The Heat Continues (7/23/2001)

By: Darmofal/Wilson

Check out these Century Mark Facts for Wichita.

TODAY WAS THE 13TH DAY OF 100 DEGREE PLUS HEAT IN WICHITA THIS JULY. THE LAST TIME WICHITA SAW THIS MANY 100 DEGREE DAYS IN JULY WAS IN 1991, WHEN THE 100 DEGREE MARK WAS SEEN 16 TIMES. THE MOST 100 DEGREES DAYS EVER RECORDED IN WICHITA DURING THE MONTH OF JULY WAS 24, IN 1980.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE SO FAR THIS MONTH IS 86.6 DEGREES. AT THIS PACE, JULY 2001 WILL FINISH 5TH FOR THE WARMEST JULY ON RECORD. DISPLACING A RECORD SET 100 YEARS AGO. THE WARMEST JULY ON RECORD OCCURRED IN 1980, WITH AN AVERAGE OF 90.5 DEGREES.

LOOKING AT RAINFALL, WICHITA HAS ONLY RECEIVED 0.29 INCHES OF RAIN SO FAR IN JULY. IF NO MORE RAIN WERE TO OCCUR THIS MONTH, THIS WOULD RANK AS THE 6TH DRIEST JULY ON RECORD. THE DRIEST JULY ON RECORD OCCURRED IN 1975, WHEN ONLY 0.05 INCHES OF RAIN FELL.

THERE IS ANOTHER INTERESTING NOTE ON 100 DEGREE DAYS OVER THE PAST 113 YEARS IN WICHITA. IN THE PERIOD FROM 1888 TO 1969 (82 YEARS), THERE WERE 8 YEARS NOTED IN WHICH THERE WERE AT LEAST 20 DAYS OF 100 DEGREE HEAT OR HIGHER, ABOUT ONCE EVERY TEN YEARS. HOWEVER, FROM 1970 TO 2000 (31 YEARS), THERE WERE 9 YEARS IN WHICH THERE WERE 20 DAYS OR MORE IN WHICH THE MERCURY REACHED OR EXCEEDED 100 DEGREES, WHICH IS ABOUT ONCE EVERY 3.5 YEARS.

TIME WILL TELL ON HOW THIS SUMMER WILL RANK AMONG THE HOTTEST ON RECORD, BUT IT LOOKS AS IF THE 100 DEGREE HEAT WILL STAY FOR MUCH OF THE REST OF THIS MONTH.

WEATHER RECORDS IN WICHITA DATE BACK TO 1888.

This story was brought to you by the National Weather Service - Wichita, Kansas.



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