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CLIMATE REPORT...UPDATED TO INCLUDE NARRATIVE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
1148 PM CDT MON JUN 2 2014

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...THE SALINA KS CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF MAY 2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1894 TO 2014

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH             106   05/23/1938
 LOW               19   05/01/1909
HIGHEST           101   05/06                         94  05/14
LOWEST             32   05/02                         31  05/03
AVG. MAXIMUM     81.5              76.5     5.0     76.6
AVG. MINIMUM     54.4              54.0     0.4     53.0
MEAN             67.9              65.3     2.6     64.8
DAYS MAX >= 90      8               2.0     6.0        2
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 32      1               0.0     1.0        1
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        17.34  1903
 MINIMUM         0.25  1966
TOTALS           3.95              4.75   -0.80     7.02
DAILY AVG.       0.13              0.15   -0.02     0.23
DAYS >=  .01        6              10.9    -4.9       11
DAYS >=  .10        4               7.3    -3.3        8
DAYS >=  .50        2               3.1    -1.1        4
DAYS >= 1.00        1               1.5    -0.5        3
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    2.95   05/23 TO 05/24

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL      99                96       3      127
 SINCE 7/1       5397              4864     533     4917
COOLING TOTAL     196               103      93      126
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              10.5
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    35/160    DATE  05/11
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    50/190    DATE  05/11

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.20
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           23
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              7
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          1

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     58

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                4     RAIN                       4
LIGHT RAIN                8     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.

&&

                 ...MUCH NEEDED RAINFALL ARRIVES IN MAY...

AFTER EXPERIENCING AN EXCEPTIONALLY DRY APRIL (ESPECIALLY WICHITA WHERE
ONLY 0.53 INCH WAS MEASURED TO MAKE 2014 THE 6TH DRIEST ON RECORD) MUCH
NEEDED RAINFALL ARRIVED IN MAY. ALTHOUGH MONTHLY TOTALS WERE STILL BELOW
NORMAL FOR MANY AREAS THE DEPARTURES WEREN`T NEARLY AS DRASTIC AS THEY`D
BEEN IN APRIL.

THE GREATEST CONTRIBUTORS WERE THUNDERSTORMS THAT PAID EXTENDED VISITS
FOR MOST OF THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND...A FEW OF WHICH WERE SEVERE WITH
1 TO 1.5 INCH DIAMETER HAIL BUT IT WAS THE TORRENTIAL RAIN THAT DREW THE
GREATEST ATTENTION. MOST AREAS RECEIVED 1 TO 3 INCHES FROM THE EVENING
OF THE 22ND TO THE MORNING OF THE 24TH. SALINA AND RUSSELL SET RAINFALL
RECORDS ON THE 23RD WITH 2.90 AND 1.97 INCHES...RESPECTIVELY. CHANUTE
SET A RECORD ON THE 24TH WITH 2.39 INCHES. THE PROLONGED HEAVY RAINS
PROMPTED FLOOD WARNINGS TO BE ISSUED FOR MANY AREAS FROM THE 22ND TO THE
24TH.

PROLIFIC HAIL-PRODUCING SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS STRUCK THE WEEKEND OF THE
10TH AND 11TH. ALTHOUGH THERE WERE A FEW REPORTS OF PING PONG AND GOLF
BALL SIZED HAIL THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE HAIL THAT OCCURRED ON THE 10TH
WAS AROUND ONE INCH. THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THAT OCCURRED ON THE 11TH
WERE MUCH MORE INTENSE AS THERE WERE NUMEROUS REPORTS OF HAIL AROUND THE
SIZE OF GOLFBALLS. THE LARGEST HAIL BOMBARDED BARTON COUNTY JUST BEFORE
8 PM WHEN A 3-INCH DIAMETER SPECIMEN LANDED 3 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF
GREAT BEND. AT 1040 PM...TENNISBALL-SIZED HAIL WAS REPORTED IN SOUTHWEST
KINGMAN COUNTY 2 MILES NORTHEAST OF WILLOWDALE.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THAT OCCURRED ON THE 11TH ALSO SPAWNED AROUND 3
TORNADOES. THE FIRST TWO WERE SHORT-LIVED. ONE OCCURRED JUST A HAIL
STONE`S THROW NORTH OF THE RENO/RICE COUNTY LINE IN AND AROUND STERLING.
THE OTHER WAS A LITTLE GUY THAT TOUCHED BRIEFLY IN EXTREME SOUTHWEST
MCPHERSON COUNTY 4 MILES NORTH OF INMAN. THE MOST NOTICEABLE WAS THE 3RD
THAT TRACKED FROM 7 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MCPHERSON AND PASSED THE I-135
MCPHERSON EXIT.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM THAT TORE ACROSS THE SEDGWICK/HARVEY COUNTY LINE
PRODUCED 70 TO 80 MPH WINDS 5 MILES NORTHEAST OF SEDGWICK AROUND 1145 PM
THAT SAME NIGHT.

THERE WERE 2 PERIODS OF INTENSE HEAT. THE FIRST OCCURRED FROM THE 3RD TO
THE 7TH. ON THE 4TH...WICHITA WAS TORCHED BY A HIGH OF 102 DEGREES THAT
SCORCHED THE MARK OF 94 DEGREES SET WAY BACK IN 1963. THIS ALSO SET A
RECORD FOR THE EARLIEST OCCURRENCE OF A 100-DEGREE HIGH. ON THE 6TH AND
7TH...HIGHS REACHED THE 90S IN MOST AREAS. ON THE 7TH...RUSSELL AND
WICHITA SET RECORD HIGHS OF 98 AND 96 DEGREES...RESPECTIVELY. THE 2ND
PERIOD OCCURRED FROM THE 19TH TO THE 21ST WHEN HIGHS REACHED THE 90S IN
MOST AREAS. ONE EXCEPTION WAS RUSSELL WHERE...ON THE 19TH...THE MERCURY
SOARED TO 102 DEGREES THAT BURNED THE 97-DEGREE MARK SET IN 2006.

SO FAR IT HAS BEEN A RELATIVELY QUIET SPRING...ESPECIALLY IN THE TORNADO
DEPARTMENT. WE`RE ABOUT TO SEE IF THAT TREND CONTINUES IN JUNE.

$$

ES/ADK

*CORRECTED NEXT TO LAST PARAGRAPH OF NARRATIVE TO INCLUDE RECORD HIGH
TEMPERATURE DATA FOR WICHITA ON THE 4TH AND FOR EARLIEST OCCURRENCE.*







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