Archive for Thursday, January 19, 2012

25 years ago: Sculpting it or shoveling it, Lawrence deals with a foot of snow

January 19, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 19, 1987:

  • Nearly a foot of snow had fallen in Lawrence on the recent weekend, and the white stuff wasn't going anywhere soon. Daytime temperatures were not expected to reach past the upper 20s or low 30s, with overnight lows in the single digits. Working in shifts around the clock since the snow had started falling three days earlier, city crews had now finished about two-thirds of their snow-removal job.
  • For people who felt more artistic than frustrated by the recent heavy snowfall, the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department was holding a snow sculpture contest in South Park this week. The event was open to all ages, with opportunities for pairs or small groups to work together. All participating children were later given passes to Fantasyland roller skating rink for their efforts.
  • The Kansas University Union had been temporarily evacuated on a recent Friday night when smoke machines at the Rainmakers' concert had set off alarms in the building. The evacuation of the more than 900 people in attendance had caused a break of about 15 minutes in the concert.


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 3 months ago

Judging from the above, the winter of 1987 was very, very different than the winter of 1986. In 1986, we had what is called a "false spring", as the temperatures were unseasonably warm at this time of year.

January 19, 1986 was a day very much like spring. It frightens me to think about how much different things might have been if that had not been the case.

Sometimes it's very difficult to see it at the time, or ever really accept it, but quite often things work out for the best for reasons that we don't understand.

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