Talk to people who are recent transplants to the Kansas City area, and they will describe at length how adjusting to the weather is one of their biggest challenges.
Speak to people who were born and raised in this area, and the mercurial nature of the seasons, temperature and precipitation are a big yawn. People dryly joke that if you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes, it’ll change.
The weather will flip radically from snow and subzero-degree cold to being balmy and sunny. And let’s not even talk about tornadoes and horizontal, torrential rainfalls with serious, life-threatening flooding.
So newcomers seem to have it right, according to a new report that says Greater Kansas City has the most unpredictable weather among the largest U.S. metropolitan areas.
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The website FiveThirtyEight.com did the analysis from data of metropolitan areas with more than 1 million people, The Kansas City Star reports. Nate Silver and co-author Reuben Fischer-Baum compared daily weather patterns against 20-year averages of 10 weather statistics for 120 different U.S. cities. The data were on temperature, precipitation and severe weather, measuring the volatility vs. good or bad weather.
With the average score of 66 on a 100-point scale, Kansas City tied with Wichita, Des Moines and Topeka among others for an index of 76.
Maybe it’s why the weather leads TV newscasts and is reiterated several times in a half-hour program. It’s definitely why clothing retailers love this area because people need everything from sweaters, warm pants, flannel shirts, snow boots and heavy coats and hats to shorts, sandals and tank tops — sometimes the cold-to-warm variation of clothing is worn by folks in the Kansas City area in the same week.