25th Anniversary of February 1989 Arctic Outbreak

On January 31st, 1989 a strong arctic front invaded the Central Plains.  Ahead of the front record high temperatures were set on the 31st from southwestern Nebraska through western Kansas.  Temperatures were mainly in the 70s with Dodge City topping out at 80 degrees.  The front moved through southwest Kansas during the late evening of January 31st and the early morning of February 1st.  After a record high of 80 degrees at Dodge City on January 31st, the temperature at 1 am the following morning was 46 degrees.  By 2 am the temperature had fallen to 26 degrees as a north wind blew at 29 mph gusting to 36 mph.  The north wind was sustained at 30 mph with gusts to around 40 mph for a few hours.  The temperature was in the teens throughout the day.  The 2nd was even colder with daylight temperatures only around 5 degrees.  For the next three days the temperature never rose above 6 degrees.  The highs for the 3rd, 4th and 5th were 4, 0 and 6.  The lows were -13, -8 and -10.  By February 7th the temperature had finally risen to 32 degrees. (By Jesse Lee)

Surface Map on January 31, 1989 at 3 PM (By Jonathan Finch)

Surface Map on February 2, 1989 at 3 PM (By Jonathan Finch)

Surface Map on February 3, 1989 at 3 PM (By Jonathan Finch)

Upper Air Map on January 31, 1989 at 12 PM (By Mike Umscheid)

Upper Air Map on February 2, 1989 at 12 PM (By Mike Umscheid)

Upper Air Map on February 3, 1989 at 12 PM (By Mike Umscheid)



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