• P.J. Griekspoor

    Perfect Sledding Snow A Rare Opportunity in Wichta

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 27, 2013

    Ah, snow days. It’s been a long time we had snow days in Wichita, let alone two at the end of the week and two more at the beginning of the next week. I hadn’t realized how long until the gorgeous snowfall we woke up to on Tuesday morning hit me as perfect for children on sleds – wet enough to pack down nice and slick, deep enough to last with weather warm enough to making playing outside fun without frostbite risk. When I made calls to the grandkids, however, I…

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    Heavy Snow Welcome Moisture in Drought-Parched Kansas

    Kansas Viewpoint

     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

    Kansas Viewpoint

     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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    Watching Child Compete Twice as Hard for Grandma

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 8, 2013

    I just learned something. You know those jitters you get when your kid is competing at something and you just so badly want her to do well, but it is out of your control and you just have to watch and hope she remembers everything she’s been taught. Here’s the news: When it’s your grandchild, it’s twice as bad. My granddaughter, Alyssa, who is 9 and in 4th grade, was a contestant in the Lawrence K-12 Virtual School all-school spelling bee this afternoon…

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    Drought Presentations Downright Depressing

    Kansas Viewpoint

     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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