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CLIMATE REPORT...CORRECTED NUMBER OF THUNDERSTORM DAYS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
1036 PM CST SAT JAN 4 2014

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...THE TOPEKA KS CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE YEAR OF 2013...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1887 TO 2013

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           105   07/09        MM      MM      108  07/07
LOWEST              1   02/23        MM      MM        8  12/26
                                                          02/12
AVG. MAXIMUM     65.9              66.1    -0.2     72.5
AVG. MINIMUM     43.4              44.2    -0.8     47.0
MEAN             54.7              55.1    -0.4     59.8
DAYS MAX >= 90     53              41.5    11.5       84
DAYS MAX <= 32     24              21.3     2.7       10
DAYS MIN <= 32    132             110.9    21.1       97
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               4.0    -4.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        60.89   1973
 MINIMUM        19.07   1963
TOTALS          34.01             36.46   -2.45    23.06
DAILY AVG.       0.09              0.10   -0.01     0.06
DAYS >= .01        99              99.6    -0.6       69
DAYS >= .10        57              60.6    -3.6       47
DAYS >= .50        25              23.9     1.1       12
DAYS >= 1.00        9              10.1    -1.1        5
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    2.75   MM                       12/31 TO 12/31
                                                          12/31 TO 12/31
                                                          12/31 TO 12/31

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           28.5              17.8    10.7      8.4
SINCE 7/1         4.3               6.5    -2.2      5.4
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= TRACE      40              12.7    27.3       20
DAYS >= 1.0         8               5.2     2.8        4
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         7   02/22                          3  12/20
 24 HR TOTAL      9.8   MM                       12/31 TO 12/31
                                                          12/31 TO 12/31
                                                          12/31 TO 12/31

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    5237              5020     217     3778
 SINCE 7/1         MM              2017      MM       MM
COOLING TOTAL    1586              1422     164     1978
 SINCE 1/1       1586              1422     164     1978
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              8.0
RESULTANT WIND SPEED/DIRECTION   1/186
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    38/210    DATE  05/19
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    61/200    DATE  05/19

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.30

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     64

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM             50     MIXED PRECIP               2
HEAVY RAIN               37     RAIN                      44
LIGHT RAIN              106     FREEZING RAIN              1
LT FREEZING RAIN          5     HAIL                       2
HEAVY SNOW                3     SNOW                       9
LIGHT SNOW               34     FOG                      165
FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE    26     HAZE                      85

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

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REMARKS...

2013 WAS A MUCH MORE TYPICAL YEAR WEATHER-WISE FOR TOPEKA THAN 2012.
WHERE LAST YEAR WAS EXTREMELY WARM AND RATHER DRY...BOTH THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR AS WELL AS THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF
PRECIPITATION WERE VERY CLOSE TO THE MIDDLE OF THE PACK OF MEASURED
WEATHER HISTORY FOR TOPEKA. WINTRY PRECIPITATION WAS A FAIRLY
FREQUENT OCCURRENCE...WITH SNOW FALLING IN EIGHT OF THE TWELVE
MONTHS OF THE YEAR.

VERY WARM TEMPERATURES WERE NOTABLE IN JANUARY. THE MERCURY HIT 77
DEGREES ON JANUARY 28. THIS NOT ONLY SET THE RECORD HIGH FOR THE
DAY BUT WAS ALSO THE WARMEST DAY IN JANUARY ON RECORD. THE WARMING
CONTINUED INTO JANUARY 29 WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 70 DEGREES
OCCURING JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT OF THAT DAY...WHICH ALSO BROKE THE
RECORD HIGH FOR THAT DAY. HEAVY SNOW OF 9.8 INCHES FELL ON FEBRUARY
22...SETTING THE RECORD FOR THE HIGHEST SNOWFALL ON THAT DAY...AS
WELL AS THE THIRD HIGHEST TOTAL FOR ANY DAY IN FEBRUARY AND THE
SIXTH HIGHEST OF ANY CALENDAR DAY. A FEW WINTER STORMS IN MARCH
ACCUMULATED A TOTAL OF 7.9 INCHES OF SNOW THAT MONTH...WHICH WAS THE
HIGHEST AMOUNT FOR MARCH SINCE 1961. NEARLY HALF AN INCH OF SNOW
ACCUMULATED ON APRIL 23 AS SNOW AND SLEET FELL FOR MUCH OF THAT DAY.
THE PERIOD OF MAY 2 THROUGH MAY 4 WAS THE COLDEST THREE-DAY SPAN IN
MAY ON RECORD...WITH TRACE AMOUNTS OF SNOW FALLING ON MAY 2 AND MAY
4. JUST OVER FIVE MONTHS LATER...SNOW RETURNED TO TOPEKA WITH TRACE
AMOUNTS OF SNOW AND ICE PELLETS FALLING ON OCTOBER 18. THE MIDDLE OF
NOVEMBER WAS A BUSY PERIOD WEATHER-WISE. AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT SURGED
SOUTH THROUGH TOPEKA AROUND MIDDAY OF NOVEMBER 11 CAUSING
TEMPERATURES TO FALL FROM LATE MORNING READINGS IN THE LOWER 60S TO
THE UPPER 30S BY SUNSET...WITH WIND CHILLS IN THE SINGLE DIGITS NEAR
DAWN OF THE 12TH. SOUTH WINDS GUSTED BETWEEN 30 AND 40 MPH FOR MUCH
OF THE EARLY PORTIONS OF NOVEMBER 17...WITH SIMILAR SPEEDS FROM THE
WEST ON NOVEMBER 18 AS A POTENT STORM SYSTEM PASSED THROUGH THE
PLAINS. THE WINDS ON THE 18TH CAUSED A FEW POWER LINES TO BE BLOW
DOWN. TEMPERATURES STEADILY DROPPED THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER 21 WITH RAIN
AND DRIZZLE CHANGING TO FREEZING DRIZZLE AND FREEZING RAIN. MINOR
ACCUMULATIONS OCCURED BUT SLICK ROADS AND A FEW POWER OUTAGES
OCCURED.


-- DAILY RECORDS --

HIGHEST MAXIMUM - JAN 19.....66 F
                  JAN 28.....77 F
                  JAN 29.....70 F
                  MAR 15.....87 F
                  MAY 14.....95 F TIED
                  JUL 9.....105 F
                  DEC 18.....68 F

LOWEST MINIMUM -- APR 25.....32 F
                  JUL 9......80 F

HIGHEST MINIMUM - JAN 11.....46 F
                  JUL 9......80 F


LOWEST MAXIMUM -- APR 23.....40 F
                  MAY 2......43 F
                  JUL 27.....74 F


PRECIPITATION --- FEB 7....0.53 INCHES
                  JUL 29...1.34 INCHES
                  OCT 30...1.35 INCHES

SNOWFALL -------- FEB 22....9.8 INCHES



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

APRIL......14TH COLDEST


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

MAY........20TH WETTEST
NOVEMBER...18TH WETTEST


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

FEBRUARY....9TH HIGHEST
MARCH......18TH HIGHEST



-- THUNDERSTORM-RELATED SEVERE WEATHER REPORTS --

WIND -------- MAY 18...TREE BRANCHES AND POWER LINES BLOWN DOWN
              MAY 19...61 MPH WIND MEASURED AT FORBES FIELD
              JUN 18...WIND DAMAGE IN NORTH TOPEKA

HAIL -------- MAY 31...2.25 INCH HAIL

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