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You smelt it, Iowa dealt it: Cold front brings agriculture smell to Kansas City

Posted: 7:52 AM, Nov 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-07 10:43:35-05
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Cold weather stinks.

No, really.

Kansas City residents might have smelled a bit of a pungent odor on the air Wednesday night.

Some described it as the perfume of smelly feet, others described it as a manure smell.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the latter guess may actually be correct.

41 Action News Meteorologist Lindsey Anderson explained that the odor got trapped in a shallow part of the atmosphere in Minnesota and Iowa and traveled south with the frontal passage to Kansas City.

NWS went on to explain that the cold front that moved into the area had a shallow mixing layer that trapped the smell.

They said that transported the "agriculture" smell from the northern farms.

Kansas City, Missouri, police tweeted a request that residents refrain from dialing 911 to report the odor, as there was no emergency.

Summary: Farming can be a smelly job.