Daily Archives: 3 March, 2014

Kansas tornadoes by the numbers in 2013

It was a quiet year for tornadoes across the country in 2013. In fact, the total was one of the lowest on record.

Kansas followed that trend. The 56 tornadoes logged last year was the fewest since 1994, according to the Kansas Adjutant General’s Office. Most of the tornadoes – 45 – touched down in May. The strongest was an EF-4 that just missed Rozel in central Kansas on May 18.

Fortunately, there was only one injury and no fatalities in Kansas from tornadoes last year.

There were 128 days between the first tornado of the year in Kansas – April 7 in Russell County – and the last: August 13 in Lane County.

There were 15 days with one or more tornadoes last year in Kansas. The day with the most tornadoes – 12 – was May 19, which also happened to be the day a large tornado touched down near Clearwater and moved northeast toward Wichita. It lifted shortly before reaching the city.

Wichita weather: Harsh cold, bitter wind chills

Brutal, record-setting cold. Wind chills in the negative twenties.

Monday will be most unwelcoming in the Wichita area. Arriving on the heels of a glaze of ice and a few inches of fresh snow, Monday will be awash with polar air and strong north winds.

Lows were expected to topple the record of minus 2 set back in 1960. Highs are projected to reach the upper teens under sunny skies, forecasters say, with light north winds in the morning shifting to the south in the afternoon.

Overnight lows will only dip to the low teens, with light southerly winds pushing wind chills below 0. Tuesday is poised to see temperatures start a welcome rebound, forecasters say, with highs climbing to the upper 30s to low 40s as a few clouds dot the skies. But south winds will still push wind chills below 0 at times.

A chance of snow returns to the forecast on Wednesday, when highs are projected to reach the low 40s.

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