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CLMCNU

CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
1158 AM CDT FRI APR 1 2016

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...THE CHANUTE KS CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1894 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              95   03/21/1916
 LOW               -4   03/11/1948
HIGHEST            80   03/23                         82  03/16
LOWEST             24   03/25                         14  03/05
AVG. MAXIMUM     65.4              58.1     7.3     62.3
AVG. MINIMUM     39.1              36.1     3.0     35.2
MEAN             52.2              47.1     5.1     48.8
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               0.6    -0.6        0
DAYS MIN <= 32     10              10.6    -0.6        9
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        12.08   1973
 MINIMUM         0.00   1904
TOTALS           1.41              3.04   -1.63     0.55
DAILY AVG.       0.05              0.10   -0.05     0.02
DAYS >= .01         6               8.7    -2.7        6
DAYS >= .10         4               5.0    -1.0        3
DAYS >= .50         1               1.8    -0.8        0
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.7    -0.7        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.67   03/27 TO 03/27

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     388               559    -171      495
 SINCE 7/1       3353              4131    -778     4185
COOLING TOTAL       0                 4      -4        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              11.7
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    39/190    DATE  03/23
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    51/190    DATE  03/23

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.40
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           19
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              7
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          5

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     60

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

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

&&

...EXCEPTIONALLY WARM AND DRY WEATHER CONTINUED IN MARCH...

THE EXCEPTIONALLY WARM AND DRY WEATHER THAT OCCURRED IN FEBRUARY
CONTINUED IN MARCH. LETS TURN BACK THE CLOCK TO FEBRUARY WHEN MANY
AREAS EXPERIENCED ONE OF THEIR TEN WARMEST FEBRUARIES ON RECORD.

WICHITA EXPERIENCED THEIR 7TH WARMEST FEBRUARY WITH AN AVERAGE OF
44.1 DEGREES. SALINA EXPERIENCED THEIR 9TH WARMEST WITH AN AVERAGE
OF 42.4 DEGREES. CHANUTE`S AVERAGE OF 42.8 DEGREES RANKED 14TH
OVERALL BUT AS FAR AS "LEAP YEAR" FEBRUARIES ARE CONCERNED 2016 IS
CHANUTE`S 5TH WARMEST ON RECORD.

WHEN MARCH ARRIVED ALL WAS QUITE NORMAL BUT THE HEAT WOULD BE TURNED
UP QUICKLY. FROM THE 1ST THRU THE 16TH MANY AREAS EXPERIENCED
CALENDAR DAY AVERAGES THAT WERE 10 DEGREES OR MORE ABOVE NORMAL.

THE WARMEST DAY WAS THE 7TH WHEN 3 LOCATIONS SET WARMEST RECORD LOW
TEMPERATURES FOR THE DATE.

THE RECORDS WERE:

            PREVIOUS RECORD
RUSSELL: 52    51 IN 2000
SALINA:  61    55 IN 2000
WICHITA: 63    54 IN 2000

RECORD HIGHS WERE ALSO SET ON THE 7TH. THOSE RECORDS WERE:

RUSSELL: 80    77 IN 2006
SALINA:  78    75 IN 1977

ON THE 7TH...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR MOST AREAS WERE 20 TO 28
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

ANOTHER `HOT` DATE WAS THE 22ND WHEN THE MERCURY SOARED INTO THE 80S
IN CENTRAL KANSAS. ONE RECORD HIGH WAS SET: RUSSELL REACHED 85 WHICH
EDGED THE MARK OF 84 SET IN 1994.

...WICHITA TIED 7TH WARMEST MARCH...

THE PROLONGED WARM...AND IN MANY INSTANCES VERY WARM...WEATHER LED
TO 2016 JOINING THE "TEN WARMEST MARCHES" FRATERNITY.

WICHITA`S AVERAGE WAS 52.5 DEGREES WHICH PUT 2016 IN 7TH PLACE.

THE FOLLOWING ARE WICHITA`S TEN WARMEST MARCHES:

1ST:  58.1 IN 1910
2ND:  57.9 IN 2012
3RD:  54.8 IN 2007
4TH:  54.5 IN 1907
5TH:  54.0 IN 1946
6TH:  52.6 IN 1905
7TH:  52.5 IN 2016**
7TH:  52.5 IN 1935 (TIED WITH 2016)
9TH:  51.9 IN 1986
9TH:  51.9 IN 1938 (TIED WITH 1986)

...SALINA TIED 10TH WARMEST MARCH...

SALINA ALSO SAW 2016 JOIN THE "TEN WARMEST MARCHES FRATERNITY" BY
AVERAGING 51.4 DEGREES. THIS TIED 1986 FOR 10TH PLACE.

THE FOLLOWING ARE SALINA`S TEN WARMEST MARCHES:

1ST:  57.1 IN 2012
2ND:  55.9 IN 1910
3RD:  54.7 IN 1946
4TH:  53.3 IN 2007
5TH:  52.5 IN 1935
6TH:  52.2 IN 1938
7TH:  51.8 IN 1945
8TH:  51.7 IN 1905
9TH:  51.5 IN 1907
10TH: 51.4 IN 2016** (TIED WITH 1986)

...CHANUTE EXPERIENCES 11TH WARMEST MARCH...

MARCH 2016 JUST MISSED CRACKING THE TOP 10 WARMEST MARCHES ON RECORD
FOR CHANUTE WITH AN AVERAGE OF 52.2 DEGREES WHICH FELL JUST 0.3
DEGREE SHORT FROM JOINING THE "TEN WARMEST MARCHES" CLUB.

THE FOLLOWING ARE CHANUTE`S TEN WARMEST MARCHES:

1ST:  58.5 IN 1910
2ND:  58.5 IN 2012
3RD:  55.9 IN 2007
4TH:  55.5 IN 1938
5TH:  55.0 IN 1946
6TH:  54.0 IN 1921
7TH:  53.9 IN 1935
8TH:  53.8 IN 1918
9TH:  53.0 IN 1945
10TH: 52.5 IN 1936

FOR MANY AREAS...MOST NOTABLY WICHITA AND SALINA...THE 1ST QUARTER
OF 2016 HAS BEEN ONE OF THE 10 WARMEST ON RECORD. SO FAR...UP TO AND
INCLUDING MARCH 31ST...THIS HAS BEEN WICHITA`S 5TH WARMEST START TO
ANY GIVEN YEAR. THIS INCLUDES LEAP YEARS. WICHITA`S CLIMATE RECORD
STARTED ON JULY 1ST 1888.

THERE WAS NO DOUBT THE MAJOR PLAYERS IN THE EXCEPTIONALLY WARM AND
DRY WEATHER WERE STRONG SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS. SUSTAINED SPEEDS
WERE FREQUENTLY FROM 25 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS THAT OCCASIONALLY
VENTURED INTO 40 TO 50 MPH COUNTRY. WITH SUCH STRONG WINDS INJECTING
VERY WARM AND FAIRLY DRY AIR INTO KANSAS THE RANGELAND FIRE DANGER
BECAME WELL...DANGEROUS.

                     ...SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES...

RED FLAGS WERE HOISTED ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS AND FOR LONG PERIODS.
RED FLAG WARNINGS WERE IN EFFECT EACH AFTERNOON FROM THE 1ST THROUGH
THE 7TH...THE 14TH THROUGH THE 16TH...AND FROM THE 20TH THROUGH THE
25TH. ON A FEW OCCASIONS...FROM THE 20TH THROUGH THE 25TH...THE RED
FLAG WARNINGS WERE IN EFFECT WELL INTO THE EVENING.

THE MOST SERIOUS GRASSLAND WILDFIRE STARTED ON THE 22ND AND RAGED
INTO EASTER WEEKEND. THE FIRE ACTUALLY STARTED IN NORTHERN OKLAHOMA
AND SPREAD NORTH INTO SOUTH-CENTRAL KANSAS. APPROXIMATELY 620 SQUARE
MILES OF GRASSLAND WERE CHARRED AND ALTHOUGH BARBER COUNTY WAS HIT
THE HARDEST...WILDFIRES ALSO BROKE OUT IN RENO...MCPHERSON AND
HARVEY COUNTIES. THICK SMOKE ENVELOPED NEARLY ALL OF SOUTH-CENTRAL
AND MOST OF CENTRAL KANSAS. THE 620 SQUARE MILE FIRE IS THE LARGEST
IN KANSAS HISTORY AND RESULTED IN A STATE EMERGENCY DECLARATION BY
GOVERNOR BROWNBACK.

                     ...A SNOWY START TO EASTER...

EASTER WAS EARLY THIS YEAR...ON THE 27TH...AND IT STARTED WITH QUITE
A `FLURRY` OF ACTIVITY.

ON THE 26TH...A STRONG COLD FRONT PUSHED SOUTHEAST ACROSS KANSAS AND
EXITED SOUTHEAST KANSAS THAT EVENING BUT AN ELEVATED FRONT SET UP
OVER THE AREA THAT SAME EVENING. A STRONG BAND OF RAIN DEVELOPED
ACROSS PRIMARILY SOUTH-CENTRAL KANSAS LATE IN THE EVENING BUT
QUICKLY CHANGED TO SNOW. IN FACT...THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED WITH THE
SNOW TO PRODUCE SOME HEFTY ACCUMULATIONS WITH 3 TO 6 INCHES MEASURED
IN KINGMAN AND SEDGWICK COUNTIES.

THE 3.5 INCHES MEASURED AT EISENHOWER AIRPORT ON THE 27TH SET A
RECORD FOR WICHITA. THIS BROKE THE RECORD OF 2.5 INCHES SET IN 1931.
SKIES CLEARED AROUND MIDDAY TO ENABLE TEMPERATURES TO RECOVER
QUICKLY. NEARLY ALL OF THE SNOW HAD MELTED BY NOON.

             ...POWERFUL THUNDERSTORMS HIT ON THE 30TH...

BY FAR THE MOST POWERFUL THUNDERSTORMS STRUCK THE REGION ON THE 30TH
WHEN SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PELTED PARTS OF SOUTH-CENTRAL AND
SOUTHEAST KANSAS WITH HAIL THAT...AT IN A FEW INSTANCES...WAS VERY
LARGE.

HARDEST HIT WAS BUTLER COUNTY WHERE HAIL 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER BOMBED
A LOCATION 1 MILE SOUTH OF EL DORADO LAKE. A 2-INCH DIAMETER HAIL
STONE LANDED NEARBY 6 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF EL DORADO LAKE. THERE
WERE SEVERAL REPORTS OF GOLFBALL-SIZED HAIL IN BUTLER COUNTY...MOST
NOTABLY IN AND AROUND EL DORADO. MONTGOMERY COUNTY WAS ALSO HIT HARD
WHERE GOLFBALL-SIZED HAIL WAS REPORTED IN SEVERAL LOCATIONS. THE
LARGEST HAIL WAS 2 INCHES WHICH LANDED IN COFFEYVILLE EARLY IN THE
EVENING.

THE THUNDERSTORMS BECAME PROLIFIC HEAVY RAIN-PRODUCERS...ESPECIALLY
IN FAR SOUTHEAST KANSAS WHERE MONTGOMERY COUNTY WAS DRENCHED BY 2 TO
3.33 INCHES THAT EVENING AND OVERNIGHT. THE TORRENTIAL RAINS CAUSED
MINOR FLOODING IN CANEY AND COFFEYVILLE LATE THAT EVENING. AMOUNTS
FROM 1 TO 2 INCHES SOAKED NEIGHBORING LABETTE AND CHAUTAUQUA
COUNTIES.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT 2016 IS 25 PERCENT COMPLETE. WITH APRIL`S ARRIVAL
THE ATMOSPHERE IS LITERALLY GETTING WARMED UP FOR SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN
DEVELOP VERY QUICKLY. A SUNNY DAY CAN BECOME VOLATILE IN LESS THAN
AN HOUR SO WHEN SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE FORECAST...DON`T BE
DECEIVED BY A SUNNY AFTERNOON.

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