Cold winds with a distinct odor

TOPEKA (KSNT) – With the arrival of a strong cold front comes a completely different feel to the air…and smell! Stockyards to our north and northwest had this same air over them just a few hours ago as the cold wind has rapidly rushed southward.


Since cold air is heavy, it stays close to the ground and holds that odor close to the ground as well, keeping it from dissipating into a larger area of the atmosphere. Add to the that how quickly this air has rushed our way and the smell just came all the way here with it.

So, for those of us in Northeast Kansas who are unaccustomed to the smell of stockyards, this blast of air has brought in a very usual scent. People close to the cattle industry refer to it as the “smell of money,” but most people would describe it a little differently.

– Storm Track Chief Meteorologist Matt Miller

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