We didn’t realize the magnitude of how challenging the year 2007 was for weather in Kansas until we reviewed the report from the National Weather Service in preparation for “Severe Weather Awareness Week.” Not only did the state set a new record for tornadoes in a year—137, surpassing the previous record of 135 set two years earlier—but an array of other major weather events indicate the fortitude we Kansas showed. Large hail, very heavy rainfall and flooding almost stole the show. Additionally, no one in Marion County needs to be reminded how heavy snow and well-below-freezing temperatures in relatively late into the spring months affected us.
If adversity builds character, 2007 was a wonderful weather year. Ad astra per aspera! —DR