The are quite a few nicknames for my home state of Kansas and/or its general area:
- The breadbasket of the United States (Referring to the amount of wheat produced.)
- The heartland (Because it’s smack in the middle?)
- The Land of Oz (As in “Wizard of” – gag, hack, puke…man, I hate that show.)
- Flyover country (“Fly over” is good advice. Unless you’re excited by a six-hour drive through great expanses of nothingness.)
- Brownbackistan (A reference to the evil regime of our current governor. No joke.)
And there’s a saying that people use in my part of the world: “If you don’t like the weather in Kansas, just wait a few minutes.” Yesterday was a perfect illustration of that old saw. This was what was going on here, weather-wise, yesterday:
While the northwest portion of the state was experiencing the weather in the photo, our son, whose university is located in the south central part of the state, texted me that the massive fire referenced above had created smoke that was obliterating the entire western half of the horizon yesterday evening.
Here in the upper right corner, we went from almost 80 degrees yesterday to 40 today.
Expect the unexpected.