….earlier this year, as a matter of fact.
When the temperature dipped to 5 degrees this morning, it reached a level not seen since Feb. 1, when the low was 2.
The National Weather Service doesn’t keep records on wind chill, so there’s no way to tell whether the -10 to -15 wind chills reported before dawn this morning are a record for this date.
The low of 5 isn’t close to the record low for Dec. 15. That would be -10 in 1989.
Goodland did set a record low temperature this morning. The -10 broke the record set in 1951 by one degree.
There’s no question this is a remarkably cold air mass – even by arctic standards, National Weather Service meteorologist Brad Ketcham said.
“Usually, we don’t get into the single digits or below zero unless we have a fresh snow cover,” he said. “This is certainly unusual for this time of year without any kind of heavy snow cover at all.”
Wichita may get some snow cover tonight and tomorrow. Flurries could dust the metropolitan area, and offer an inch or more for central Kansas.