Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Wichita, KS

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CLMICT

CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
1120 PM CDT TUE APR 1 2014

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...THE WICHITA MID CONTINENT KS CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1888 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              92   03/21/1916
                        03/22/1907
 LOW               -3   03/11/1948
                        03/07/1943
HIGHEST            79   03/10                         80  03/15
LOWEST              0   03/03                         16  03/26
AVG. MAXIMUM     56.7              57.9    -1.2     54.2
AVG. MINIMUM     29.1              35.0    -5.9     32.4
MEAN             42.9              46.5    -3.6     43.3
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      2               0.7     1.3        0
DAYS MIN <= 32     18              11.3     6.7       16
DAYS MIN <= 0       1               0.0     1.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         9.17   1973
 MINIMUM         0.00   1936
                        1910
TOTALS           0.49              2.69   -2.20     2.11
DAILY AVG.       0.02              0.09   -0.07     0.07
DAYS >= .01         4               8.2    -4.2        7
DAYS >= .10         2               4.6    -2.6        4
DAYS >= .50         0               1.7    -1.7        1
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.8    -0.8        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.23   03/15 TO 03/15

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           16.8   1912
TOTALS            3.2               2.3     0.9      5.3
SINCE 7/1        22.7              14.7     8.0     29.8
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        1
DAYS >= 1.0         1               0.6     0.4        2
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         3   03/03                          5  03/24
 24 HR TOTAL      3.2   03/01 TO 03/02               3.9

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     677               577     100      666
 SINCE 7/1       4596              4217     379     3937
COOLING TOTAL       0                 2      -2        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 2      -2        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              14.3
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    43/350    DATE  03/11
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    55/340    DATE  03/11

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)    0
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.50
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            9
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             17
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          5

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     54

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       1
LIGHT RAIN                2     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          2     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       2
LIGHT SNOW                4     SLEET                      3
FOG                       9     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      1
HAZE                     13

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

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...MARCH 2014 PROVED TO BE COOL AND DRY...

MARCH 2014 WAS ON AVERAGE COOLER AND DRIER ACROSS THE
REGION...MAINLY THANKS TO MID AND UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE OVER
CANADA DIPPING ABNORMALLY FAR SOUTH INTO THE NORTHERN...CENTRAL AND
EASTERN UNITED STATES. CONSEQUENTLY...FREQUENT BOUTS OF COOL AND
COLD AIR SURGED SOUTH ACROSS MID-AMERICA THROUGHOUT THE MONTH.
ADDITIONALLY...WITH THE UPPER LEVEL PATTERN PREDOMINATELY OUT OF
THE WEST AND NORTHWEST A GOOD CHUNK OF THE MONTH...AND
RICHER GULF MOISTURE REMAINING MOSTLY SOUTH OF THE
REGION...PRECIPITATION WAS HARD TO COME BY ACROSS THE REGION...WITH
MOST LOCATIONS ONLY SEEING UP TO 25% (OR LESS) OF NORMAL MARCH
PRECIPITATION. BELOW MARCH CLIMATE SUMMARIES FOR WICHITA...SALINA
AND CHANUTE:

WICHITA:

THE AVERAGE MARCH TEMPERATURE (AVERAGE OF EACH DAILY HIGH AND LOW)
WAS 42.9 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 3.6 DEGREES COOLER THAN NORMAL. IT WAS
THE 37TH COOLEST MARCH ON RECORD (RECORDS BEGAN IN 1888)...AND THE
COOLEST SINCE 2002. THE FIRST FIVE DAYS OF THE MONTH WERE
PARTICULARLY BONE-CHILLING...WITH AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF ONLY
19.5 DEGREES...RANKING AS THE 2ND COLDEST START TO MARCH ON RECORD.
FURTHERMORE...THE MEAGER 0.49 INCHES MEASURED AT MID-CONTINENT
DURING THE MONTH WAS 2.20 INCHES DRIER THAN NORMAL...RANKING AS THE
14TH DRIEST MARCH ON RECORD...AND THE DRIEST MARCH SINCE 2002.

SALINA:

THE AVERAGE MARCH TEMPERATURE WAS 41.0 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 4.4
DEGREES COOLER THAN NORMAL. IT WAS TIED FOR THE 16TH COOLEST MARCH
ON RECORD (RECORDS BEGAN IN 1949)...AND THE COOLEST SINCE 2002. THE
FIRST FIVE DAYS OF THE MONTH WERE PARTICULARLY BONE-CHILLING...WITH
AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF ONLY 17.8 DEGREES...RANKING AS THE 2ND
COLDEST START TO MARCH ON RECORD. FURTHERMORE...THE MEAGER 0.30
INCHES MEASURED AT THE SALINA AIRPORT DURING THE MONTH WAS 2.09
INCHES DRIER THAN NORMAL...RANKING AS THE 5TH DRIEST MARCH ON
RECORD...AND THE DRIEST MARCH SINCE 1994.

CHANUTE:

THE AVERAGE MARCH TEMPERATURE WAS 42.6 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 4.5
DEGREES COOLER THAN NORMAL. IT WAS TIED FOR THE 27TH COOLEST MARCH
ON RECORD (RECORDS BEGAN IN 1898)...AND THE COOLEST SINCE 2013. THE
FIRST FIVE DAYS OF THE MONTH WERE PARTICULARLY BONE-CHILLING...WITH
AN AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF ONLY 22.5 DEGREES...RANKING AS THE 2ND
COLDEST START TO MARCH ON RECORD. FURTHERMORE...THE MEAGER 0.97
INCHES MEASURED AT THE CHANUTE AIRPORT DURING THE MONTH WAS 2.07
INCHES DRIER THAN NORMAL...RANKING AS THE 16TH DRIEST MARCH ON
RECORD...AND THE DRIEST MARCH SINCE 2002.

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