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WEATHER

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

TODAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

Partly sunny

Partly sunny and cooler

Chance of a shower

Bright and sunny

Partly sunny

High 70° Low 37° POP: 5%

High 57° Low 37° POP: 15%

High 52° Low 27° POP: 30%

High 61° Low 37° POP: 0%

High 55° Low 28° POP: 5%

Wind SW 7-14 mph

Wind NW 6-12 mph

Wind NNE 7-14 mph

Wind SW 7-14 mph

Wind NNW 8-16 mph

POP: Probability of Precipitation

McCook 62/31

Kearney 61/31

Oberlin 64/33

Clarinda 66/34

Lincoln 66/31

Grand Island 62/33

Beatrice 64/32

Concordia 66/36

The Wichita Eagle

Centerville 65/34

Kansas City Marshall Manhattan 70/43 69/42 Goodland Salina 71/35 Oakley Kansas City Topeka 60/33 72/38 63/35 70/38 Lawrence 69/40 Sedalia 70/37 Emporia Great Bend 69/43 71/40 68/38 Nevada Dodge City Chanute 69/43 67/40 Hutchinson 71/43 Garden City 72/41 67/38 Springfield Wichita Pratt Liberal Coffeyville Joplin 67/44 71/45 69/42 70/40 70/45 72/45 Hays Russell 67/36 68/35

Shown is today’s weather. Temperatures are today’s highs and tonight’s lows.

LAWRENCE ALMANAC

Through 7 p.m. Saturday.

Temperature High/low Normal high/low today Record high today Record low today

65°/31° 66°/44° 90° in 2003 23° in 2011

Precipitation in inches 24 hours through 7 p.m. yest. 0.00 Month to date 1.64 Normal month to date 2.19 Year to date 25.26 Normal year to date 34.93

REGIONAL CITIES

Today Mon. Today Mon. Cities Hi Lo W Hi Lo W Cities Hi Lo W Hi Lo W Atchison 69 37 pc 57 38 pc Independence 72 44 s 59 38 c 71 36 pc 60 37 pc Belton 68 42 pc 56 40 pc Fort Riley 69 41 pc 56 39 pc Burlington 70 41 pc 60 37 pc Olathe Osage Beach 69 42 pc 57 37 c Coffeyville 72 45 s 60 37 c 71 40 pc 58 38 pc Concordia 66 36 pc 60 36 pc Osage City 70 40 pc 57 38 pc Dodge City 67 40 s 61 40 pc Ottawa 71 45 s 60 40 pc Holton 70 38 pc 58 39 pc Wichita Weather (W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice.

NATIONAL FORECAST

SUN & MOON

Today Mon. 7:35 a.m. 7:36 a.m. 6:35 p.m. 6:34 p.m. 7:44 p.m. 8:27 p.m. 9:13 a.m. 10:11 a.m.

New

First

Full

Oct 26

Nov 3

Nov 9

Nov 17

LAKE LEVELS

As of 7 a.m. Saturday Lake

Clinton Perry Pomona

Level (ft)

871.77 892.21 972.66

Discharge (cfs)

Shown are today’s noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for today.

Fronts Cold

Forecasts and graphics provided by AccuWeather, Inc. Š2013

INTERNATIONAL CITIES Cities Acapulco Amsterdam Athens Baghdad Bangkok Beijing Berlin Brussels Buenos Aires Cairo Calgary Dublin Geneva Hong Kong Jerusalem Kabul London Madrid Mexico City Montreal Moscow New Delhi Oslo Paris Rio de Janeiro Rome Seoul Singapore Stockholm Sydney Tokyo Toronto Vancouver Vienna Warsaw Winnipeg

Today Hi Lo W 89 77 t 60 52 sh 73 58 s 85 59 s 89 76 r 65 42 pc 65 53 sh 64 51 sh 73 52 r 81 62 s 55 34 c 62 49 c 60 48 sh 83 73 s 75 58 s 80 45 s 63 53 sh 70 48 pc 69 55 t 52 40 pc 42 32 c 90 70 pc 40 30 c 64 51 c 82 71 s 75 64 pc 68 52 pc 88 75 r 39 30 pc 89 57 s 68 64 r 53 42 c 52 46 c 61 49 pc 60 50 c 37 26 sf

Hi 89 59 77 84 90 64 62 63 70 85 60 63 68 82 79 81 63 71 71 58 40 93 36 66 89 75 70 88 42 97 77 56 53 63 61 38

Mon. Lo W 76 t 54 c 55 s 59 s 76 r 42 s 50 pc 55 c 54 pc 62 s 36 pc 56 r 48 s 73 pc 59 s 45 s 58 r 56 pc 56 t 47 pc 30 s 72 pc 33 sn 54 pc 77 s 63 pc 52 s 77 r 33 pc 63 pc 64 c 38 c 46 c 52 pc 45 sh 24 sf

Warm Stationary

Precipitation Showers T-storms

Rain

Flurries

Snow

Ice

-10s -0s 0s 10s 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s 100s 110s National Summary: As lake-effect rain showers stream downwind of the eastern Great Lakes today, accumulating snow will move across the Upper Midwest. The southern Plains will turn milder, while the West Coast stays dry. Today Mon. Today Mon. Cities Hi Lo W Hi Lo W Cities Hi Lo W Hi Lo W Memphis 70 49 s 72 51 s Albuquerque 66 42 s 60 38 s 87 75 pc 87 77 pc Anchorage 47 38 sh 45 36 sh Miami 56 41 c 48 33 pc Atlanta 70 49 s 72 57 pc Milwaukee 48 30 sh 40 28 pc Austin 76 54 pc 77 56 pc Minneapolis Nashville 68 42 s 72 45 s Baltimore 64 42 s 68 48 s Birmingham 71 46 s 74 53 pc New Orleans 76 62 pc 76 64 r New York 63 49 s 66 53 s Boise 64 40 s 63 39 s Omaha 64 34 pc 52 32 pc Boston 65 48 s 65 51 s Orlando 87 70 t 88 70 pc Buffalo 55 44 sh 62 42 c 62 46 s 68 51 s Cheyenne 54 26 c 51 36 pc Philadelphia 85 59 s 85 61 s Chicago 62 42 c 49 34 pc Phoenix Pittsburgh 55 39 pc 66 44 pc Cincinnati 63 43 pc 66 42 s Cleveland 56 45 c 62 42 pc Portland, ME 62 38 pc 60 44 s Dallas 74 53 s 72 51 pc Portland, OR 66 45 pc 69 46 pc 71 39 s 69 37 s Denver 58 29 pc 56 36 pc Reno 68 41 s 72 53 s Des Moines 62 36 pc 50 30 pc Richmond 80 46 s 80 45 s Detroit 55 45 c 57 36 sh Sacramento St. Louis 69 47 pc 58 43 c El Paso 76 50 pc 71 46 s Fairbanks 43 27 pc 39 25 pc Salt Lake City 62 37 s 59 36 s 76 58 pc 70 58 pc Honolulu 86 68 pc 85 69 pc San Diego Houston 78 61 pc 76 63 sh San Francisco 71 49 s 70 50 pc 54 44 c 56 46 c Indianapolis 62 45 pc 59 38 pc Seattle 59 37 s 60 39 s Kansas City 69 40 pc 55 40 pc Spokane Tucson 83 50 s 82 50 s Las Vegas 78 57 s 78 58 s Tulsa 73 47 s 61 39 c Little Rock 72 45 s 73 48 s 63 46 s 68 52 s Los Angeles 81 56 s 77 57 pc Wash., DC National extremes yesterday for the 48 contiguous states High: Palm Springs, CA 94° Low: Berthoud Pass, CO 10°

WEATHER HISTORY On October 20, 1987, Seattle, Wash., set a record high for the date with a temperature of 69 degrees.

WEATHER TRIVIA™

Q:

What are a wisper, a zephyr and a waff?

Various terms for a gentle breeze

Last

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Sunrise Sunset Moonrise Moonset

FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS

Dust Bowl-era farmer still working his land By Beccy Tanner

St. Joseph 69/36 Chillicothe 68/37

Sabetha 66/35

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ST. JOHN — The combines are growling nonstop with a farmer’s urgency to get the corn harvested. Through the stubble, a John Deere tractor pulling a grain cart races to a nearby combine. Using mirrors he has strategically placed inside and outside the tractor’s cab — “Because I’m not as agile as I used to be� — Loyd Ratts perfectly aligns the cart with the combine’s auger while the combine and tractor continue to move in synchronization. At 98, Ratts is undoubtedly one of the last Dust Bowl-era farmers still actively engaged in farming his land, a living link to the state’s agricultural history, The Wichita Eagle reports. But he is also one of Kansas’ newest inventors. Last year, he received a patent for a ground-level grain bin lid controller he designed. The pulleyand-cable device allows a farmer to open his grain bins from the ground rather than climbing to the top of the bin to manually open the door. “One of the driving forces I had was the safety factor,� Ratts said. “Every year, farmers fall off those bins. Some die; some are permanently injured.� He was born Feb. 18, 1915, on the family farm northwest of St. John. His father, Edmund, named him Loyd with one L “because he didn’t see any sense for the extra L,� Ratts said. At the age of 4, Ratts began his farming career.

His father sent him to St. John, five miles from the farm, driving a team of horses with a wagonload of wheat. “That team of horses he had on there could have taken the load to town themselves,� Ratts said. “But Dad thought he could scoop another load of wheat and put four horses on his wagon to catch up with me. He guessed wrong. “I got to town before he did, and I still have vivid memories of going down the west side of the square in St. John and all the foot traffic stopping and watching me. I was smart enough to know I didn’t know how to drive onto the scales where they tipped the wagon to unload. So I just pulled off to the side of the street north of the depot and waited for Dad to come.� By age 12, the farm converted completely from horse power to tractor power. That summer, in 1927, he pulled a combine with an Allis Chalmers tractor. Two years later, the stock market crashed and the country headed into the Great Depression. When Ratts graduated from St. John High School in 1932, there wasn’t money for college. “Dad had to buy a bigger tractor and bigger machinery and put a mortgage on the place — that was in 1927 when the prices were high, but in 1929, everything dropped out. By 1932, it was apparent the mortgage was going to take our home.� His dad started farming a quarter-section of land in Kearny County in south-

west Kansas, near some of the worst-hit areas of the Dust Bowl years. As the black clouds of dirt blew through, wheat would get covered in dust. Landowners began contacting the Rattses to farm their land because the pair made farming work. They had to. Paying the mortgage depended on successful crops. Using early conservation practices, their land was often the only fields of green and gold on the horizon of brown dust. Beginning in 1942, Ratts returned to Stafford County and began farming by himself. In addition to working at the Radium garage, he milked eight cows a day. In 1954, he opened Loyd’s Repair Shop on his farm. By then, he was raising a family. All told, there were eight children and two wives. His first wife, Bonnie, died in 1956 at the age of 31. He remarried in 1961. His second wife, Betty, died in 2005. He has grown wheat, corn, soybeans, sunflowers, alfalfa and cane. Currently, his primary crops on 480 acres are corn, soybeans and wheat. Although he never received any formal education or training, Ratts developed a local reputation for fixing things, sometimes altering or redesigning an old farm implement and giving it new life. The framework of an old cultivator was remade into a fertilizer sprayer. In 2004, he was named a Kansas Master Farmer by Kansas State University. He now farms the land along with his son-in-law and grandson, Phillip and Jason Koelsch.

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CARTER LYNCH, 11, AND RIVER LYNCH, 9, of Lawrence, park their bicycles outside Stage 5 at the Walnut Valley Music Festival on Sept. 9. Emily Hanks submitted the photo. Email your photos to friends@ljworld.com or mail them to Friends & Neighbors, P.O. Box 888, Lawrence, KS 66044.

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