Record lows in Kansas City this past weekend were Greenlands fault, according to one University of Kansas professor. Greenland, as in the massive, ice-covered island in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Spring is always pretty variable, and there can be this whiplash of cold and warm and cold again. Thats, in some sense, just life on the Plains, says David Mechem, professor of geography and atmospheric science at KU.
But the cold has stayed around longer than usual in part because of something called the Greenland Block. Its an atmospheric zone of persistent high pressure hanging above Greenland that steers cold air southwest across North America.
Stay connected to the stories and events that make your community a special place to call home.
Subscriptions start at $14.90/month.View subscription options
- Unmatched coverage of Allen County’s local news and sports, a tradition dating back to 1867
- Compelling portraits of our residents, experienced reporting and thoughtful analysis
- Unlimited online access to iolaregister.com and our archives