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CLIMATE REPORT...UPDATED TO INCLUDE NARRATIVE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
613 AM CST THU MAR 3 2016

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...THE WICHITA EISENHOWER NATIONAL CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 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              87   02/22/1996
 LOW              -22   02/12/1899
HIGHEST            77   02/18                         74  02/08
LOWEST             18   02/04                          7  02/02
AVG. MAXIMUM     57.9              48.2     9.7     44.5
AVG. MINIMUM     30.2              26.1     4.1     20.0
MEAN             44.1              37.2     6.9     32.2
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               3.6    -3.6        6
DAYS MIN <= 32     20              19.9     0.1       26
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.5    -0.5        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         4.61   1915
 MINIMUM         0.00   2006
                        1991
                        1930
TOTALS           0.55              1.18   -0.63     0.66
DAILY AVG.       0.02              0.04   -0.02     0.02
DAYS >= .01         2               5.4    -3.4       10
DAYS >= .10         2               3.0    -1.0        2
DAYS >= .50         0               0.7    -0.7        0
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.1    -0.1        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.55   02/01 TO 02/02

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           21.2   2013
TOTALS            0.0               3.2    -3.2      6.8
SINCE 7/1         0.8              12.4   -11.6     16.8
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= 1.0         0               1.0    -1.0        2
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         0   MM                             2  02/22
 24 HR TOTAL      0.0   02/29 TO 02/29               3.7

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     599               780    -181      911
 SINCE 7/1       2850              3664    -814     3565
COOLING TOTAL       0                 0       0        0
 SINCE 1/1          0                 0       0        0
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              12.3
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    41/330    DATE  02/08
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    51/330    DATE  02/08

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.40
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           11
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             15
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          3

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     51

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

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

&&

...FEBRUARY 2016 MUCH WARMER AND DRIER THAN NORMAL AREAWIDE...

FEBRUARY 2016 WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR BEING USUALLY WARM AND DRY FOR
MOST OF THE MONTH. THIS WAS ESPECIALLY TRUE DURING THE LATTER HALF
OF THE MONTH WHEN MANY AREAS HAD AN EARLY SAMPLING OF SPRING.

FOR MOST AREAS...THE WARMEST PERIOD WAS FROM THE 17TH TO THE 20TH...
WHEN AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURES IN MOST AREAS WERE AROUND 15 TO AN
AMAZING 30 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

IT WAS ON THE 18TH WHEN THE REGION FELT THE HEAT THE GREATEST.
TEMPERATURES AT RUSSELL AND GREAT BEND SOARED TO 88 DEGREES. THESE
HIGH TEMPERATURES WERE A STAGGERING 41.7 AND 37.3 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY. AT RUSSELL...THE 88 DEGREE HIGH NOT ONLY SET
A RECORD FOR THE 18TH...WHEN IT TORCHED THE RECORD OF 73 SET IN 2014
BY 15 DEGREES...BUT SET A FEBRUARY RECORD BY BREAKING THE MARK OF 85
DEGREES SET IN 1970 AND 1972 WHEN THE HIGHS REACHED 85 ON THE 17TH
AND 29TH...RESPECTIVELY. ON THE 18TH RUSSELL`S AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
WAS 68 DEGREES...A WHOPPING 33.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL!

RECORD HIGHS SET ON THE 18TH WERE:

             PREVIOUS RECORD
RUSSELL:  88    73 IN 2014
SALINA:   79    79 IN 1930 (TIED)
WICHITA:  77    74 IN 1930
CHANUTE:  76    74 IN 1930

THE RECORD-SETTING WARMTH OF THE 18TH LED TO A MILD NIGHT AND EARLY
MORNING FROM THE 18TH TO THE 19TH. RUSSELL SET A WARMEST LOW RECORD
ON THE 19TH WHEN THE LOW WAS ONLY 45 DEGREES. THIS BROKE THE RECORD
OF 41 SET IN 1983.

NOTE: RUSSELL`S CLIMATE RECORD ONLY DATES TO SEPTEMBER 1ST 1949.

RECORD WARMTH ALSO OCCURRED ON THE 27TH WHEN SOUTHERLY WINDS...FROM
20 TO 30 MPH WITH 30 TO 40 MPH GUSTS SENT HIGHS WELL INTO THE MID
70S.

RECORD HIGHS SET ON THE 27TH WERE:

           PREVIOUS RECORD
SALINA:  78   76 IN 1932
RUSSELL: 78   76 IN 1976

WICHITA EXPERIENCED ITS 7TH WARMEST FEBRUARY WITH AN AVERAGE OF 44.1
DEGREES. THE 10 WARMEST FEBRUARIES ARE:

1ST:   48.6 IN 1930
2ND:   45.8 IN 1954
3RD:   45.4 IN 1976
4TH:   45.3 IN 1999
5TH:   44.9 IN 1992
6TH:   44.5 IN 1991
7TH:   44.1 IN 2016**
8TH:   44.0 IN 1946
9TH:   43.6 IN 1931
10TH:  43.3 IN 1926

PRECIPITATION:

THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE PRECIPITATION OCCURRED ON THE 1ST AND 2ND
WHEN THE ONLY WINTER EVENT OF THE MONTH OCCURRED.

ON THE 1ST...AN INTENSE CYCLONE MOVED EAST ACROSS WESTERN KANSAS. ON
THE 2ND...THE CYCLONE LIFTED NORTHEAST TOWARD THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI
VALLEY...ENABLING COLDER AIR TO SPREAD SOUTH ACROSS THE REGION. THE
NORTHWEST WINDS WRAPPING AROUND THE DEPARTING CYCLONE WERE STRONG
...ESPECIALLY ON THE 2ND AND 3RD...AND ALTHOUGH SNOW AMOUNTS ON THE
2ND WERE NO MORE THAN 3 INCHES...THE NORTHWEST WINDS...SUSTAINED
FROM 30 TO 40 MPH WITH 40 TO 50 MPH GUSTS...CAUSED WIDESPREAD
BLOWING AND DRIFTING IN PRIMARILY RUSSELL AND LINCOLN COUNTIES.

ACROSS PARTS OF SOUTH-CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST KANSAS...SHOWERS AND A
FEW THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED ON THE 1ST AND 2ND.

RECORDS WERE ALSO SET OR TIED IN THE PRECIPITATION DEPARTMENT. THOSE
RECORDS WERE IN WICHITA AND APPEAR BELOW.

PRECIPITATION (WATER EQUIVALENT):
0.55 INCH (LEAST SINCE 2007; 0.47)

SNOWFALL:
0.0 (TIED 1931 AND 1991) NORMAL: 3.2 INCHES

FIRE WEATHER:

THE EXCEPTIONALLY...AND A FEW CASES RECORD...WARM WEATHER DURING THE
LATTER HALF OF FEBRUARY RESULTED IN EXTREME GRASSLAND FIRE DANGERS
ACROSS THE REGION. THIS WAS ESPECIALLY TRUE ON THE 18TH WHEN STRONG
SOUTH WINDS...SUSTAINED FROM 25 TO 40 MPH WITH 40 TO 50 MPH GUSTS...
WHIPPED ACROSS KANSAS. RED FLAGS WERE HOISTED ACROSS ALL AREAS BUT
FIRES DID BREAK OUT IN A FEW AREAS. GRASSLAND FIRE DANGER WAS ALSO A
MAJOR CONCERN ON THE 27TH...WHEN SOUTHERLY 20 TO 30 MPH WINDS...WITH
35 TO 40 MPH GUSTS...TEAMED WITH RECORD WARMTH TO CAUSE RED FLAGS TO
BE HOISTED ACROSS THE AREA. SIGNIFICANT GRASSLAND FIRES BROKE OUT IN
PARTS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTH-CENTRAL KANSAS BUT NO STRUCTURES WERE
AFFECTED.

WE SHALL SEE IF ANY METEOROLOGICAL MARCH MADNESS AWAITS US.

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