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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
910 PM CST SAT FEB 1 2014

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...THE CHANUTE KS CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1894 TO 2014

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   01/28/2013
                        01/24/1950
                        01/29/1917
 LOW              -10   01/09/2010
HIGHEST            67   01/12                         75  01/28
LOWEST            -10R  01/06                         10  01/02
AVG. MAXIMUM     42.0              42.2    -0.2     47.7
AVG. MINIMUM     17.4              22.9    -5.5     24.8
MEAN             29.7              32.6    -2.9     36.2
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      7               6.6     0.4        4
DAYS MIN <= 32     30              25.4     4.6       25
DAYS MIN <= 0       2               0.9     1.1        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         6.43   1949
 MINIMUM            T   2009
                        1919
TOTALS           0.11              1.26   -1.15     2.37
DAILY AVG.       0.00              0.04   -0.04     0.08
DAYS >= .01         2               5.9    -3.9        3
DAYS >= .10         0               2.7    -2.7        2
DAYS >= .50         0               0.7    -0.7        1
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.3    -0.3        1
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.08   01/01 TO 01/01

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1086              1006      80      886
 SINCE 7/1       3039              2799     240     2289
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        1
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              12.0
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    37/350    DATE  01/26
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    49/010    DATE  01/26

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.30
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           21
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              6
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          4

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     59

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

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

&&

    ...TEMPERATURES EXPERIENCE PRONOUNCED `MOOD SWINGS` IN JANUARY...

AS ALL KNOW...THE METEOROLOGICAL "STAR OF THE SHOW" IN JANUARY HAS BEEN
THE "POLAR VORTEX"...AS IT HAS BEEN THE KEY PLAYER IN THE DANGEROUS COLD
WEATHER THAT HAS GRIPPED SO MUCH OF THE COUNTRY. FORTUNATELY...THE TERM
IS BEING APPLIED LOOSELY HERE...THE DANGEROUS COLD HAS REMAINED WELL TO
THE NORTH AND NORTHEAST OF KANSAS IN AREAS THAT SHOULD CERTAINLY EXPECT
TO SPEND EXTENDED PERIODS IN THE FREEZER.

ACTUALLY...TEMPERATUREWISE...ITS BEEN A FAIRLY TYPICAL JANUARY FOR MOST
OF CENTRAL...SOUTH-CENTRAL...AND SOUTHEAST KANSAS. WHILE THERE WERE A
FEW ARCTIC INVASIONS...THE COLD "SNAPS" WERE OFTEN QUICKLY FOLLOWED BY
WARMUPS THAT WERE AT TIMES QUITE PRONOUNCED.

THE MOST DRAMATIC WARMUPS OCCURRED ON THE 19TH AND 24TH. IN WICHITA THE
MORNING LOW ON THE 19TH WAS 22 DEGREES. THAT AFTERNOON...TEMPERATURES
POLE VAULTED TO 67 DEGREES...A 45-DEGREE JUMP. AFTER CHILLING OUT WITH A
LOW OF 4 DEGREES ON THE 24TH...THE MERCURY SOARED LIKE AN F-22 RAPTOR TO
49 DEGREES...ANOTHER 45-DEGREE SURGE. IT`S THE 7TH GREATEST TEMPERATURE
CHANGE TO OCCUR IMMEDIATELY AFTER AN ARCTIC OUTBREAK IN 125 YEAR WICHITA
CLIMATE RECORD.

ON THE 19TH...SALINA`S TEMPERATURE CHANGE WAS EQUALLY DRAMATIC. THE LOW
THAT MORNING WAS 23. THE AFTERNOON HIGH WAS 68. AFTER CHILLING OUT WITH
A LOW OF 9 DEGREES ON THE 24TH...SALINA ALSO SAW THE MERCURY SOAR LIKE A
FIGHTER JET AS HIGHS REACHED A NIFTY 55 DEGREES.

ON THE 19TH...TEMPERATURES IN RUSSELL SOARED FROM 20 DEGREES TO 69...A
49 DEGREE JUMP. THE TEMPERATURE CHANGE ON THE 24TH WAS THE MOST DRAMATIC
OF THE MONTH. AFTER SHIVERING WITH A LOW OF 7 ABOVE...RUSSELL`S READINGS
ROCKETED TO 59 DEGREES THAT AFTERNOON...A 52-DEGREE LEAP!

THE AGES OLD ADAGE STATES...IF YOU DON`T LIKE THE WEATHER IN KANSAS JUST
WAIT ABOUT 15 MINUTES. THAT WAS CERTAINLY TRUE IN JANUARY.

SUCH DRAMATIC TEMPERATURE CHANGES PRODUCED A FEW RECORDS. ON THE 25TH...
JUST ONE DAY AFTER THE 52-DEGREE LEAP...RUSSELL`S LOW WAS ONLY 35
DEGREES WHICH SET A NEW RECORD WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE FOR THE DATE. THE
35-DEGREE LOW ON THE 25TH WAS 15 DEGREES WARMER THAN THE 20-DEGREE HIGH
TEMPERATURE RECORDED ON THE 23RD...JUST 2 DAYS EARLIER.

ON THE 19TH...RUSSELL`S HIGH OF 69 DEGREES TIED THE RECORD THAT HAD BEEN
SET FOR THE DATE IN 1986. SALINA REACHED 68 DEGREES THAT SAME AFTERNOON
WHICH TIED THE MARK SET FOR THE DATE IN 2003.

IT ALSO SEEMED LIKE SPRINGTIME ON THE 12TH. WICHITA`S HIGH OF 70 DEGREES
BROKE THE RECORD OF 66 SET FOR THE DATE IN 1960. MOST OF SOUTH-CENTRAL
AND SOUTHEAST KANSAS BASKED IN 65 TO 70 WARMTH THAT AFTERNOON.

THE GREATEST CHILL OCCURRED ON THE 6TH...WHEN THE SECOND OF FOUR ARCTIC
INVASIONS ARRIVED. AFTER PLUNGING TO 10 BELOW ZERO EARLY THAT MORNING
CHANUTE`S HIGH WAS ONLY 10 DEGREES. BOTH TIED RECORDS FOR JANUARY 6TH...
BOTH OF WHICH OCCURRED IN 1912...THE LATTER TYING THE MARK FOR COLDEST
HIGH TEMPERATURE.

ON A FEW DATES WINDS BECAME A MAJOR CONCERN. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT EVENT
OCCURRED ON THE 26TH. FROM LATE THAT AFTERNOON UNTIL THAT EVENING NORTH
WINDS SUSTAINED BETWEEN 40 AND 50 MPH ROARED ACROSS THE NEIGHBORHOOD. IN
CENTRAL AND SOUTH-CENTRAL KANSAS...GUSTS REACHED BETWEEN 55 AND 65 MPH.
POWER LINES WERE BLOWN DOWN IN SEVERAL AREAS. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT POWER
LINE DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG A 1 MILE STRETCH OF I-135 IN SOUTH SALINA.
THE DOWNED POWER LINES CLOSED TRAFFIC FROM 700 PM TO 1030 PM. THE DOWNED
POWER LINES LITERALLY SPARKED 3 GRASSFIRES BUT FORTUNATELY THERE WERE NO
INJURIES. NO DOUBT THERE WAS TREE DAMAGE...THE MOST SIGNIFICANT BEING A
FEW LARGE TREES THAT WERE UPROOTED. SIGNALING THE ARRIVAL OF AN ARCTIC
AIRMASS...THE STRONG NORTH WINDS TEAMED WITH PLUMMETING TEMPERATURES TO
PRODUCE WIND CHILLS THAT RANGED FROM ZERO TO 8 BELOW BY DAYBREAK.

AS THE STATISTICS CLEARLY INDICATE...IT WAS A DRY MONTH AND THAT DRYNESS
PLAYED A ROLE IN A TEMPERATURE TRACE THAT AT TIMES LOOKED COMPARABLE TO
THAT OF A SEISMOGRAPH DURING AND AFTER A STRONG EARTHQUAKE. THE 3 INCHES
OF SNOW MEASURED AT MID-CONTINENT AIRPORT WAS NO WHERE NEAR THE TOP IN
TERMS OF LEAST AMOUNT OF SNOWFALL AS IT RANKS ONLY 33RD ON THE LOWEST
SNOWFALLS LIST.

METEOROLOGICAL WINTER...WHICH RUNS FROM DECEMBER 1ST TO FEBRUARY 28TH...
IS 2/3 COMPLETE BUT KANSANS HAVE EXPERIENCED MANY A "FLURRY OF ACTIVITY"
DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY SO KEEP THOSE SHOVELS AND SNOW PLOWS READY.

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