Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Wichita, KS

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CLIMATE REPORT...ADDED NARRATIVE AT BOTTOM
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
848 PM CST TUE FEB 2 2016

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...THE WICHITA EISENHOWER NATIONAL CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1888 TO 2016

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              75   01/08/2002
                        01/22/1967
 LOW              -15   01/12/1912
HIGHEST            71   01/29                         74  01/26
LOWEST              7   01/10                          0  01/07
AVG. MAXIMUM     44.1              42.5     1.6     47.1
AVG. MINIMUM     24.0              21.9     2.1     21.2
MEAN             34.0              32.2     1.8     34.1
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      7               7.0     0.0        5
DAYS MIN <= 32     27              27.3    -0.3       29
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.6    -0.6        1

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         6.29   1949
 MINIMUM         0.00   1986
                        1919
                        1914
TOTALS           0.19              0.83   -0.64     1.11
DAILY AVG.       0.01              0.03   -0.02     0.04
DAYS >= .01         4               4.7    -0.7        4
DAYS >= .10         1               1.9    -0.9        3
DAYS >= .50         0               0.4    -0.4        1
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.1    -0.1        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.16   01/07 TO 01/07

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           19.7   1987
TOTALS            0.1               3.6    -3.5      4.0
SINCE 7/1         0.8               9.2    -8.4     10.0
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                 2      -2        0
DAYS >= 1.0         0               1.2    -1.2        1
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         0                                  4  01/04
 24 HR TOTAL      0.1   01/05 TO 01/05               3.9

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     952              1017     -65      949
 SINCE 7/1       2251              2860    -609     2654
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.0
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    28/320    DATE  01/25
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    35/350    DATE  01/09

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.50
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           11
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              9
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         11

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     68

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       0
LIGHT RAIN                3     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          3     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       3
LIGHT SNOW                5     SLEET                      2
FOG                      11     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      1
HAZE                      7

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.

&&

...JANUARY 2016 RELATIVELY DRY AND SNOW-FREE FOR MOST AREAS...

WHILE THE EASTERN U.S. WAS WALLOPED BY ONE OF THE FIVE WORST
BLIZZARDS IN HISTORY...JANUARY 2016 SAW VERY FEW SNOW EVENTS ACROSS
CENTRAL...SOUTH-CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST KANSAS.

IN FACT...AS FAR AS THE "DEPARTMENT OF SNOW" WAS CONCERNED...THE
ONLY EVENT WORTHY OF MENTION OCCURRED ON THE 20TH AND 21ST...WHEN A
COUPLE OF "QUICK-HITTING" UPPER-LEVEL PERTURBATIONS SPRINTED EAST
ACROSS THE SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL PLAINS. THE ONLY SIGNIFICANT
SNOWFALL SUFFICIENT ENOUGH TO PROMPT WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES
OCCURRED ACROSS CENTRAL KANSAS...WHERE 2 TO 5 INCHES WERE MEASURED
FROM THE EVENING OF THE 20TH TO THE MORNING OF THE 21ST. LINCOLN AND
RUSSELL COUNTIES RECEIVED THE GREATEST AMOUNTS...4 TO 5 INCHES. ALSO
CAUSING PROBLEMS WAS FREEZING DRIZZLE. ALTHOUGH THE GLAZING WAS
LIGHT...IT WAS SUFFICIENT TO CAUSE MANY ACCIDENTS...PRIMARILY IN
SOUTH-CENTRAL KANSAS.

DURING THE SNOW EVENT OF THE 20TH AND 21ST...ONE DAILY PRECIPITATION
RECORD WAS SET. ON THE 21ST...SALINA MEASURED 0.30 INCH WHICH BROKE
THE MARK OF 0.28 INCH SET IN 2007.

SO NEEDLESS TO SAY...MUCH OF THE AREA ENDED THE MONTH BELOW NORMAL
PRECIPITATION-WISE...WITH THE EXCEPTION OF PORTIONS OF NORTH-CENTRAL
KANSAS...WHERE JANUARY PRECIPITATION WAS AROUND 150 PERCENT OF
NORMAL.

AS IS OFTEN THE CASE DURING WINTERTIME IN KANSAS...THE DAY-TO-DAY
JANUARY TEMPERATURE GRAPH OFTEN LOOKED LIKE A ROLLER COASTER...WITH
SOME DAYS IN THE 20S AND 30S AND OTHERS IN THE 50S AND 60S. ON
AVERAGE THOUGH...MOST AREAS ACROSS THE EASTERN HALF OF KANSAS ENDED
THE MONTH NEAR TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURE-WISE...WITH WELL
ABOVE NORMAL AVERAGES OVER WESTERN KANSAS.

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