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Old 01-30-2013, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Bothell, Washington
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I lived in Lincoln, NE for 12 years and went to KC frequently. It seems as others have mentioned the climates are very similar, there is very little difference. Maybe 5 degrees warmer in KC most of the time, so in reality it is not a noticeable difference. It does seem KC gets less snow throughout the winter than Lincoln or Omaha do, they will often be on that dividing line when a winter storm goes through where the north side including Lincoln and Omaha get snow while KC is getting rain or freezing rain.
Actual summer temperatures often are not any hotter in KC, but the humidity is noticeably higher, making it a bit more uncomfortable. But again these are all minor differences, in reality the summer is miserably hot and humid in both areas.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:20 PM
 
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I lived in Lincoln, NE for 12 years and went to KC frequently. It seems as others have mentioned the climates are very similar, there is very little difference. Maybe 5 degrees warmer in KC most of the time, so in reality it is not a noticeable difference. It does seem KC gets less snow throughout the winter than Lincoln or Omaha do, they will often be on that dividing line when a winter storm goes through where the north side including Lincoln and Omaha get snow while KC is getting rain or freezing rain.
Actual summer temperatures often are not any hotter in KC, but the humidity is noticeably higher, making it a bit more uncomfortable. But again these are all minor differences, in reality the summer is miserably hot and humid in both areas.
That is usually the case, however not in a drought pattern. Humidity in eastern Kansas can be very high, particularly when corn is evapotranspirating moisture into the air. That elevates the dewpoint into the mid 70s range at times in rural areas (a good example would be the area near the Lawrence airport). This basically makes going outside intolerable with air temperatures in the 90s or above. The worst heat index I can recall was 114F. Never again.
The coolest summer temperatures are found in the northern Great Lakes where highs are mostly in the 70s and low 80s.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Bothell, Washington
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That is usually the case, however not in a drought pattern. Humidity in eastern Kansas can be very high, particularly when corn is evapotranspirating moisture into the air. That elevates the dewpoint into the mid 70s range at times in rural areas (a good example would be the area near the Lawrence airport). This basically makes going outside intolerable with air temperatures in the 90s or above. The worst heat index I can recall was 114F. Never again.
The coolest summer temperatures are found in the northern Great Lakes where highs are mostly in the 70s and low 80s.
Yes, I remember those miserably humid summer days later in the season when corn was full grown, when dewpoints even in Lincoln and Omaha were in the mid to upper 70's. In fact I remember one terrible evening back in 1999 or 2000 when the dewpoint in Omaha actually reached 82! Dewpoints in the Kansas City up to Omaha areas in the mid to late summer can often be higher than those down on the Gulf coast due to the evapotranspiration that you mentioned.
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