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Wisconsin-like summer in Northeast Kansas

A recent NASA report reinforces the summer-long shiver for many people living east of the Rocky Mountains. Even us in Northeast Kansas know just how chilly the past summer has been. According to NASA, this summer goes down as the 17th coldest in Kansas history. I just cannot imagine how chilly this summer has felt for those living in Kansas all their lives. For me, this summer felt like a typical one down on the farm in Wisconsin.

The past two months, temperatures have averaged near 80 degrees by day, and near 60 degrees by night, in Northeast Kansas. Temperatures like these mirror those seen during a typical summer day and night in parts of Wisconsin. With average Northeast Kansas temperatures nearly two-to-four degrees below where they should have been this past summer; well, I cannot help but say I feel like I am forecasting the weather at home on the farm.

With fall just around the corner, the chance of seeing a really "warm" day is getting smaller. Safe to say that there is not any really "hot" weather in the forecast anytime soon in Northeast Kansas. So, feel free to relish in the comfort that the next week or so will still be perfect to leave the windows open in Northeast Kansas.

I am sure you have thoughts on this summer's weather. Are you thrown back a bit on how chilly it was? Did you like it? Would you have preferred a warmer summer? Would you mind it getting hot before really cold weather settles in? Let's hear your thoughts, friends.

September 13, 2009

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Nathaniel Johnson 13 years, 6 months ago

Just a quick comment. The report cited is from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This government agency is not related to NASA. It is actually part of the Department of Commerce. I prefer their weather forecasts and satellite pictures (see links below).

Since weather is the topic of the season I would like to offer a couple more cool sites. I have a weird obsession with cataclysmic events such at hurricanes, asteroids impacting with the Earth, the Yellowstone super volcano, and (of course) the New Madrid fault line. Alas, while only trying to find out about dangerous collisions, I have learned more about solar weather than just what asteroids are near hits this month. We are in an event called a solar minimum which is a long period of time with no sunspots. It is the largest in over a century and is very likely the cause of the amazingly cool weather. Anyway, here are my submissions for weather related websites.

For sunspot activity and NEOs (Near Earth Objects as well as some great night photography - http://www.spaceweather.com/

For Hurricanes and Tropical storm formation probabilities http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/index.shtml

For local weather forecasts and radar http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Baldwin+City&state=KS&site=TOP&textField1=38.7766&textField2=-95.1851&e=0



-Nathaniel Johnson gruyere.emmentaler@gmail.com


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