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Are you looking forward to having a warmer winter?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on November 12, 2007

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Photo of Lauren Imel

“I’m looking forward to not having the ice and bad driving conditions, but I’ll miss the snow because it’s part of Kansas in winter.”

Photo of Brian Russell

“Yeah. There are still going to be those horribly cold days when you have to run in and out of everywhere, but as long as we get a few where you can go outside and enjoy yourself.”

Photo of Tara Eck

“Yes. I’m thinking it will be a lot easier to get up in the morning if it’s not as cold.”

Photo of Christina Silin

“I’m ecstatic. I’m definitely not a cold-weather person whatsoever, so I’m thrilled.”

Comments

snowWI 6 years, 5 months ago

acg, The wind chill readings are not below zero very often around here and the number of days with subzero lows are pretty much non-existant these days. Kansas winters are MUCH milder compared with the Upper Midwest.

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acg 6 years, 5 months ago

No, not at all. Actually, I'm looking forward to the kind of winter that freezes the snot inside your nose as soon as you step outdoors. I want to scrape ice off my windshield every morning for a half hour and if we could also have to deal with several feet of snow every time I have to leave the house, that would totally rock. I mean, winter here isn't the same if you don't have that adrenaline rush of almost slipping off the road every quarter mile or so. Oh, and if they could throw in some straight line winds that are about 20 below wind chill factor that would totally top it all off, IMO.

What a retarded question.

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someoneelse 6 years, 5 months ago

suffice it to say, a harsh or mild winter is a matter of perspective.

i have an idea. extend daylight saving year round. that'll give us another hour of daylight to warm those cold winter days. on the other hand, if global warming has you worried, do away with dst. that should fix it.

disclaimer: not really my idea. i just think it's classic.

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trollkiller 6 years, 5 months ago

Now all the homeless people will be OK. Global warming ...a liberal plot all along.

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Katie_Horner 6 years, 5 months ago

Jack Frost is going to lure them in with extended stretches of mild temps and then hit 'em with a surprise deep freeze. Be warned or DIE!!!!!!

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GretchenJP 6 years, 5 months ago

They just can't HANDLE the Winter like us snowbunnies.

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GretchenJP 6 years, 5 months ago

Go read something else more thrilling then, faceit.

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faceit 6 years, 5 months ago

Great stories (yawn)zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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DotsLines 6 years, 5 months ago

That same visit to Virginia I was talking about earlier (Virginia Beach is at just about the same latitude as we are, btw), I was out riding around with a friend. It had started to snow, but it was too warm for it to stick, not even in the grass let alone the road. We passed a truck throwing sand. Turns out they have to jump on those things pretty quick, since they don't have plows!

Another trip down there we saw on the news a 40 car pile-up in the mouth of the Portsmouth Tunnel. Seems like someone didn't know you can't lock up your brakes on glare ice - and neither did the 39 idiots behind him.

I love going to places where they have no clue what winter is. Not that too many people around here do...

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GretchenJP 6 years, 5 months ago

Dots: Try living in Georgia for the Winter. Let's just say they all turn into Chicken Little at the first snowflake.

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DotsLines 6 years, 5 months ago

Gretchen;

Way back in high school, I had to fly out to take a test at Michigan State in the middle of the winter. It was a raging blizzard when I flew out of LaGuardia, but it was relatively mild in East Lansing. There were kids there from all over the country to take the test. The kids from places like California and Florida had absolutely no idea what cold weather was (I think they couldn't figure out what that sheet of hard material was that was keeping the river from moving), and didn't have any clothing for it anyway. Or maybe they were dressed for what they thought cold weather was. They looked so cute, little "Gators" or "UCLA" popsicles.

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jumpin_catfish 6 years, 5 months ago

Oops

psychologist/lawyer = Sue your pants off, sue your pants off and then tell how to feel about it

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jumpin_catfish 6 years, 5 months ago

psychologist/lawyer = Sue your pants and then tell how to feel about it

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spywell 6 years, 5 months ago

Three years ago it did'nt get cold until Chrismas Eve. Work out side in short sleeves alot.

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GretchenJP 6 years, 5 months ago

The folks in California crack me up. Like you, Dots, I've gone out in what I would dub mildly chilly weather in only long sleeves... with those same conditions in CA, they're bundled up with 3 layers of clothing, 4 layers of socks, long underwear, 6 parkas, 3 scarves, snow boots... how cute are they?? Some people in some climates have no idea how cold it can get. And I include me in that group. I only know of Midwestern Winters and an occassional Minnesota Winter. I'm sure I would act like one of the Californian's if I were to migrate even further North. Brrrr!!!!

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DotsLines 6 years, 5 months ago

ms_canada;

You do realize, don't you, that what's comfortable for you in a summer jacket would have most people around here frozen solid? :) Years ago I went down to Virginia (I was living in New England then) to visit some friends around Christmas time. I walked down to the store, about a mile and a half away, wearing just a long sleeve shirt. There were people driving by with their windows rolled up tight and snorkel coats pulled up over their heads - quite amusing.

Yes, it snows a coupla' times a year here. Of course, it's either melted or blown away by the next day, it isn't still on the ground when the next storm hits (and the next, and the next).

There's really no trick to staying warm, folks, except dressing for it. You can always add more clothes when it's cold. There's only so much you can take off when it gets freakin' hot, though.

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 5 months ago

What's Katie expecting north of the river this winter?

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small_fish_in_small_pond 6 years, 5 months ago

I grew up in Lawrence in the sixties and the WInters were long and harsh...A lot of snow

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 5 months ago

If you bought enough carbon credits, would it be a colder winter?

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GretchenJP 6 years, 5 months ago

It is so NOT right to have a warm Winter. Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 5 months ago

I hope everything comes out all right.

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Jonathan_Jason_McDaniels 6 years, 5 months ago

Who says it's going to be a warm winter?

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sgtwolverine 6 years, 5 months ago

Well, snap, I'll be happy to answer that question, but I have to take a break first. Stay tuned!

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 5 months ago

Sgt, aren't you the host of this show?

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sgtwolverine 6 years, 5 months ago

I am compelled to protest the misuse of the term "blog"; I don't think this is a blog, and I don't think anyone here could be considered a blogger simply by posting here. Even if this were a blog, calling us bloggers would be equivalent to referring to a caller on a radio show as a host of the show.

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RidgeRunner 6 years, 5 months ago

"LJWJohn (Anonymous) says It will be interesting to see what sort of slam you now have for me."

No slam..??.. It's just how I see it.. And having grown up here, with deep ties to this town, I would say it is in my interest to read this blog on occasion; as it's best of me to pay attention to the road on my drives to and fro.

I guess I need to put the tin-foil hat back on, and change the channel as suggested....

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LJWJohn 6 years, 5 months ago

RidgeRunner, I live in Kansas, drive K10 every day but, I do agree with Ceallach...If you don't like the show, change the channel! Funny how these things get started as a simple question asking our opinion and turn into attacks on each other. No wonder our world is in the shape it is in. It will be interesting to see what sort of slam you now have for me. P.S. I'm no Saint, but never claimed to be!

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RidgeRunner 6 years, 5 months ago

"Ceallach (Anonymous) says:

LJStaff; This blog is identical to an accident on K-10: I only ask, give me the option of not looking:..

runner, you do realize that it is you who decides whether or not to look : right?"

Well, gee.... And all this time.

And you've obviously never been close to, or been in an accident on K-10.

Do you drive K-10? Currently live in the State of Kansas??

I prefer to avoid them [Accidents]..... What, you close your eye's and,, HOPE you make it through? Typical LJblogger.....

"Fishing"

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Ceallach 6 years, 5 months ago

LJStaff; This blog is identical to an accident on K-10: I only ask, give me the option of not looking:..

runner, you do realize that it is you who decides whether or not to look . . . right?

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LJWJohn 6 years, 5 months ago

More time to enjoy the great outdoors. I've lived in Kansas most of my life and I always get a little bumbed in the winter. I feel it's hard for me to get out and enjoy anything when it's cold. As fas as the weather, it is plenty cold enough here for me and I look forward to any chance of a mild winter. Greater chances that I will get out beyond what I have to. As for b3, you must have slept through the last half dozen winters here. My truck got iced over so bad a couple of years ago it took several days to get into it. Windchills below zero for a couple of days. Where were you?

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RidgeRunner 6 years, 5 months ago

""vavs0929 (Anonymous) says:

B3- have you been out of town the last couple of years? Did you miss the ice storms? Yeah, we've had plenty of cold winters in the 6 years I have lived here.""

wtf..........6 years.....

Really, you (oh me oh my,, I want my piece of the public pie's eye) guys/gals need to step away from the pipe/Computer for a few..... Really, give it a rest..

LJStaff; This blog is identical to an accident on K-10... I only ask, give me the option of not looking.....

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Gootsie 6 years, 5 months ago

"jonas---"Try moving about 500 miles north and than tell me that kansas has cold winters. This town is like the tropics in the winter."

Oh yeah, well try moving 500 miles north from THERE and tell me that 500 miles north of here has cold winters!"

Jonas, you truly crack me up....

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Jonathan Allison 6 years, 5 months ago

I moved to Houston. So yeah, try moving 700 miles south if you want a warm winter. Truth is, last winter was miserable enough. I would probably kill myself if I had to live in Minnesota, but I'm really gonna miss that one or two snowfalls when we actually could go sledding and build snowmen and so on. Oh, and usually in Kansas there is at least a cold stretch long enough that the ponds will freeze with a foot or two of ice and you can very safely go ice skating, even in southeast Kansas where I grew up. So you who complain about no ice skating, maybe you don't own a pond... but you could give it a shot.

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snowWI 6 years, 5 months ago

The Midwest core does not seem the strong downsloping winds in the winter very much compared with the Central Plains. The downslope winds are caused by a lee trough which develops on the just east of the Rocky Mountains. The "chinook" winds can often cause temperatures to rise 30+ degrees or more even during the winter.

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badger 6 years, 5 months ago

I'll be enjoying a warmer winter.

Warmer than you all, anyway. Today, 83 and sunny in the People's Republic of Austin.

We're all excited about global warming here because if the topographical models are right, we'll be a couple hundred miles closer to the beach! We're a little bummed that we'll lose Padre and Galveston, but when Houston goes out Atlantis-style and Dallas is swallowed up by the Great Plains desertification, the Austin hippies are going to take over state government.

I fully envision a state where taxes can be paid in beer.

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jonas 6 years, 5 months ago

"Try moving about 500 miles north and than tell me that kansas has cold winters. This town is like the tropics in the winter."

Oh yeah, well try moving 500 miles north from THERE and tell me that 500 miles north of here has cold winters!

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 5 months ago

"Millions to billions of refugees will flood the other areas, and life, in all sense of things, will truly start to suck. How are you going to enjoy the warmer winters till that happens? -jonas....

Me? - The universal answer... more ammo...

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Das_Ubermime 6 years, 5 months ago

I'd be happy if it was a warm winter. Gas is expensive right now.

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snowWI 6 years, 5 months ago

b3 (Anonymous) says "Try moving about 500 miles north and than tell me that kansas has cold winters. This town is like the tropics in the winter."

Yes, Kansas winters are quite mild compared with the core Midwest states. The only issue is the occasional strong winds that make it feel colder sometimes.

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b3 6 years, 5 months ago

Try moving about 500 miles north and than tell me that kansas has cold winters. This town is like the tropics in the winter.

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snowWI 6 years, 5 months ago

right_thinker (Anonymous) says:

"You mean, a typical, long, gray, depressing, Kansas, just-enough-cold-and-precip-to-annoy-the-hell-out-of-you-for-six-months:.. winter? Yeah baby"

Kansas winters are a joke. You can not even enjoy winter sports most of the time because the temperatures do not stay below freezing for long periods of time. Minnesota winters are usually good for enjoying outdoor winter sports.

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snowWI 6 years, 5 months ago

If you want a real winter even when temperatures are above average the Upper Midwest fits the bill. The winters around here are MUCH warmer than they were in the past.

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snowWI 6 years, 5 months ago

Do not believe what NOAA says. They base the winter forecast on a percentage odds scheme, and trends. I think it will be a COLDER than average winter. It is only a matter of time before the pattern completely flips around.

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Pywacket 6 years, 5 months ago

I haven't found the article this question presumably arced from. Anybody?

I'm rightly sick of the mild weather that generally passes for winter around here. The seesawing temperatures do untold damage to the trees and other plantings. People don't realize that, but the freeze/soaring temp cycles start a downward spiral that often ends in the plants' death. When it warms up (into the 60s or beyond, sometimes) in January, the sap starts rising. Then the temp plunges, the freezing sap results in burst cells, and often the bark cracks. This opens the door to insect and fungal damage. By the time the tree actually looks like it's ailing (often after a summer of drought, another roller-coaster winter, another drought...), the insects might be the assumed "cause of death," when, really, they wouldn't have done that much damage to a healthy organism.

Sigh... I know--this doesn't sit well with people's visions of taking off the coat and soaking in the sun in January. But what do you expect from a Northern girl? I loves me my trees!

I love ice skating and ice fishing, too, but that's another sad story around here. Kansas--land of ice storms but no ice sports. And we usually get only one decent snowfall each year--if that much.

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sgtwolverine 6 years, 5 months ago

You all can have all the warmer winters you want, but I want no part of that here in Michigan. If it's not cold enough for me to ski, then the season is a waste.

ms_c, you might be able to sue the network that aired Waterworld. Maybe for pain and suffering or something.

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ms_canada 6 years, 5 months ago

Hey - does that apply to my part of the world too? So far this winter it has been lovely and warm, I am still able to take long walks with just a summer jacket on and no toque. Last week I was channel surfing and came across that old Kevin Costner movie Waterworld. Does Al Gore have anything to do with that? Dang him. Has he no conscience?

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vavs0929 6 years, 5 months ago

B3-- have you been out of town the last couple of years? Did you miss the ice storms? Yeah, we've had plenty of cold winters in the 6 years I have lived here.

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Gootsie 6 years, 5 months ago

I love the cold and snow. I miss the winters when we were small. AL GORE (abbreviated list) Galore A Ogler Rage Lo Gear Lo Real Go Earl Go Ear Log Are Log La Ergo La Ogre La Gore Oar Gel Oar Leg

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lawrencemom 6 years, 5 months ago

Blue73Harley - You make me laugh!

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chemegirlie 6 years, 5 months ago

I actually love cold winters...but I do hate higher heating bills.

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b3 6 years, 5 months ago

Damn you Al Gore, I miss the cold winters of the frozen north. Over the past 10+ years that I have lived in this town we havent had one cold winter.

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blessed3x 6 years, 5 months ago

snap_pop_no_crackle (Anonymous) says:

"Oh, yes, it will be warmer, unless the global warming models need to be changed, in which case it will be colder. That's the way it worked with the hurricane forecasts."

Haven't you heard? It's now called "Global Climate Change". That way, any data that doesn't precisely match the "average" can be used to support their cause no matter anecdotal.

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prospector 6 years, 5 months ago

What, is everyone planning to crash on Bea's couch for the winter? I'll compensate her by bringing the Ad Astra.

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jonas 6 years, 5 months ago

But you know, it makes something of a funny question in that regards, too.

Did you hear that the earth is going to warm up and the polar ice caps are going to melt, raising the sea level, covering many major cities in water? Millions to billions of refugees will flood the other areas, and life, in all sense of things, will truly start to suck.

How are you going to enjoy the warmer winters till that happens? Me, I'm gonna spend more time outside.

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trinity 6 years, 5 months ago

heck yeah a warmer winter sounds great to me! that way the lil' sportster won't have to sit in the shed all by her lonesome all winter long! :) many days for out&about little rides!

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jonas 6 years, 5 months ago

R-I: But he's right in one thing, we've got to stop Manbearpig. At whatever cost.

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Tom Shewmon 6 years, 5 months ago

You mean, a typical, long, gray, depressing, Kansas, just-enough-cold-and-precip-to-annoy-the-hell-out-of-you-for-six-months..... winter? Yeah baby!

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JJE007 6 years, 5 months ago

Wow. Welcome to the world...A simple place for simple people.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 5 months ago

jonas, You know, the guy who invented the internet.

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blue73harley 6 years, 5 months ago

Warm is good but I hope Katie Horner gets at least one snow or ice storm to get her freak on.

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 5 months ago

Oh, yes, it will be warmer, unless the global warming models need to be changed, in which case it will be colder. That's the way it worked with the hurricane forecasts.

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jonas 6 years, 5 months ago

Errr. . . is it official, now, that our winter is going to be warm? Did I miss this announcement or something?

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