Hearne: Yep, Still Stuck in a Drought, Lezak Says

After getting a $400 water bill last month on a new house with a yard full of sod and plenty of plantings, inquiring minds want to know…

Is this seemingly never ending drought coming to an end any time soon? Unfortunately, for the time being the answer is no.

“The drought continues and today is Day 148 of the drought,” says KSHB TV weather wonk Gary Lezak. “The question now is, is it going to go on for the next year? Because right now, there’s no sign of it ending.”

Here’s the deal.

“Last October was dry,” Lezak says. “We had 22/100ths of an inch of rain and the average rainfall for October is 3.6 inches. And this October, so far, we’ve had 91/100ths of an inch of rain – that’s way below average.

“Right now it’s too early to tell if the drought will get clear relief this winter or spring or if the winter will mask it. When the ground gets cold and starts to freeze you get some rain and that helps out. And we got enough rain last winter to get relief from the beginning of the drought, but then last spring it completely dried out and the drought began on May 29th.”

Next up?

“My winter forecast is coming out November 19th and I’ll have a really good idea by then,” Lezak says. “I’m going to try and make the call then.”

As for my out-of-control water bills, the sprinklers are in the off position and the fingers in the crossed.


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37 Responses to Hearne: Yep, Still Stuck in a Drought, Lezak Says

  1. harley says:

    hearne…get used to it…the drought is on and getting worse…85 degrees in
    the end of october…crazy.
    The farmers are going to get hit again…
    this is just the start.

  2. Kerouac says:


    The bone yard (aka what remains aft KC Star cutbacks)…

  3. chuck says:

    The results of Obama Care.

  4. chuck says:

    In Memoriam.

    Glaze’s last boner.

  5. chuck says:

    Scott Pioli’s career.

    • harley says:

      I mean there aresome funny lines in there butyou went a little overboard.
      A good comedian knows when its time to close the act. Andfor you
      that was 50 years ago when you had hair (drum roll)..
      Get real chuckles…we’re gonna start calling you chuckles the “sad” clown
      because you’re always sad. Come on chuckles..smile!!!!
      Heck…next5 time you get liquored up we’ll get you on a plane with
      mu’s video director and get you one of those $1000 lap dances in vegas!!!!!

  6. chuck says:

    Lindsay and Dina Lohan in 2014

  7. chuck says:

    Poweer and light District in 2014

  8. chuck says:

    Harley’s blogging career.

  9. chuck says:

    Ok, sorry I will quit.


    • Kerouac says:

      Nice… who needs Urich. Here’s one more for (hit) the road: ‘what remains of Cassel’s NFL career, KC’ (elsewhere)

      • Rodney says:

        Yeah, poor guy. How will he ever survive if he doesnt play again? Too bad he didnt have a bigger paying 3 year contract here in KC.

        Anybody else feel like this Chiefs team just sucker punches its fans over and over and over again?

        S I X T Y M I L L I O N D O L L A R S_ O V E R _T H R E E _Y E A R S_O M G !

  10. Rodney says:

    I feel for you on that water bill Hearne. I planted a new yard last year and I was gonna be damned if it was going to let it perish this year, so I started watering and saved it ….. and then BAM!!!! water bill. I wonder if the moral of the story is let it die and replant / reseed next year is cheaper than watering?

    And speaking of water bills, mine is usually ultra low (out of town etc etc), but darned if they dont stick me with a minimum bill of $20.00 no matter water what I use… and then the sewer company charges for the water to go away. It is kind of crazy.

    Here is what I wonder….
    I just got a letter saying if the line from the main to my house breaks I am responsible for fixing it, and I should sign up with THEIR insurance company, for $5.00/month to take care of it, if it ever breaks.

    I know the phone company takes care of getting it to my house, then it is up to me to handle inside the house. Why can the water company get away with not getting it to my house and charge me if the line to my house breaks?

    I am concerned about what to do…there is a lot of shifting going on and if the line breaks …. I am screwed…. but I dont need to pay out an additional $60.00 a year in insurance. to a water line alone.

    When I pay this place off in a couple of years my monthly “rent” is STILL going to be $400-500/month just for taxes, utilities and insurance.

    Hearne can you maybe look into the minimum water bill thing ?And also ask them how many people water lines from the main to the house have broken, and is this insurance a good idea?

    Thanks in advance

    I bet a buck that with your water bill (mine too) that you have not yet turned on the heat to make up for it…..I havent, yet…. space heaters a couple of times…. but blankets and sweats until it gets below 30 degrees..

    • Hey Rodney, we are all crying out eyes out over here in Roeland Park about your $20.00.

      Ya think s**t like this falls outta trees?


      Ya probably eat beans to save money on bubble baths ya cheap bast**rd!!

      Go change the solar batteries in your hearing aid!!

      • harley says:

        a woman on kcc??? wow…how nice.
        and she has a great sense of humor!!!!
        glaze…book her today.
        nice!!!!!! welcome!

        • Rodney says:

          Whoa, look at Harley talking to himself, hell, flirting with himself, how sick is that? Get off the meth Harley, it may feel fun, but you are headed off the deep end, next step? bath salts and eating people’s faces.

          • harley says:

            no rodney…just having some fun with the
            funny new commenter on kcc.
            Lighten up..this early in the day to be
            wound up and angry old man is not a
            good way to start the day.
            peace brother.

          • Rodney says:

            Its never too early to get wound up,
            the best defense it a good offense, or something like that. And if/when someone wants to get all smartazzy, then katy bar the door.

            Dont want trouble? then dont start trouble, looking at you Harley.

    • Reggin Tnuc says:

      Contact your homeowners insurance company. You can put a rider on your policy to cover a water main break. It will cost much, much less.

      • Rodney says:

        Thanks Reggin, that is a good idea, I will ask my agent.

        Still Im curious how many people may have had water line problems during the drought with the ground shifting.

    • Reggin Tnuc says:

      Contact your homeowners insurance company. You can put a rider on your policy to cover a water main break. It will cost much, much less than the $60.00 per year.

    • house appraiser says:

      Based on your dollar figures of $400-$500 per month for taxes, insurance and utilities your house should now be worth about $60,000. Nice!

  11. Rodney says:

    I live in Roeland Park, and use Water One. They are the ones who sent the letter telling me to buy insurance, OR ELSE!… and they sent me the water bill from HELL

  12. harley says:

    rodney….one of my neighbers had a problem with the water line..
    the lines shift in dry weather but if you water your lawn that should
    help the problem.
    i would usggest buying the insurance if your homeowners wont cover
    it becuase it cost my meighbor about $2800 to get it fixed….
    good luck

  13. Rick Nichols says:

    The rain we are receiving today is much appreciated. PTL! Even so, the drought remains a very real threat to the typical American lifestyle, which is largely based on the foolish notion that we somehow have an unlimited supply of natural resources at our disposal.

  14. Kyle Rohde says:

    How is it still a drought when we had like 28 straight hours of rain Labor Day weekend?

  15. Larry says:

    So now I wonder, was there a real point of this post?
    I mean besides Hearne “glazing”(BS bragging) that he has a new house?

    How fking pathetic it that? Does he have a tiny 2 inch cock, or something?
    Does that make him have to compensate? All the cars and new house might
    be impressive if they hadnt inherited all of their fkg money. Give us a break.

    “Oh Oh, I’m a rich boy who easily pays a $400.00 water bill to save
    bad I have a 2 inch peepee”

    uh, yeah, Thanks for letting us know you’re still a rich boy Mitt.

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