Climatological Report (Annual)
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CLIMATE REPORT...RETRANSMITTED UNDER NEW PRODUCT IDENTIFIER
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
623 PM CST THU JAN 14 2010

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...THE TOPEKA KS CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE YEAR OF 2009...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1971 TO 2000
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1887 TO 2010

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           100   06/23        MM      MM      101  08/04
LOWEST             -4   12/10        MM      MM       -6  01/19
AVG. MAXIMUM     65.2              65.3    -0.1     64.7
AVG. MINIMUM     43.5              43.4     0.1     42.9
MEAN             54.4              54.4     0.0     53.8
DAYS MAX >= 90     26              45.1   -19.1       32
DAYS MAX <= 32     20              26.6    -6.6       23
DAYS MIN <= 32    118             117.3     0.7      118
DAYS MIN <= 0       2               7.0    -5.0        3

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        41.75   2009
 MINIMUM        32.72   2006
TOTALS          41.75             35.64    6.11    38.22
DAILY AVG.       0.11              0.10    0.01     0.10
DAYS >= .01       113             100.2    12.8      110
DAYS >= .10        67              59.7     7.3       64
DAYS >= .50        30              22.9     7.1       27
DAYS >= 1.00        9               9.7    -0.7       12
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    3.30   04/26 TO 04/27

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL           48.6   1960
TOTALS           24.2              19.7     4.5     20.9
SINCE 7/1        19.2               6.4    12.8      5.6
DAYS >= TRACE      34              15.0    19.0       43
DAYS >= 1.0         7               6.5     0.5        7
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         6   12/30                          5  02/07
                        12/27                             02/06
 24 HR TOTAL      7.5   12/24 TO 12/25

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    4957              5225    -268     5357
 SINCE 7/1       2119              2057      62     2034
COOLING TOTAL    1189              1357    -168     1354
 SINCE 1/1       1189              1357    -168     1354

WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              7.5
RESULTANT WIND SPEED/DIRECTION   0/050
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    45/360    DATE  06/09
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    58/160    DATE  03/23

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM

NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR          225
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             93
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY         47

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     66

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM             67     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN               44     RAIN                      58
LIGHT RAIN              111     FREEZING RAIN              2
LT FREEZING RAIN          4     HAIL                       2
HEAVY SNOW                2     SNOW                       5
LIGHT SNOW               26     FOG                      183
FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE    38     HAZE                      67

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

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REMARKS...

TEMPERATURES FOR 2009 AVERAGED TO BE VERY NEAR NORMAL...THOUGH IT
WAS THE 19TH WETTEST YEAR IN THE NEARLY 125 YEARS OF DATA ON RECORD
FOR TOPEKA. SNOWFALL WAS JUST A FEW INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS
INFORMATION MASKS MANY INTERESTING EVENTS OF THE YEAR HOWEVER.

THE YEAR STARTED OFF ON THE WARM AND DRY SIDE. JANUARY AND FEBRUARY
TOGETHER WERE THE SEVENTH DRIEST SUCH PERIOD ON RECORD. FOUR RECORDS
FOR WARM READINGS WERE EITHER SET OR TIED OVER A 10-DAY PERIOD FROM
LATE JANUARY TO EARLY FEBRUARY. A WETTER REGIME BEGAN TO TAKE SHAPE
IN MARCH AND APRIL... INCLUDING WINTRY PRECIPITATION IN THE FORM OF
SNOW... SLEET... AND FREEZING RAIN FROM MARCH 26 THROUGH MARCH 28
AND LIGHT SNOW AGAIN ON APRIL 2 AND APRIL 5. PRECIPITATION FOR THE
MARCH AND APRIL TWO-MONTH PERIOD WAS THE FOURTH WETTEST ON RECORD.
MAY REVERTED BACK TO DRY CONDITIONS AS THE 7TH DRIEST MAY
OBSERVED... WHILE JUNE SWUNG BACK TO THE WET SIDE AS THE 14TH
WETTEST ON RECORD. JUNE ENDED RATHER HOT... WITH HEAT INDICES
REACHING AROUND 105 DEGREES AND TEMPERATURES ONLY FALLING INTO THE
MIDDLE 70S FROM THE 22ND THROUGH THE 27TH... BUT JULY SAW THE
OPPOSITE SIDE WITH COOL CONDITIONS. HIGH TEMPERATURES ONLY SURPASSED
90 DEGREES ON TWO OCCASIONS THAT MONTH...  AND RECORDS FOR THE
LOWEST TEMPERATURE WERE TIED FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE DAYS IN THE
MIDDLE OF THE MONTH. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR JULY 2009 WAS THE
SEVENTH COLDEST OBSERVED. RAINFALL JUST SHY OF THREE INCHES FELL ON
JULY 28TH... PUSHING THE JUNE AND JULY PERIOD TO BE THE 11TH WETTEST
SUCH PERIOD. SEPTEMBER WAS RATHER FOGGY... WITH PERSISTENT LIGHT
WINDS HELPING DENSE FOG TO DEVELOP ON 13 DAYS OF THAT MONTH. THE
EARLY AND MIDDLE PORTIONS OF OCTOBER WERE QUITE COLD. IN FACT...
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FROM OCTOBER 1 THROUGH OCTOBER 15 WERE THE
COLDEST ON RECORD FOR THIS PERIOD... BREAKING THE PREVIOUS COLDEST
SUCH STRETCH BY FOUR DEGREES. HIGH TEMPERATURES FOR THE MIDDLE OF
THAT MONTH WERE MORE TYPICAL OF THOSE EXPERIENCED IN MID-DECEMBER.
THE COOL JULY AND COLD OCTOBER PUSHED THE FOUR-MONTH PERIOD FROM
JULY TO OCTOBER 2009 TO BE THE SECOND COLDEST PERIOD EVER RECORDED.
NOVEMBER REVERSED THIS COLD SPELL HOWEVER... AND WAS THE NINTH
WARMEST SUCH MONTH OBSERVED. THIS WARMTH CONTRIBUTED TO THE FIRST
HARD FREEZE OF THE FALL BEING DELAYED UNTIL NOVEMBER 26...WHICH TIES
FOR THE LATEST ON RECORD. DECEMBER WAS COLD AGAIN THOUGH... THE 18TH
COLDEST OBSERVED...BUT WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR ITS SNOWFALL. IT WAS
THE SNOWIEST DECEMBER ON RECORD... INCLUDING OVER 11 INCHES OF SNOW
AND NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS DURING A LONG-LIVED WINTER STORM FROM
THE 23RD THROUGH THE 27TH.


-- DAILY RECORDS --

HIGHEST MAXIMUM - JAN 31...73F
                  FEB 6....71F TIED
                  FEB 7....71F
                  MAR 5....86F

LOWEST MINIMUM -- JUL 17...57F TIED
                  JUL 18...56F TIED
                  JUL 19...57F TIED

HIGHEST MINIMUM - FEB 9....48F
                  MAR 5....56F TIED
                  APR 24...69F

LOWEST MAXIMUM -- MAR 28...35F
                  OCT 10...40F
                  OCT 11...42F
                  OCT 13...45F TIED
                  OCT 15...51F

PRECIPITATION --- MAR 8....0.64"
                  JUL 28...2.99"
                  AUG 17...2.63"

SNOWFALL -------- DEC 8....5.0"
                  DEC 25...4.1"


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

FEBRUARY...19TH WARMEST
JULY.......8TH COLDEST
AUGUST.....17TH COLDEST
OCTOBER....4TH COLDEST
NOVEMBER...9TH WARMEST
DECEMBER...18TH COLDEST


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

JANUARY...14TH DRIEST
MARCH.....8TH WETTEST
APRIL.....6TH WETTEST
MAY.......7TH DRIEST
JUNE......14TH WETTEST
JULY......14TH WETTEST


-- SEVERE WEATHER REPORTS IN AND NEAR TOPEKA --

HAIL ----- MAR 24...PENNY SIZE HAIL
           APR 26...PENNY SIZE HAIL
           JUL 28...1" HAIL

WIND ----- FEB 9....51MPH GUST AT BILLARD AIRPORT... MINOR TREE AND
                    PROPERTY DAMAGE
           MAR 23...58MPH GUST AT BILLARD AIRPORT... 64MPH GUST AT
                    FORBES FIELD... SEMI TRUCK BLOWN OVER ON
                    INTERSTATE 70... NUMEROUS POWER OUTAGES
           JUL 27...ESTIMATED 65-70MPH... LARGE TREES DOWNED

FLOODING - APR 26...FLASH FLOODING WITH RAINFALL OF 2.53"

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