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Kansas City COVID-19 Update | Latest In Sports | 'The Tonganoxie Split'

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Weather buffs around Kansas City have known about the Tonganoxie Split for years. Meteorologist Gary Lezak says it's just an excuse for bad weather forecasting.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:27: "We are on a rise of the second wave," said Kansas City's health director.

Like other parts of the country, Kansas City, Missouri, is seeing an increase in deaths due to COVID-19. The director of the city's Department of Health gave the latest figures, and said the second wave of cases and deaths began within two weeks of Kansas and Missouri reopening.

Segment 2, beginning at 15:53: Many leagues are still not taking the field, but sports developments continue.

Recent weeks have seen the end of a lawsuit involving the University of Kansas athletics department, the influence of a Super Bowl-winning quarterback named Patrick Mahomes, season delays and draft picks for the Kansas City Royals, and a ban on Confederate battle flags at NASCAR events.

Segment 3, beginning at 41:24: How 'the Tonganoxie Split' came to be

A particular breaking-up of storms coming into Kansas City from the west was named, and became weather lore years ago. 41 Action News' Gary Lezak discussed that, and this year's 59-day weather cycle, derived from his remarkably accurate prediction system for eastern Kansas and western Missouri.

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