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CLIMATE REPORT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
557 PM CST FRI JAN 1 2016

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...THE WICHITA EISENHOWER NATIONAL CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2015...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1888 TO 2015

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
................................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              83   12/24/1955
 LOW              -16   12/22/1989
HIGHEST            66   12/11                         60  12/08
                        12/10
                        12/09
LOWEST             17   12/18                          7  12/31
AVG. MAXIMUM     52.1              43.5     8.6     45.2
AVG. MINIMUM     30.2              24.1     6.1     31.1
MEAN             41.1              33.8     7.3     38.2
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      4               5.0    -1.0        2
DAYS MIN <= 32     20              25.0    -5.0       17
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.6    -0.6        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         4.71   1984
 MINIMUM         0.02   1950
TOTALS           2.22              1.20    1.02     1.29
DAILY AVG.       0.07              0.04    0.03     0.04
DAYS >= .01         7               5.7     1.3       10
DAYS >= .10         2               2.6    -0.6        4
DAYS >= .50         2               0.8     1.2        0
DAYS >= 1.00        1               0.2     0.8        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.04   12/12 TO 12/13

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           16.3   1918
                        0
                        0
TOTALS            0.4               4.2    -3.8      4.2
SINCE 7/1         0.7               5.6    -4.9      6.0
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= 1.0         0               1.3    -1.3        2
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         T   12/28                          3  12/18
 24 HR TOTAL      0.3   12/30 TO 12/30               2.0

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     730               967    -237      825
 SINCE 7/1       1299              1843    -544     1705
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1       1907              1686     221     1849
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              11.1
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    36/020    DATE  12/27
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    50/010    DATE  12/26

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.50
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            9
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             13
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          9

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     70

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

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

&&

...DECEMBER PROVED WARM AND WET ACROSS THE REGION...

DECEMBER WEATHER EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:

1) RECORD RAINFALL LEADS TO WIDESPREAD FLOODING FROM THE 12TH TO
THE 15TH.

2) SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN MAKE FOR A SLICK CHRISTMAS WEEKEND.

ALTHOUGH METEOROLOGICAL WINTER STARTED ON DECEMBER 1ST...SPRINGLIKE
WEATHER PAID ONE FINAL VISIT TO CENTRAL...SOUTH-CENTRAL AND
SOUTHEAST KANSAS FROM THE 8TH TO THE 12TH...WHEN TEMPERATURES SOARED
INTO THE MID 60S ACROSS THE NEIGHBORHOOD. THE WARMTH WAS GREATEST IN
CENTRAL KANSAS WHERE RUSSELL SET RECORD HIGHS ON THE 8TH AND 9TH.

RUSSELL`S RECORDS WERE:
1) ON THE 8TH: 67 (WHICH BROKE THE RECORD OF 62 SET IN 1990.)
2) ON THE 9TH: 72 (WHICH BROKE THE RECORD OF 68 SET IN 1957.)

THE UNSEASONABLE WARMTH WASN`T LIMITED TO THE DAYTIME FOR THERE WERE
UNSEASONABLY WARM NIGHTS AS WELL. THIS WAS ESPECIALLY TRUE ON THE
20TH...WHEN RECORD WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURES OCCURRED.

THE RECORD WARMEST LOWS WERE:

ON THE 20TH:
1) WICHITA: 46 (PREVIOUS RECORDS: 42 IN 2006 AND IN 1967.)
2) CHANUTE: 47 (PREVIOUS RECORD: 43 IN 2006.)

THE ATMOSPHERE DIDN`T TURN ON THE SPRINKLERS UNTIL THE 12TH BUT WHEN
IT DID...IT WAS FULL THROTTLE.

A VIGOROUS PERTURBATION PUSHED EAST/NORTHEAST FROM THE ROCKIES TO
THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. THE DISTURBANCE DRAGGED A COLD FRONT ACROSS
KANSAS IN A NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST MANNER. SOUTHEAST OF THE BOUNDARY
WARM AND MOISTURE-RICH AIR SURGED NORTH ACROSS CENTRAL AND EASTERN
KANSAS AND DESTABILIZED THE ATMOSPHERE TO GENERATE NUMEROUS SHOWERS
AND THUNDERSTORMS. NOT ONLY WERE THE RAINS HEAVY...BUT THEY CROSSED
THE SAME AREAS IN A CONVEYOR BELT MANNER FROM HARPER COUNTY...
THROUGH RENO...SEDGWICK AND MCPHERSON COUNTIES...TO ACROSS I-70
NORTH AND EAST OF SALINA. MOST OF THESE AREAS WERE DRENCHED BY 2 TO
3.5 INCHES OF RAIN FROM THE EVENING OF THE 12TH TO THE MORNING OF
THE 13TH.

THE PROLONGED HEAVY RAINS WASHED OUT MANY RECORDS...AMONG THEM WERE
EACH OF THE FOUR PRIMARY CLIMATE SITES.

THE RECORDS SET ON THE 13TH WERE:

1) SALINA:  2.30 INCHES (NEARLY TWICE THE OLD RECORD OF 0.94 INCH
                         SET IN 1984!)
2) RUSSELL: 1.78 INCHES (PREVIOUS RECORD: 0.96 INCH IN 1993.)
3) CHANUTE: 1.64 INCHES (PREVIOUS RECORD: 1.58 INCHES IN 1992.)
4) WICHITA: 1.01 INCHES (PREVIOUS RECORD: 0.64 INCH IN 1992.)

SALINA ALSO SET 3 OTHER PRECIPITATION RECORDS. THE RECORDS WERE:

2-DAY TOTAL:
12TH-13TH: 3.59 INCHES (PREVIOUS RECORD: 2.40 INCHES DECEMBER 10TH
                        AND 11TH 2007)
MONTHLY:
3.66 INCHES (2ND WETTEST. GREATEST: 3.92 INCHES IN 1913)

NO DOUBT...FLOODING AND FLASH FLOODING OCCURRED.

DURING THE EVENING OF THE 13TH...FLASH FLOODING OCCURRED IN HARVEY
AND SEDGWICK COUNTIES. IN HARVEY COUNTY...FLASH FLOODING OCCURRED 3
MILES EAST OF HALSTEAD WHERE THE EAST AND WEST BRANCHES OF EMMA
CREEK MERGED TO CAUSE ROAD CLOSURES. IN SEDGWICK COUNTY...A WATER
RESCUE WAS NEEDED 4 MILES NORTHWEST OF ANDALE WHERE A PERSON DROVE
INTO A FLASH FLOOD. FLASH FLOODING ALSO OCCURRED IN SOUTHEAST RENO
AND SOUTHEAST MCPHERSON COUNTIES WHERE CREEKS "ROSE TO THE OCCASION"
CAUSING FURTHER ROAD CLOSURES.

SEVERAL RIVERS ALSO "ROSE TO THE OCCASION"...MOST NOTABLY THE
ARKANSAS...LITTLE ARKANSAS AND THE NEOSHO.

COUNTYWIDE FLOOD WARNINGS WERE ISSUED FOR MOST OF CENTRAL AND SOUTH-
CENTRAL KANSAS THAT WERE IN EFFECT FROM THE 12TH TO THE 14TH.

IT PROVED TO BE A "SLICK CHRISTMAS WEEKEND" AS A VICIOUS CYCLONE
MOVED EAST ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. THE SAME CYCLONE THAT CAUSED
WIDESPREAD SEVERE WEATHER THAT RANGED FROM BLIZZARDS IN NEW
MEXICO...WESTERN KANSAS AND WEST TEXAS...TO A TORNADO OUTBREAK FROM
EAST TEXAS TO ALABAMA...THIS CYCLONE SPREAD A MIXTURE OF SLEET AND
FREEZING RAIN THAT TURNED NEARLY ALL OF SOUTH-CENTRAL AND MOST OF
SOUTHEAST KANSAS INTO A SKATING RINK. MANY AREAS WERE COATED BY 1/4
TO 1/2 INCH OF GLAZE.

ON THE 26TH AND 27TH...NUMEROUS ACCIDENTS OCCURRED...A FEW OF WHICH
RESULTED IN INJURIES. DAMAGE TO TREES...POWER LINES AND POWER POLES
CERTAINLY RESULTED THAT LED TO SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES. THE MIXTURE
OF LIGHT FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET CHANGED TO LIGHT SNOW IN CENTRAL
AND PART OF SOUTH-CENTRAL KANSAS BUT ACCUMULATIONS WERE GENERALLY
LESS THAN 2 INCHES.

WHILE MOST OF CENTRAL AND SOUTH-CENTRAL KANSAS WERE GETTING GLAZED
OVER...THE OTHER PARTS OF SOUTH-CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST KANSAS WERE
GETTING SOAKED. IN FACT...A FEW AREAS RECEIVED RECORD RAINFALL.

THE RECORDS SET ON THE 26TH WERE:
1) WICHITA: 0.99 INCH (PREVIOUS RECORD: 0.78 INCH SET IN 1942.)
2) CHANUTE: 0.94 INCH (PREVIOUS RECORD: 0.82 INCH SET IN 1942.)

THE NEOSHO RIVER ONCE AGAIN ROSE TO THE OCCASION WITH 3 FORECAST
POINTS REACHING MODERATE FLOOD LEVELS.

...DECEMBER CLIMATE HIGHLIGHTS...

WICHITA: THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 41.1 DEGREES (7.3
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL)...AND TIED 5TH WARMEST DECEMBER SINCE OFFICIAL
RECORDS BEGAN IN 1888. IT WAS THE WARMEST DECEMBER SINCE 1965.
PRECIPITATION-WISE...2.22 INCHES OCCURRED (1.02 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL). IT WAS THE 16TH WETTEST DECEMBER ON RECORD...AND THE
WETTEST SINCE 2011. IN THE SNOW DEPARTMENT...ONLY 0.4 INCHES
FELL...WHICH WAS 3.8 INCHES BELOW NORMAL...AND THE LEAST SNOWIEST
DECEMBER SINCE 2011.

SALINA: THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 39.0 DEGREES (6.7
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL)...AND TIED 6TH WARMEST DECEMBER SINCE OFFICIAL
RECORDS BEGAN IN 1894. IT WAS THE WARMEST DECEMBER SINCE 1941.
PRECIPITATION-WISE...3.66 INCHES OCCURRED (2.72 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL). IT WAS THE 2ND WETTEST DECEMBER ON RECORD...THE WETTEST IS
1913 WHEN 3.92 INCHES WERE MEASURED.

CHANUTE: THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 41.8 DEGREES (7.1
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL)...AND THE 5TH WARMEST DECEMBER SINCE OFFICIAL
RECORDS BEGAN IN 1898. IT WAS THE WARMEST DECEMBER SINCE 1965.
PRECIPITATION-WISE...3.55 INCHES OCCURRED (1.80 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL). IT WAS THE 6TH WETTEST DECEMBER ON RECORD...AND THE WETTEST
SINCE 1992.

WITH A STRONG EL NINO IN PROGRESS...IT`LL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT
KIND OF START WE`LL HAVE TO 2016.

$$

CORRECTIONS:
1) TO ADD SALINA`S RECORD DECEMBER PRECIPITATION TOTAL.
2) TO ADD 2 WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE RECORDS. (FOR WICHITA AND CHANUTE
SET ON DECEMBER 20TH.



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