Category Archives: Records

Only one year has been drier

This has been one of the driest starts to a year in Wichita history. In fact, only one year – 1936, in the heart of the Dust Bowl – had less precipitation through April 28 than 2014.

Tuesday’s showers did almost nothing to change that. Officially, only .02 fell in Wichita. This graphic produced by the National Weather Service lists the driest opening four months in the city’s history.


There’s no relief on the horizon, either. Dry weather is expected for at least the next week.

Record lows around Kansas – but not Wichita

“Two measly degrees.”

That’s how close Wichita came to setting a record low temperature Tuesday morning. The reading of 27 didn’t quite reach the record of 25 set in 1983, according to Vanessa Pearce, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.

But records fell around the state.

Russell dropped to 19, obliterating the old record of 26 in 1983. Salina got down to 22, bettering the mark of 23 set in 1936. Chanute fell to 23, topping the old mark of 24 set in 1928.

More records may have been broken, Pearce said, but those won’t be confirmed until official data comes in later today.

Record high for Russell on Tuesday

It was a toasty Tuesday in Russell – one worth toasting, in fact.

The high hit 73, toppling the existing record for Feb. 18 of 69 set back in 1953.

Snow storm sets record in Wichita

Tuesday’s snow storm buried a record more than 115 years old in Wichita.

The official snowfall total of 8.7 inches easily broke the record for snowiest Feb. 4, which was 5 inches set back in 1897. Even more snow fell on the north side of the city, weather officials said, but the official records are logged next to Mid-Continent Airport in southwest Wichita.

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.


Three straight days of monster tornadoes a rarity

For only the fifth time in recorded history, there were three straight days of tornadoes rated EF-4 or higher this past weekend.

The first of those was in Kansas. The tornado that just missed Rozel in western Pawnee County Saturday night was rated an EF-4 with winds as high as 185 miles an hour. On Sunday, an EF-4 tornado tore through part of Shawnee, Okla., killing two people. And on Monday, of course, a massive EF-5 tornado struck Moore, Okla., killing 24.

Harold Brooks, a research meteorologist with the National Severe Storms Laboratory, said Wednesday he found four other instances where F-4s or F-5s touched down three days in a row:

April 30, May 1-2, 1953
June 7-8-9, 1953
April 17-18-19, 1970
April 19-20-21, 1973

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.

Arkansas recorded its first May snowfall last week

Although this news is a few days old by now, I thought it was nevertheless worth sharing: Arkansas recorded its first-ever May snowfall last Friday.

Forecasters had talked about Wichita having its first measurable May snowfall at the same time. Though a few flurries were reported, there was never enough to threaten accumulation.

Wichita to see snow in May?

Meteorologists keep telling me they don’t expect any accumulation in the Wichita area from the winter storm barreling through the state later today.

But the National Weather Service has just posted this map on its website.

It has never snowed this late in Wichita, according to a review of records at the weather service. Wichita set a record for latest measurable snowfall on April 24, when .2 of an inch fell.

This winter – winter is still rolling in May?? – is currently tied for 5th in Wichita history with 30 inches of snow. Any measurable snow will give it sole possession of 5th place in records that date back to 1889.

Cold April cracks Top 10 in Wichita

April was so cold in Wichita it cracked the Top 10 for coldest Aprils in the city’s history.

The average temperature last month was 51.3 degrees, making it the 7th coolest April in Wichita since 1889, according to the National Weather Service. The normal April temperature in Wichita is 56.1 degrees. It hasn’t been this cold in Wichita since 1997, according to the weather service.

Chanute had its 6th coolest April since 1894. The average temperature of 52.4 degrees was more than 4 degrees below normal.