Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Weather Trends Likely to Affect Utilities

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Weather Trends Likely to Affect Utilities

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The weather in Kansas has seen a gradual warming of overnight temperatures during the past few decades, a pattern that an expert at Kansas State University's Weather Data Library know may impact the energy industry.

Chip Redmon, weather data library manager, said it hasn't been getting as cold at night. While in some areas the overnight temperature has risen only by a tenth of a degree, in others, it is up an average of 1 degree.

That doesn't seem like a lot, but it has an effect, he said, and over time will represent a significant shift.

"In the wintertime, you're going to see less significance per se, because people aren't going to be using their heat as much," Redmon said. "In the summertime when you start having those warmer temperatures at night, you're going to see increased usage. …

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