Daily Archives: 25 April, 2012

Record temperatures set in Wichita, Medicine Lodge and Garden City

At least three cities across Kansas set records for high temperature on April 25 today, according to the National Weather Service.

Wichita reached 95, easily topping the previous mark of 90 set in 1901.
Medicine Lodge reached 96, bettering the 95 also set in 1901.
Garden City, meanwhile, hit 91. That’s one degree warmer than the mark set in 1989.

Expect more records to be reported when coop stations file their reports first thing in the morning.

Layer of cirrus clouds shields Kansas from triple digits

A weak front has moved into western Kansas, bringing with it some cirrus clouds that forecasters say will help temperatures stay below 100 today.

Expect numerous temperature records to fall nonetheless.

Wichita weather: A sampling of summer

Wichita is just one of several cities around Kansas that could set record highs today, forecasters say.

Temperatures are expected to climb into the low 90s under sunny skies in Wichita. That would topple the record for April 25 of 90 set in 1901.

The mercury is being boosted by south-southwest winds which are coming rapidly down the front range of the Rocky Mountains, forecasters say. The air compresses as it nears the surface, boosting temperatures. By the time those winds reach Wichita, they’ll only be in the single digits – but it’ll still be enough to hoist highs 20 degrees above normal for this time of year.

Lows tonight will also feel like summer, slipping only to the mid- to upper 60s as a few clouds move in. Thursday should see temperatures settle back toward seasonal norms as winds shift to the east.

There’s a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms Thursday afternoon and evening, forecasters say. Highs will reach the low 80s under mostly cloudy skies.

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