Archive for Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Though in disbelief, many Lawrence residents pleased with cooler-than-average summer

Karen Kerin ventures out in the recent chilly weather with her daughter, Summyr, and their dog, Carebear. According to Mary Knapp, state climatologist, this has been the fourth-coolest summer — June, July and August — in Lawrence in 70 years.

Karen Kerin ventures out in the recent chilly weather with her daughter, Summyr, and their dog, Carebear. According to Mary Knapp, state climatologist, this has been the fourth-coolest summer — June, July and August — in Lawrence in 70 years.

September 1, 2009

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“Unbelievable,” is how Bill Wood, director of Douglas County’s K-State Research & Extension office, summed up this summer’s weather.

He said the cool, wet summer could yield a record corn crop this year. Pastures and lawns have been greener and the annual Douglas County Fair, which was the first week of August, was actually tolerable.

“We were going into fair time and it’s like, ‘Man, we haven’t had a week of heat yet and it’s probably going to nail us,’ but it didn’t,” Wood said. “Usually, you get at least a week of hot weather in August.”

Dirk Wedd, head football coach at Lawrence High School, thinks Mother Nature still might drop the ball.

“I think everybody is wondering when payback is going to come,” he said, laughing. “Is it going to be 30 inches of snow? Or next summer, 10 days of 100-degree weather? I think we are kind of holding our breath about what Mother Nature is going to do.”

Usually, this time of year, coaches are monitoring the heat and how much time athletes can spend on the field.

“It’s been very enjoyable,” he said. “We lift and condition in the mornings, and there’s been a few times where we had to wear long sleeves to workouts,” he said. A couple of coaches even broke out their jackets on Monday.

According to Mary Knapp, state climatologist, it was the fourth-coolest summer — June, July and August — in Lawrence in 70 years. The average temperature was 74.2, just 2.4 degrees higher than the coolest summer in 1993.

Normally, Lawrence has seven days of temperatures that are over 100 degrees. This year, there was just one and it was in June, when the average temperature was 75.8 degrees — about on par with the norm.

July and August were cooler than usual. In July, the average temperature was 73.5 degrees or 6.7 degrees cooler than normal. The average temperature in August was 73.2, which was 5.5 degrees cooler.

“They are not what you would quite expect for summer,” Knapp said.

Lawrence also has received 19.65 inches of rain during the past three months, 6.2 inches more than the 30-year average. The periodic rainfall has been welcome by almost everyone, unless you talk to construction workers or hay farmers.

“Trying to find three or four days in a row where it doesn’t rain is very difficult,” Wood said. “But, we have a lot hay because it grew and grew and grew.”

So, will there be payback?

Knapp doesn’t think so. She said it’s an El Niño year, which typically translates to warmer-than-normal temperatures and milder winters.

“That doesn’t mean you aren’t going to see cold, nasty weather, but overall it could be milder than what we would typically see,” she said.

Comments

mr_right_wing 5 years, 7 months ago

Ha ha ha! We did it! The right-wing was able to infiltrate this one little tiny area in the media...it was in fact on average 6 degrees warmer (not cooler) than last summer. George Bush (of course, who else!?) came up with the idea, we just carried it out for him! We've made global warming a lie, and what are you gonna do about it, lefties? The right was able to pull the wool over your eyes again! Take that Gore!

situveux1 5 years, 7 months ago

Thank God for global warming. Now I can enjoy my colder than normal winter, according to the Farmer's Almanac.

jumpin_catfish 5 years, 7 months ago

The climate is getting warmer but the real question is why. I could not begin to say with authority why the climate is changing but I have no doubt that it isn't just because of human activity and if we all started living like cave men (and women) today the climate would still continue to change. We may be screwed in this deal and then we may just adapt and move gloriously into the future. I'll be dead before it matters anyway and I can't do anything about it.

situveux1 5 years, 7 months ago

I'm not worried. If I'm wrong on climate change I'm counting on evolution to help me out.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

If you want to play "climate scientist," you should first discover the meanings of "climate" and "science."

Matt Needham 5 years, 7 months ago

Pray that global warming isn't real. If California and New York flood all those west and east coast, liberal elite are gonna be your neighbors. :)

puddleglum 5 years, 7 months ago

yeah, this is a clear sign that global warming is a hoax...bring on those coal plants. I bet the winter will be cold, also.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 7 months ago

There is no Mother Nature. There is no weather god or goddess that likes to play tricks on humans so I wouldn't worry about "payback."

gphawk89 5 years, 7 months ago

Whatever... Some years are warmer. Some years are cooler. Deal with it. Why is this news?

christy kennedy 5 years, 7 months ago

Why do some cling to the misguided notion that global warming can only mean it's going to get a little bit hotter everywhere every day and that any cold snap disproves the entire body of evidence that for everyone else is cause for concern and a call for action? A clearly documented overall warming of temperatures globally means CLIMATE CHANGE, which would happen with or without human influence, but according to a vast majority of scientists, has been sped up unnaturally by our industrial culture. Shifts in climate are already impacting coastal areas, glaciers, and ecosystems and agriculture around the globe. Climate change will be felt everywhere, and even by those who don't believe it is happening. :

http://www.usatoday.com/weather/climate/globalwarming/2009-08-28-midwest-heat_N.htm

notajayhawk 5 years, 7 months ago

ckennedy (christy kennedy) says…

"Why do some cling to the misguided notion that global warming can only mean it's going to get a little bit hotter everywhere every day and that any cold snap disproves the entire body of evidence that for everyone else is cause for concern and a call for action?"

Oh, that's right - when temperatures go up, it's a trend, when they go back down, it's a blip or an anomaly. Sorry, how did we forget.

The 'body of evidence' you refer to demonstrates only one thing - that the scientists you've been listening to have absolutely no frikkin' idea what's happening, let alone what's going to.

blogstr99 5 years, 7 months ago

@mr_right_wing:

please back up your weather data. every source ive checked doesnt back you point of view. your in a state of denial. i dare you to back up that data, that proves we are warming.

My sources (two of hundreds): http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/main/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/1012/Global-Cooling-July-Temperature-BelowAverage-for-the-US.aspx http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Scientific-evidence-now-points-to-global-cooling-contrary-to-UN-alarmism-52455392.html

In ND and MN (and most northern states) all summer its been in the 50's and 60's ( or low 70's below avg) mostly. Wake up man.

The false religion of global warming and earth worship has been broken ! Your false god has failed you. Like wood and stone that doesnt hear or speak. A worthless view.

puddleglum 5 years, 7 months ago

global warming is so false....every winter, it gets cold outside, and snow falls-thus, global warming doesn't exist. two internet points for me.

NoSpin 5 years, 7 months ago

Now the climate change theorists are saying that global warming causes temperature extremes such as very hot, cold. Can they cover all bases, situations? Give me a break! Love the way science is politicized and if you don't believe in global warming you must be a Christian or right wing extremist. Now that's science!

lounger 5 years, 7 months ago

Yeah!! The family in this picture are wonderful peeps!

ralphralph 5 years, 7 months ago

I'm willing to give up some low-lying coastal areas, and even a few island nations, in order to continue experiencing these splendid conditions.

christy kennedy 5 years, 7 months ago

Notajayhawk says: "Oh, that's right - when temperatures go up, it's a trend, when they go back down, it's a blip or an anomaly. Sorry, how did we forget."

Yes, dear, the temperature in your back yard does goes up and down but you're missing the entire point as are the people I was talking about in my comment. Variations and fluctuations and a cool summer or mild winter are not the whole picture and mean very little in bits and pieces. The whole picture, on the record, shows an alarming increase in overall temperatures, globally. If temps were really just going up and down everywhere and it didn't mean anything, there wouldn't be the continual faster and faster melting in the Arctic and on mountaintops, now would there?

BrianR 5 years, 7 months ago

Geez, don't ask people to prove stuff, remember, repeating lies over and over make them come true.

Chris Golledge 5 years, 7 months ago

Sigh, evidence.

OK, try this, actual research, or direct summaries thereof, for the most part.

http://scholar.google.com/scholar?start=0&q=climate+change&hl=en

1.6 million hits.

I don't know; try randomly sampling a dozen or two, actually reading them, and let us know your findings, all your findings.

Chris Golledge 5 years, 7 months ago

Stumbled across this article. I think some posters here are about 15 years behind the curve.

http://brynnevans.com/Climate-Change-Part1.pdf

G_E 5 years, 7 months ago

As much as I am LOVING this insanely cool August (especially since I was out of the country during June, when it got abnormally hot here for a week or two), I just knew it would bring out the morons who would say, "See, it's cooler than normal! Global warming doesn't exist, hurr durr."

sigh But I guess it's like Reality_Check said - they had to revise the term to "global climate change" because people seem to be too dense to understand the (not too difficult) concept.

danemary 5 years, 5 months ago

HEY WHERE IS FAT AL AND TUBBY TIPPER GORE?

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