Daily Archives: 29 April, 2010

Will the wind EVER stop?

Wind-weary Wichitans are asking me why the wind is so much worse this spring than ever before.

But the numbers suggest it isn’t.

April is Wichita’s windiest month, National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Caruso said, and “last year might have actually been slightly windier.”

Today marks the fifth day of the month with average winds of 20 knots, or about 23 mph. Last April, there were 6.

But there were only 4 such days in 2008, 2 in 2007 and 3 in 2006.

Only five days this month have had winds of less than 20 miles an hour, though, so I understand why folks are wondering about the wind.

Another powerfully windy day for Wichita area

More strong winds are in store for Wichita and large portions of Kansas today, forecasters say.

A wind advisory is in effect until 11 p.m. today for more than 40 counties in the state. Sustained winds of 30 to 35 miles an hour can be expected, the National Weather Service said, with gusts of 45 to 50 mph.

Sunshine and highs in the low 80s can be expected in the Wichita area, forecasters say. Central Kansas could see isolated strong storms with large hail and damaging winds develop this afternoon – primarily northwest of a Salina to Lyons line.

Storms with small hail and gusty winds are possible in the Flint Hills and southcentral Kansas after midnight, forecasters say. A slight chance of storms lingers on Friday as the system moves on into southeast Kansas.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.