Daily Archives: 1 May, 2013

Temperature extremes abound as strong cold front sweeps through the Great Plains

A strong cold front that brought snow flakes described as “mashed potatoes” in Denver and could dump a foot of snow on parts of Wisconsin is bringing some dramatic temperature contrasts to the Great Plains today.

Eastern Iowa was in the 80s, while western Iowa was in the 30s. In Kansas, Wichita was in the 70s while Goodland was in the mid-30s.

After sizzling at 91 on Tuesday afternoon, Dodge City was shivering in the upper 30s – with north winds blasting at 40 miles an hour.

Wichita to see snow in May?

Meteorologists keep telling me they don’t expect any accumulation in the Wichita area from the winter storm barreling through the state later today.

But the National Weather Service has just posted this map on its website.

It has never snowed this late in Wichita, according to a review of records at the weather service. Wichita set a record for latest measurable snowfall on April 24, when .2 of an inch fell.

This winter – winter is still rolling in May?? – is currently tied for 5th in Wichita history with 30 inches of snow. Any measurable snow will give it sole possession of 5th place in records that date back to 1889.

Cold April cracks Top 10 in Wichita

April was so cold in Wichita it cracked the Top 10 for coldest Aprils in the city’s history.

The average temperature last month was 51.3 degrees, making it the 7th coolest April in Wichita since 1889, according to the National Weather Service. The normal April temperature in Wichita is 56.1 degrees. It hasn’t been this cold in Wichita since 1997, according to the weather service.

Chanute had its 6th coolest April since 1894. The average temperature of 52.4 degrees was more than 4 degrees below normal.

Wichita weather: Showers, thunderstorms, then a wintry mix

May flowers? How about May flurries?

That’s in the forecast for central Kansas and even the Wichita area later this week, forecasters say. But first showers and thunderstorms march through the region. Highs on a rainy Wednesday will peak in the mid-60s in the Wichita area by late morning, forecasters say, and then temperatures will begin a gradual descent.

Winds will be in the teens out of the south early in the day before shifting to the north by afternoon. Lows will slide into the mid-30s, with north winds steady in the 20s and gusting to more than 35 miles an hour.

Thursday offers more rain, forecasters say, with highs only in the mid-40s. North winds will be blustery, with steady breezes in the 20s and gusts topping 30 miles an hour.

Snow flurries are possible early Friday morning and past daybreak in the Wichita area, forecasters say. They’ll be mixed with rain, though, and accumulation isn’t anticipated in Wichita.

But snow could dust grassy areas in portions of central Kansas.

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