By: Hayden Frank
The summer of 2002, did not feature the extreme heat that was seen in previous years.
The true Meteorological Summer runs from June through August. The summer of 2002 did not have the many days of triple digit heat, that Wichita experienced during its last two summers. In fact, there were only 8 days in which the mercury reached or exceeded 100. Last year, we had a whopping 27 days of triple digit heat, and the summer of 2000 featured 33 days. All of our 100 degree readings this year, occurred during the month of July. It was the first time since 1997, that a 100 degree reading did not occur in August.The average temperature in Wichita during this summer season was 79.5 degrees. The normal over the last 30 years is 78.8 degrees. This comes out to an average temperature that was only 0.7 degrees above normal. Our hottest summer occurred in 1936 when the average temperature was 85.3 degrees. Believe it or not, this summer averaged slightly above normal in the rainfall department. Wichita saw a total of 12.23 inches of rain this summer. The normal precipitation for this period is 10.50 inches. Although July was relatively dry, the months of June and August made up for it, with 5.37 inches and 4.90 inches of rain. All in all, our summer 2002 was nothing extraordinary, with slightly above normal temperatures and precipitation. As for severe weather, there were a couple of significant events in the middle of June, and another big event on August 12th. More information about this can be found on our weather story archives page.