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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
616 PM CDT THU OCT 1 2015

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...THE WICHITA EISENHOWER NATIONAL CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 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             108   09/02/2000
                        09/03/1947
 LOW               31   09/30/1984
HIGHEST           102   09/07                         99  09/09
                                                          09/04
LOWEST             53   09/12                         42  09/13
AVG. MAXIMUM     87.9              82.5     5.4     85.6
AVG. MINIMUM     65.1              59.5     5.6     60.9
MEAN             76.5              71.0     5.5     73.3
DAYS MAX >= 90     11               7.0     4.0        8
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        12.96   2008
 MINIMUM         0.03   1956
TOTALS           2.13              3.14   -1.01     0.47
DAILY AVG.       0.07              0.10   -0.03     0.02
DAYS >= .01         8               7.0     1.0        7
DAYS >= .10         5               4.5     0.5        2
DAYS >= .50         2               1.8     0.2        0
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.8    -0.8        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.88   09/25 TO 09/26

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL       0                42     -42       20
 SINCE 7/1          0                43     -43       21
COOLING TOTAL     350               222     128      275
 SINCE 1/1       1841              1649     192     1771
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              11.6
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    36/170    DATE  09/14
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    44/190    DATE  09/14

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.50
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           11
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             16
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          3

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     62

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              6     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                3     RAIN                       4
LIGHT RAIN                7     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                0     SLEET                      0
FOG                       7     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.

&&

...SEPTEMBER CLIMATE SUMMARY AND HIGHLIGHTS...

*WICHITA EXPERIENCES ITS 5TH WARMEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD (SINCE
 1888).

SUMMER 2015 ENDED ON SEPTEMBER 23RD AT 320 AM CDT AND THIS
SUMMER...AS THEY SAY ABOUT BASEBALL PITCHERS WHO GO 9
INNINGS..."WENT THE DISTANCE" AS CENTRAL...SOUTH-CENTRAL AND
SOUTHEAST KANSAS SWEATED IT OUT...WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES THAT
FREQUENTLY EXCEEDED 85 DEGREES...WHILE LOWS FAILED TO DROP BELOW
65 DEGREES ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS.

THE FIRST HALF OF SEPTEMBER WAS ESPECIALLY WARM...HIGHLIGHTED BY
A LABOR DAY WEEKEND DURING WHICH MOST AREAS WERE TORCHED BY 100 TO
105 DEGREE TEMPERATURES. ON THE 6TH...RUSSELL WAS ROASTED BY A
HIGH OF 105...WHICH BROKE THE RECORD OF 102 SET IN 1998. RUSSELL
ALSO TIED A RECORD HIGH ON THE 22ND WHEN THE MERCURY REACHED A
NIFTY 93 DEGREES. THIS HAD TIED THE RECORD SET IN 1968.

THERE WASN`T MUCH RELIEF AT NIGHT EITHER...AS WARMEST LOW
TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE TIED OR SET THAT WEEKEND. THE FURNACE HAD
ACTUALLY BEEN TURNED UP LONG BEFORE THE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY.

THE FOLLOWING RECORD WARM LOW TEMPERATURE EVENTS OCCURRED:

SEPTEMBER 2ND:
                PREVIOUS RECORD
SALINA:  77        76 IN 2002

SEPTEMBER 3RD:
SALINA:  76        76 IN 1964 (TIED)

SEPTEMBER 5TH:
SALINA:  76        75 IN 1990
RUSSELL: 73        73 IN 1970 (TIED)

SEPTEMBER 6TH:
SALINA:  78        78 IN 1985 (TIED)
RUSSELL: 76        74 IN 1989

THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE RECORDS NO DOUBT PLAYED VITAL ROLES IN
DAILY AVERAGES THAT WERE MUCH ABOVE NORMAL. SALINA`S DAILY
AVERAGES WERE EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN 10 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL 13
DAYS DURING THE MONTH...AND ON 4 OCCASIONS THE DAILY AVERAGE
REACHED OR EXCEEDED 15 DEGREES! ON 5 DATES...WICHITA`S DAILY
AVERAGE REACHED OR EXCEEDED 10 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

SEPTEMBER CERTAINLY GOT OFF TO A BLAZING START. FOR
EXAMPLE...WICHITA REACHED OR EXCEEDED 94 DEGREES THROUGH THE FIRST
7 DAYS OF THE MONTH. THE HEAT REACHED A PEAK LABOR DAY
WEEKEND...WHEN HIGHS HIT THE CENTURY MARK ON THE 6TH (100) AND 7TH
(102). SALINA REACHED OR EXCEEDED 95 DEGREES FROM THE 1ST TO THE
7TH...AND ALSO HIT 101 DEGREES ON THE 6TH AND 7TH.

THE 76.5 DEGREE MONTHLY AVERAGE MADE 2015 THE 5TH WARMEST
SEPTEMBER IN WICHITA`S CLIMATE RECORD (SINCE 1888). THE FOLLOWING
ARE WICHITA`S 10 WARMEST SEPTEMBER`S ON RECORD:

1ST)  79.4 IN 1931
2ND)  78.5 IN 1998
3RD)  77.6 IN 1954*
      77.6 IN 1939*
5TH)  76.5 IN 2015**
6TH)  76.3 IN 1978
7TH)  76.1 IN 1911
8TH)  75.9 IN 1933
9TH)  75.4 IN 1947
10TH) 75.3 IN 1921

*TIED

WHEN AUTUMN ARRIVED ON THE 23RD...THE ATMOSPHERE DID TURN DOWN
THE THERMOSTAT...ALTHOUGH HIGHS REACHED THE 80S ON MOST DATES.

DESPITE THE INTENSE HEAT...THUNDERSTORMS PAID ENOUGH VISITS TO
KEEP SEPTEMBER 2015 FROM JOINING 10 DRIEST ON RECORD.

THE MOST VIOLENT THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED ON THE 10TH...WHEN SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS TORE THROUGH PARTS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTH-CENTRAL
KANSAS. HARDEST HIT WAS BARTON COUNTY...WHERE 70 TO 85 MPH WINDS
ROARED THROUGH THE COUNTY THAT EVENING. NOT SURPRISINGLY
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE RESULTED. AROUND 80 PERCENT OF THE ROOF WAS
TORN OFF LINCOLN ELEMENTARY 1 MILE WEST OF GREAT BEND...AND A
NURSING HOME SUFFERED UNSPECIFIED ROOF DAMAGE 1 MILE NORTH OF
GREAT BEND. WINDS OF 70-PLUS MPH TEAMED WITH GOLF BALL-SIZED HAIL
TO SMASH THE WINDSHIELD OF A STORM CHASER`S VEHICLE. FORTUNATELY
THE CHASER WASN`T INJURED. LATER THAT EVENING...WINDS FROM 60 TO
75 MPH TORE THROUGH RENO AND KINGMAN COUNTIES ALONG WITH A COUPLE
REPORTS OF GOLF BALL-SIZED HAIL.

THE ABOVE FACTS AND STATISTICS WEREN`T THE ONLY NEWSWORTHY
EVENTS. DURING THE EVENING OF THE 27TH...THE WEATHER WAS
EXCELLENT...ENABLING ONE AND ALL TO WITNESS A "SUPER MOON" TOTAL
ECLIPSE...A LUNAR ECLIPSE THAT OCCURS WHEN THE MOON IS AT
PERIGEE...OR ITS CLOSEST DISTANCE TO EARTH. HOPEFULLY ONE SAW THIS
STELLAR CELESTIAL EVENT...FOR THE NEXT "SUPER MOON" TOTAL ECLIPSE
WON`T OCCUR UNTIL OCTOBER 2033.

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