If you were outside on Sunday April 3rd, you might have noticed it was quite a bit warmer than earlier in the week! Temperatures, thanks in part to incredibly warm temperatures above the ground and strong southwesterly winds, soared well into the 80s and even 90s in some locations. These temperatures represented readings some 30 degrees above their seasonal normal (60 degrees currently), and in some locations surpassed previous record high temperatures by 5 to as much as 10 degrees!
Here is a map of the high temperatures on Sunday April 3rd:
So what about the records? In the immediate areas surrounding the Kansas City/Pleasant Hill forecast area, there were 17 different maximum temperature records tied or broken! In many cases these records were not just broken, they were shattered with several old long standing records reached by late Sunday afternoon.
|City||New Record||Old Record|
|Kansas City, MO||91||82 in 2005|
|St. Joseph, MO||93||83 in 2005|
|Columbia, MO||89||82 in 1978|
|Topeka, KS||92||85 in 1983|
|St. Louis, MO||90||87 on 1882|
|Springfield, MO||86||80 in 2007|
|Joplin, MO||87||83 in 1985|
|Vichy-Rolla, MO||89||83 in 1978|
|West Plains, MO||83||83 in 2007|
|Wichita, KS||90||88 in 1893|
|Salina, KS||92||90 in 1981|
|Russell, KS||88||80 in 1981|
|Chanute, KS||88||83 in 1934|
|Des Moines, IA||87||82 in 1889|
|Ottumwa, IA||86||82 in 1978|
|Lamoni, IA||87||81 in 2003|
|Moline, IL||83||80 in 1996|
|Burlington, IA||85||83 in 1978|
We all know warm temperatures are not uncommon in this part of the country, but in this case reaching 90 degrees this early in the year was truly remarkable. Looking through historical Kansas City records reveals that this will be the fifth earliest occurrence of 90 degree or higher temperatures in our cities recorded history since 1888. When was the earliest 90 degree reading? Well that honor goes to March 21, 1907 when the temperature also reached 91 degrees.
|March 21, 1907||91|
|March 22, 1907, 1910||90|
|March 25, 1907||90|
|April 1, 1940||91|
|April 3, 2011||91|
So when is the typical first 90 degree or warmer day in Kansas City? Well that date falls nearly 2 months from now, on May 28 on average. However, during the past 10 years the first 90 degree day has waited for June or later 6 times.
When was the last April 90 degree day? The answer is April 13, 2006 when the temperature climbed to 92 degrees (this month also featured 3 days in 90s).