2001 Was The Driest Year in Wichita Since 1990 (1/1/2002)

By: Phil Hysell and Paul Howerton

A Dry and Snowless December Helps Wichita Experience Its Driest Year In Over a Decade

For 2001, the Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita measured 24.49 inches of precipitation. This made 2001 the driest year since 1990, when only 19.71 inches of precipitation fell. The driest year in Wichita was 1966, when 12.15 inches of precipitation was recorded. December 2001 contributed greatly to the dry year, as only 0.08 inches of precipitation fell, making it the 8th driest December on record. No snowfall has occurred in Wichita this winter season, and the last time Wichita went this late into the winter season with no snow was 1903-1904. In that season, the first snow didn't fall until January 4th, and only 0.8 inches of snow fell that entire winter. 1903-04 was the 2nd least snowy season on record. Weather records for Wichita date back to 1888.

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