Climatological Report (Annual)
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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
1100 AM CST MON JAN 1 2018

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...THE TOPEKA KS CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE YEAR OF 2017...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1887 TO 2017

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      103  06/22
LOWEST             -4   12/31        MM      MM       -9  12/18
AVG. MAXIMUM     68.6              66.1     2.5     69.3
AVG. MINIMUM     46.0              44.2     1.8     47.0
MEAN             57.3              55.1     2.2     58.1
DAYS MAX >= 90     41              41.5    -0.5       56
DAYS MAX <= 32     16              21.3    -5.3       19
DAYS MIN <= 32    104             110.9    -6.9      103
DAYS MIN <= 0       4               4.0     0.0        2

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        60.89   1973
 MINIMUM        19.07   1963
TOTALS          38.60             36.46    2.14    43.23
DAILY AVG.       0.10              0.10    0.00     0.12
DAYS >= .01        93              99.6    -6.6       95
DAYS >= .10        52              60.6    -8.6       65
DAYS >= .50        24              23.9     0.1       27
DAYS >= 1.00       12              10.1     1.9       15
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    3.83   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            5.6              17.8   -12.2      6.8
SINCE 7/1         2.1               6.5    -4.4      3.1
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= TRACE      24              12.7    11.3       29
DAYS >= 1.0         2               5.2    -3.2        3
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         2   01/07                          2  12/19
                        01/05                             12/18
                        01/06
 24 HR TOTAL      1.6   MM                       12/31 TO 12/31
                                                          12/31 TO 12/31
                                                          12/31 TO 12/31

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL    4171              5020    -849     4127
 SINCE 7/1         MM              2017      MM       MM
COOLING TOTAL    1473              1422      51     1711
 SINCE 1/1       1473              1422      51     1711
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              7.8
RESULTANT WIND SPEED/DIRECTION   1/180
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    46/300    DATE  07/22
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    62/280    DATE  07/22

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.30

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     70

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN               33     RAIN                      38
LIGHT RAIN              108     FREEZING RAIN              1
LT FREEZING RAIN          3     HAIL                       5
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       3
LIGHT SNOW               12     FOG                      160
FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE    28     HAZE                      32

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


REMARKS...

2017 WAS ANOTHER YEAR WHERE TEMPERATURES AVERAGED TO BE WELL ABOVE
NORMAL. THANKS IN LARGE PART TO A WARM FIRST HALF OF THE
YEAR...WHICH WAS THE FOURTH WARMEST ON RECORD...THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR WAS THE TWELFTH HIGHEST TO HAVE BEEN
MEASURED. THESE WARM CONDITIONS CONTRIBUTED TO KEEP SNOWFALL IN
CHECK. THE YEARS TOTAL OF 5.6 INCHES WAS THE SEVENTH LOWEST TOTAL
FOR ANY CALENDAR YEAR ON RECORD.

ALTHOUGH SNOWFALL WAS LIMITED TO JUST A FEW INCHES IN
JANUARY...PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN AND FREEZING DRIZZLE FROM JANUARY
13 TO 15 LED TO MANY TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS. FEBRUARY AND MARCH BROUGHT
NOTEWORTHY WARMTH. THE AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE FROM FEBRUARY 16 TO
23 WAS 71.5 DEGREES...WHICH IS CLOSE TO NORMAL FOR EARLY JUNE...AND
WAS THE WARMEST EIGHT-DAY PERIOD IN FEBRUARY ON RECORD. RECORD HIGH
TEMPERATURES WERE SET ON FEBRUARY 16...17...AND 22...AND THE 79
DEGREE HIGH ON FEBRUARY 22 TIED FOR THE FOURTH WARMEST TEMPERATURE
EVER MEASURED IN FEBRUARY. THE 89 DEGREE HIGH ON MARCH 18 WAS THE
WARMEST TEMPERATURE SO EARLY IN THE YEAR AND THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE
IN MARCH SINCE 1946. THE LATE MARCH INTO APRIL PERIOD WAS QUITE
WET...INCLUDING A RECORD 2.04 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FALLING ON
MARCH 29. THIS TIED FOR THE TENTH HIGHEST ONE-DAY TOTAL IN MARCH ON
RECORD. SIXTEEN DAYS IN APRIL HAD MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION...ONE DAY
SHY OF THE HIGHEST NUMBER RECORDED. SUMMERTIME HEAT WAS THE HIGHEST
IN THE MIDDLE AND LATE PORTIONS OF JULY...WITH HEAT INDEX VALUES
REACHING 105 TO 110 FROM JULY 10 TO 13...AND 108 TO 121 FROM JULY 19
TO 22. THE HIGH HEAT DID NOT PERSIST INTO AUGUST HOWEVER. THE
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE IN AUGUST WAS 93 DEGREES...TYING FOR THE FIFTH
LOWEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH ON RECORD. 5.68 INCHES OF
RAIN FALL FROM THE EVENING OF AUGUST 21 TO THE EARLY MORNING OF
AUGUST 22. THIS AMOUNT TIED FOR THE SEVENTH HIGHEST TWO-DAY TOTAL ON
RECORD AND WAS THE SECOND HIGHEST TWO-DAY TOTAL TO HAVE OCCURRED IN
AUGUST. WARM TEMPERATURES DID RETURN IN LATE SEPTEMBER AND EARLY
OCTOBER. THE PERIOD FROM SEPTEMBER 19 TO 25 WAS THE SECOND WARMEST
SEVEN-DAY PERIOD IN THE LAST HALF OF SEPTEMBER TO HAVE BEEN
MEASURED...AND INCLUDED A HEAT INDEX OF 105 ON SEPTEMBER 21.
TEMPERATURES REACHED AT LEAST 80 DEGREES ON SIX OF THE FIRST EIGHT
DAYS OF OCTOBER...BUT MORE TYPICAL TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION
WERE EXPERIENCED IN THE LATTER PORTIONS OF THE MONTH...INCLUDING 0.4
INCHES OF SNOW FALLING ON OCTOBER 31. ONLY TWO DAYS OF NOVEMBER HAD
MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION...THOUGH LIGHT SNOW BECAME MORE PREVALENT
IN DECEMBER. TEMPERATURES GOT QUITE COLD IN THE LATE PORTIONS OF
DECEMBER...WITH WIND CHILL VALUES REACHING TEN TO TWENTY FIVE
DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON DECEMBER 30 AND 31.


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

WINTER......10TH HOTTEST /DECEMBER 2016 THROUGH FEBRUARY 2017/
SPRING......17TH HOTTEST /MARCH THROUGH MAY/

-- SEASONAL TOTAL PRECIPITATION IN THE TOP 20 ON RECORD --

SPRING.......8TH WETTEST /MARCH THROUGH MAY/
SUMMER......20TH WETTEST /JUNE THROUGH AUGUST/


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

FEBRUARY.....3RD HOTTEST
MARCH.......15TH HOTTEST /TIED/
AUGUST......12TH COLDEST

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

FEBRUARY....4TH DRIEST
MARCH......19TH WETTEST
APRIL.......9TH WETTEST
AUGUST.....18TH WETTEST /TIED/
NOVEMBER....8TH DRIEST /TIED/

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

FEBRUARY....2ND LOWEST /TIED/


-- DAILY RECORDS --

HIGHEST MAXIMUM - FEB 16....76 F
                  FEB 17....77 F
                  FEB 22....79 F
                  MAR 6.....80 F
                  MAR 18....89 F
                  NOV 24....79 F


LOWEST MINIMUM -- NONE

HIGHEST MINIMUM - APR 9.....64 F
                  JUL 12....79 F /TIED/
                  SEP 22....73 F
                  NOV 24....50 F

LOWEST MAXIMUM -- NONE

PRECIPITATION --- MAR 29...2.04 INCHES

SNOWFALL -------- NONE


-- THUNDERSTORM-RELATED SEVERE WEATHER REPORTS --

HAIL ----- NO LARGE HAIL REPORTED

WIND ----- WIND DAMAGE IN PORTIONS OF TOPEKA JUNE 17
           62 MPH WIND GUST AT BILLARD AIRPORT AND TREE DAMAGE IN
           THE CITY JULY 22

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