Warmest Spring in Over 120 Years!
By: NWS Wichita
Wichita's Warmest Spring on Record!
After experiencing the 5th warmest
winter on record, with a three month average temperature of 38.4 degrees
from December 1st to February 29th, Wichita went on to witness the warmest
spring in the city`s 124-year climate history. Wichita`s average
temperature from March 1st to May 31st, which is considered meteorological
spring, was 64.4 degrees.
This torched the previous record of 59.9 degrees, recorded in
2006, by an amazing 4.5 degrees. The 64.4 degree average is an amazing 8.2
degrees above the 56.2 degree normal for spring.
By experiencing the 2nd warmest March on record with an average
of 57.9 degrees, the 5th warmest April with an average of 62.5 degrees, and
the 2nd warmest May with an average of 72.8 degrees, it marked the 1st time
the average temperature for each of the spring months was warm enough to
gain admission into the "10 warmest fraternity".
All of the above statistics have combined to make the first 5
months of 2012 the warmest on record. From January 1st to May 31st, the
average temperature in the air capital was 54.5 degrees. This is 2.4
degrees warmer than the previous record of 52.1 degrees set in 2006. If
this torrid pace is maintained, then 2012 would become the warmest year
the city`s 124-year climate record. The following lists the 10
warmest years on record. The 2nd column represents the average temperature
from January 1st to May 31st for each respective year.
|1ST: 60.1 IN 1954
|2ND: 59.9 IN 1933
||50.1 (9TH WARMEST)
|3RD: 59.7 IN 1934
||49.5 (TIED FOR 14TH; 1934 & 1967
|4TH: 59.5 IN 2006
||52.1 (2ND WARMEST)
|5TH: 59.4 IN 1939
|6TH: 59.3 IN 1946
||51.2 (4TH WARMEST)
|7TH: 59.3 IN 1938
||49.7 (TIED FOR 11TH: 2000, 1981 & 1938)
|8TH: 59.3 IN 1931
|9TH: 59.2 IN 1921
||51.4 (3RD WARMEST)
|10TH: 58.9 IN 1998
The warmth was not confined just to the Kansas
region. Much of the United States experienced one of the warmest
Spring's and May's on record. Please refer to the following link from
the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) for more details:
Below is a graphical representation of Wichita's warm
temperatures thus far in 2012.
|Wichita's Top-Ten Warmest
||Wichita's Top-Ten Warmest January-May
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