Here is a synopsis of Kansas weather these past two weeks.
February 14: The pond at the Traylor Zoo in Emporia is thawing and happy ducks are waddling through the snow and ice to swim and bathe in the water.
February 19: Ottawa is hit by a thunderstorm, which drops pea-sized to nickel-sized hail. Thanks to the piles of not-yet-melted snow, much of the hail sticks around for hours.
February 20: Large rain clouds drift over the snow-free hills along I-70 near Topeka.
February 25: Jim and I attend the National Weather Service’s annual Storm Safety and Spotter Training event in Franklin County. Audra Hennecke did an amazing job talking about the events of the past year. Most interesting takeaway: helmets should be part of your emergency preparedness kit. After talking about tornadoes for 90 minutes, we left Celebration Hall to find snow.
March 2: After hours and hours of sleet, Ottawa is getting more snow.
This past week, Kansas proudly exhibited all four seasons in just seven days. On Monday, it was 70 degrees. On Tuesday, we had a thunderstorm. On Wednesday morning, we had snow and ice. On Thursday, we woke up to wind chills in the -10 degrees F range. And now we’re back up into the 40s.
As you can imagine, this confuses the plant life. These poor little ground ivy plants were temporarily on ice by midweek. You can almost see them shivering.
Poor little ground ivy plants, trying to make their way in the world…