Category Archives: Temperatures

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.

Has the world flipped upside down?

Consider this: AccuWeather reports that it is warmer in Quebec, Canada at 81 degrees than it is at Key West in Florida. The southernmost point of the continental U.S. was at 79.

Meanwhile, in Wichita, average temperatures for May are nearly 13 degrees below normal.

Granted, we’re only a week into the month. But that’s still a remarkable statistic.

Wichita escapes hard freeze

Gardeners – and wheat farmers – in the Wichita area can breathe a sigh of relief this morning.

The anticipated overnight freeze didn’t occur in south-central Kansas, forecasters say, thanks to stronger-than-expected winds and some convection that brought warmer temperatures aloft down to the ground’s surface.

That combination of factors kept temperatures in the mid- to upper 30s, said Vanessa Pearce, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

“It was a narrow band” of convection, Pearce said.

Narrow indeed: Great Bend dropped to 27 and Russell fell below freezing as well.

Lows tonight will stay well above freezing as well, though there’s still a slight chance of a few snow flurries.

Freeze warning for Wichita and surrounding area

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for Friday morning that covers more than a dozen counties in central and southern Kansas, including the Wichita metropolitan area.

The warning is in effect from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday. Temperatures are expected to be at or below freezing through daybreak. The lowest temperatures, hovering around 28 degrees, are expected to be in the Flint Hills.

The freeze warning is for Russell, Lincoln, Barton, Ellsworth, Saline, Rice, McPherson, Marion, Reno, Harvey, Butler, Kingman, Sedgwick, Harper, Sumner and Cowley counties.

Among the cities included are Wichita, Hutchinson, Great Bend, Winfield, Salina, McPherson, Marion, Harper, Newton, El Dorado, Kingman, Wellington and Winfield.

Temperature extremes abound as strong cold front sweeps through the Great Plains

A strong cold front that brought snow flakes described as “mashed potatoes” in Denver and could dump a foot of snow on parts of Wisconsin is bringing some dramatic temperature contrasts to the Great Plains today.

Eastern Iowa was in the 80s, while western Iowa was in the 30s. In Kansas, Wichita was in the 70s while Goodland was in the mid-30s.

After sizzling at 91 on Tuesday afternoon, Dodge City was shivering in the upper 30s – with north winds blasting at 40 miles an hour.

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.

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.

A pleasant stretch ahead for Wichita

Temperatures will be 10 to 15 degrees above normal in the Wichita area for the next few days. Enjoy this respite from winter while it lasts.