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Archive for Monday, July 23, 2012

Heat continues to overwhelm Kansas

July 23, 2012, 2:14 p.m. Updated July 23, 2012, 4:31 p.m.

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— The mercury's rising and records are falling as the heat wave tightens its grip on Kansas.

The Hays Daily News reports that extreme drought now covers two-thirds of the state.

Norton's high of 118 on June 28 broke the previous high of 113 set three days earlier.

The newspaper said Cedar Bluff hit 110 on June 26 and 29, tying the old record set June 15, 2003. Colby had a high of 113 on June 28.

Oakley hit 111 on June 25 and 28, matching the previous June 11, 1954, high.

High temperatures of 110 or above are becoming the new normal for many towns. But as the temperatures rise, water levels at rivers and streams in the northwest part of the state are falling.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 8 months ago

Now would be a 'good' time to advertise Larryville as a retirement destination.

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mikekt 1 year, 8 months ago

Maybe LJW should check & see if the Corps of Engineers is still trying to keep Perry, Milford & Tuttle Creek in discharge mode, to support Mo. & Miss. River barge traffic ?

Nuts !!!!!

If so, what is their rational, what do our Kansas politicians think of the Corps rational & what plans do our politicians have, if we face the same kind 30s Dust Bowl problems down the road, that they have faced lately in Georgia, Texas, etc, where major supply lake / reservoirs simply evaporated leaving boat docks & thirsty people....... high & pretty well dry.

Municipal conservation from the Kansas River, is a double edged sword.

This is the time of year when water sales go up, while labor costs stay relatively fixed. The money maker.

So sumer is when they balance winters lack of high demand, as well as construction & repair costs, long term, etc..

Certainly, it comes with extra costs for chemicals & electricity for the pumps but the labor cost is ?.......Probably constant .

Simply said, allot of water flows by Lawrence to the Mo. River Barge Channel daily, wether we use it or not.........and that same water just supports a barge channel that is so deep by so wide in the Mo. River, that requires a huge amount of water compared to the daily draw of Lawrence Kansas, right now.

Well, conservation would save electricity if there was a shortage of that to meet the A/C demand in lawrence but there isn't & this is probably their money maker time of the year.....certainly, this year !

I personally would like to see the Corps leave the upstream reservoirs from Lawrence,.... alone. They will lower by evaporation,...... just fine on their own !

It's raining normally north of Kansas ! An area which is drained by the Mo. River .....& i am sure that the folks in Parkville, Mo. will be thrilled if they don't flood it again, by draining their overfilled northern mo. river basin reservoirs all at once, if they get large snow falls up north this winter.

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Benjamin Roberts 1 year, 8 months ago

I am usually supportive of LJWorld and Lawrence Journal-World. However, to use an Associated Press story, that was taken from "The Hays Daily News" regarding such an obvious story, seems ... well ... (Fill In The Blank) .

Was it really necessary to use a third party re-write to report that it is hot?

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