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Arctic blast shattering records across Kansas

Snow covers grass at the Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine. (Nov. 16, 2014)
Snow covers grass at the Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine. (Nov. 16, 2014) The Wichita Eagle

Several temperature records have fallen around Kansas during this cold snap that made mid-November feel more like the heart of January.

Wichita has stayed on the sidelines through it all — until now.

Tuesday morning’s low of 5 obliterated the record low for Nov. 18. The previous mark was 12, set all the way back in 1903.

Topeka dropped to 8 Tuesday morning, bettering the record of 10 set in 1891. Several records have fallen in Garden City in southwest Kansas over the past few days as well.

Goodland, meanwhile, has never been this cold this early in winter before — and given how cold it can get in Goodland, that’s saying something.

When the temperature fell to minus 6 last Thursday, it broke a record of minus 4 set in 1916. The mercury dropped to minus 7 in November in 1952 in Goodland, but that wasn’t until Nov. 27.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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