Category Archives: Heat

A very warm Sunday

Hearty west winds helped the temperature climb to 70 in Wichita on Sunday, setting a record for January 12.

The old mark was 66, set in 1960.

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“You know you live in Kansas…”

…when you have to run the furnace and the air conditioner on the same day.”

Comment on the Eagle’s “Opinion Line” on Oct. 23.

September slips away quietly

A tranquil Monday is September’s parting gift to the Wichita area.

Wichita recorded 2.03 inches of rain in September. That’s slightly more than an inch below normal. Thanks to the month of monsoon weather in late July and early August, however, at 36.20 inches Wichita is still more than 9 inches above normal for the year.

Wichita hit 100 twice in the month, taking the total for 2013 to 13. There were 11 other days above 90.

A map reflecting this week’s heat forecast

The National Weather Service has created a map reflecting temperatures anticipated across much of Kansas later this week.

Farmers will be cutting wheat in some parts of the state with temperatures above 100.

100s hit western Kansas

The high-pressure dome that signals summer’s arrival will baste western Kansas in triple-digit temperatures as the week unfolds.

Temperatures may reach 105 in southwest Kansas today and Tuesday, forecasters say, with similar highs possible Tuesday in northwest Kansas.

In fact, 100s could stretch through most of the work week in southwest Kansas.

Wichita, meanwhile, could flirt with 100 on Tuesday.

Summer’s heat on its way

Here’s a graphical depiction of the summer-like heat pushing east early this week:

New year, same ol’ sizzle in Hill City

Hill City, which set numerous heat records last year, is at it again.

The thermometer hit 100 today in the northwest Kansas town, breaking the previous high temperature record of 96 set back in 1948.

Across the Nebraska state line, McCook also hit 100 and shattered its record high.

Sunday ties a record in Wichita

The high temperature of 89 on Sunday in Wichita tied a record that stood for more than a quarter-century.

The record for October 21 was originally set in 1978, according to the National Weather Service.

How’d the Farmers Almanac do in predicting the weather for 2012?

Are you among the folks who get the Farmers Almanac for its weather forecasts? You wouldn’t be alone.

There are those who swear by the almanac’s uncanny ability to forecast the coming year’s weather accurately. But those folks might be swearing for different reasons these days. A review of the almanac’s forecast compared to what actually happened shows the Farmers Almanac whiffed mightily on 2012.

The analysis was done by Jan Null of Golden Gate Weather Services.

This summer was third-hottest for contiguous U.S.

This was the third-hottest summer on record for the contiguous United States since record-keeping began in 1895, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center.

The average temperature for the “lower 48″ states between June and August was more than 74 degrees, more than 2 degrees higher than the average for the 20th Century. Only the summers of 2011 and 1936 had higher summer temperatures for the contiguous U.S.