Daily Archives: 11 April, 2008

A blanket of snow for northwest Kansas

Old Man Winter let Goodland and the surrounding area know on Thursday that he hasn’t lost his punch just yet.

More than fivefour inches of snow fell in Goodland and Atwood and four fell in Oberlin and Oakley, according to the National Weather Service. The snowfall brings Goodland’s total for the winter to about 35 inches.

The blanket of white won’t last long, however. Temperatures are expected to climb into the upper 40s on Saturday in the region and the upper 50s on Sunday.

Looming freeze sends chill through thoughts of spring

After a gray, chilly week, Wichita is expected to drop below freezing early on Sunday morning.

That news won’t warm the hearts of folks who hoped cold weather was banished to the memory banks. But such a cold snap is hardly unusual for Wichita this time of year, forecasters say. After all, the latest spring freeze on the books in Wichita is May 13, in 1966.

In fact, the average date for the last killing frost of the spring is April 9.

“We are past that, but not by much,” said Jerilyn Billings, a meteorology intern for the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service.

A stormy start to 2008

Final tornado statistics for January are in at the Storm Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – and they’re eye-popping.

A total of 84 tornadoes were confirmed around the country in January. That’s four times more than last year and also dwarfs the totals for 2006 and 2005.

The preliminary numbers for February are startling, too: the total of 232 swamps the preliminary number of 87 reported in the second month of 2007. Those numbers typically drop as officials sift out multiple reports of the same tornado (the number of confirmed tornadoes in February 2007, for example, was 52), but SPC officials say this year’s high preliminary total reflects an active storm pattern.

Just 12 tornadoes were reported around the U.S. in 2006, and 10 in 2005.