...Record Breaking Temperatures this Spring Across the Region...

This spring (March, April, May) was a record breaker across much of the Midwest  Average temperatures were above normal in nearly every city in the region, with some departures in excess of 8 degrees above normal. Many locations also broke all-time Spring temperature records. Check out the table and images below to see records broken from select cities across the region.

Average Spring Temperature Departure from Normal Spring Precipitation Percent of Mean
Average Spring Temperature Departure from Normal Spring Precipitation Percent of Mean
 

 

Location

Spring Average Temperature (F) / Rank

Record or Previous Record (F) / Year

Period of Record

Denver, CO

54.3 / warmest

53.3 / 1934

1872-2012

Concordia, KS

61.4 / warmest

57.2 / 1977

1885-2012

Dodge City, KS

60.3 / warmest

58.5 / 1977

1874-2012

Topeka, KS

63.8 / warmest

60.0 / 1977

1887-2012

Wichita, KS

64.4 / warmest

59.9 / 2006

1888-2012

Lincoln, NE

59.3 / warmest

56.1 / 1977

1887-2012

Omaha, NE

60.6 / warmest

58.4 / 1977

1871-2012

Columbia, MO 63.0/ warmest 59.0 / 1921 1890-2012
St. Louis, MO 64.8 / warmest 61.5 / 1991 1874-2012
Quincy, IL 60.3 / warmest 59.4 / 1921 1901-2012
Waterloo, IA 55.6 / warmest 52.7 / 1921  
Des Moines, IA 60.1 / warmest 57.5 / 1977  
Springfield, MO 62.5 / warmest 60.4 / 1963  
Joplin, MO 64.4 / warmest 61.6 / 1946  
Moline, IL 57.3 / warmest 56.4 / 1977  
Record Spring Temperatures From around the Region *table from the High Plains Regional Climate Center

If your curious about the year to May 31st standings as far as temperatures are concerned, Kansas City is still experiencing the warmest year on record. This statement continues to hold true when looking at the past 12 months as well.  Below are the top 10 warmest January-May in recorded history. as well as the top 10 average temperatures for the past 12 months.

1     69.2          5/31/2012
2     69.1          5/31/1939, 5/31/1954
4     68.8          5/31/1955
5     68.5          5/31/1964
6     68.4          5/31/1934
7     68.2          5/31/2006
8     68.0          5/31/1935
9     67.6          5/31/1932
10   67.4          5/31/2000

1        52.3    5/31/2012
2        51.0    5/31/2006
3        50.7    5/31/1946
4        50.5    5/31/1921
5        48.9    5/31/1938
6        48.8    5/31/1987
7        48.7    5/31/1964
8        48.4    5/31/2000
9        48.1    5/31/1933,  5/31/1934
Past 12 month Average Temperatures January-May Average Temperatures


 

 

...Record Breaking Spring Temperatures in Kansas City, with Below Normal Precipitation During Spring 2012...

 

The average temperature at the Kansas City International Airport for the Spring 2012 season (March-May) was 62.3 degrees, which is 7.8 degrees ABOVE the 30-year average. Based on the longer term historical 122 year record from various Kansas City observation points, Spring 2012 was the WARMEST Spring season on record. The average high temperature for the season was 73.0 degrees, which is 7.8 degrees above normal, while the average low temperature was 51.6 degrees, which is 7.7 degrees above normal. The highest temperature of season was 92 degrees recorded on April 25rd, and the lowest temperature of 24 degrees occurred on March 4th and 5th. The last sub-freezing day of the 2011-2012 cold season occurred on March 10th, which is the earliest date in recorded history.

The total precipitation at the Kansas City International Airport for the Spring 2012 season (March-May) was 7.49  inches, which is 3.81 inches below the 30-year average. This ranks Spring 2012 as the 23rd driest spring season in the longer term 122 year record in Kansas City. Snowfall was measured at 0.8 inches, which is 2.6 inches below the 30-year average of 3.4 inches for the Spring season.

 

Kansas City Daily Weather Plot

 

RECORDS TIED/BROKEN:

1.) MARCH 14, 2012: A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 82 DEGREES WAS SET AT KANSAS CITY INTERNATIONAL

2.) MARCH 16, 2012: A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 82 DEGREES WAS SET AT KANSAS CITY INTERNATIONAL

3.) MARCH 16, 2012:  A RECORD WARM MINIMUM OF 61 DEGREES WAS RECORDED AT THE KANSAS CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

4.) MARCH 17, 2012: A RECORD WARM MINIMUM OF 64 DEGREES WAS RECORDED AT THE KANSAS CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

5.) APRIL 25, 2012: THE HIGH TEMPERATURE REACHED 92 DEGREES THIS AFTERNOON AT THE KANSAS CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

6.) MAY 26, 2012: A RECORD WARM MINIMUM OF 75 DEGREES WAS RECORDED AT THE KANSAS CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

7.) MAY 27, 2012: A RECORD WARM MINIMUM OF 73 DEGREES WAS RECORDED AT THE KANSAS CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

8.) SEASONAL RECORD: RECORD AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 62.3 DEGREES BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 59.4 DEGREES IN 1946

  


Above normal temperatures and below normal preciptation during Spring 2012 in St. Joseph

 

The average temperature at the St. Joseph Rosecrans Memorial Airport  for the Spring 2012 season (March-May) was 61.9 degrees, which is 8.1 degrees ABOVE the 30-year average. Based on the longer term historical 111 year record from various St. Joseph observation points, Spring 2012 was the WARMEST Spring season on record. The average high temperature for the season was 74.3 degrees, which is 9.1 degrees above normal, while the average low temperature was 49.5 degrees, which is 7.1 degrees above normal. The highest temperature of season was 96 degrees recorded on April 25rd, and the lowest temperature of 21 degrees occurred on March  5th. The last sub-freezing day of the 2011-2012 cold season occurred on March 9th.

The total precipitation at the St. Joseph Rosecrans Memorial Airport  for the Spring 2012 season (March-May) was 8.12  inches, which is 3.34 inches below the 30-year average. This ranks Spring 2012 as the 80th wettest spring season in the longer term 111 year record in St. Joseph.

 

St. Joseph Daily Weather Plot

 

 

RECORDS BROKEN/TIED:

1.) MARCH 14, 2012: RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 83 DEGREES WAS SET AT ST. JOSEPH

2.) MARCH 16, 2012: A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 82 DEGREES WAS SET AT ST. JOSEPH

3.) MARCH 16, 2012: A RECORD WARM MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 58 DEGREES SET AT ST. JOSEPH

4.) APRIL 2, 2012: A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 89 DEGREES WAS SET AT ST. JOSEPH

5.) APRIL 25, 2012: A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 95 DEGREES WAS SET AT ST. JOSEPH

6.) MAY 27, 2012: A RECORD WARM MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 73 DEGREES WAS SET AT ST. JOSEPH

7.) SEASONAL RECORD: RECORD AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 61.9 DEGREES BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 58.8 DEGREES IN 1991

 


In Kirksville:  Above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation for Spring 2012

The average temperature at the Kirksville Regional airport for the Spring 2012 season (March-May) was 58.2 degrees, which is 6.7 degrees above the 30-year average. The average high temperature for the season was 70.3 degrees, which is 8.3 degrees above normal, while the average low temperature was 46.0 degrees, which is 5.0 degrees above normal. The highest temperature of the season was 90 degrees recorded on May 26th, and the lowest temperature of 15 degrees occurred on March 4th. The total precipitation at the Kirksville Regional airport for the Spring 2012 season (March-May) was 9.72 inches, which is 1.63 inches below the 30-year average.

 

Kirksville Daily Weather Plot

 

 


In Sedalia:  Above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation for Spring 2012

The average temperature at the Sedalia Memorial airport for the Spring 2012 season (March-May) was 64.6 degrees, which is 8.2 degrees above the 30-year average. The average high temperature for the season was 75.2 degrees, which is 8.6 degrees above normal, while the average low temperature was 53.6 degrees, which is 7.8 degrees above normal. The highest temperature of the season was 93 degrees recorded on May 27th, and the lowest temperature of 26 degrees occurred on March 5th. The total precipitation at the Sedalia Memorial airport for the Spring 2012 season (March-May) was 11.72 inches, which is 0.17 inches above the 30-year average.

 

 

Sedalia Daily Weather Plot

 

In Olathe:  Above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation for Spring 2012

The average temperature at the Johnson County Executive Airport for the Spring 2012 season (March-May) was 62.7 degrees, which is 7.8 degrees above the 30-year average. The average high temperature for the season was 73.0 degrees, which is 8.0 degrees above normal, while the average low temperature was 52.3 degrees, which is 7.5 degrees above normal. The highest temperature of the season was 92 degrees recorded on April 25th, and the lowest temperature of 24 degrees occurred on March 5th. The total precipitation at the Johnson County Executive Airport for the Spring 2012 season (March-May) was 10.80 inches, which is 1.25  inches below the 30-year average.

 

Olathe Daily Weather Plot

 

 


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