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

April 12, 2007

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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, http://511.ksdot.org.

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

Comments

Marion Lynn 7 years ago

Well, the warming on Mars may well revive the long slumbering Martians whom may find Earth attractive and we will be in a large bucket of biosolids.

H.G. Wells may have written about more than he knew.

Thanks.

Marion.

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Das_Ubermime 7 years ago

conservative,

As your references state, there is no conclusive evidence of solar input causing Mars' warming.

The problem with using solar output as a cause of global warming is its cyclical nature. Solar output appears to vary on an 11 year cycle. Thus there are two forms of variation to account for: the intercycle variation and the intracycle variation. The intercycle variation would be the variation between solar cycles. Since the 1970's, the intercycle has increased by a fraction of a percent. In comparison, the intracycle variation (variation within a cycle) in that same time frame is many times larger.

If global warming (or even Martian warming) were caused by solar input, one would expect to see a warming that was uneven and followed 11 year cycles. That pattern, to my knowledge, has not been demonstrated for either Earth or Mars.

Vis-a-vi, here to for, hence, I forgot what I was saying.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 7 years ago

Matt Ku...what? Does this guy have license for the last name Ku?

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Silence_Dogood 7 years ago

And the Kansas pansies continue to whine. BRING ON THE SNOW!! BRING ON THE RAIN!! Any ninny-pansy can like it when it's 90 degrees; it takes real American men and women to love the rain, the fog, the mist, the cold, the snow. Freakin' wusses!!

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leadrain 7 years ago

RIGHT THINKER:

Arizona sounds more like Hell to me. But a little warmth WOULD be nice.
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gr 7 years ago

Think we're going to have any weather today?

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buffalo_star 7 years ago

weather is good, the lack of weather would be bad

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conservative 7 years 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."

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MyName 7 years 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.

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Das_Ubermime 7 years ago

"Why did I leave Florida?"

Sweat gland exhaustion?

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gr 7 years 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?

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Redzilla 7 years 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?

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Das_Ubermime 7 years ago

Yeah, aside from the studies showing a recent decreases in solar radiation. 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.

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Christine Pennewell Davis 7 years ago

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

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conservative 7 years 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.

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Das_Ubermime 7 years ago

The suggested variables involved in Mars' warming have little to nothing to do with Earth's warming. Look it up for more info.

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conservative 7 years 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.

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trinity 7 years ago

the rodent flippin' lied.

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white_mountain 7 years ago

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

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The_Original_Bob 7 years ago

If it's going to be cold, it might as well snow.

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imagold 7 years ago

I love Kansas weather! Bring it on.

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Tom Shewmon 7 years ago

sigh

Thats' it---I'm booking one of my Southwest RR tickets to AZ today!

To hell with it!

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Christine Pennewell Davis 7 years ago

spring needs to sprung already danggait

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consumer1 7 years ago

Does the F- word come to anyone's mind???

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trinity 7 years ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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

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