Monthly Archives: January 2013

Wichita breaks one record, flirts with another

An unusually warm January day toppled one record in Wichita and flirted with another on Monday.

The high of 74 broke the record for January 28 by two degrees. The record wasn’t an old one – it was set just two years ago.

But if the thermometer had climbed just one more degree, it would have tied the record for warmest January day in Wichita history. There have been two 75s in Wichita during January, according to the local National Weather Service office.

One came in 2002 and the other was in 1967.

Wichita weather: Record-setting warmth continues

After tying a record high on Sunday, Wichita is poised to shatter the temperature record for January 28 today.

Sunday’s high was 69, and today’s projected high of 75 would easily surpass the mark of 72 set two years ago. Fog may slow down the morning commute, forecasters say, but southerly winds will pick up by mid-morning and gain strength throughout the day. Gusts could top 30 miles an hour.

Lows will drop into the upper 40s overnight under partly cloudy skies. South winds will remain gusty, topping out at more than 30 miles an hour. Forecasters say temperatures will only warm a few degrees on Tuesday, edging into the low 50s in the Wichita area.

Winds will shift to the north, blowing steadily in the upper teens. Gusts will push near 30 miles an hour again.

Wednesday will be chilly, with highs in the low 40s.

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

Wichita weather: Sunny and warmer

The work week ends on a warm note in the Wichita area, with temperatures expected to climb into the low 50s under sunny skies.

Winds will be light and out of the west early in the day, forecasters say, before they shift to the north.

Clouds will begin moving in overnight, when lows drop into the mid-20s. Winds will continue to be light and variable.

Saturday will be partly sunny, forecasters say, with highs in the low 50s.

Rain enters the forecast in the Wichita area for Saturday night and Sunday.

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

Wichita weather: A plunge back into the cold

After a balmy – for January – high of 58 on Wednesday, the thermometer is taking a hearty plunge in the Wichita area today.

Readings will top out in the low 30s today, forecasters say. That’s a good 25 degrees colder than Wednesday. Add east-northeast winds gusting to nearly 25 miles an hour, and it’ll be a quintessentially cold, raw winter day.

Not Alaska cold, where they’re dealing with temperatures in the -20s, but duly harsh considering how mild Wednesday was.

Skies will gradually clear during the day in the Wichita area, forecasters say, with overnight lows dropping only a few degrees into the mid-20s. Winds will turn light and variable, with west-southwest winds helping Friday’s readings start a rapid recovery to the upper 40s or low 50s.

The weekend delivers a chance for some badly needed rain in the region.

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Wichita weather: Sunny, with a surge into the mid-50s

Today appears destined to be the nicest day of the week in the Wichita area, forecasters say.

Highs are expected to climb into the mid-50s under sunny skies. Winds will be light out of the west.

Lows tonight will drop to the low 20s, forecasters say, with a few clouds overhead and winds shifting to the northeast and intensifying as the night proceeds. Gusts could reach 25 miles an hour.

Thursday will be much colder, with highs only in the 30s. Temperatures will then begin to rebound Friday and through the weekend, when a chance of rain arrives, forecasters say.

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Drought appears likely to persist through April

The latest drought outlook indicates dry conditions will persist or intensify through the end of April.

The Climate Prediction Center’s latest seasonal assessment is not optimistic for a large chunk of the country, either.

“During the upcoming three months, a much drier pattern is expected across the southern third of the nation (from central California to the eastern Gulf Coast). This limits the prospects for further drought improvements during the latter end of the wet season in California, Nevada, and western Arizona, and in fact increases the probabilities for drought development and deterioration in the tri-State area. This also marks a change from recent wet conditions in the southern Plains and western Gulf Coast as drought development and persistence is forecast for Texas by the end of April.”

Wichita weather: Sunshine and 40s

Tuesday will be a bit warmer than the federal holiday was in the Wichita area, forecasters say, with highs climbing into the low 40s under sunny skies.

Winds will be light out of the southeast. Overnight lows are projected to bottom out in the upper 20s as a few clouds move through, forecasters say.

Wednesday is shaping up to be the warmest day of the week, with highs reaching the low 50s.

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

Wichita weather: Sunny but cold

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be a chilly one in the Wichita metropolitan area, forecasters say.

Highs under sunny skies will climb into the mid-30s, with light north winds easing later in the day. Overnight lows are expected to dip into the teens under partly cloudy skies.

Tuesday should offer more sunshine and warmer temperatures, forecasters say, with highs reaching the low to mid-40s.

Dry weather remains in the forecast through the rest of the week.

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

Wichita weather: A surge into the 60s

The week will end with a bit of sizzle in the Wichita area, with highs soaring all the way to the 60s, forecasters say.

Gusty winds out of the south-southwest are boosting the temperatures, with morning breezes steady in the teens and afternoon winds increasing to the 20s. Gusts are expected to approach 35 miles an hour.

Overnight lows will dip into the low 30s, forecasters say, with the south-southwest winds easing into the teens. Gusts will near 25 miles an hour.

The weekend will be sunny, forecasters say, but there will be a sharp contrast in temperatures. Saturday’s high will be near 60, while highs on Sunday will only reach the low to mid-40s.

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

Wichita weather: Wind takes edge off sunny day

Robust north winds will take a bite out of a sunny day in the Wichita area today.

Highs will approach 50 in the metropolitan area, forecasters say, but north winds will be steady in the teens and gust to about 20 miles an hour. Temperatures will dip into the mid-20s overnight under clear skies, with winds easing and shifting back to the south.

Friday offers more wind and more warmth, forecasters say, with highs in the mid-50s and south winds in the teens gusting to nearly 30 miles an hour.

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