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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
555 AM CDT SAT JUN 1 2013

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...THE WICHITA MID CONTINENT KS CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MAY 2013...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1888 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             100   05/09/2011
                        05/23/1996
                        05/10/1967
 LOW               27   05/01/1909
HIGHEST            89   05/14                         95  05/26
LOWEST             35   05/02                         47  05/08
AVG. MAXIMUM     75.5              76.7    -1.2     84.7
AVG. MINIMUM     54.4              55.2    -0.8     60.8
MEAN             65.0              66.0    -1.0     72.8
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               1.5    -1.5       11
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        13.14   2008
 MINIMUM         0.52   1973
TOTALS           5.42              4.57    0.85     2.10
DAILY AVG.       0.17              0.15    0.02     0.07
DAYS >= .01         8              11.4    -3.4        5
DAYS >= .10         7               7.1    -0.1        2
DAYS >= .50         4               3.2     0.8        2
DAYS >= 1.00        2               1.4     0.6        1
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    2.10   05/29 TO 05/30

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL              T   2010
                        2008
                        5
TOTALS              TR              0.0     0.0      0.0
SINCE 7/1        30.0              14.9    15.1      3.0
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= 1.0         0               0.0     0.0        0
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         0   MM                             0  MM
 24 HR TOTAL        T   05/02 TO 05/02               0.0

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     116                80      36       12
 SINCE 7/1       4474              4588    -114     3617
COOLING TOTAL     122               110      12      260
 SINCE 1/1        138               136       2      361
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              12.2
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    41/190    DATE  05/29
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    51/190    DATE  05/29

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.60
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            6
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             15
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         10

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     72

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                5     RAIN                       5
LIGHT RAIN               11     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       1
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       1
LIGHT SNOW                1     SLEET                      1
FOG                      19     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.

&&

               ...THUNDERSTORMS PICK UP THE PACE IN MAY...

ALTHOUGH THERE WASN`T NEARLY AS MUCH ATMOSPHERIC `MAY`HEM IN CENTRAL...
SOUTH-CENTRAL OR SOUTHEAST KANSAS IN MAY AS THERE WAS IN OTHER PARTS OF
THE MIDWEST (MOST NOTABLY OKLAHOMA!)...THUNDERSTORMS DID NONE-THE-LESS
INCREASE IN FREQUENCY AND SEVERITY.

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT OCCURRED ON THE 19TH WHEN EXCEPTIONALLY POWERFUL
THUNDERSTORMS PUMMELED MUCH OF SOUTH-CENTRAL KANSAS WITH HAIL AS LARGE
AS BASEBALLS AND SEVERAL TORNADOES. ONE OF THE TWISTERS HAD TAKEN DEAD
AIM AT THE WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE WHEN IT VEERED SLIGHTLY TO THE RIGHT
AND LIFTED 2 MILES SOUTH OF THE STATION. THE TORNADO WAS RATED AN EF2
WITH ROTATIONAL VELOCITIES THAT RANGED FROM 111 TO 135 MPH. THE TRACK
WAS 4.6 MILES LONG AND REACHED ONE HALF MILE WIDE. THE OTHER TORNADOES
THAT OCCURRED THAT AFTERNOON AND EVENING WERE WEAK WITH SHORT LIFESPANS.

AT TIMES...THE HAIL WAS VERY LARGE. IN A FEW INSTANCES THE HAIL REACHED
BASEBALL-SIZED WITH THE LARGEST BEING 3 INCHES. THE AREAS HARDEST HIT BY
THE DESTRUCTIVE HAIL WERE SOUTHEAST COWLEY COUNTY WHERE THE 3-INCH
SPECIMEN LANDED AND IN NORTHEAST WICHITA WHERE BASEBALL-SIZED HAIL
CAUSED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO HOMES IN BEL AIRE.

VERY HEAVY RAINS ALSO OCCURRED. THE GREATEST OCCURRED ON THE 29TH AND
30TH WHEN MOST OF SOUTHEAST KANSAS WAS SOAKED BY 3 TO 6 INCHES. NOT
SURPRISINGLY FLOODING OCCURRED. SEVERAL RIVERS `ROSE TO THE OCCASION
WITH A FEW REACHING FLOOD STAGE...ALBEIT BARELY. A FLOOD WATCH HAD BEEN
ISSUED FOR SOUTHEAST KANSAS FROM THE MORNING OF THE 30TH TO EARLY ON THE
MORNING OF JUNE 1ST.

ONLY ONE RAINFALL RECORD WAS SET WHEN SALINA MEASURED 2.77 INCHES ON THE
29TH.

METEOROLOGICAL SPRING IS IN THE BOOKS AND WHILE THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
ACTIVITY WASN`T ON A PAR WITH MOST OF ITS PREDECESSORS IT NONE-THE-LESS
PRODUCED SOME ANXIOUS MOMENTS.

WE SHALL SOON FIND OUT IF JUNE CONTINUES THE PACE THAT MAY STARTED TO
SET DURING THE LATTER PART OF THE MONTH.

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