Category Archives: Heat

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.

Wednesday reached 104…

…… Wichita, hoisting the number of triple-digit days this year to 34.

But 100s don’t re-enter the forecast for the Wichita area until next Wednesday, so residents will welcome these cooler temperatures.

July muscles its way up the heat charts in Wichita


That’s the word the National Weather Service in Wichita used in its monthly summary to describe the heat that closed out July.

A closer look at the numbers for July shows why: the 2012 edition has few peers in Wichita’s climate history.

After a rather modest beginning, the month transformed into a monster over the final two weeks. By the time it ended, July had 21 days of triple-digit temperatures.

Only two years recorded more 100s in July – 1980 and 2011, with 24 each.

Wichita hit 100 or more 14 of the last 15 days of July and set or tied record highs four times in six days at the end of the month.

The month’s average high of 102.2 ranks 2012 fourth all-time in recorded Wichita weather history. Only 1980, 1954 and 2011 topped this year.

The average temperature of 88.2 tied 2012 with 1934 for fourth place on the list of Wichita’s hottest Julys. That list is topped by 1980, with 2011 next and then 1954.

Wichita also set or tied two marks for warmest lows, on July 29 and 30.

Little more than a quarter-inch of rain fell at the National Weather Service office in west Wichita, making this July the sixth-driest on record.

It’s too soon to say August will simply be more of the same, weather service meteorologist Andy Kleinsasser said. Triple digits are expected through Saturday, but a strong cool front is expected to bring showers to the area this weekend.

One forecast model suggests the dome of high pressure that has cooked Kansas for the past few weeks will shift to the south and west, allowing cooler temperatures to dominate next week after the showers move through. But another indicates the dome will clamp back down “and crank the heat right back up,” Kleinsasser said.

We’ll find out the answer soon enough.