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Lawrence winter has been unusually cold

March 3, 2010

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Overnight weather for March 3, 2010

The temperatures will drop into the low 20s overnight and then warm into Thursday afternoon. Enlarge video

The ice sheet on your roof, permafrost on your lawn and seemingly essential antifreeze in your car represent mere indications of a colder-than-cold winter thus far.

A chilling set of numbers confirms it.

During traditional winters for the past 14 years — each December, January and February — Lawrence has averaged 28 days when the maximum temperature warmed to at least 50 degrees, 6News meteorologist Greg Postel reports.

So far this season, Lawrence has climbed to 18 degrees above freezing just three times:

• 60 degrees Dec. 1.

• 50 degrees Dec. 17.

• 55 degrees Jan. 23.

“I’m surprised it’s been that many,” says Ben Lowe, a landscaper at Kansas University, who’s been donning long johns, wool socks, insulated boots, coveralls, a short-sleeved T-shirt, long-sleeved T-shirt, hoodie, insulated vest, coat, gloves and winter hat since December. “Every day, it’s just gotten colder.”

Then Wednesday, the sun emerged. Mercury climbed into the 40s. Lowe and a coworker, Chris Shaw, climbed into their “cabless” Gator — sort of an always-open convertible — for the first time this winter, heading out to pick up downed tree limbs along Jayhawk Boulevard.

“For three weeks we’ve been chipping snow and shoveling ice, 40 hours a week,” Lowe says, basking in relative warmth.

“This keeps you motivated,” Shaw said.

Comments

Steve Bunch 4 years, 11 months ago

Late-breaking investigative journalism at its best.

Scruggsy 4 years, 11 months ago

Well I'll be dipped... Never would have thunk it.

1029 4 years, 11 months ago

More proof that global warming is just a bunch of liberal propaganda.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 4 years, 11 months ago

Wow, I am so glad that our local news rag has such a firm grip on the obvious!

What was you first clue????

Did someone have some snow on their shoes?

Is this what I pay almost $40.00 for a subscription for????

TaintYourWagon 4 years, 11 months ago

I seriously hope that 1029's comment was meant to be satire. January and February of this year have been the warmest on record, and this winter is set to be warmest ever recorded as well.

Grammaton 4 years, 11 months ago

Oh no, the seasons change! Jeez. Not news.

Michael Rowland 4 years, 11 months ago

Please continue stating the obvious, it fills me with confidence.

sailor 4 years, 11 months ago

Will someone up there close the door? It has been awful cold here in the south? We blame it on all to the person who left the door open.

jumpin_catfish 4 years, 11 months ago

Climate change is happening. The weather changes everyday in Kansas.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

I've stuffed my underwear with carbon credits. They make great insulation once you crumple them up a bit.

LiberalDude 4 years, 11 months ago

Oh god, here go all the climate change conspiracy idiots...

feeble 4 years, 11 months ago

weather ≠ climate.

That said, this summer will be interesting, given that this has already been a strong el Nino year.

Quigly 4 years, 11 months ago

My, the sun has been very bright these days. And the wind. WOW, it sure blew hard this winter. OH, the trees, it seems they lost their leaves. Weird.

conservative 4 years, 11 months ago

Yes all you climate change is happening enthusiasts are right that 1 cold winter means nothing about climate. However what you fail to understand is that 20 and even 50 years of weather means just as little. The climate changes over thousands of years. Has for the entirety of earth's existence. It has been much warmer during periods and much colder too. Do i agree that we should do what we can to end emmissions, of course. Do i think we should wreck our economy in an effort to "fix" a problem that probably won't really be affected by our endeavors? No way. Many more likely reasons exist for our warming trend, the first being our sun. Other planets in the solar system have been warmer recently too and the last i checked the smoke stacks don't lead to mars and venus

kernal 4 years, 11 months ago

So, Multi's basement kitteh comes out of the basement and destroys the world with kitteh gas?

fairplay 4 years, 11 months ago

No it wasn't cold. It was actually warm...very warm. Any chill you may have felt was an act of global warming and if it gets warm, that's global warming too. If it snows: global warming. If it doesn't: global warming. It's all from gasses put into the air by humans. Save the world; stick a cork up your butt and prevent the leakage of such man made gasses! -- Al Gore

OhHai 4 years, 11 months ago

I'm really tired of people saying that "it's cold, so Global Warming isn't real." Um, Global Warming contributes to extreme climate change. So snow in Texas I think might be considered kinda weird and different.

But this article is obviously the work of Captain Obvious.

d_prowess 4 years, 11 months ago

Why are the first few posters are upset that that there is an article that is putting some actual metrics around how cold this winter has been? Sure we all know it has been really cold this year, but did you know this stat? I guess people just like to complain and never like to be bogged down with silly ole "facts"!

d_prowess 4 years, 11 months ago

Why are the first few posters upset that there is an article that is putting some actual metrics around how cold this winter has been? Sure we all know it has been really cold this year, but did you know this stat? I guess people just like to complain and never like to be bogged down with silly ole "facts"!

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