Category Archives: Cold

Temperature records keep falling in Wichita

Old Man Winter’s firm grip on the Great Plains late into April is leaving its mark on the record books in Wichita and around Kansas.

Add record low temperatures for April 23 and 24 in Wichita to the lengthening list.

Tuesday’s record low in Wichita reached 32 prior to midnight, and today has already set a new low reading of 25 – shattering the old mark of 31 set in 1967.

Much warmer temperatures are expected the rest of the week, so the end of the cold snap appears to be in sight.

Records falling throughout the region on a wintry day in late April

Nearly 10 inches of snow fell in Goodland.

Temperatures fell well below freezing throughout much of Kansas.

Not surprisingly, many records fell on a startlingly cold day for late April in the Sunflower State.

“It’s a record cold day,” National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Darmofal said.

The 9.2 inches of snow that fell in Goodland overnight is the most on record this late in the season, according to the National Weather Service.

Records aplenty fell in Wichita today as well. The record low of 34 from 1996 was bettered by a single degree early this morning – after sunrise, no less – and temperatures could fall still more after sunset tonight.

Today’s high of 37 actually came at 2 a.m., Darmofal said, and readings fell as the morning lengthened.

The record low high temperature for April 23 in Wichita took a beating. The old record from 1931 was 47, meaning the new mark is a full 10 degrees colder.

“We really shattered it,” Darmofal said.

Russell and Salina also set records for low high temperature, and Russell’s overnight low broke the record by one degree.

“This may be winter’s last gasp this spring,” Darmofal said.

But he’s not ready to guarantee it yet, even though May arrives next week.

“That’s the only thing that’s saving us, is time,” he said.

Record low temperature set in Wichita

Wichita set a record low temperature overnight – but just barely.

The temperature fell to 31, breaking the old record for April 19 of 32 in 1943.

The good news for gardeners and landscapers is that’s not a hard freeze, sparing vegetation of significant damage.

Southern California freaks out about highs in the 50s

Spotted this clip on AccuWeather vice president Mike Smith’s blog. It’s Jimmy Kimmel talking about folks in Los Angeles reacting to highs in the 50s.

Frigid weather suspected as cause of death for El Dorado woman

Butler County authorities are hoping an autopsy will confirm what killed Beth Ann Noffsinger, but preliminary evidence indicates the 30-year-old El Dorado woman froze to death early Monday morning.

Her body was found at about 6:45 a.m. Monday in a rural field near the Greenwood County line, authorities said. She had bolted from her fiance’s vehicle parked on Cattle Pen Road just south of U.S. 54 shortly before 12:45 a.m., and multiple night-time searches of the surrounding Flint Hills proved unsuccessful.

Noffsinger was not wearing a coat, and wind chills in the area were below zero by dawn. Authorities say her fiance reported she became disoriented for some reason and ran from the vehicle.

The investigation into the incident continues.

A cold night in Wichita

The temperature dropped to 16 early this morning in Wichita.

That’s the coldest it’s been in the city since February 12, according to the National Weather Service. But it’s not the start of an extended cold snap – warmer weather is expected the rest of the week.

Friday morning freeze warning for Wichita canceled, but new freeze warning issued for early Saturday morning

The National Weather Service has shelved the Friday morning freeze warning for south-central Kansas, but issued a new freeze warning for the region for late Friday night and Saturday morning.

The new freeze warning is in effect from 10 p.m. today until 10 a.m. Saturday, and includes 11 counties – among them the Wichita metropolitan area. Temperatures are expected to fall into the mid-20s overnight.

The freeze warning is for Sedgwick, Harvey, Butler, Reno, Kingman, Sumner, Harper, Cowley, Greenwood, Woodson and Allen counties.

Freeze warning for early Friday morning in Wichita metropolitan area

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for 34 counties along the southern third of Kansas – including the Wichita metropolitan area – until 9 a.m. Friday.

Temperatures are expected to drop to the upper 20s to around 30 overnight, delivering a hard freeze to the region.

Among the cities included in the freeze warning are Wichita, Hutchinson, Garden City, Dodge City, Medicine Lodge, Scott City, Larned, St. John, Newton, El Dorado, Kingman, Wellington, Anthony, Winfield and Arkansas City.

80s today, freeze watch tomorrow

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for 18 counties in southwest and southern Kansas for Thursday night into Friday morning and for 17 counties in southern and southeast Kansas – including the Wichita metropolitan area for Friday night into Saturday morning.

Lows are projected to dip into the upper 20s to low 30s over the next few days across southern Kansas as a strong cold front surges through the region. Widespread frost and a killing freeze are expected late Friday night and early Saturday morning in and around Wichita, the weather service reports.

A hard freeze watch is in effect for 18 counties in southwest and central Kansas Friday night into Saturday, when temperatures are expected to fall into the low to mid-20s Friday night and Saturday morning. Cities included in the hard freeze watch include Garden City, Dodge City, Scott City, Larned, Liberal and Kinsley.

Cities covered by the freeze watch Friday night into Saturday include Wichita, Hutchinson, Newton, El Dorado, Augusta, Wellington, Kingman and Coffeyville.

Amsterdam’s frozen canals

The deadly cold snap that has claimed hundred of lives in Europe also froze over portions of Amsterdam’s heavily traveled canals. It’s the second time in three years that’s happened.

Amsterdam’s amateur ice skaters couldn’t resist frolicking on the unique venue.