For some locations across southwestern Kansas it was very hot and also extremely dry during the summer of 2010! However, there were areas that it still turned out hot, but also very wet! The were extreme differences in just a matter of miles. For Dodge City, the summer months of June, July and August were very wet, especially in June and July. The rainfall total of 14.76" made 2010 the 10th wettest summer on record and the wettest since 1996 when 16.74" fell. The "normal" rainfall for the summer is 9.05"
It was also hot across the area. At Dodge City, the summer of 2010 averaged out to 79.3 degrees (daily average of low and high temperatures) which made this summer one of top 17 hottest summers on record. The last time it was this hot was in 2001. There were 13 days when the mercury reached 100 or higher at Dodge City during June though August, but this is actually only one more day than normal (12).
Rainfall was very variable across the area and even extreme differences in just a short distance. The heaviest rainfall for the summer was over 20 inches in some areas of south central Kansas! However, there were also areas there were very dry. The following map illustrates those differences.
Warning Coordination Meteorologist