Weather Summary for Dodge City, KS
January started out with below normal temperatures but then a mid-month thaw commenced on the 10th and continued until the 21st. During this period the temperature across southwest Kansas varied tremendously from west to east, all dependent on the location of the Arctic front at the time. The average daily temperature for the month ended up at 31.7 degrees at the Dodge City airport, which was 0.5 degrees below normal. The warmest reading was 66 degrees on the 19th and the coldest was 11 below zero at the airport. There were no records established during the month.
Snow fell on 7 calendar days at Dodge City but most of it was very light so only 4.0 inches of snow was measured at the airport. The “normal” amount for January is 4.9 inches. The total for the season up until the 31st of January at Dodge City was 14.5 inches and was above normal for the period. The snow was also generally dry as only 0.24 inches of moisture was melted out of the snow. For the month of January at the Dodge City airport the total of 0.24 inches was 0.34 inches below normal. It is interesting that only two January’s have had above normal precipitation in the last 12 years at Dodge City.
The average wind for January was 14.0 MPH which was above the normal speed of 12.6 MPH and is the second windiest January at Dodge City since 1992! Strong winds behind an Arctic cold front on the 26th generated speeds as high as 62 MPH in the local Dodge City area but the official highest wind for January at the airport was 56 MPH recorded on the 16th. There were also several strong wind events that kicked up quite a bit of dirt across southwest Kansas.