By: Andy Kleinsasser, Meteorologist
An active weather pattern led to above normal snowfall for the 2007-2008 winter season.
Numerous, and at times significant, weather systems traversed the Central Plains over the past several months. This led to above normal snowfall for the 2007-2008 winter season across Central and South-Central Kansas, and portions of Southeast Kansas.December was particularly snowy, with several cooperative observing stations, generally west of the Flint Hills, reporting monthly totals between 9 and 15 inches. The normal December snowfall across the area ranges from 2 to 4 inches. Wichita recorded its 7th snowiest December on record, measuring 10.6 inches. February was another relatively snowy month. Several cooperative observing stations reported 5 to 8 inches, with a handful of stations reporting 9 to 13 inches. Consequently, some locations over Central and South-Central Kansas experienced over 20 inches of the white stuff over the months of December and February alone! Normal February snowfall across the area ranges from 4 to 5 inches. Add on additional snow in November and January, and season totals soared to over 25 inches for some locations across Central and South-Central Kansas, and a few locations across Central Kansas exceeded 30 inches! Normal winter snowfall ranges from generally around 20 inches across Central Kansas, to just over 10 inches over extreme Southeast Kansas. Please refer to Image 1 for a contoured map detailing the snowy 2007-2008 winter season across Central, South-Central and Southeast Kansas.