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 1 year, 9 months ago

I know ljwhirled made me laugh, I choked on my mojito....and why is FalseHopeNoBrain so upset about a couple of hundred psychotic alligators?


Topple 1 year, 9 months ago

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


nugget 1 year, 9 months ago

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


Phoghorn 1 year, 9 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!


georgeofwesternkansas 1 year, 9 months ago

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


gr 1 year, 9 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.


classclown 1 year, 9 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.


motercyclejim 1 year, 9 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!!!


msezdsit 1 year, 9 months ago

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


g_rock 1 year, 9 months ago

I'm sorry. I may be to blame here. It is my warm personality. I have no control over it.


ljwhirled 1 year, 9 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.


Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 9 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.


chalice2 1 year, 9 months ago

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


RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 9 months ago

It's a dry heat.

22% humidity. (It is dryer than Phoenix.)


tange 1 year, 9 months ago

You know how to cook a climate change denier?

Same way you boil a frog.



autie 1 year, 9 months ago

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


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