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Break from triple-digit heat may come next week

With Wednesday's high temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, Lawrence residents Bobby Brigman and son Spencer take to the kiddie pool in their front yard to cool off. Even hotter temperatures are expected today. For the complete weather forecast, see page 10A.

With Wednesday's high temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, Lawrence residents Bobby Brigman and son Spencer take to the kiddie pool in their front yard to cool off. Even hotter temperatures are expected today. For the complete weather forecast, see page 10A.

June 30, 2012

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Farmers are sweating over the excessive heat plaguing Kansas, but the National Weather Service is predicting cooler temperatures for the next week.

Today will be the first day since Sunday that Lawrence will not be under a heat advisory or excessive heat warning.

But corn farmers in the Douglas County area aren’t just hoping for a break from the high temperatures — they want rain.

“This heat and dry weather is really taking its toll on the (feed) corn,” said local farmer Pat Ross, who is Kansas Corn Commission east-central Kansas district director. “(The drought) is really detrimental to corn production.”

Ross said the weather affecting the feed corn is universal across Kansas, and almost all corn farmers are expecting only a half-crop this year.

Sweet corn and soybeans haven’t been significantly affected by the weather yet, but Ross doesn’t know how long the crops can continue to thrive without rain.

“Another week like today and it’s hard to keep it in good shape,” Ross said Friday.

The low amount of precipitation isn’t affecting only farmers.

Jeanette Klamm, utilities program manger with the city of Lawrence utilities department, said water usage has peaked earlier this year. At this time last year, water usage was at 1.13 billion gallons of water. Now, the running total so far is 1.8 billion gallons, about a 60 percent increase.

Although water usage is already up from last year, Leonard Allen, Westar Energy senior communication representative, said energy usage hasn’t increased with the heat.

Klamm said part of the higher water usage likely has to do with residents watering lawns earlier and more frequently because of the hot, dry and windy days.

The city waters the planters downtown twice a week, but Crystal Miles, horticulture manager with the city’s parks and recreation department, said the dry conditions are requiring workers to water city trees three weeks earlier than during average summers.

“We’re trying to be economic where we can and not waste water ... it’s a real serious issue,” Miles said.

The city has some irrigation in place that “helps immensely,” but it is still necessary to provide trees with supplemental water.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kris Craven said the next chance for cool weather will be next Saturday, but temperatures will continue to be in the high 90s through Friday.

Comments

mikekt 1 year, 9 months ago

Would like to know if in historic June high temperature years, such as this one is, if they had early recorded fall & winter seasons, that followed previous those hot June years?

Curiosity?....Bad for cats!.......Who knows for humans?!

Predictions?

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Carol Bowen 1 year, 9 months ago

Updates included.

It's so hot, our AC feels cold at 80.

It's so hot, I can't tell where I've watered the garden.

It's so hot, we are watering our foundation so that the basement doesn't crack up.

It's so hot, I can hang the laundry at night, and it'll be dry in the morning.

It's so hot, that fireworks were disappointing. We thought it was thunder.

It's so hot, the cold water is warm.

It's so hot, there's no drip in drip dry.

It's so hot, my brains are fried.

It's so hot that my ass is burning forcing me to bring her into house which is air conditioned.

It's so hot, my chickens are laying boiled eggs.

http://kansasagland.com/images/stories/droughtsatanphotobisonks.jpg

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speedy47 1 year, 9 months ago

It's so hot, my chickens are laying boiled eggs.

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JJE007 1 year, 9 months ago

Energy usage is probably not rising due to power outages. We po' folk in E. Larr'ville done had outages for two days in a row. Maybe they was rollin' (o' d' po') blackouts.

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tange 1 year, 9 months ago

The perennial favorite. Copy that.

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mikekt 1 year, 9 months ago

We have been about two months ahead of our regular weather events, this year,........So.......will August be a cool month, in hell, with fall rains...... & will it snow here early in october...... & tear down all of the weaker trees that still have their leaves on?

Just some empty headed thoughts of mine.....but who knows the future,......for sure? What was it they all said about Justices Roberts & Kennedy?

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Carol Bowen 1 year, 9 months ago

It's so hot, our AC feels cold at 80.

It's so hot, I can't tell where I've watered the garden.

It's so hot, we are watering our foundation so that the basement doesn't crack up.

It's so hot, I can hang the laundry at night, and it'll be dry in the morning.

It's so hot, that fireworks were disappointing. We thought it was thunder.

It's so hot, the cold water is warm.

It's so hot, there's no drip in drip dry.

It's so hot, my brains are fried.

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riverdrifter 1 year, 9 months ago

Doesn't make any difference what the temps do. If there isn't any rain, there will be no crops.

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thebcman 1 year, 9 months ago

official nws forecast: Today - 99 Sun - 97 Mon - 97 Tue - 98 Wed - 98 Thur - 99 Fri - 99

Might have to break out the wool blankets!

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alcoholbliss 1 year, 9 months ago

Break from triple-digit heat " may" come next week

Its suggested but its still just a prediction.

13 Things Your TV Weatherman Won’t Tell You

http://www.rd.com/slideshows/13-things-your-tv-weatherman-wont-tell-you/

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kernal 1 year, 9 months ago

jj14, I noticed that, too. Not finding any long range forecast showing a break in the heat until July 9th, which is the week after next since next week begins tomorrow and ends next Saturday.

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Lathrup 1 year, 9 months ago

The Rep for the energy/electic Co. says use hasn't increased? How can that be? In my area air conditioners are heard running all day every day for at least the last week. I had to start mine earlier than last year. How can use not increase citywide with these temps?

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jj14 1 year, 9 months ago

Um...I'm watching the weather channel and this forecast is OPPOSITE of what the weather channel and all weather websites are showing. The only day showing below 100 degrees is Monday, where its 99. All other days in the 7 day forcast are 103 and ABOVE.

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