Archive for Thursday, July 5, 2012

Every month in 2012 in Lawrence has been hotter than average

July 5, 2012


Trying to beat the heat

If you’re feeling the heat, it’s probably safe to assume our feline and canine critters, adorned with coats of fur, are also sweating. Mary Berg, a veterinary technician at Gentle Care Animal Hospital, 601 Kasold Drive, said the main problems they see with animals in the heat is heat stroke and exhaustion, as well as burnt paws.

Berg provided these suggestions to keep pets safe in the heat:

• If animals are kept outside, make sure there’s adequate shade and cool water. A baby pool can also keep dogs cool.

• Limit physical exercise with dogs, and shorten walks. Be conscious of hot pavement as well when walking.

• If you don’t have air conditioning, leave a fan on for animals inside.

Pawsh Wash is also opening their doors at 1520 Wakarusa Drive for any dogs and owners who want to stop by and cool off. Call 856-7297 for hours.

Here’s what’s against city ordinance when it comes to pet care:

• Leaving an animal in a vehicle for more than five minutes when it’s 80 degrees or warmer.

• Leaving a dog outside on a leash for more than one hour. Dogs must also have a three-hour break between being leashed outdoors.

As extreme heat and fire danger warnings consume the northeast Kansas weather map, data from the Kansas State Climatologist’s Office confirm the obvious: it’s been really hot and dry this year.

Every month in 2012 has been warmer than average, and precipitation is behind by about 4 inches through June compared to data from 1981 to 2011.

Here’s a look at some of the numbers:

• The 77.7 degree average temperature for June was 3.7 degrees above average. But the average maximum temperature — 91.9 degrees — was seven degrees above average.

• The June 28 high temperature of 107 degrees — also occurring in 1934, 1936 and 1980 — tied an area record.

• April, May and June all saw less precipitation than average. June was the driest, seeing just 1.56 inches, compared to the average of 5.11 inches.

• Lawrence has seen 13.3 inches of precipitation in the first six months of 2012, more than four inches shy of the 17.69 inch average through June.

Lawrence is now in a severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, while other parts of the state are in an extreme drought.

The lack of rain is causing concern in the agricultural world, said Pat Slattery, National Weather Service spokesman.

“There’s a lot of corn and soybean fields just burning up right now,” Slattery said. Even if the rain picked up, it’d be too late to salvage the damage already sustained in the fields, he said.

And there doesn’t seem to be much relief in sight. Temperatures are expected to reach into the 100s throughout the weekend, and a heat advisory for northeast Kansas has been extended until Sunday. Chance of rain is slim as well, topping out at a 30 percent chance of rain on Sunday.

The dry, hot weather could also play a role is the possibility of a county-wide burn ban, which requires approval by the County Commission, said Teri Smith, director of Douglas County Emergency Management. However, Smith said the fire index has not increased in recent weeks, but a rise in grass fires — seen throughout the county recently — could play a role in a burn ban decision. The topic will most likely be broached at a regularly schedule fire department meeting Thursday, Smith said.

“They’re following it closely,” Smith said.


autie 5 years, 6 months ago

Climate change is a lie, right? La Nina? El Nino? Just hot?

Crazy_Larry 5 years, 6 months ago

I think that the sun is shining brighter. This week, I saw a dead armadillo on the side of I-70 outside of Topeka for the first time.

Crazy_Larry 5 years, 6 months ago

Not at all...Any idiot knows that climate change is not about the microclimate. Climate change has to do with global surface and ocean temperatures taken from thousands of meteorological stations around the world. There is scientific consensus on Global Warming, and scientists are more than 90% certain that it is primarily caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases produced by human activities such as deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels. People who are not familiar with climate science should keep their pie hole shut.

Jennifer Alexander 5 years, 6 months ago

Slowly but surely the earth will bake. We just happen to be speeding the process up.

chalice2 5 years, 6 months ago

A pizza oven is dry heat, too. What's your point?

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 6 months ago

I hate to see people walking their dog in this weather, they don't seem to realize that the animal is barefoot. When I lived in a house we had some weed trees in the back yard. In the summer I would put out a huge tin bucket and several smaller ones filled with cold water. At the same time every afternoon a dog that had thick brown fur would bring her two young ones by and they would put their front paws in the bucket and sigh with happiness.

ljwhirled 5 years, 6 months ago

Climate change is a hoax! Turn up the AC, I got some an old freon cooler I gots to get to recharging!

All you folx who can reed good and your crazy science.

It's hot because Jesus is coming soon and is brining the fires of hell to burn the sinners with their gay marriage and their women in pants.

parrothead8 5 years, 6 months ago

How is it being hushed up? It was all over the news, especially in the SF area, and this guy was arrested like two weeks ago.

jonas_opines 5 years, 6 months ago

"How is it being hushed up?"

Because people who really, Really want to believe in a conspiracy of the liberal media really, Really want to believe that it's being hushed up.

madameX 5 years, 6 months ago

Perhaps that is because it didn't, you know, happen in Lawrence. The LJ World is a local paper that reports on local news. Yes, they do report on events of national significance, but I venture a guess that there are loads of things that the LJ World has not reported on, not because of some vast conspiracy, but because they are outside the paper's scope.

chootspa 5 years, 6 months ago

It's shocking, shocking that the local paper doesn't cover non local events. Conspiracy!

oldvet 5 years, 6 months ago

You're not to blame...

It is all George Bush's fault...

msezdsit 5 years, 6 months ago

Politicians seem to think they can trump science so I say they should just legislate more normal weather patterns.

motercyclejim 5 years, 6 months ago

No it hasnt - its actuly been colder then normal. the Earth is actully coolling this is what the scientist's wont tell you!!!

motercyclejim 5 years, 6 months ago

sure!! the scientist's that mesure the wether are only paid if the go with the consperacy of "global warming'.

MarcoPogo 5 years, 6 months ago

That's all the data I need! I'm convinced!

Crazy_Larry 5 years, 6 months ago

I believe it's spelled "weather", "measure", "cooling", and "motor", Jim. And the majority of scientists are in agreement that the Earth is warming, not cooling as you've suggested. You really should get your information from scientists instead of talking heads, i.e. Beck and Limbaugh (both are drug addicts who did not graduate from college). Do you question the science that went into the bridge you cross when driving, the space shuttle, or the computer you're using? The International Space Station is a hoax too, right? Let me guess, it isn't in the bible so it can't be true. Maybe pictures will help you understand:

Scribeoflight 5 years, 6 months ago

No. On a rolling average, the earth shows a warming trend over the past 100 years. If you do an average over the last 10, the earth shows a cooling trend.

Bear in mind though, that those numbers represent a GLOBAL, EARTH SCALE MEASUREMENT. They do NOT reflect the specific region we happen to live in.

This region of the country shows a sharp trend towards less rainfall and hotter temperatures. Hell, Home Depot is selling different plants than they used to because of the shift in climate.

classclown 5 years, 6 months ago

I'll curtail my going about town in speedos. I honestly didn't think it would cause things to get that hot. My apologies.

gr 5 years, 6 months ago

"compared to data from 1981 to 2011."

It seems that some people posting idiotic comments may have missed that part, even though it was related to later in the article.

Question. Why. No, not why some can't read, but why was it compared to 1981 to 2011? Why wasn't it compared to at least 1934 to 2011? What if we compared a portion of 2012 to some other set of years? Is it because it wouldn't "come out right"?

When a headline says, "Every month in 2012 in Lawrence has been hotter than average" but only a limited amount of data was compared, one would conclude that either headlines rarely relate to articles (of course, not making the same mistake but comparing other articles, too!), or one would conclude something devious is going on here.

But people like headlines and that's all some read and make their opinions on reality based upon them.

Too bad. So sad.

Scribeoflight 5 years, 6 months ago

Or, could it also be that average temperature data is only easily available from 1981 on, due to digital records being kept?

georgeofwesternkansas 5 years, 6 months ago

England is in for 30 days of rain. So maybe we should call it America warming.

Phoghorn 5 years, 6 months ago

Global warming is real and it is cause by the Yoch Brothers riding their yacht around the shores of the USA. We need to tax those darned Yoch Brothers and get them to move their yacht and their money to Hong Kong. Then they can cause global warming over there!

Scott Tichenor 5 years, 6 months ago

It's Obama's fault! But wait, Brownie to the rescue. He'll fix it!

Topple 5 years, 6 months ago

Can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen!

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