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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
332 AM CST SUN JAN 4 2015

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...THE TOPEKA KS CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE YEAR OF 2014...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1887 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             114   07/24/1936
 LOW              -26   12/23/1989
HIGHEST           103   07/22        MM      MM      105  07/09
LOWEST             -8   01/06        MM      MM        1  02/23
AVG. MAXIMUM     66.0              66.1    -0.1     65.9
AVG. MINIMUM     43.3              44.2    -0.9     43.4
MEAN             54.7              55.1    -0.4     54.7
DAYS MAX >= 90     45              41.5     3.5       53
DAYS MAX <= 32     33              21.3    11.7       24
DAYS MIN <= 32    121             110.9    10.1      132
DAYS MIN <= 0       6               4.0     2.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        60.89   1973
 MINIMUM        19.07   1963
TOTALS          31.15             36.46   -5.31    34.01
DAILY AVG.       0.09              0.10   -0.01     0.09
DAYS >= .01       102              99.6     2.4       99
DAYS >= .10        53              60.6    -7.6       57
DAYS >= .50        23              23.9    -0.9       25
DAYS >= 1.00        9              10.1    -1.1        9
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    2.71   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           25.5              17.8     7.7     28.5
SINCE 7/1         2.4               6.5    -4.1      4.3
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= TRACE      40              12.7    27.3       40
DAYS >= 1.0         6               5.2     0.8        8
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH        13   02/05                          7  02/22
 24 HR TOTAL     12.9   MM                       12/31 TO 12/31
                                                          12/31 TO 12/31
                                                          12/31 TO 12/31

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    5250              5020     230     5237
 SINCE 7/1         MM              2017      MM       MM
COOLING TOTAL    1611              1422     189     1586
 SINCE 1/1       1611              1422     189     1586
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              8.3
RESULTANT WIND SPEED/DIRECTION   1/199
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    47/310    DATE  10/01
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    65/290    DATE  10/01

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.30

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     64

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM             50     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN               30     RAIN                      38
LIGHT RAIN              100     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          2     HAIL                       4
HEAVY SNOW                3     SNOW                       8
LIGHT SNOW               32     FOG                      164
FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE    25     HAZE                      83

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

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REMARKS...

2014 WAS OVERALL RATHER TYPICAL FOR TOPEKA WHEN COMPARE TO
HISTORICAL DATA. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AND TOTAL AMOUNT OF
PRECIPITATION FOR THE YEAR WERE RATHER CLOSE TO THE MIDDLE OF VALUES
ON RECORD. EACH MONTH DID HAVE A LEAST ONE NOTABLE WEATHER
OCCURRENCE HOWEVER.

THE COLDEST DAY OF THE YEAR WAS JANUARY 6...AND THE COLD COMBINED
WITH STRONG WINDS TO PRODUCE WIND CHILL VALUES AS LOW AS 23 DEGREES
BELOW ZERO. HEAVY SNOW OF 12.9 INCHES ACCUMULATED ON FEBRUARY
4...RANKING AS THE THIRD HIGHEST SNOWFALL OF ANY CALENDAR DAY ON
RECORD. THE TEMPERATURE ONLY REACHED EIGHT DEGREES ON MARCH
2...SETTING THE RECORD FOR THE COLDEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE FOR ANY
DAY IN MARCH. OVER AN INCH OF SNOW AND SLEET ALSO FELL ON THAT DAY
WITH WIND CHILLS AS LOW AS 15 DEGREES BELOW ZERO. A STRONG WEATHER
SYSTEM PUSHED TEMPERATURES TO NEAR 80 DEGREES ON MARCH 11 BUT
TEMPERATURES FELL ENOUGH THAT EVENING FOR TRACE AMOUNTS OF SNOW TO
FALL. A TENTH OF AN INCH OF SNOW ACCUMULATED ON APRIL 14...WHICH WAS
ENOUGH TO SET THE RECORD FOR THE HIGHEST SNOW ON THAT DAY. SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS IMPACTED SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE CITY ON MAY
10...PRODUCING HAIL NEARLY THE SIZE OF BASEBALLS AND 60 MPH WINDS. A
VERY WEAK TORNADO PASSED THROUGH NORTH TOPEKA ON THE EVENING OF JUNE
29...CAUSING SOME DAMAGE TO TREES. HEAT INDICES THAT DAY AND THE
FOLLOWING DAY PEAKED AT 105 DEGREES...WITH 108 DEGREE VALUES
OCCURING ON JULY 21...22...25...AND 26...AND TRIPLE DIGIT HEAT
INDICES FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD IN LATE SUMMER...SPECIFICALLY AUGUST
19 THROUGH AUGUST 26. A FEW STRONG COLD FRONTS KEPT THE AIR QUITE
COOL FROM SEPTEMBER 10 THROUGH 16 PRODUCING THE SECOND COLDEST SUCH
PERIOD ON RECORD...BUT SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES WERE SOMEWHAT
DELAYED IN THE FALL...NOT OCCURING UNTIL OCTOBER 31. MUCH OF
NOVEMBER SAW BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES...WITH THE FIRST THREE WEEKS
OF THE MONTH BEING THE SECOND COLDEST OF ANY NOVEMBER 1 THROUGH 21
ON RECORD. IN PARTICULAR...THE LOW TEMPERATURE OF 7 DEGREES ON
NOVEMBER 18 WAS THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE IN NOVEMBER SINCE 1991. VERY
LIGHT AMOUNTS OF FREEZING RAIN FELL AROUND THE MORNING RUSH HOUR OF
DECEMBER 10 AND LEAD TO SEVERAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS.



-- DAILY RECORDS --

HIGHEST MAXIMUM - OCT 26...88 F

LOWEST MINIMUM -- MAY 17...36 F
                  JUL 14...50 F
                  NOV 18....7 F TIED

HIGHEST MINIMUM - MAY 7....71 F
                  AUG 21...79 F TIED
                  AUG 25...80 F
                  SEP 4....78 F
                  SEP 9....76 F
                  DEC 13...49 F
                  DEC 14...50 F

LOWEST MAXIMUM -- FEB 6.....9 F

PRECIPITATION --- JUN 9.....2.31 INCHES

SNOWFALL -------- FEB 4.....12.9 INCHES
                  APR 14.....0.1 INCHES



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

FEBRUARY...18TH COLDEST
AUGUST.....19TH HOTTEST
NOVEMBER...14TH COLDEST


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

MARCH......20TH DRIEST
MAY.........9TH DRIEST
JULY.......15TH DRIEST
OCTOBER....20TH WETTEST


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

FEBRUARY....7TH HIGHEST



-- THUNDERSTORM-RELATED SEVERE WEATHER REPORTS --

TORNADO -- JUN 29...EF0 TORNADO WITH 1.56 MILE PATH LENGTH IN NORTH
                    TOPEKA

HAIL ----- APR 13...1 INCH HAIL
           MAY 10...2.5 INCH HAIL
           OCT 1....1 INCH HAIL

WIND- ---- APR 27...SPOTTY TREE DAMAGE
           MAY 10...60 MPH WINDS AND SOME TREE DAMAGE
           JUN 22...SOME TREE DAMAGE
           AUG 6....60 MPH WINDS
           OCT 1....60 MPH WINDS


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