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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
255 PM CST WED MAR 1 2017

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...THE CHANUTE KS CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2017...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1894 TO 2017

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
................................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              83   02/12/1962
 LOW              -16   02/10/2011
                        02/03/2011
HIGHEST            82   02/22                         77  02/20
                        02/11                             02/18
LOWEST             17   02/09                         15  02/04
AVG. MAXIMUM     61.0              47.9    13.1     56.6
AVG. MINIMUM     32.5              26.9     5.6     29.0
MEAN             46.7              37.4     9.3     42.8
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               3.1    -3.1        0
DAYS MIN <= 32     15              19.8    -4.8       21
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.5    -0.5        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         8.26   1911
 MINIMUM         0.00   2006
                        1904
TOTALS           0.31              1.90   -1.59     0.30
DAILY AVG.       0.01              0.07   -0.06     0.01
DAYS >= .01         2               6.3    -4.3        2
DAYS >= .10         1               3.9    -2.9        1
DAYS >= .50         0               1.0    -1.0        0
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.6    -0.6        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.28   02/28 TO 02/28

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     506               773    -267      636
 SINCE 7/1       2768              3572    -804     2965
COOLING TOTAL       3                 0       3        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.7
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    37/340    DATE  02/28
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    44/350    DATE  02/28

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.20
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           20
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              7
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          1

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     60

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              1     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                1     RAIN                       0
LIGHT RAIN                4     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                0     SLEET                      0
FOG                      10     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      3
HAZE                      3

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

&&

...Wichita, Chanute And Salina Experienced One Of Their Three Warmest
Februaries On Record...

For Wichita, Chanute and Salina 2017, will be one of the three warmest
on record.

The following are the five warmest Februaries on record:

Wichita:
1st: 48.6 In 1930
2nd: 45.8 In 2017**
     45.8 In 1954 (Tied With 2017)
4th: 45.3 In 1976
5th: 45.2 In 1999

Chanute:
1st: 48.3 In 1930
2nd: 47.1 In 1976
3rd: 46.7 In 2017**
4th: 46.2 In 1954
5th: 45.7 In 1932

Salina:
1st: 49.2 In 1930
2nd: 44.6 In 2017**
3rd: 44.3 In 1954
4th: 44.1 In 1999
5th: 44.0 In 1976

The greatest contributor to the tremendous warmth this February was
the number of days on which high temperatures reached or exceeded 70
degrees.

This February, Wichita experienced high temperatures of 70 degrees
or greater 8 times. This tied 2016 and 1976 for the greatest number
of 70 degree plus days.

For Chanute, the number of 70 degree-plus high temperatures was even
more impressive as they set a February record of 10 dates on which
high temperatures reached or exceeded this threshold. The previous
February record was 8 days set in 1976.

Salina experienced high temperatures of 70 degrees or greater
8 times, just 1 day shy of the mark set in 1976.

Its not surprising that several high temperature records were set.

Record highs were set or tied on the following dates:

The 10th:
Russell: 84 (Previous Record: 78 in 1951)
Salina:  76 (Tied 1951)

The 11th:
Chanute: 82 (Previous Record: 75 in 1938)

The 16th:
Wichita: 72 (Tied 1898)
Salina:  79 (Previous Record: 69 in 1994)
Russell: 78 (Previous Record: 74 in 2011)

The 22nd:
Chanute: 82 (Previous Record: 80 in 1996)
Salina:  81 (Previous Record: 76 in 1982)

Such warm weather often translates into low precipitation. That was
true in February. Salina`s February total of just 0.08 inch made
2017 their 10 driest on record. Among the drier years were 4 during
which Salina failed to measure in February: 2006, 1963, 1917 and
1891. Although Chanute`s total of 0.31 inch failed to crack the top
10 (it ranked 15th) this was a scant 16% of normal.

For Southeast Kansas, February ended in a volatile manner, as severe
thunderstorms struck much of this area with 1 to 2 inch hail.

For the 4th time since Wichita`s climate record began on July 1st,
1888, the Air Capital didn`t receive any snow in February. The most
recent year in which there was no snow in Wichita was just last
year. The other 2 years were 1991 and 1931. There have been 21 years
during which only a trace of snow occurred in February. The 1st such
occurrence was way back in 1898.

Although meteorological winter, which runs from December 1st to
February 28th (Obviously February 29th on leap years) is in the
books, please remember that there can be meteorological "March
Madness", so don`t let down your guard.

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