For the First Time in Nearly 10 Years the Temperature in Wichita Dropped to Below Zero! (12/7/2005)

By: Kevin Darmofal/Robb Lawson

AS WINTER'S FIRST BLAST OF ARCTIC AIR AND SNOW HIT THE AREA, TEMPERATURES AT WICHITA'S MID-CONTINENT AIRPORT FINALLY DROPPED TO BELOW ZERO AROUND 4:30 AM THURSDAY MORNING(12/08). SO HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE THIS HAS OCCURED?

WELL, A CHECK OF THE RECORD BOOKS SHOWS THAT THE LAST TIME THE TEMPERATURE DROPPED BELOW ZERO WAS WAY BACK ON FEBRUARY, 4TH, 1996, WITH A LOW OF 7 BELOW. THIS IS A STRETCH JUST SHY OF 10 YEARS WITHOUT EXPERIENCING THE FRIGID SUB-ZERO READINGS. ACTUALLY, IN LOOKING AT THE RECORD BOOKS MORE IN DEPTH, THIS CURRENT STRETCH OF ZERO OR ABOVE WEATHER IS THE LONGEST SINCE WEATHER RECORDS HAVE BEEN KEPT IN WICHITA, WHICH DATE BACK TO 1888.

THE MOST NOTABLE STRETCHES BETWEEN SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES ARE INCLUDED BELOW:

2/4/1996 TO CURRENT, 9 PLUS YEARS; 12/30/1990 TO 1/19/1996, 5 PLUS YEARS; 1/21/1954 TO 1/1/1959, 4 PLUS YEARS; 12/10/1919 TO 1/5/1924, 4 PLUS YEARS; 2/13/1905 TO 1/5/1909, 3 PLUS YEARS; 2/17/1936 TO 2/21/1939, 3 PLUS YEARS.

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



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