• P.J. Griekspoor

    Drought KO'd in Soggy Eastern Kansas

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on August 18, 2013

    For the first time in a month, there are no thunderstorms in the immediate forecast. Whew! We might actually get the yard cleaned up. Traveling around central Kansas this week, the green is absolutely amazing and the Flint Hills are gorgeous. And drought, at least for now, appears conquered in the eastern two-thirds of the state. With a couple of days of sunshine, we’re seeing the river flooding subside, though there are definitely producers who have lost some of their corn and…

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    Drought May Finally Be Losing Its Grip

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on July 28, 2013

    This week brought the most optimistic sign in a long time that the prolonged drought may finally be easing its grip on Kansas. Most of central and eastern Kansas received up to two inches of rain on Tuesday, followed by scattered showers across the state on Wednesday and Thursday, followed by downright downpours that threatened two-thirds of the state with flooding over the weekend. Flooding of course, is no guarantee that drought is at an end. Some of the worst flooding ever een on…

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    Winter Wheat Looking Good; Reservoirs Still Show Drought Impact

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on May 15, 2013

    Driving around south-central Kansas to get a look at the progress of the winter wheat crop confirms one piece of good news: freeze damage in this part of the state appears to be minimal in spite of a couple of very cold nights. Probably a solid half of the wheat is either headed out or beginning to head and most of the fields I saw had only a few, if any, telltale white heads that indicate the growing point was damaged by unseasonably late freezes on April 24 and again on May…

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    Moisture Awesome; Drought Still Causes Worry

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on March 28, 2013

    It’s starting to look green in southern Kansas, in spite of the fact that the final remnants of the recent five-inch snow are still hanging around. They will be gone in today’s 60-degree sunshine. That recent snow and the 20-plus inch blanketing we got a few weeks ago, along with a couple of showers in between is enough to bring out the smiles on the faces of farmers in this region, where wheat fields are looking great as the crop breaks dormancy and heads toward the spring…

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    Heavy Snow Welcome Moisture in Drought-Parched Kansas

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 21, 2013

    You’ve heard of the million dollar rain. South Central Kansas may have just gotten the million dollar snowstorm. Maybe even the multi-million dollar snowstorm. The storm, which dumped anywhere from 9 to 18 inches of snow across a wide swath of the state, is welcome moisture to a region parched by more than two years of drought and made drier still by warm, windy winter weather. At least for now, that picture has changed. Highs are forecast to be in the 20s and 30s for the…

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    Scattered Rain Helps; Drought Still Concern for Lake Levels

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 18, 2013

    Scattered rain across Kansas has brought some recharge to the reservoirs in the eastern part of the state – good news for the communities that depend on those reservoirs for drinking and industrial water. There is continued concern, however, that the prolonged drought now entering a third year could cause water supply shortages during the hot summer months. In a public meeting in Burlington on Feb. 5, Kansas Water Office policy and planning director Susan Metzger told a crowd…

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    Drought Presentations Downright Depressing

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 6, 2013

    Whoo-hoo!! There’s rain in the forecast! Well, a 70% chance of rain. Of  course, with the drought moving into a third year I’ve come to understand that means a 70% chance that two drops will fall from the sky and maybe land somewhere I see it happen.  But it is deeply cloudy and gray outside. So there is room to hope. Much less uplifting are the predictions that I’ve heard from three different sources in the last couple of weeks. Those predictions all…

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    It's No Drought Breaker, But At Least It Rained

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 27, 2013

    It wasn’t much and it’s way too warm for the end of January, but the Wichita area finally got a shower of more than welcome rain on Saturday night and into Sunday – a total of about 0.6 inches in fact. It’s no drought breaker but it sure does help. On the positive front of the warm temperatures, we didn’t have to deal with the ice that my brother tells me is a real hassle on the family farm in northeast Missouri. The flip side of that is with temperatures in…

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    New Biggest Worry as Drought Drags On Is Supply of Water

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 8, 2013

        OK, I have a new biggest worry of the day. I’m no longer saying passing a Farm Bill is the most important business ahead. I’m not worrying about the federal deficit. I’m not even worried about Kansas running out of money because nobody is paying taxes. My new worry – and it is a biggie – is about running out of water. I’ve been traveling around the state the last couple of weeks, checking out the state of reservoirs, rivers…

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    Drought Persists As Calendar Says Nov.; But It's 86 Degrees

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on November 5, 2012

    The calendar says it is Nov. 2 but you sure couldn’t prove it by the weather. Wichita  set a record highof 86 today before another cold front is set to move through tonight and drops us back to the 60s for weekend highs. Not that the 60s seem particularly November-ish either. What’s troubling, however; is that like the previous cold front that dropped temperatures here 50 degrees overnight – and eventually turned the torrential rains of Hurricane Sandy to a…

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