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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
1247 PM CDT TUE NOV 1 2016

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...THE WICHITA EISENHOWER NATIONAL CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1888 TO 2016

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
................................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              97   10/01/2006
 LOW               14   10/30/1917
HIGHEST            91   10/17                         90  10/11
LOWEST             36   10/21                         38  10/29
                                                          10/25
AVG. MAXIMUM     77.4              69.7     7.7     74.6
AVG. MINIMUM     53.0              46.9     6.1     51.0
MEAN             65.2              58.3     6.9     62.8
DAYS MAX >= 90      2               0.4     1.6        1
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 32      0               1.2    -1.2        0
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         9.42   1998
 MINIMUM         0.00   1958
                        1952
TOTALS           2.04              2.78   -0.74     1.08
DAILY AVG.       0.07              0.09   -0.02     0.03
DAYS >= .01         5               7.0    -2.0        4
DAYS >= .10         4               4.1    -0.1        3
DAYS >= .50         1               1.8    -0.8        0
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.8    -0.8        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.92   10/26 TO 10/26

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL            2.5   1905
TOTALS            0.0               0.1    -0.1      0.0
SINCE 7/1         0.0               0.1    -0.1      0.0

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL      76               243    -167      125
 SINCE 7/1         90               286    -196      125
COOLING TOTAL      91                35      56       64
 SINCE 1/1       2043              1684     359     1905
.................................................................

WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              11.7
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    40/240    DATE  10/04
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    62/240    DATE  10/04

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.50
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           11
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             17
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          3

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     66

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              5     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                4     RAIN                       1
LIGHT RAIN                6     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                0     SLEET                      0
FOG                      11     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      2
HAZE                      4

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

&&

...Summer Makes Return Visits this October...
...Warmest October Since 1963 for Most Areas...

According to the calendar it was October. According to the
atmosphere it was still summer.

The first week, the atmosphere was charged and ready for action as
numerous strong and severe thunderstorms struck Kansas on the 4th
and 6th.

On the afternoon of the 4th, severe thunderstorms developed in
Central Kansas where 60 to 70 mph winds and hail as large as
golfballs hit Lincoln County. That evening, the severe thunderstorms
struck South-Central areas with 1 to 2 inch diameter hail and winds
around 70 mph. In fact, the severe thunderstorms were prolific hail
and damaging wind producers. Hardest hit was Sedgwick County where
the hail was large as lemons and 65 to 75 mph winds whipped across
many areas. Although there were no reports of hail damage, there were
many reports of wind damage. Damage to trees and power lines was
widespread. Among the most significant was in Valley Center where an
uprooted tree fell onto a 300-gallon propane tank. Goddard took a
double hit: Golfball-sized hail driven by 70 mph winds. Any damage
that occurred wasn`t reported.

A second outbreak of severe thunderstorms struck 2 days later; on
the 6th. This time, all 4 modes of severe weather occurred,
including 5 tornadoes.

Of the 5 twisters, the first 3 were little guys with tracks no
longer than a half mile and no more wider than 50 yards. Although
the 4th and 5th also had short tracks and lifespans, they were
stronger. The 4th tornado occurred in Northeast Cowley County. Rated
an EF-1, the twister damaged trees and destroyed outbuildings
between Burden and Cambridge. The strongest, an EF-2, struck 4 miles
southeast of Salina where a barn was demolished. Although it, too,
was a little guy with a track only 0.25 mile long and 60 yards wide,
its location was costly, but fortunately there were no injuries.

The greatest threat, by far, was flash flooding that inundated much
of Southeast Kansas late from that evening thru mid-day on the 7th.
The greatest rainfalls occurred in Greenwood and Woodson Counties
where Doppler estimated a staggering 7 to 10 inches. The estimates
proved accurate. In Woodson County, 8.75 inches overwhelmed Toronto.
Many areas were soaked by 4 to 7 inches. No doubt, the flash floods
were major with numerous roads, and even parts of highways, such as
Highways 400 and 99, barricaded in Southeast Kansas. Several roads
remained barricaded on the 7th.

In addition to the flooding and severe weather, abundant warmth was
prevalent across the Kansas region for much of October. In fact,
many locations recorded top ten warmest Octobers, and it was the
warmest October since 1963 for most areas. Below are lists of top
ten warmest Octobers for Wichita, Salina, Russell and Chanute.

...Wichita`s Ten Warmest Octobers Since 1888...

1)  68.4  1947
2)  67.7  1963
3)  67.0  1938
4)  65.9  1940
5)  65.2  2016**
6)  65.0  1950
7)  64.8  1956
8)  64.4  1899
9)  64.2  1934 (Tied)
10) 64.2  1931 (Tied)

...Salina`s Ten Warmest Octobers Since 1894...

1)  67.8  1938
2)  67.5  1963
3)  67.3  1947
4)  66.0  1940
5)  64.0  1956 (Tied)
6)  64.0  1934 (Tied)
7)  63.5  1939
8)  63.3  2016**
9)  63.2  1950
10) 62.9  1931

...Chanute`s Ten Warmest Octobers Since 1898...

1)  69.5  1963
2)  69.1  1900
3)  66.9  1947 (Tied)
4)  66.9  1938 (Tied)
5)  65.5  1931
6)  65.4  1940
7)  65.1  1956
8)  65.0  1939
9)  64.8  1901
10) 64.6  2016**

...Russell`s Ten Warmest Octobers Since 1949...

1)  66.1  1963
2)  62.5  1956
3)  62.1  2016**
4)  61.3  1950
5)  60.8  1953
6)  59.9  2015
7)  59.8  1975
8)  59.4  2007
9)  59.3  1962
10) 59.2  1974

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