but long-term processes on Mars and Pluto" causing the warming. However, until more information is gathered, Baliunas said, it is difficult to know for sure.

Pat Michaels, past president of the American Association of State Climatologists and senior fellow at the Cato Institute, similarly expressed a desire for more information about the Martian climate. "What is the internal dynamic that is warming Mars?" asked Michaels. "Given the fact that there are not a lot of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions on Mars, and given the fact that new research indicates that 10 to 30 percent estimated conservatively of Earth's recent warming is due to increased solar output, the Martian warming may support that new research."

Stephen Prue 8 years, 7 months ago

weather is good, the lack of weather would be bad

gr 8 years, 7 months ago

Think we're going to have any weather today?

leadrain 8 years, 7 months ago


Arizona sounds more like Hell to me. But a little warmth WOULD be nice.

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