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CLIMATE REPORT...CORRECTED NUMBER OF THUNDERSTORM DAYS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
1123 AM CDT SUN MAY 1 2016

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...THE CHANUTE KS CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL 2016...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1894 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              96   04/14/1936
 LOW               14   04/03/1936
HIGHEST            87   04/10                         87  04/07
LOWEST             26   04/02                         27  04/04
AVG. MAXIMUM     72.3              67.9     4.4     70.0
AVG. MINIMUM     47.1              45.8     1.3     48.5
MEAN             59.7              56.8     2.9     59.3
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.1    -0.1        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 32      2               2.1    -0.1        1
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        16.25   1994
 MINIMUM         0.16   1900
TOTALS           5.47              4.40    1.07     4.53
DAILY AVG.       0.18              0.15    0.03     0.15
DAYS >= .01        10               9.8     0.2       12
DAYS >= .10         8               6.4     1.6        8
DAYS >= .50         5               3.0     2.0        4
DAYS >= 1.00        2               1.1     0.9        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.91   04/26 TO 04/27

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     175               271     -96      187
 SINCE 7/1       3528              4402    -874     4372
COOLING TOTAL      24                27      -3       22
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              11.0
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    36/320    DATE  04/07
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    48/320    DATE  04/07

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.30
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           17
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              9
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          4

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     62

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              4     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                4     RAIN                       6
LIGHT RAIN               10     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                0     SLEET                      0
FOG                      12     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      1
HAZE                      5

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

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...APRIL ENDS IN A VOLATILE MANNER...

FOR MOST OF APRIL...THE ATMOSPHERE BEHAVED ITSELF. SCATTERED SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS DID VISIT SOUTHEAST KANSAS ON THE EVENING OF THE 10TH
BUT THE LARGEST HAIL WAS ONLY 1 INCH IN DIAMETER. WHEN THE MONTH
ENTERED ITS FINAL LAP...THE THUNDERSTORMS BECAME MORE ROBUST.

ON THE 24TH...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS BROKE OUT ACROSS CENTRAL KANSAS
IN THE AFTERNOON AND CONTINUED UNTIL LATE THAT EVENING. THE SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS WERE PROLIFIC HAIL-PRODUCERS WITH NUMEROUS REPORTS OF
HAIL FROM THE SIZE OF GOLFBALLS TO BASEBALLS.

HARDEST HIT WAS SALINE COUNTY WHERE HAIL REACHED AROUND THE SIZE OF
BASEBALLS 5 OR 6 MILES NORTH OF SALINA AS WELL AS IN AND AROUND NEW
CAMBRIA THAT EVENING. IN FACT...NEW CAMBRIA WAS CLOBBERED BY HAIL 3
INCHES IN DIAMETER. LATER IN THE EVENING...HAIL THE SIZE OF LEMONS
AND TENNISBALLS POUNDED MCPHERSON COUNTY.

MORE PROLIFIC HAIL-PRODUCING SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WOULD ARRIVE JUST
2 DAYS LATER. ON THE 26TH...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WOULD ARRIVE EARLY
IN THE AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE WELL INTO THE NIGHT. THE HAIL WASN`T
AS LARGE BUT THERE WERE NUMEROUS REPORTS OF 1.5 TO 2 INCH DIAMETER
SPECIMENS ACROSS SOUTH-CENTRAL KANSAS.

TORRENTIAL RAINS CAUSED FLASH FLOODING IN SEDGWICK COUNTY. IN
CLEARWATER...A CREEK OVERFLOWED ITS BANKS AND IN SOUTH WICHITA...
WATERS REACHED 2 FEET RESULTING IN STALLED VEHICLES. FLASH FLOODING
ALSO OCCURRED IN DOWNTOWN WICHITA WHERE MORE VEHICLES WERE STALLED.
MOST OF SEDGWICK COUNTY WAS DOUSED BY 2 TO 3 INCHES OF RAIN IN ONLY
6 HOURS. STORM TOTALS WOULD REACH AROUND 3 1/2 INCHES THAT FOLLOWING
MORNING.

LATE THAT NIGHT...PARTS OF SOUTHEAST KANSAS WOULD GET LASHED BY 60
TO 80 MPH WINDS. HARDEST HIT WERE LABETTE AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES
WHERE POWER LINES AND POWER POLES WERE DOWNED THAT NO DOUBT CAUSED
POWER OUTAGES.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ALSO STRUCK EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON ON THE 29TH.
HARDEST HIT WERE SEDGWICK AND COWLEY COUNTIES...WHERE HAIL REACHED
AROUND THE SIZE OF GOLFBALLS AND WINDS WERE CLOCKED FROM 60 TO 70
MPH. THE THUNDERSTORMS WOULD CROSS FAR SOUTHEAST KANSAS LATER THAT
AFTERNOON WHERE ONE TO ONE A HALF INCH HAIL AND GUSTS AROUND 60 MPH
OCCURRED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY.

ON A FEW OCCASIONS THE WEATHER `RAINED` SUPREME. THIS WAS CERTAINLY
TRUE ON THE 26TH WHEN THE WIDESPREAD 2 TO 3 INCH RAINFALLS DRENCHED
SEDGWICK COUNTY. AMONG THE RECIPIENTS WAS EISENHOWER AIRPORT WHERE
2.75 INCHES WERE MEASURED...BUT THIS WASN`T EVEN CLOSE TO THE RECORD
FOR THE DATE WHICH IS 5.10 INCHES SET IN 2009. THE HEFTY AMOUNT NONE
THE LESS PLAYED THE GREATEST ROLE IN ENABLING 2016 TO BECOME THE 6TH
WETTEST APRIL IN WICHITA.

THE FOLLOWING ARE WICHITA`S 10 WETTEST APRILS:

1ST:  12.42 IN 1944
2ND:   9.94 IN 2009
3RD:   7.08 IN 1942
4TH:   6.79 IN 1945
5TH:   6.33 IN 1951
6TH:   6.23 IN 2016**
7TH:   6.15 IN 1940
8TH:   6.12 IN 1922
9TH:   6.02 IN 1999
10TH:  5.83 IN 1901

THE 6.23 INCHES MEASURED AT WICHITA`S EISENHOWER AIRPORT WAS 3.64
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. HOWEVER...NO DAILY RAINFALL RECORDS WERE SET.

THE ONLY CLIMATE RECORD THAT WAS EITHER SET OR TIED OCCURRED IN THE
5TH WHEN CHANUTE`S HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 85 DEGREES TIED THE RECORD
SET FOR THE DATE IN 2000.

ALTHOUGH AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURES WERE...IN MOST CASES...3 OR 4
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...THERE WERE CHILLY PERIODS. APRIL STARTED OUT
CHILLY WITH LOWS THAT SETTLED INTO THE MID 20S ON THE 1ST AND 2ND IN
MOST AREAS. HIGHS REACHED THE 80S ON 5 OR 6 DATES BUT ON MOST DATES
HIGHS WERE NO WARMER THAN THE MID 70S AND WITH LOWS THAT FREQUENTLY
SETTLED INTO THE 40S...IT WAS AN EXCEPTIONALLY COMFORTABLE MONTH.

ON THE 10TH...HIGHS SOARED INTO THE MID AND UPPER 80S BUT THE WARM
"SPELL" WOULD BE SHORT-LIVED FOR LATE THAT EVENING...A POWERFUL COLD
FRONT WOULD SURGE SOUTHEAST ACROSS KANSAS TO SEND TEMPERATURES INTO
THE UPPER 30S IN CENTRAL AND PARTS OF SOUTH-CENTRAL KANSAS WHILE THE
REST OF THE AREA DROPPED INTO THE LOWER 40S.

ONE THIRD OF 2016 IS IN THE BOOKS AND ALTHOUGH THERE WERE EXCEPTIONS
SUCH AS THE 24TH AND 26TH WHEN SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS DID STRIKE...IT
SO FAR...HAS BEEN A QUIET SPRING...BUT REMEMBER THAT IT CAN CHANGE
QUICKLY. THE PEAK 4-WEEK PERIOD FOR TORNADOES...FROM MID-MAY TO MID-
JUNE...IS FAST APPROACHING. SEVERE THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPMENT CAN BE
EXPLOSIVE...SO WHEN SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AND/OR TORNADO WATCHES ARE
ISSUED...MONITOR THE FORECAST CLOSELY.

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