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Forecasters Divided Over Summer Outlook

Associated Press - May 20, 2014 8:33 am

Weather patterns more like the heart of summer than late May have some forecasters concerned that Kansas could be in store for continued hot and dry conditions.

Others aren’t quite ready to jump on the drought bandwagon, even though high-temperature records were broken three times in Wichita earlier this month, including the earliest 100-degree day in the city’s history.

All sides agree the unusually weak jet stream means few tornadoes are expected the rest of the season.

AccuWeather forecaster Paul Pastelok says the ridge of high pressure that can make for a long, hot summer if it sets up over Kansas is likely to be south and west of the state. That happened last year, when Wichita had one of its wettest summers on record.

Associated Information from: The Wichita Eagle

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