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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
747 AM CDT FRI MAY 1 2015

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...THE WICHITA EISENHOWER NATIONAL CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL 2015...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1888 TO 2015

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              98   04/06/1893
 LOW               15   04/03/1975
HIGHEST            87   04/01                         88  04/26
                                                          04/12
LOWEST             25   04/04                         27  04/15
AVG. MAXIMUM     72.4              67.7     4.7     70.5
AVG. MINIMUM     48.2              44.5     3.7     43.3
MEAN             60.3              56.1     4.2     56.9
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.4    -0.4        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 32      1               2.4    -1.4        3
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        12.42   1944
 MINIMUM         0.22   1963
TOTALS           2.62              2.59    0.03     0.53
DAILY AVG.       0.09              0.09    0.00     0.02
DAYS >= .01        10               8.0     2.0        7
DAYS >= .10         3               4.9    -1.9        1
DAYS >= .50         2               1.6     0.4        0
DAYS >= 1.00        1               0.6     0.4        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    1.30   04/12 TO 04/12
                        04/12 TO 04/13

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL            6.5   1901
TOTALS            0.0               0.2    -0.2      0.3
SINCE 7/1        18.0              14.9     3.1     23.0
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= 1.0         0               0.0     0.0        0
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         0   MM                            -1  04/14
 24 HR TOTAL      0.0   04/30 TO 04/30               0.3

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     163               291    -128      270
 SINCE 7/1       4202              4508    -306     4866
COOLING TOTAL      28                24       4       33
 SINCE 1/1         28                26       2       33
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              12.7
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    48/310    DATE  04/02
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    68/350    DATE  04/02

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.60
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            6
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             11
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         13

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     61

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                3     RAIN                       5
LIGHT RAIN               16     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       3
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                0     SLEET                      0
FOG                      10     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      0
HAZE                      7

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

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...APRIL ARRIVES WITH A BANG AS SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS TEAR THROUGH
         CENTRAL...SOUTH-CENTRAL...AND SOUTHEAST KANSAS...

THE ATMOSPHERE DIDN`T WAIT LONG TO HAVE SOME "FUN AND GAMES" ACROSS
CENTRAL...SOUTH-CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST KANSAS.

ON APRIL 2ND...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM SPAWNED 3 TORNADOES IN LABETTE
COUNTY THAT EVENING. FORTUNATELY ALL 3 TWISTERS WERE "LITTLE GUYS"
THAT OCCURRED IN RURAL AREAS WITH TRACKS LESS THAN 1 MILE LONG AND
NO MORE THAN 75 YARDS WIDE. HOWEVER...THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THAT
TORE THROUGH THE REGION LATE THAT NIGHT PACKED A NASTY PUNCH.

BETWEEN 11 PM AND MIDNIGHT...A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS TORE
THROUGH BARTON...RICE...AND RENO COUNTIES WITH 70 TO 80 MPH WINDS
THAT SNAPPED POWER POLES AND PELTED EXTREME WESTERN RENO AND EXTREME
SOUTH-CENTRAL RICE COUNTIES WITH PING PONG BALL-SIZED HAIL. SHORTLY
BEFORE MIDNIGHT...A BOAT AND CAMPER STORAGE BUILDING WAS HEAVILY
DAMAGED IN THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF KINGMAN COUNTY AT MT. VERNON.

BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 1 AM...THE LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WENT ON
A RAMPAGE ACROSS HARVEY...SEDGWICK AND BUTLER COUNTIES WHERE DAMAGE
WAS WIDESPREAD AND IN MANY CASES SERIOUS.

IN HARVEY COUNTY...A MOBILE HOME WAS DESTROYED 4 MILES WEST OF
WHITEWATER AND 2 SEMIS WERE OVERTURNED ON I-135 IN NEWTON.
SURPRISINGLY NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

IN NORTHEAST WICHITA...2 MINOR INJURIES RESULTED WHEN THE ROOF WAS
BLOWN OFF THE EMS BUILDING NEAR THE K-96 OVERPASS AT HILLSIDE WHILE
5 MILES WEST OF MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE ONE PERSON WAS INJURED WHEN
HE WAS BLOWN OFF THE PORCH AT LAKESIDE MOBILE HOME PARK. A
CHANNELLED MICROBURST BLEW OFF PART OF THE ROOF AT THE KANSAS HEART
HOSPITAL. AT JABARRA AIRPORT...A LARGE HANGAR WAS LEVELED WITH ALL
DEBRIS BLOWN TOWARD THE EAST WHILE AN INCREDIBLE 89 MPH GUST WAS
MEASURED AT THE KANSAS AVIATION MUSEUM. THE DESTRUCTIVE WINDS NO
DOUBT CAUSED WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES AND FOR A FEW AREAS THE POWER
OUTAGES WERE LENGTHY. AROUND 28,000 RESIDENTS IN NORTH WICHITA WERE
WITHOUT POWER FOR ALMOST 5 DAYS.

IN BUTLER COUNTY...A MOBILE HOME WAS DESTROYED 4 MILES SOUTHEAST OF
EL DORADO WHERE 2 WERE INJURED. TWO MORE MOBILE HOMES WERE DESTROYED
IN DOUGLASS WHILE IN ROSE HILL...A TRANSFORMER WAS BLOWN OUT.

IN SOUTHEAST KANSAS...ALL `HAIL` BROKE LOOSE WHERE FROM AROUND 130
AM TO 215 AM SEVERAL AREAS WERE BOMBED BY GIANT HAIL. INDEPENDENCE
WAS BOMBARDED BY HAIL THAT REACHED 4 INCHES IN DIAMETER...THE SIZE
OF A GRAPEFRUIT...WHILE 3-INCH DIAMETER SPECIMENS CRASH LANDED IN
COFFEYVILLE. TENNIS BALL-SIZED HAIL CAUSED QUITE A "RACKET" IN
EASTERN CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY WHILE IN CENTRAL LABETTE COUNTY...BASEBALL
SIZED HAIL POUNDED ALTAMONT. NO DOUBT MANY WINDOWS WERE SMASHED AND
ROOF DAMAGE WAS EXTENSIVE.

IF THAT WASN`T ENOUGH...MUCH OF SOUTHEAST KANSAS WAS ALSO WHIPLASHED
BY 70 TO 90 MPH WINDS. IN ELK COUNTY...ROOFS WERE BLOWN OFF A COUPLE
BUILDINGS IN MOLINE WHERE TREES THAT WERE UPROOTED PULLED GAS LINES
OUT OF THE GROUND. OTHER BUILDINGS WERE ALSO DAMAGED IN MOLINE THAT
INCLUDED WINDOWS THAT WERE BLOWN OUT. IN WILSON COUNTY...HALF OF THE
ROOF WAS BLOWN OFF A BARN 6 MILES NORTHEAST OF FALL RIVER.

THIS SEVERE THUNDERSTORM OUTBREAK CAUSED AROUND $500,000 DAMAGE.

BARELY A WEEK PASSED WHEN...ON THE EVENING OF THE 8TH...TWO EPISODES
OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS STRUCK SOUTH-CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST KANSAS.
ALTHOUGH THEY WEREN`T AS POWERFUL AS THEIR PREDECESSORS FROM THE
2ND...THESE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS STILL PACKED QUITE A PUNCH. WINDS
FROM 70 TO 80 MPH TORE THROUGH CHAUTAUQUA AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES
WHILE HAIL AS LARGE AS BASEBALLS PUMMELED EXTREME SOUTHWEST KINGMAN
COUNTY AT NASHVILLE.

ON THE 24TH...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WREAKED HAVOC IN RUSSELL AND
LINCOLN COUNTIES. FROM LATE THAT AFTERNOON UNTIL MID-EVENING...HAIL
AS LARGE AS TENNIS BALLS POUNDED BOTH COUNTIES. IN EXTREME NORTHEAST
RUSSELL COUNTY...THE TOWN OF LUCAS WAS HAMMERED BY PING PONG BALL TO
TENNIS BALL-SIZED HAIL THAT SMASHED WINDOWS IN BOTH HOMES AND
VEHICLES AND CAUSED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO NEARLY EVERY ROOF. PING
PONG BALL TO TENNIS BALL-SIZED HAIL SMASHED EVERY SKYLIGHT AT LUCAS
MIDDLE SCHOOL. THE OTHER TENNIS BALL-SIZED HAIL EVENT OCCURRED IN
THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF LINCOLN COUNTY A FEW MILES SOUTH OF THE
SOUTHEAST CORNER OF WILSON LAKE. LATER THAT NIGHT THE THUNDERSTORMS
BECAME PROLIFIC HEAVY RAIN PRODUCERS WITH AMOUNTS FROM AROUND 1.5 TO
NEARLY 3 INCHES REPORTED IN PARTS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTH CENTRAL
KANSAS DURING THE NIGHT. THE HEAVIEST RAINS OCCURRED IN LINCOLN
COUNTY WHERE A FEW AREAS RECEIVED BETWEEN 2.5 AND 2.75 INCHES.

APRIL GOT OFF TO A BLAZING START...LITERALLY...WHEN SOUTH WINDS FROM
20 TO 30 MPH...WITH GUSTS AROUND 40 MPH...SENT TEMPERATURES SOARING
INTO THE MID AND UPPER 80S ACROSS ALL OF CENTRAL AND SOUTH-CENTRAL
KANSAS ON APRIL FOOLS DAY. THE HIGH TEMPERATURES WERE...ON AVERAGE
AN ASTOUNDING 25 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE EXTREMELY HOT AND WINDY
WEATHER PRODUCED AN EXTREME GRASSLAND FIRE DANGER ACROSS CENTRAL AND
SOUTH-CENTRAL KANSAS WHICH PROMPTED RED FLAGS TO BE HOISTED FOR ALL
OF THESE AREAS FROM AROUND NOON UNTIL EARLY THAT EVENING. THEN ON
THE 2ND...A POWERFUL COLD FRONT THAT VENTURED INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD
"PUT OUT THE FIRES" BY NOT ONLY BRINGING MUCH COOLER WEATHER INTO
THE AREA...BUT ALSO THE EXTREMELY VIOLENT THUNDERSTORMS THAT TORE
THROUGH THE AREA.

JUST 3 DAYS LATER...ON THE 4TH...ALL AREAS CHILLED OUT WITH LOWS IN
THE MID 20S. SO IN 3 DAYS...RESIDENTS WENT FROM RUNNING AIR
CONDITIONERS TO TURNING ON THE FURNACES.

THE REST OF APRIL WAS UNEVENTFUL...BUT AS CLEARLY MENTIONED EARLIER
THE ATMOSPHERE HAD ALREADY EXPERIENCED NASTY MOOD SWINGS.

WE`RE ABOUT TO SEE HOW THE ATMOSPHERE BEHAVES IN MAY.

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