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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
1029 AM CST SUN JAN 1 2017

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...THE TOPEKA KS CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE YEAR OF 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1887 TO 2016

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH             114   07/24/1936
 LOW              -26   12/23/1989
HIGHEST           103   06/22        MM      MM      100  07/24
LOWEST             -9   12/18        MM      MM        0  02/05
AVG. MAXIMUM     69.3              66.1     3.2     67.8
AVG. MINIMUM     47.0              44.2     2.8     45.3
MEAN             58.1              55.1     3.0     56.6
DAYS MAX >= 90     56              41.5    14.5       45
DAYS MAX <= 32     19              21.3    -2.3       23
DAYS MIN <= 32    103             110.9    -7.9      106
DAYS MIN <= 0       2               4.0    -2.0        1

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        60.89   1973
 MINIMUM        19.07   1963
TOTALS          43.23             36.46    6.77    49.39
DAILY AVG.       0.12              0.10    0.02     0.14
DAYS >= .01        95              99.6    -4.6      109
DAYS >= .10        65              60.6     4.4       67
DAYS >= .50        27              23.9     3.1       30
DAYS >= 1.00       15              10.1     4.9       17
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    3.54   MM                       09/10 TO 09/10
                                                          02/17 TO 02/17
                                                          02/28 TO 02/28

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           48.6   1960
 24 HR TOTAL     17.3   02/26/1900 TO 02/27/1900
 SNOW DEPTH        18   03/16/1960
TOTALS            6.8              17.8   -11.0      9.1
SINCE 7/1         3.1               6.5    -3.4      1.2
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= TRACE      29              12.7    16.3       28
DAYS >= 1.0         3               5.2    -2.2        3
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         2   12/19                          2  02/19
                        12/18                             02/18
 24 HR TOTAL      2.6   MM                       02/17 TO 02/17
                                                          02/28 TO 02/28
                                                          02/28 TO 02/28

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    4127              5020    -893     4467
 SINCE 7/1         MM              2017      MM       MM
COOLING TOTAL    1711              1422     289     1536
 SINCE 1/1       1711              1422     289     1536
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              7.7
RESULTANT WIND SPEED/DIRECTION   1/176
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    44/350    DATE  07/07
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    56/320    DATE  02/08

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.30

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     66

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM             61     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN               45     RAIN                      54
LIGHT RAIN              105     FREEZING RAIN              1
LT FREEZING RAIN          4     HAIL                       7
HEAVY SNOW                1     SNOW                       3
LIGHT SNOW               18     FOG                      147
FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE    24     HAZE                      26

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

REMARKS...

VERY WARM SPRING AND FALL SEASONS HELP PUSH 2016 TO BE THE SIXTH
HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD IN TOPEKA. A WET SPRING AND THE PERIODS OF
ABNORMAL DRYNESS OCCURRING IN THE DRY TIMES OF THE YEAR CONTRIBUTED
TO THE YEAR BEING THE SEVENTEENTH WETTEST TO BE MEASURED. THE TOTAL
SNOWFALL WAS ALSO THE TENTH LOWEST ON RECORD FOR A CALENDAR YEAR.

WEATHER OF NOTE IN JANUARY WAS LIMITED...BUT IMPACTFUL. FREEZING
DRIZZLE ON JANUARY 18 LEAD TO MANY TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS. ONLY 0.2
INCHES OF SNOW FELL IN FEBRUARY...THE NINETEENTH LOWEST TOTAL ON
RECORD FOR THAT MONTH. AS ONE MIGHT EXPECT...TEMPERATURES IN
FEBRUARY WERE QUITE WARM. RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES WERE SET ON
FEBRUARY 16 AND 18 AND THIS THREE-DAY SPAN WAS THE THIRD WARMEST
SUCH PERIOD IN FEBRUARY ON RECORD. THE 78 DEGREE READING ON FEBRUARY
18 WAS THE SEVENTH WARMEST VALUE ON RECORD IN FEBRUARY. MARCH 7
NEARED THE IMPRESSIVE WARMTH OF FEBRUARY 18. THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE
ON MARCH 7 WAS 64 DEGREES...THE EIGHTH HIGHEST MINIMUM IN RECORD FOR
MARCH. THE COLD SEASON WASNT OVER HOWEVER AS 1.4 INCHES OF SNOW FELL
ON MARCH 27. THIS WAS THE HIGHEST ONE-DAY TOTAL FOR THE 2015-2016
WINTER SEASON. APRIL STARTED DRY DRY WITH ONLY 0.16 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION MEASURED THROUGH APRIL 15...BUT 6.76 INCHES FELL OVER
THE LAST HALF OF THE MONTH. THE FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH WAS THE
SIXTH DRIEST ON RECORD...WHILE THE LAST HALF WAS THE WETTEST ON
RECORD WITH MEASURABLE AMOUNTS FALLING ON ALL BUT THREE DAYS. MAY
CONTINUED TO BE CONSISTENTLY WET AS AT LEAST TWO HUNDREDTHS OF AN
INCH FELL ON FIFTEEN OF ITS 31 DAYS. JUNE AND JULY BROUGHT SOME
PERIOD OF VERY HIGH HEAT. HEAT INDEX VALUES FROM THE MID 90S TO 103
WERE COMMON IN THE LAST HALF OF JUNE...WITH 102 TO 107 VALUES FROM
JULY 17 TO JULY 24. A BREAK IN THE HEAT WAS NOTED ON JULY 3 WHEN THE
HIGH TEMPERATURE THAT DAY BROKE THE RECORD FOR THE LOWEST MAXIMUM
TEMPERATURE FOR THAT DATE...BUT THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY RETURNED
QUICKLY WITH A 110 DEGREE HEAT INDEX MEASURED ON JULY 5. THE END OF
AUGUST WAS AN ACTIVE PERIOD OF THUNDERSTORMS WITH ONLY ONE OF ITS
LAST NINE DAYS BEING THUNDERSTORM-FREE. TEMPERATURES DURING THE FALL
AVERAGED TO BE MUCH ABOVE NORMAL WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES NEAR 90
DEGREES FROM SEPTEMBER 19 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 24 AND THE FIRST FREEZE
OCCURRING ON NOVEMBER 9. THIS WAS THE SIXTH LATEST FIRST FALL FREEZE
ON RECORD. NOVEMBER 17 SET RECORDS FOR THE HIGHEST AND HIGHEST
MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WITH 77 AND 64 DEGREES...RESPECTIVELY...AND WAS
THE SEVENTH WARMEST NOVEMBER DAY ON RECORD. FREEZING DRIZZLE WAS
PREVALENT ON DECEMBER 16 AND CAUSED MANY TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS. VERY
COLD AIR FOLLOWED WITH WIND CHILL VALUES FROM TEN TO TWENTY DEGREES
BELOW ZERO ON DECEMBER 17 AND 18. A WEEK LATER ON CHRISTMAS
DAY...THE TEMPERATURE REACHED 68 DEGREES...TYING THE RECORD HIGH FOR
DECEMBER 25...HELPING CONDITIONS FEEL NEARLY 80 DEGREES WARMER THAN
JUST A WEEK BEFORE.


-- SEASONAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURES IN THE TOP 20 ON RECORD --

SPRING......11TH HOTTEST /TIED/ /MARCH THROUGH MAY/
FALL.........1ST HOTTEST /TIED/ /SEPTEMBER THROUGH NOVEMBER/

-- SEASONAL TOTAL PRECIPITATION IN THE TOP 20 ON RECORD --

SPRING.......3RD WETTEST


-- MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES IN THE TOP 20 ON RECORD --

FEBRUARY....11TH HOTTEST
MARCH........8TH HOTTEST
JUNE.........6TH HOTTEST
SEPTEMBER...20TH HOTTEST /TIED/
OCTOBER.....13TH HOTTEST
NOVEMBER.....1ST HOTTEST /TIED/


-- MONTHLY TOTAL PRECIPITATION IN THE TOP 20 ON RECORD --

FEBRUARY....18TH DRIEST
APRIL........7TH WETTEST
MAY.........11TH WETTEST
SEPTEMBER....6TH WETTEST
NOVEMBER....14TH DRIEST


-- MONTHLY TOTAL SNOWFALL IN THE TOP 20 ON RECORD --

FEBRUARY....19TH LEAST


-- DAILY RECORDS --

HIGHEST MAXIMUM - FEB 18....78 F
                  FEB 20....76 F
                  JUN 22...103 F
                  NOV 16....80 F
                  NOV 17....77 F
                  DEC 25....68 F /TIED/

LOWEST MINIMUM -- NONE

HIGHEST MINIMUM - MAR 7.....64 F
                  JUN 22....80 F
                  JUL 22....80 F /TIED/
                  SEP 7.....77 F /TIED/
                  OCT 16....66 F /TIED/
                  OCT 17....69 F
                  NOV 17....64 F

LOWEST MAXIMUM -- JUL 3.....71 F /TIED/

PRECIPITATION --- MAR 13....1.13 INCHES

SNOWFALL -------- NONE


-- THUNDERSTORM-RELATED SEVERE WEATHER REPORTS --

HAIL ----- 1" HAIL JUN 15

WIND ----- TREE DAMAGE MAY 26
           TREE DAMAGE JUN 15
           POWER POLE DAMAGE JUL 7
           TREE DAMAGE AUG 19

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