• P.J. Griekspoor

    No Relief From Heat, Drought in Sight

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on July 28, 2012

    I think we may have missed the Rapture and all of us still here in Kansas have been left behind in Hell. It’s 104 degrees right now with 108 in the forecast for tomorrow. We had what was supposed to be “break” yesterday with the high topping out at “only” 98 after a streak of 10 straight days above 100 degrees. In July so far, Wichita has had only one day, the 9th, where the high was below 95 degrees. Add in the fact that we ended June with 7 straight days above…

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    Pop-up Thunderstorms Offer Relief Here, There, Nowhere

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on July 19, 2012

    P.J. GRIEKSPOOR We had what the weather service likes to call “pop-up thunderstorms” across a portion of south central Kansas this afternoon and tonight. That means where they popped, it rained. And where they didn’t, it didn’t. My daughter called me from her job at Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita. It was pouring. I live about 7 miles northeast of there. Not a drop. A little thunder. Some clouds. No rain. Too many of us know how that feels. I am delighted for any of…

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    Clydesdales Big Draw at 3i Show

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on July 12, 2012

    When you are a true horse lover, you just have to appreciate the splendor of the Budweiser Clydesdales, who are one of the attractions at today’s openingC of the 3i Show in Dodge City. Their royal accommodations in the dirt-floor portion of the new Western Bank Expo Center were big enough to make the trailer that transports the giant Percherons look like toy truck. As for the horses, they seemed a heck of lot more interested in the big feed bunker of hay than the landscaped…

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    Worsening Drought Big Cause for Concern

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on July 5, 2012

    It doesn't take much driving across Kansas to notice there is a serious drought in progress. I took a trip across the southern part of the state from Wichita to the Colorado border and back across the central part of the state on Kansas Hwy. 96 earlier this week. It’s incredibly dry everywhere. But the western third of the state is decimated. I love the “chance of showers” you see in four or five days out in the long-range forecast. The problem is, but the time that…

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