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CLIMATE REPORT...UPDATED TO INCLUDE NARRATIVE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
700 PM CDT THU AUG 1 2013

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...THE CHANUTE KS CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF JULY 2013...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1894 TO 2013

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH             116   07/18/1936
 LOW               53   07/19/2009
                        07/18/2009
                        07/05/1972
HIGHEST           100   07/09                        110  07/29
LOWEST             55   07/03                         62  07/14
                        07/02
AVG. MAXIMUM     89.9              89.8     0.1     99.8
AVG. MINIMUM     67.2              69.2    -2.0     71.5
MEAN             78.5              79.5    -1.0     85.7
DAYS MAX >= 90     18              15.1     2.9       31
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        16.36   1992
MINIMUM          0.00   2003
TOTALS           9.03              4.37    4.66     1.00
DAILY AVG.       0.29              0.14    0.15     0.03
DAYS >= .01         8               7.8     0.2        2
DAYS >= .10         7               5.0     2.0        2
DAYS >= .50         2               2.3    -0.3        1
DAYS >= 1.00        1               1.3    -0.3        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    6.97   07/29 TO 07/29

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 7/1          0                 0       0        0
COOLING TOTAL     427               449     -22      648
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              6.8
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    32/180    DATE  07/16
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    46/180    DATE  07/16

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.20
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           26
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              3
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          2

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     64

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                5     RAIN                       4
LIGHT RAIN               13     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                0     SLEET                      0
FOG                       9     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      0
HAZE                      2

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

&&

...JULY 2013 A SHARP CONTRAST OT ITS 2012 PREDECESSOR AS EXCEPTIONALLY
                POWERFUL THUNDERSTORMS INVADE THE REGION...

IN RAZOR-SHARP CONTRAST TO ITS 2012 PREDECESSOR DURING WHICH THE ENTIRE
REGION SWELTERED IN 110 TO 112 DEGREE HEAT FOR MOST OF THE MONTH...JULY
2013 WAS INVADED BY INCREDIBLY SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THAT PRODUCED A
TRIFECTA OF EXTREMELY LARGE HAIL...DESTRUCTIVE WINDS...AND TORRENTIAL
RAINS THAT CAUSED SIGNIFICANT FLOODING.

THE MOST VIOLENT PERIOD OCCURRED ON THE 23RD...WHEN MONSTROUS SUPERCELLS
RAN ROUGHSHOD IN A NORTHEAST TO SOUTHWEST MANNER RIGHT THROUGH THE HEART
OF THE WICHITA COUNTY WARNING AREA. FROM LATE THAT AFTERNOON UNTIL LATE
THAT NIGHT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WENT ON A RAMPAGE FROM CENTRAL KANSAS
TO SOUTH-CENTRAL AND EVENTUALLY SOUTHEAST KANSAS WITH HAIL THAT REACHED
THE SIZE OF GRAPEFRUIT...DESTRUCTIVE WINDS THAT REACHED CLOSE TO 100 MPH
AND TORRENTIAL RAINS.

IN CENTRAL KANSAS...THE ATMOSPHERIC MAYHEM BEGAN AROUND 530 PM WHEN ONE
INCH HAIL WAS REPORTED 2 MILES SOUTH OF LINCOLN. IT PROVED TO BE LITTLE
MORE THAN AN ATMOSPHERIC "APPETIZER" FOR WITHIN THE HOUR...LINCOLN AND
ELLSWORTH COUNTIES WERE GETTING PUMMELED BY GOLFBALL AND TENNISBALL
SIZED HAIL. AS THE SUPERCELLS CONTINUED THEIR SOUTHEAST TREK ACROSS RICE
AND MCPHERSON COUNTIES THEY STRENGTHENED EVEN FURTHER AS MANY AREAS WERE
BOMBARDED WITH BASEBALL-SIZED HAIL THAT SMASHED WINDOWS AND DAMAGED MANY
HOUSES.

NEXT IN THE CROSSHAIRS WERE RENO...KINGMAN...AND SEDGWICK COUNTIES. FOR
AROUND 2 HOURS THESE AREAS WERE HIT BY A BLITZKRIEG OF HAIL AS LARGE AS
GRAPEFRUIT AND WINDS THAT RANGED FROM 65 TO AN INCREDIBLE 100 MPH! THE
STRONGEST WINDS STRUCK AROUND PRETTY PRAIRIE WHERE GUSTS WERE ESTIMATED
BETWEEN 80 AND 100 MPH.

DAMAGE WAS OBVIOUSLY MAJOR AND VERY WIDESPREAD. HUNDREDS OF TREES WERE
UPROOTED. MANY WERE QUITE TALL WITH TRUNKS 2 TO 3 FEET IN DIAMETER WITH
LIMBS 8 TO 10 INCHES IN DIAMETER. SOME FELL ONTO HOUSES AND NUMEROUS
POWER LINES. THE MOST SERIOUS ROOF DAMAGE OCCURRED IN HUTCHINSON WHERE
A CAR DEALERSHIP LOST A LARGE SECTION OF ROOFING AND IN EXTREME
SOUTHEAST KINGMAN COUNTY WHERE ANOTHER BUILDING WAS UNROOFED COMPLETELY.
DAMAGE TO OTHER POWER LINES AND POWER POLES WAS OBVIOUSLY EXTENSIVE AND
OF COURSE CAUSED POWER OUTAGES THAT WERE WIDESPREAD AND PROLONGED. EVEN
A LARGE FLAG POLE WAS BLOWN DOWN.

THE GRAPEFRUIT-SIZED HAIL LANDED IN RENO COUNTY...FIRST IN HUTCHINSON
AND THEN IN YODER...WHILE 3-INCH DIAMETER HAIL PUMMELED PART OF CHENEY
LAKE.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS STILL PACKED A NASTY PUNCH AS THEY TORE ACROSS
THE REST OF SOUTH-CENTRAL KANSAS WHERE DAMAGE WAS EQUALLY SEVERE. EVEN A
TORNADO SIREN WAS BLOWN OVER IN WESTERN BUTLER COUNTY 6 MILES EAST OF
ANDOVER.

THE MOST TORRENTIAL RAINFALL OCCURRED IN AND AROUND ARKANSAS CITY WHERE
3.5 TO 4 INCHES CAUSED FLOODING SO SIGNIFICANT THAT A FEW ROADS WERE
IMPASSABLE.

JUST 3 DAYS LATER...ON THE 26TH...MORE THUNDERSTORMS VISITED THE REGION
ALONG A SLOW-MOVING COLD FRONT THAT VENTURED SOUTH ACROSS KANSAS. THESE
THUNDERSTORMS `RAINED SUPREME`. OVER A 4-DAY PERIOD...FROM THE 26TH TO
THE 29TH...MANY AREAS WERE OVERWHELMED BY 5 TO 10 INCH AMOUNTS. IN FACT
THE HEFTY RAINFALLS PLAYED THE GREATEST ROLE WITH MANY AREAS RECEIVING
6 TO 10 INCHES DURING THE MONTH. THESE MONTHLY TOTALS WERE AN AMAZING
150 TO 300% OF NORMAL FOR MOST OF THESE AREAS. THE MONTHLY TOTALS FOR
MOST OF SALINE AND NORTHERN MCPHERSON COUNTIES WERE CLOSE TO 350% OF
NORMAL AND WERE 7.5 TO 8 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL!

ON THE 29TH...A STAGGERING 6.97 INCHES WERE MEASURED IN CHANUTE WHICH
NO DOUBT SET A RECORD FOR THE DATE...SWAMPING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF
1.33 INCHES THAT HAD BEEN MEASURED WAY BACK IN 1927 BY A PHENOMENAL
5.64 INCHES. BY FAR...THE 29TH PLAYED THE GREATEST ROLE IN ENABLING
2013 TO BECOME THE 8TH WETTEST JULY ON RECORD...ACCOUNTING FOR 77% OF
THEIR JULY TOTAL. THE 7.69 INCHES MEASURED IN WICHITA MADE 2013 THE AIR
CAPITAL`S 4TH WETTEST JULY ON RECORD. THE 2.13 INCHES MEASURED ON THE
26TH SET A RECORD FOR THE DATE...BREAKING THE MARK OF 1.86 INCHES
MEASURED IN 1945.

NEARLY ALL RIVERS `ROSE TO THE OCCASION` WITH SEVERAL REQUIRING FLOOD
WARNINGS. FLOOD WARNINGS WERE ALSO ISSUED FOR ABOUT A HALF DOZEN
COUNTIES.

WITH SO MUCH RAINFALL OCCURRING FROM THE 26TH TO THE 29TH...TEMPERATURES
WERE MUCH COOLER THAN NORMAL...SO MUCH IN FACT...THAT COOLEST RECORD
HIGH TEMPERATURES WERE SET AT ALL 3 PRIMARY CLIMATE SITES. WHAT`S REALLY
INTERESTING IS THAT ALL 3 RECORDS WERE SET ON THE 28TH WITH HIGHS OF 66
DEGREES THAT...IN EACH CASE...BROKE THE RECORD THAT HAD BEEN SET FOR THE
DATE IN 2004!

THE TREMENDOUS RAINFALLS NO DOUBT PROVIDED CONSIDERABLE FURTHER RELIEF
TO THE DROUGHT THAT HAS PLAGUED KANSAS FOR MOST OF THE PAST 2 YEARS.

LIKE JUNE...JULY WAS OBVIOUSLY AN ACTIVE MONTH. WE WILL SOON SEE IF
AUGUST FOLLOWS SUIT.

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