• P.J. Griekspoor

    Enough Already With the Everyday Rain

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 25, 2010

    Okay, I have often promised myself NOT to wish it would stop raining. Because in Kansas, when it stops, it doesn't seem to know how to get started again. But this is getting ridiculous. This has been the month of the unending thunderstorm, with almost daily tornado and severe storm watches and warnings and countless hail storms. Fortunately, the severe storms still seem to be spotty and while we've had damage to isolated wheat fields, there still hasn't been a widespread event…

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    Humane Society 'Watchdog' Issues Interesting Challenge

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 19, 2010

    The Center for Consumer Freedom is challenging the Humane Society of the United States to put its money where its mouth is. And it should be interesting to see what HSUS does with the challenge. HSUS has obviously felt the backlash from CCF's full-page newspaper ads in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today that blast the organization for its lack of support for the stray dogs and cats it portrays in its heart-tugging fund-raising television…

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    Tornado Warning Has Expired for Wichita, Storms Moving East

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 10, 2010

    What we know for sure is that a strong line of super-cell thunderstorms dropped numerous tornadoes in south central Kansas over the last two hours. So far, there have been no reports of direct hits on towns and damage reports from the countryside may take a while to trickle in. A strong tornado flitted through Kingman County and western Sedgwick County and several areas had large hail. At one point, the storm wind shear was measured at 115 mph, so if occupied areas escaped unscathed, we were…

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    Hot Joins Windy For Afternoon At 3i Show

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 6, 2010

    As the temperature pushes into the 80s at the 3i Show in Great Bend, the forecasters are saying the severe weather will most likely develop to the north of us. Nevertheless, spectators are keeping an eye on the pileups of fluffy white clouds and there's plenty of conversation about the weather. "Where is the shelter on the grounds, just in case?" one visitor asked a vendor. "National Guard Armory, ma'am," the vendor replied. "And we've been in it before at this show." For Gene…

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    Windy Morning At 3i Show Sends Hats Sailing

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 6, 2010

    Hold on to your hat is the order of the morning at the very, very windy 3i Show in Great Bend. Vendors with outdoor spaces were prepared for 40-mph wind gusts – after all, this is Kansas in the springtime. Blowable items were quickly tucked under crescent wrenches and boxes and visitors for the most part were kind enough to pick up, look and put the anchors back down. Cars were pouring into the parking lots by the 9 a.m. opening of the show and foot traffic has been steady if a bit slower…

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    Skies Are Blue, But Storms In The Forecast

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 6, 2010

    It is a picture perfect morning as I head out to the 3i Show -- blue skies, light wind and lots of sunshine. But we are being warned to watch the skies this afternoon and tonight as the potential for severe storms is building. I stopped by to talk to meteorologist Chance Hays at the National Weather Service booth and he promises to keep the "heavy duty radar" up and running to give show goers the latest information on what is developing. But, Hays says, the chances of severe weather…

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    3i Show Off To a Good Start

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 5, 2010

    The first day of the annual 3i Show started a little slow, thanks mostly to a beautiful, sunny day that allowed many farmers to get into the fields and get corn planted. Show sponsors say they are used to taking their chances on competing with the need to get farm work done, and were pleased that this year's show in Great Bend has a record number of exhibitors. Vendors I talked to on the first afternoon of the show were mostly optimistic about this year's prospects and said they saw…

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    It Was a Great Day To Be in Wheat Fields of Kansas

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 5, 2010

    My first thought when we pulled over for the first field stop of the day on the Kansas Hard Red Winter Wheat Tour Wednesday was "we're gonna get wet." I was sure the field near Colby would be dew-drenched after a night when temperatures dropped nerve-jarringly close to freezing. But the grass in the road ditch and the wheat in the field were dry -- testimony to the famous low humidity of the High Plains. The day progressed to one of sunshine and wind that was pretty much…

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    All Aboard! The 2010 Hard Red Winter Wheat Tour Begins

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 3, 2010

    Participants in this year's Wheat Quality Council Hard Red Winter Wheat Tour across Kansas gathered in Manhattan Monday night to meet their first day drivers, find out what the tour is all about, chow down on good Kansas steak and get a look at  the flour mill operated by the Kansas State University Grain Science Department. Fifteen cars will transport this year's 69 participants along different routes from Manhattan to Colby on Tuesday with each car making between 15 and 20 stops at…

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