Wichita Experiencing 5th Warmest
Summer on Record
From a climatological standpoint, it certainly has
been a warm summer so far for the air capitol. The average temperature
(combination of daily high and low temperatures) recorded at Mid-Continent
Airport from June 1st-August 8th was 82.5 degrees, about 3 degrees above
the typical average temperature (1971-2000 climatological normal) from June
1st-August 8th. This places the summer of 2010 at 5th warmest since records
began in 1888. The following lists Wichita`s top 5 warmest June
1st-August 8th periods and corresponding average temperatures:
2) 1980 85.7
3) 1954 84.0
4) 1936 83.5
5) 2010 82.5
Though still lagging behind, the summer of
2010 is beginning to rival some of the warmest summers on record in
Wichita, including 1936 during the infamous dust bowl.
Another interesting summer 2010 temperature statistic for Wichita...the
August 1st-8th average temperature was 88.2 degrees, over 6 degrees above
normal for the first 8 days of August. This is the 6th warmest
start to August on record. If the current hot forecast
through Friday verifies, the first half of August 2010 could break
into the top 3 to 5 warmest starts to August on record.
Stay tuned for later updates to this weather story.
Will the Air Capitol continue to bake in the 100+ degree
heat through the rest of August? It appears that medium range
weather models are indicating a cool down may be on the way
for this coming weekend and beyond, cooling temperatures closer to
normal August readings (highs in the lower 90s and lows in the upper 60s).
However, one can only speculate if the hot weather will
return for the end of august, since weather models only forecast 7
to 10 days out.
This weather story will likey be updated by this coming
weekend with updated statistics.
The graph below illustrates the top-ten warmest June
1st-August 8th periods on record for Wichita.
This story was brought to you by the National Weather Service - Wichita, Kansas.