Monthly Archives: August 2013

Wichita weather: A return of the 100s?

Remember what you were doing on July 13?

That’s the last time Wichita hit 100 – which forecasters say could happen again today. Triple digits have been reached just 9 times so far this summer in Wichita. That’s actually not far off the annual average for Wichita, but it’s well below the totals recorded each of the past two summers.

The heat index could climb to 105 in the Wichita area today, forecasters say. Sunny skies and light south-southeast winds will help the heat index soar.

Another 100 is possible again Saturday for Wichita, forecasters say, before showers and thunderstorms enter the forecast for Saturday night and Sunday. Those chances are slight, but they’ll drop temperatures into the low 90s and upper 80s for the rest of the holiday weekend.

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

Wichita weather: Sunny and hot

Temperatures will climb near 100 today in the Wichita area under sunny skies, forecasters say.

Winds out of the south will gust above 20 miles an hour at times. Overnight lows will settle in the low 70s under mostly clear skies, with the southerly winds easing.

Friday and Saturday will also dance near 100, forecasters say, with light south winds stirring under a sunny sky.

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

Wichita weather: It’s deja vu all over again

The string of warm, sunny days continues in the Wichita area today, with highs likely to reach the mid-90s.

Winds will be light out of the south, forecasters say, occasionally touching double digits. Lows tonight will be pleasant, staying in the 70s under partly cloudy skies.

Thursday will see temperatures climb near 100, setting a pattern that will persist through the end of the week.

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

Wichita weather: Sunny and warmer

As wet and relatively cool as it has been this year, August can’t say so long without flexing its muscles just a little bit in the Wichita area.

The next few days will definitely resemble textbook August weather, forecasters say, with highs in the mid-90s under sunny skies. Southerly winds will be in the teens, gusting to nearly 25 miles an hour at times.

Overnight lows tonight will be in the low 70s, with winds easing to the single digits to low teens.

Wednesday will be sunny and hot as well, forecasters say, with highs in the mid-90s. Highs will creep into the upper 90s through the rest of the week.

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

Governor makes changes to drought declaration for Kansas counties

Persistent rains in the eastern half of Kansas have prompted Governor Brownback to make changes to the drought declaration for the state.

For the first time since July 2012, conditions have improved enough to remove ore decrease the emergency drought status for some Kansas counties, according to a press release issued by the governor’s office.
All 105 counties in Kansas were included in the emergency drought declaration in July 2012.

But 23 counties in Kansas – including Sedgwick, Harvey, Reno and Butler in the Wichita metropolitan area – have been removed from the drought declaration.

Executive Order 13-02 updates the drought declaration for Kansas counties.

“We are thankful recent rains have helped remove 23 counties from a drought designation,” Brownback said in the prepared statement. “Unfortunately, our state continues to battle drought as most of the state remains in some level of drought status.”

The update moves 20 counties into a warning status and 25 into a watch status. An emergency remains in effect for 37 counties in far western Kansas.

Some areas of western Kansas are behind more than 10 inches in soil moisture, said Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office and chair of the Governor’s Drought Response Team.

Counties still in emergency stage remain eligible for emergency use of water from certain state fishing lakes. Emergency haying and grazing is also still available for those counties on a case-by-case request.

Drought Emergency:
Cheyenne, Clark, Decatur, Ellis, Finney, Ford, Gove, Graham, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Lane, Logan, Meade, Morton, Ness, Norton, Osborne, Phillips, Rawlins, Rooks, Russell, Scott, Seward, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Stanton, Stevens, Thomas, Trego, Wallace, Wichita

Drought Warning:
Atchison, Barber, Comanche, Doniphan, Douglas, Edwards, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Jewel, Johnson, Kiowa, Leavenworth, Miami, Osage, Pawnee, Pratt, Rush, Shawnee, Wyandotte

Drought Watch:
Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Brown, Chase, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Geary, Harper, Kingman, Lyon, Linn, Marshall, Mitchell, Morris, Nemaha, Neosho, Pottawatomie, Republic, Riley, Sumner, Wabaunsee, Washington, Woodson

Wichita weather: The broken record continues

The string of warm, dry and sunny days continues for the Wichita area today.

Highs will again top out in the low 90s under sunny skies, forecasters say. South winds will be in the teens, gusting to more than 20 miles an hour at times.

Overnight lows wil dip into the low 70s under mostly clear skies, forecasters say.

Tuesday will offer another helping of the same weather pattern, with highs in the low to mid-90s under sunny skies. In fact, the rest of the week will resemble Monday’s weather fare, forecasters say.

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

Wichita weather: More sunshine, more low 90s

Same song, another verse of this latest weather pattern to settle over Kansas.

Wichita can expect more sunshine and highs in the low 90s today – and on through the weekend as well, forecasters say. South winds will be a bit stronger than they have been the past few days, pushing into the teens at times.

Overnight lows will be in the low 70s under mostly clear skies throughout the weekend.

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

Wichita weather: Wednesday, the sequel

If you liked Wednesday’s weather in the Wichita area, you’re going to enjoy Thursday as well.

Sunny skies and highs in the low 90s are expected, forecasters say. In other words, just like Wednesday.

Light south winds will be fortunate to touch double digits at times. Overnight lows will be in the low 70s under mostly clear skies, forecasters say.

Friday will offer more sunshine with highs in the low 90s, but the day is likely to offer more wind as well. South winds could gust to more than 20 miles an hour.

The forecast remains eerily similar through at least the middle of next week, forecasters say, with sunny skies and highs hovering in the low 90s.

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

Wichita weather: Sunny skies, low 90s

It’s not “Groundhog Day” come to life in Wichita – the forecast over the next few days really does sound like a broken record.

Sunny skies are expected, with high temperatures in the low 90s. Southerly winds will be in the upper single digits.

Conditions will so closely mirror each other over the next few days, in fact, that the National Weather Service was predicting the same high for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 93.

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

Wichita as the new San Diego?

During the soggy weeks of late July and early August, local meteorologists often compared Wichita’s weather pattern to Miami due to its tropical nature.

This week, they could compare it to San Diego for its consistency.

The National Weather Service posted a graphic on its website Tuesday saying the weather is going to be essentially unchanged for the next week…which is an oft-heard joke about being a meteorologist in San Diego: you can forecast the same thing for days on end.