January 2009 Weather Summary for Dodge City

The dry winter continued for Dodge City in January 2009.  Only 0.02 inches of precipitation was recorded during the month, which was 0.60 inches below normal.  The total precipitation from November 2008 through January 2009 was 0.36 inches.  This was the 8th driest November through January period on record.  Records date back to 1874.  The driest on record was November 1875 to January 1876 with 0.10 inches.  The total snowfall for January 2009 was 2.0 inches.  The total for the 2008 -2009 season through the end of January was only 3.2 inches, which was 7.9 inches below normal.  Last year at this same time Dodge City had 19.7 inches of snow.  Most of the snow this past January fell on the 26th and 27th with 1.6 inches recorded.

The average temperature for January 2009 was 34.2 degrees, which was 4.1 degrees above normal.  The average high temperature was 50.1 degrees and the average low was 18.2 degrees.  The maximum temperature was 70 on the 22nd and the minimum was 3 above on the 27th.  No records were set during the month. 

The average wind speed was 13.0 mph.  The highest wind speed was 56 mph from the north on the 9th.  The amount of sunshine for the month was 74 percent.

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