A Record of the Unwanted Sort

Kansas Viewpoint

Wichita and much of the rest of Kansas hit 100 degrees on May 9 and shattered a more-than-100 year old record

Published on: May 10, 2011
Those for whom hope springs eternal -- that would be most farmers -- were talking last March about the prospects for the wheat crop and how things just might turn out OK if we got a little rain and avoided 90-degree days in May.

This is not the year for that wish to come true. Most of the driest area of the state, the western one-third to one-half, hasn't gotten rain. The rest of the state has had showers, but not the slow, soaking rain we really need.

As for the 90-degree days, well, they're looking pretty good compared to the 100 degrees that hit Monday. Making matters worse was wind gusting to 30 mph. It a record for the earliest triple-digit day on record in Kansas.

I filled my little ornamental fountain in my flower garden three times--partly because the water was blowing out, but also because the evaporation was so rapid. I can only imagine how much water was sucked out of farm fields across the state.

The forecast says possible rain tonight and tomorrow -- most of it in the eastern half of the state.