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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
1016 AM CST WED FEB 1 2017

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...THE CHANUTE KS CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 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              75   01/28/2015
                        01/28/2013
                        01/24/1950
 LOW              -23   01/30/1949
HIGHEST            73   01/11                         71  01/29
LOWEST              6   01/06                          6  01/10
AVG. MAXIMUM     48.4              42.2     6.2     43.0
AVG. MINIMUM     26.8              22.9     3.9     23.6
MEAN             37.6              32.6     5.0     33.3
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      4               6.6    -2.6        8
DAYS MIN <= 32     25              25.4    -0.4       27
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.9    -0.9        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         6.43   1949
 MINIMUM         0.00   2009
                        1919
TOTALS           1.84              1.26    0.58     0.78
DAILY AVG.       0.06              0.04    0.02     0.03
DAYS >= .01         7               5.9     1.1        4
DAYS >= .10         5               2.7     2.3        2
DAYS >= .50         1               0.7     0.3        1
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.3    -0.3        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.67   01/15 TO 01/16

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     842              1006    -164      974
 SINCE 7/1       2262              2799    -537     2329
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.1
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    33/200    DATE  01/11
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    43/200    DATE  01/11

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.40
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           15
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              9
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          7

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     68

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                1     RAIN                       3
LIGHT RAIN                6     FREEZING RAIN              3
LT FREEZING RAIN          3     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                1     SLEET                      0
FOG                      14     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      3
HAZE                      2

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

&&

...2017 Is Off To A Wet Start...

If you`re averse to winter storms then this January was a real jewel
as only one such storm visited the region. That one storm, though,
made a slick move by depositing 1/4 to 1/2 inch of ice across most
areas on the weekend of the 13th-15th. Tree and power line damage was
widespread with several accidents. One such accident that occurred in
downtown Wichita was a multi-vehicle pile-up that sent 2 people to
hospitals. As bad as this ice storm was, it could`ve been much worse.

Wichita set a calendar day rainfall record on the 15th by measuring
1.31 inches. This was nearly double the record of 0.70 inch measured
for the date set way back in 1889. (Wichita`s climate record began
on July 1st, 1888) Wichita set another rainfall record the next day,
when 0.86 inch was measured on the 16th. This broke the record of
0.62 inch that had been set for the date in 1990. The 2.17 inches
measured on the 15th and 16th is the 2nd greatest 2-day precipitation
total that Wichita has received in January. The greatest 2-day total
occurred on January 3rd-4th, 2005 when the Air Capital was doused
with 2.31 inches. In case you don`t recall, this was the January
4th-5th, 2005 Ice Storm. The 1.82 inches that were measured on
January 4th, 2005 is a January calendar day record. The 1.31 inches
measured on the 15th is the 6th greatest calendar day total in
January.

Salina also set a daily precipitation record on the 15th, measuring
1.65 inches at the airport. This smashed the previous daily record
of 0.33 inches set in 1984. The 3-day total from the 14th-16th of
1.83 inches was the 4th greatest 3-day total in the month of January
on record. Salina`s monthly precipitation totaled 2.02 inches, which
tied 1929 for the 5th wettest January on record.

Salina`s top-5 wettest January`s in inches:

Precipitation    Year
1) 3.45          1949
2) 2.88          1979
3) 2.12          1999
4) 2.05          1995
5) 2.02**        2017**
   2.02          1929

Chanute was also above normal precipitation-wise for the month,
although its 1.84 inch monthly total was only tied for the 24th
wettest January on record.

It`s extremely fortunate that temperatures had warmed into the lower
and mid 30s on the 15th then into the 35 to 45 degree range on the
16th. Had they remained in the 20s with the temperature profile that
existed that weekend, this ice storm would have been a disaster. It
would have been as bad, or worse, than the January 4th-5th 2005
event that caused $36.2 million damage. Its likely these damage
estimates were conservative. For reasons unknown, many counties
didn`t report their monetary losses. This is perplexing as 56
counties were declared disaster areas. Parts of South-Central Kansas
were without power for 2 weeks.

The 2.17 inches measured on the 15th and 16th enabled 2017 to become
Wichita`s 4th wettest January on record.

Wichita`s 5 wettest Januaries with their associated snowfalls are: If
the snowfall is in or near the top 10 that ranking is in ().

     Precipitation     Snowfall
1st: 6.29 In 1949      19.6 (2nd)
2nd: 3.18 In 2005       5.7
3rd: 2.97 In 1907       3.0
4th: 2.79 In 2017**     T**
5th: 2.73 In 1973      17.7 (4th)

Here is a stunning January statistic: Despite measuring 2.79 inches
of precipitation, there was only A TRACE OF SNOW at Eisenhower
Airport. While this certainly isn`t the first time that Wichita has
failed to receive any measurable snow in January (This is the 19th
occasion. The most recent was just 5 years ago.) to receive this much
precipitation in January and yet fail to measure any snow is unheard
of. This "obscure" record may never be broken.

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