For Central Kansas, April 2007 May Prove to be a Record Setter (4/12/2007)

By: Eric Schminke

AS MOST ALREADY KNOW...THE SECOND WINTER STORM TO OCCUR THIS APRIL IS POISED TO STRIKE CENTRAL KANSAS WITH A VENGEANCE FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT.

AS OF THIS WRITING...IT IS LIKELY THAT MUCH OF CENTRAL KANSAS WILL RECEIVE ACCUMULATING SNOW BY SATURDAY MORNING. TO VIEW CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS...CLICK HERE. TWO QUESTIONS THAT OFTEN COME TO MIND ARE:

1) WHAT IS THE LATEST DATE OF MEASURABLE SNOWFALL IN CENTRAL...SOUTH CENTRAL...AND SOUTHEAST KANSAS? 2) HAVE SNOWSTORMS OCCURRED BEFORE IN THE WICHITA COUNTY WARNING AREA DURING APRIL?

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE LATEST DATES OF MEASURABLE SNOWFALL...1/2 INCH OR GREATER...FOR CENTRAL...SOUTH-CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST KANSAS:

IN CENTRAL KANSAS: RUSSELL: APRIL 12TH, 1959 (1.0 INCH) LINCOLN 1ESE: APRIL 16TH, 1921 (3.0 INCHES) SALINA: APRIL 11TH, 1953 (1.2 INCHES) MCPHERSON: APRIL 16TH, 1921 (1.5 INCHES)

IN SOUTH-CENTRAL KANSAS: WICHITA: APRIL 12TH, 1959 (0.8 INCH) AND APRIL 12TH, 1957 (0.7 INCH) HUTCHINSON 10SW: APRIL 12TH, 1957 (0.5 INCH) ARKANSAS CITY: APRIL 13TH, 1957 (2.4 INCHES) NOTE: IN 1957...ARKANSAS CITY ALSO MEASURED 3.5 INCHES ON APRIL 12TH.

IN SOUTHEAST KANSAS: CHANUTE: APRIL 18TH, 1953 (1.0 INCH) INDEPENDENCE: APRIL 18TH, 1953 (0.5 INCH) IOLA 1W: APRIL 18TH, 1953 (1.0 INCH)

ALTHOUGH VERY RARE...SNOWSTORMS HAVE OCCURRED DURING APRIL IN CENTRAL ...SOUTH-CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST KANSAS. THE FOLLOWING ARE THE GREATEST SNOW EVENTS ON RECORD:

APRIL 1ST, 1901: MCPHERSON IS OVERWHELMED WITH ONE FOOT. REPORTS FROM NEIGHBORING AREAS ARE VERY LIMITED...SO DETAILS AS TO AREAL EXTENT ARE VERY LIMITED. APRIL 3RD, 1920: MUCH OF CENTRAL KANSAS IS COVERED WITH 6-12 INCHES OF HEAVY WET SNOW. APRIL 7TH & 8TH, 1938: WIDESPREAD 6-9 INCH SNOWFALLS WREAK HAVOC IN MOST AREAS. APRIL 11TH, 1953: RUSSELL IS BURIED WITH 8.2 INCHES OF HEAVY WET SNOW. APRIL 12TH & 13TH, 1959: COTTONWOOD FALLS...13 INCHES. OF THE TOTAL 4 INCHES OCCURRED ON THE 12TH AND 9 INCHES ON THE 13TH. WITH DAYTIME TEMPERATURES IN THE 40S...GREATEST DEPTH WAS 6 INCHES.

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