Wichita Records an Unbelievable 9 Straight Days of Measurable Rainfall (10/30/2002)

By: Hayden Frank

Wichita will record its 2nd wettest, and one of its coldest October's, since weather records began back in 1888.

At the Wichita Mid Continent airport this morning, 0.01 inches of rain was measured. This was the 9th straight day in which measurable precipitation has fallen in Wichita. This is quite remarkable, considering that back in 1952 and 1958, we did not even see a trace of rain. So far this October, we have seen 8.29 inches of rain. This will go down as the 2nd wettest October on record. The wettest October on record occurred in 1998, when 9.42 inches of rain fell. This was caused by the Famous Halloween Flood. Keep in mind, Wichita only averages 2.45 inches in October.

Another interesting fact is the amount of days with below normal temperatures this month. If you exclude the first 3 days of the month, there have only been 2 days with above normal temperatures. Its hard to believe that back on October 1st, the high temperature was 89 degrees! So far this month the average temperature has been 53.2 degrees. If October ended now, it would go down as the 4th coldest on record. The coldest October on record was set back in 1925, when the average temperature was 49.0 degrees. Stay tuned for the final outcome in a few days.

As for sunshine, you are probably wondering where it has gone. Over the last week, there has only been one day where the sun has even briefly appeared. It does not look like we will see much sunshine for the next few days either.

Extreme weather like this is really not all that unusual for Kansas. Our part of the country, is one of the most extreme climates in the world. For example, remember all the record number of 100 degree days we had back in the summer of 2000. In Salina that September, they had a high of an amazing 110 degrees on the 2nd. About 3 weeks later, the high in Salina was only 49 degrees. Then by early October, the highs were back in the mid 90s. A few days after that, an early season arctic outbreak sent low temperatures into the mid 20s. Of course a few days later, the highs rebounded back into the lower 80s.

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