winter weather

As these long, dull winter days drag on, some of us High Plains gardeners get the itch for an early spring. They say patience is a virtue, but for those antsy to glance even the faintest stroke of color, I recommend the red twig dogwood. There's nothing as striking as the shrub's vertical chutes of warm crimson against the chilly monochrome of this season. Right now is when the bush's red twigs blaze brightest, a toasty tone of decorative bark.

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More snowfall blanketed Southwestern Kansas over the weekend.

A wet snowstorm produced “impressive amounts of snow,” according to Bill Turner, a lead forecaster with the National Weather Service.

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A winter storm system is forecast to hit portions of Northwest and North Central Kansas overnight tonight, with the most intense part of the storm beginning approximately 3 a.m. Saturday morning through mid-day with snow and extreme blowing snow that will limit visibility on affected Kansas roadways.

Every High Plains gardener knows that moisture maintenance can be a trying task in the unpredictable weather patterns of our region--and that's as true for our wild winters as it is for the sweltering heat of summer.

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High Plains residents have been experiencing a warmer than average winter, with less snow than usual. Yet, when we turn on the television, we’re inundated with stories of polar vortexes and unprecedented cold snaps back East. So, what’s going on?

While politics has sharply divided red and blue states in recent years, there’s a new divisive force that is separating conservative and liberal areas—weather.

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This winter is expected to be unusually warm and dry on the High Plains. But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t protect your home from winter weather.

The Edmond Sun has published some tips for making sure your house and family are safe through the long winter months. Unclogging your drains and gutters can ensure that they don’t freeze up when the temperature drops.

Today's Growing on the High Plains digs DEEP into the hearty meat of the winter squash.

While many are taken aback by their thick skin, heft, and cloistered cluster of slermy seeds, these gourds are sweet, succulent siblings that enrich every seasonal table. So don't be afraid to chop hard and enjoy these winter treasures. 

Much of the High Plains region is in the path of a dangerous ice storm that could result in prolonged power outages this weekend.

As AccuWeather reports, freezing rain will begin falling some time Friday from the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles through southwest Kansas.  

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Those planning to travel for the Christmas holiday should expect severe weather in some areas of the central United States.

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The arctic blast this weekend that dropped temperatures in much of the High Plains below the zero-degree mark may have damaged some of the winter wheat crop.

Cold front brings record lows to High Plains region

Dec 19, 2016
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An arctic blast brought record-low temperatures to much of the High Plains region over the weekend.

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Colorado has been abnormally dry in recent months.

But, as KUSA Denver reports, that could be changing. Becky Bolinger, a climatologist with the Colorado Climate Center in Fort Collins, says Colorado’s “going through a bit of a shift right now.”

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The High Plains has seen unusually mild fall temperatures, even reaching record highs in many areas.

But now the temperatures are dropping and the question becomes, how will the weather switch affect High Plains farmland?

More specifically, after the unseasonable warmth, will winter wheat be ready for the drop in temperatures? As AgProfessional.com reports, the short answer is, “Probably so.”

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High Plains listeners who enjoy a cold winter may have reason to rejoice.

Signs aren’t pointing to a repeat of last year’s mild season, reports The Wichita Eagle, and that means there could be more snow on the way. However, the cold won’t come until late, say meteorologists; the early part of the season is expected to be rather mild. Dave Samuhel is a senior meteorologist for AccuWeather. He says this year will “be more like winter should be.”

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Though it may seem like summer to most, in the mountains of Colorado it’s still winter. Two prominent Colorado resorts have extended their ski seasons well into June, reports Colorado Public Radio.

About 120 acres of terrain will be opened to skiers and snowboarders this weekend at Aspen Mountain. Aspen also offered bonus skiing on Memorial Day weekend.

Sore Hands No More

Dec 26, 2015
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Frigid temperatures do more than raise the gas bill. Cold, frosty days redden and roughen flesh, leading to splitting skin on fingers and hands that hurts as bad as or worse than a paper cut. No matter how much girly girl lotion and cream I applied in January and early February, I couldn’t smooth out either the hangnails that snagged on bulky sweaters and hoodies or soothe away those painful, weather-induced wounds that formed at the edges of my finger and thumbnails and over the tops of knuckles.