Author: Mary Knapp

As we move from fall to winter, it is time to review winter weather safety issues. Kansas and the rest of the Central Plains share climate feature that mean we can see rapidly changing weather conditions. It is not unknown to have the warmest reading of the day occur in the early morning hours. It is also possible to have the high temperatures drop 40 degrees from one day to the next. Difference between the high and low temperatures on a single day can be even greater. This means that whether you are walking to class or planning an afternoon hike, you should be prepared for the changing weather. Know what to expect and dress appropriately. At this time of the year, that usually means layers that you can add or remove as the conditions change. A little preparation will allow you to enjoy the weather, whatever it brings.

Figure 1. Fall Hike (public domain)

Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library