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CLMICT

CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
1204 PM CST WED JAN 1 2014

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...THE WICHITA MID CONTINENT KS CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 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              83   12/24/1955
 LOW              -16   12/22/1989
HIGHEST            67   12/18                         72  12/03
LOWEST              4   12/23                          7  12/29
                        12/22
AVG. MAXIMUM     42.3              43.5    -1.2     49.3
AVG. MINIMUM     18.1              24.1    -6.0     25.7
MEAN             30.2              33.8    -3.6     37.5
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      9               5.0     4.0        4
DAYS MIN <= 32     30              25.0     5.0       21
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.6    -0.6        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         4.71   1984
 MINIMUM         0.02   1950
TOTALS           0.60              1.20   -0.60     0.34
DAILY AVG.       0.02              0.04   -0.02     0.01
DAYS >= .01         3               5.7    -2.7        4
DAYS >= .10         1               2.6    -1.6        2
DAYS >= .50         1               0.8     0.2        0
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.2    -0.2        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.57   12/21 TO 12/22

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           16.3   1918
                        0
                        0
TOTALS            3.4               4.2    -0.8      2.5
SINCE 7/1         3.4               5.6    -2.2      2.5
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= 1.0         1               1.3    -0.3        2
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         3   12/24                          1  12/20
                        12/23
                        12/22
 24 HR TOTAL      3.1   MM                           1.5

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    1070               967     103      845
 SINCE 7/1       1955              1843     112     1564
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1       1778              1686      92     2312
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              9.8
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    32/350    DATE  12/29
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    40/350    DATE  12/29

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.50
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           11
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             13
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          7

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     67

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               1
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       0
LIGHT RAIN                1     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          5     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       1
LIGHT SNOW                8     SLEET                      2
FOG                      15     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      4
HAZE                      9

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

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...TEMPERATURES EXPERIENCE NASTY `MOOD SWINGS` IN DECEMBER...

ALTHOUGH ONLY ONE WINTER STORM VISITED CENTRAL...SOUTH-CENTRAL...AND
SOUTHEAST KANSAS IN DECEMBER...THE LARGE-SCALE PATTERN WAS NONE-THE-LESS
QUITE ACTIVE AS NUMEROUS PERTURBATIONS THAT SPRINTED OVER NORTH AMERICA
SWEPT STRONG COLD FRONTS ACROSS KANSAS. SIGNIFICANT TEMPERATURE CHANGES
RESULTED TO SUCH A `DEGREE` THAT THE REGION WOULD EXPERIENCE SPRINGLIKE
WEATHER FOR SEVERAL DAYS THEN...ALL OF SUDDEN...WOULD "CHILL OUT" WITH
TEMPERATURES IN THE TEENS AND LOWER 20S WHILE NIGHTTIME READINGS PLUNGED
INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS. TWO ARCTIC INVASIONS WERE SO INTENSE THAT PARTS
OF CENTRAL KANSAS DROPPED TO AROUND 5 BELOW ZERO.

THE MOST INTENSE ARCTIC AIRMASS GRIPPED THE NEIGHBORHOOD FROM THE 5TH TO
THE 12TH. ON THE 9TH...RUSSELL PLUNGED TO 6 BELOW ZERO. ON THE 7TH...
HUTCHINSON EXPERIENCED THE FIRST OF 3 ZERO DEGREE LOWS. THE 3 BELOW ZERO
TEMPERATURE AT RUSSELL TIED THE RECORD SET FOR THE DATE BACK IN 1950. IN
SOUTH-CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST KANSAS...RECORD COLDEST HIGH TEMPERATURES
WERE EITHER SET OT TIED ON THE 5TH. THE HIGH OF 23 DEGREES AT WICHITA`S
MID-CONTINENT AIRPORT TIED THE MARK SET IN 1972. THE 25-DEGREE HIGH IN
CHANUTE SET A RECORD FOR THE DATE...EDGING THE MARK OF 26 DEGREES THAT
WAS ALSO SET IN 1972.

THE MONTH STARTED VERY WARM. ON THE 2ND AND 3RD TEMPERATURES IN CENTRAL
KANSAS SOARED LIKE AN F-22 RAPTOR. THE 70-DEGREE HIGH IN SALINA SET A
RECORD BY EDGING THE 69-DEGREE HIGH SET IN 2001. RUSSELL`S 69-DEGREE
HIGH ON THE 2ND FELL 1 DEGREE SHY OF THE MARK SET LAST YEAR. THIS BALMY
HIGH WAS FOLLOWED BY A 64-DEGREE MAXIMUM ON THE 3RD...BUT THEN THE
FIRST ARCTIC INVASION ARRIVED AND JUST 2 DAYS LATER...TEMPERATURES HAD
TUMBLED DOWN SPIRAL STAIRCASES WITH HIGHS IN THE MID TEENS AND LOWS IN
THE SINGLE DIGITS.

THE 2ND...EXTREMELY INTENSE...ARCTIC INVASION ARRIVED ON THE 20TH AND
GRIPPED MOST AREAS UNTIL THE 24TH. PARTS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTH-CENTRAL
KANSAS EXPERIENCED THEIR COLDEST TEMPERATURES DURING THIS 2ND OUTBREAK.
SALINA DROPPED BELOW ZERO ON THE 22ND AND 23RD WITH LOWS OF 2 BELOW AND
5 BELOW...RESPECTIVELY. IN SOUTH-CENTRAL KANSAS...HUTCHINSON DROPPED TO
ZERO AND WICHITA DROPPED TO 4 DEGREES BOTH MORNINGS BUT JUST BEFORE THE
2ND ARCTIC INVASION ARRIVED...THE MONTH`S ONLY WINTER STORM WREAKED ALL
KINDS OF HAVOC ACROSS THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN THIRDS OF KANSAS.

THE WINTER STORM PRODUCED ABOUT A 50 MILE WIDE SWATH OF 6 TO 13 INCHES
OF SNOW ACROSS PRIMARILY CENTRAL KANSAS FROM AROUND GREAT BEND THROUGH
SALINA THAT EXTENDED ACROSS NORTHEAST KANSAS. A TRIFECTA OF FREEZING
RAIN...SLEET AND SNOW WREAKED HAVOC ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST
KANSAS. MOST OF SOUTHEAST KANSAS WAS COATED WITH 1/4 TO 3/4 INCH OF ICE
WITH THE THICKEST GLAZING OCCURRING IN OKLAHOMA-BORDERING COUNTIES.

ON CHRISTMAS EVE...STIFF SOUTHERLY 20 TO 30 MPH WINDS COMBINED WITH THE
LARGE ICE AND SNOW FIELD TO KEEP THE NEIGHBORHOOD SHROUDED IN A LOW
OVERCAST. THE DIRTY SNOW THAT LINED THE STREETS AND SLUSH TEAMED WITH
THE LOW OVERCAST TO PRODUCE A GRAY CHRISTMAS EVE...BUT EARLY CHRISTMAS
MORNING...SKIES CLEARED AND ALL AREAS HAD BASKED IN SUNSHINE.

THE DEEP SNOW THAT COVERED CENTRAL KANSAS PRODUCED SOME UNORTHODOX HIGH
TEMPERATURE PATTERNS. ON THE 27TH...RUSSELL SOARED TO 63 DEGREES WHILE
GREAT BEND ONLY REACHED 43 DEGREES!

THE MONTH AND YEAR ENDED ON A NICE NOTE AS SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25
MPH WINDS TEAMED WITH MOSTLY SUNNY SKIES TO PRODUCE A BALMY NEW YEAR`S
EVE. MOST AREAS ENJOYED TEMPERATURES IN THE 50S. THIS IS IN VERY SHARP
CONTRAST TO LAST NEW YEAR`S EVE...DURING WHICH WIDESPREAD LIGHT FREEZING
RAIN...FREEZING DRIZZLE AND LIGHT SNOW HAD DEFINITELY MADE FOR A DREARY
END TO THE YEAR.

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