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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.

Wichita sets snowfall record

A band of snow that moved through Wichita late Tuesday night brought at least .2 of an inch of snow to the city – the latest measurable snowfall in Wichita since records began being kept in 1889.

The previous record was April 20, 1918.

To put that date into perspective, World War I was still raging.

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.

Wichita fell just short……..

……..of matching the record high for March 15 last Friday.

The official high at the weather service office in west Wichita was 80, one degree below the record set in 1914.

But Russell and Salina both set records for the date, with highs of 85 and 87 respectively.

Wichita breaks one record, flirts with another

An unusually warm January day toppled one record in Wichita and flirted with another on Monday.

The high of 74 broke the record for January 28 by two degrees. The record wasn’t an old one – it was set just two years ago.

But if the thermometer had climbed just one more degree, it would have tied the record for warmest January day in Wichita history. There have been two 75s in Wichita during January, according to the local National Weather Service office.

One came in 2002 and the other was in 1967.

Friday shattered high temperature record in Wichita

As predicted, Friday saw a record set for high temperature on November 2 in Wichita.

The temperature climbed to 86, blowing away the previous record high of 80 set in 1978. How did it happen? Combine dry conditions with sunny skies and west-southwest winds – what forecasters call the “downslope effect” as winds come rushing down the front slope of the Rockies – and everything was in place to send temperatures soaring.

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.