Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Topeka, KS

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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
837 AM CST SUN NOV 1 2020...CORRECTED

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...THE TOPEKA KS CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2020...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1887 TO 2020

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              97   10/07/1939
 LOW               16   10/28/1925
HIGHEST            94   10/07        75      19       90
LOWEST             27   10/26        38     -11       22
AVG. MAXIMUM     65.5              68.4    -2.9     63.6
AVG. MINIMUM     41.2              44.7    -3.5     40.6
MEAN             53.4              56.6    -3.2     52.1
DAYS MAX >= 90      1               0.2     0.8        1
DAYS MAX <= 32      1               0.0     1.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 32      7               2.8     4.2        6
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        10.65   1941
 MINIMUM         0.04   1952
TOTALS           0.36              3.03   -2.67     1.91
DAILY AVG.       0.01              0.10   -0.09     0.06
DAYS >= .01         4               8.1    -4.1        9
DAYS >= .10         1               5.0    -4.0        4
DAYS >= .50         0               1.9    -1.9        1
DAYS >= 1.00        0               1.0    -1.0        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.23   10/23 TO 10/23              0.84

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL            8.0   1996
TOTALS            0.6               0.3     0.3      1.5
SINCE 7/1         0.6               0.3     0.3      1.5
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                                  0
DAYS >= 1.0         0               0.0     0.0        1
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         T   10/26                          1  10/31
 24 HR TOTAL      0.6   10/26 TO 10/26               1.5

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     388               289      99      411
 SINCE 7/1        443               356      87      411
COOLING TOTAL      37                27      10       20
 SINCE 1/1       1535              1420     115     1609
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              7.6
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    31/310    DATE  10/11
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    44/210    DATE  10/31

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.40
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           20
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              2
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          9

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     62


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

REMARKS...

OCTOBER WAS AGAIN COLDER AND DRIER THAN NORMAL, PLACING IT AS THE
FIFTEENTH-COLDEST AND TENTH-DRIEST OCTOBER ON RECORD. TEMPERATURES
OVER THE FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH AVERAGED CLOSE TO NORMAL THOUGH NO
PRECIPITATION FELL. THE LAST HALF OF THE MONTH WAS QUITE COLD.
TEMPERATURES HOVERED FROM THE UPPER 30S TO THE MID 40S FOR MUCH OF
THE 18TH THROUGH THE 21ST, THEN WARMED IN THE PRE-DAWN HOURS OF THE
22ND AS A WARM FRONT PUSHED THROUGH, REACHING 87 THAT AFTERNOON,
WHICH TIED FOR THE SECOND-WARMEST TEMPERATURE ON RECORD FOR THAT
DAY. A COLD FRONT PASSED AROUND SUNSET THAT EVENING WITH SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS FOLLOWING. THE TEMPERATURE THE NEXT DAY ONLY REACHED
44 DEGREES, WHICH WAS THE THIRD-COLDEST MAXIMUM TEMP FOR THE 23RD.
SIMILAR COLD AND CLOUDY CONDITIONS PERSISTED THROUGH THE 25TH WITH
THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 42 ON THE 24TH BEING THE FIFTH-COLDEST
MAXIMUM AND THE HIGH OF 41 THE SECOND COLDEST MAXIMUM FOR THE 25TH.
A STORM SYSTEM DEVELOPED OVER THE REGION ON THE 26TH, BRINGING
COLDER AIR AND SOME PERIODS OF LIGHT SNOW. THE 0.6 INCHES OF SNOW
THAT ACCUMULATED SET THE RECORD FOR THAT DAY. CLOUDY AND COLD
CONDITIONS PERSISTED THROUGH THE 27TH WITH RECORDS FOR THE LOWEST
MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE SET ON THE 26TH AT 32 DEGREES AND THE 27TH AT 36
DEGREES. SOME LIGHT FREEZING RAIN FELL IN THE MORNING OF THE 27TH,
AND WITH TEMPERATURES BELOW FREEZING, BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES BECAME
SLICK, RESULTING IN SOME TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS.

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