What a difference a Year Makes (8/2/2004)

By: Kevin Darmofal/Robb Lawson

THIS JULY HAS BEEN MUCH WETTER AND A LITTLE COOLER THAN NORMAL ACROSS THE WICHITA AREA. A FAR CRY FROM THE HOT AND DUSTY JULY OF LAST YEAR.

THIS JULY HAS BEEN MUCH WETTER AND A LITTLE COOLER THAN NORMAL ACROSS THE WICHITA AREA. A FAR CRY FROM THE HOT AND DUSTY JULY OF LAST YEAR.

FOR INSTANCE, THIS JULY THE WICHITA AREA HAS RECEIVED 6.88 INCHES OF RAINFALL, WHICH TIES THE 9TH WETTEST JULY ON RECORD. IN CONTRAST, WE ONLY RECEIVED 0.47 OF AN INCH IN 2003, WHICH TIED FOR THE 9TH DRIEST JULY OF RECORD.

THE WICHITA AREA EXPERIENCED 11 DAYS OF 100 DEGREES OR WARMER IN JULY OF 2003, COMPARED TO ONLY 1 SO FAR THIS JULY. THE AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE FOR JULY 2003 WAS 84.3 DEGREES, WHICH WAS 3.3 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE AVERAGE MEAN TEMPERATURE THIS JULY WAS 77.3 DEGREES, OR ABOUT 7 DEGREES COOLER THAN LAST JULY.

THE MOST IMPRESSIVE STATISTIC OF THE SUMMER THOUGH HAS BEEN THE WET AND SOGGY CONDITIONS SINCE JUNE 1ST. THE WICHITA AREA HAS RECEIVED 14.92 INCHES OF RAIN SINCE JUNE 1ST, WHICH IS A LITTLE OVER 49 PERCENT OF THE NORMAL ANNUAL PRECIPITATION FOR WICHITA.

SO FAR IN 2004 UP THROUGH JULY 25TH, THE WICHITA MID-CONTINENT AIRPORT HAS RECEIVED 28.82 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION. THIS IS ALREADY CLOSE TO THE NORMAL ANNUAL PRECIPITATION TOTAL OF 30.38 INCHES.

IF THE WICHITA AREA WERE TO RECEIVE NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR, THE TOTAL FOR THE YEAR WOULD BE A LITTLE OVER 40 INCHES, WHICH WOULD PLACE IT IN THE TOP 10 WETTEST YEARS OF ALL TIME. OF COURSE THIS IS STILL TO BE DETERMINED. WEATHER RECORDS FOR WICHITA GO BACK TO 1888.

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



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